My Favorite Reads is hosted by Alyce at At Home With Books.
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BOOKS THAT FEATURE JOHN COREY
Here are the Nelson DeMille books featuring John Corey, with brief descriptions of each:
- Plum Island—This book introduces us to John Corey—a wounded NYPD detective who is talked into investigating the murder of a couple, who may or may not have been dealing with genetically altered viruses.
- The Lion’s Game —A “cat and mouse” game between Corey and Asad Kahlil, a Libyan terrorist out to avenge the American bombing of Libya in 1986.
- Night Fall—Corey gets involved in investigating what really happened to TWA Flight 800, which crashed off the coast of Long Island in 1996.
- Wild Fire—Post 9/11, Corey investigates a right-wing plot to nuke two U.S. cities.
As you can probably deduce from the descriptions, DeMille writes thrillers, and he isn’t afraid to use real events as a springboard for his fictional stories. DeMille was one of the few authors that I could get my non-reader husband to read so that says something right there.
WHY I LOVE JOHN COREY
John Corey is a smart-ass and a damn funny one. To me, he is what makes these books so readable and enjoyable. Although I love a good thriller, the true attraction of these books is the character of John Corey. I love his bluntness, his honesty, his willingness to do what he thinks is right (which makes him a nightmare for his supervisors), his humor, and his unapologetic maleness. Plus he is a good (albeit flawed) cop who does what he needs to do to find justice. Although DeMille could write a book where Corey spends the entire time laid up in the hospital and unable to move and I’d read it, the fact that Corey gets involved in these “how is he going to get out of this one?” scenarios makes these books all the more interesting. Sure, the story lines may be a bit far-fetched and the conspiracy theories and politics might not sit right with everyone, but having Corey along as your narrator just makes for a good time and a fun, fast read. These are “candy bar” books for sure—pure, delicious fun that entertains you, thrills you and leaves you wanting more. But what is wrong with a good candy bar every once in a while?
Side Note: I was really pissed that DeMille released a book last year and it was a follow-up to what I consider his weakest book, The Gold Coast. I was waiting and waiting for the next John Corey book and was so mad that DeMille is making me wait longer. To protest, I refused to buy his last book (The Gate House). Take that, Mr. DeMille.