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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (9,645 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Nelson DeMille Narrator: Scott Brick Publisher: Hachette Book Group Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The John Corey Series Release Date: November 2006 ISBN: 9781594836077
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Welcome to the Custer Hill Club—an informal men’s club set in a luxurious Adirondack hunting lodge whose members include some of America’s most powerful business leaders, military men, and government officials. Ostensibly, the club is a place to gather with old friends, hunt, eat, drink, and talk off-the-record about war, life, death, and politics. But one Fall weekend, the Executive Board of the Custer Hill Club gathers to talk about the tragedy of 9/11 and what America must do to retaliate. Their plan is finalized and set into motion.

That same weekend, a member of the Federal Anti-Terrorist Task Force is reported missing. His body is soon discovered in the woods near the Custer Hill Club’s game reserve. The death appears to be a hunting accident, and that’s how the local police first report it, but Detective John Corey has his doubts. As he digs deeper, he begins to unravel a plot involving the Custer Hill Club, a top-secret plan known only by its code name: Wild Fire. Racing against the clock, Detective Corey and his wife, FBI agent Kate Mayfield, find they are the only people in a position to stop the button from being pushed and chaos from being unleashed.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “This tour de force of relentless narrative power neither stops nor slows for twists or turns, but charges straight ahead in the face of danger.”

    Publishers Weekly (starred review)

  • “This book is fast-paced and thrilling…An excellent read for a multitude of reasons.”

    Library Journal

  • “This exciting and uncomfortably realistic thriller…makes us believe that something very like it could and possibly does exist.”

    Booklist

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Betty | 2/16/2014

    " A great read! FBI agent is sent to check out the Custer Hill Club, and later found murdered! Thanks to his friend and also FBI agent and his wife (who work without their superiors' approval), they solve the murder and a plot to set off nuclear devices in the U.S. Lots of suspense! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kelly | 2/15/2014

    " despite some inappropriate and unnecessary language and such, this is an enjoyable story. the book was given to me by an acquaintance and i had no idea what it was about. i was happy that it wasn't a "western" like i thought it would be from the title. it takes place a year and a month after sept 11 and follows a man who works for an anti terrorist agency and his fbi agent wife as they try to uncover the questionable death of a colleague. if you can muddle through the muck, there is a great story stuck inside. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Vera | 2/14/2014

    " I love this guy. He tells a great story with such wit. I like a man who knows he's a jerk and enjoys it. Nelson is the most lovable male jerk on the planet, laughs at himself and appreciates women. The story is seamless and so enjoyable I couldn't put it down. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Q | 2/9/2014

    " I like DeMille's main protagonist, John Corey, a lot. The sarcasm gets me every time. This story isn't as exciting as his other books in this series, but the ending is fairly intense. Another fun, summertime read where you can shut your brain off and just enjoy a good story. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sylvia | 1/31/2014

    " A real page turner! I enjoy the John Corey character. I love the suspenseful & humorous way that DeMille writes and how he manages to capture his audience. As for the plot, although it sounds far fetched, it does make you wonder about how the corporate world is tied into politics and the influence it has on government decision making process. Worth a read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sharon Walton | 1/30/2014

    " I like John Corey. I don't usually go for character repeat books or "series," but DeMille's books are an exception. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Steve O'Brien | 1/17/2014

    " This is the first DeMille book I have read. I loved John Corey's snarkiness and humor. The book seemed to drag at points, but aspiring writers can learn much from his writing style. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Javier Rocha | 1/12/2014

    " Pretty scary to think something like this can actually happen. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Peter | 1/9/2014

    " Can't remember. (This review was written in July 2011, a few years after reading the book.) "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Robin Derosa | 1/7/2014

    " The concept of a self-inflicted nuclear attack to precipitate the distruction of the Islamic world is horrifying.....yet....I can see how some crazies could possibly justify this action in their own minds at least. The novel was compelling and in a post-9/11 world almost too realistic. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Andrea "Drea" | 1/3/2014

    " Creepy Consipracy Theory... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 K C | 11/29/2013

    " An somewhat interesting read but the writing style was not very creative. An engrossing story, however, that kept me up late a few nights. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Clark | 11/20/2013

    " Mutually Assured Destruction, Suitcase Nukes, Extremely Low Frequency (ELF) communications, Terrorist Task Force. Suspenseful detective work. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Scott | 8/16/2013

    " An entertaining read by DeMille. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Liz | 7/20/2013

    " the main character is irreverent and funny. kept me laughing out loud throughout the story "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jaime Babb | 4/5/2013

    " What a smart ass. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mark Graham | 2/9/2013

    " A totally serviceable airplane read. Nothing more, nothing less. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Patrick Santana | 1/31/2013

    " Worst of the John Corey series. Probably it's deathknell. DeMille wrote this under contract, and his heart is clearly not in it. Pass on it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kay | 1/12/2013

    " Another John Corey book. What more needs to be said. Full of action & humor making it another 'can't put the book down'! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Andrea | 1/5/2013

    " Not enough tension and suspense to carry a book of this length, but the topic was intriguing enough to keep me reading till the end - and hoping it could never really happen. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Shaun N | 12/29/2012

    " Interesting sequel to the Lions Game. Good twists and an overall good read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Russ Groblewski | 10/22/2012

    " This was a fast moving suspense novel. DeMille always talls a story with a twist, this is no exception. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Nicole | 8/5/2012

    " Probably would give this 3-1/2 stars if that were an option. It is definitely a page turner, but some of the plot is a bit far-fetched. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jane | 4/8/2012

    " DeMille never fails to deliver a great read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Monicadibartolo | 2/9/2012

    " This book is an easy read. It's also easy to put down but just as easy to get back into. It's a fiction about 9/11 and conspiracy issues. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lily | 8/19/2011

    " Not as good as Plum Island. Still a murder-mystery of sorts, but with a far fetched idea (I hope). The main character's ridiculousness wasn't as funny. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Shani | 8/6/2011

    " This was the first Nelson DeMille book that I read and I loved it. If you're looking for a quick story that will keep you turning the pages, this is a good place to start. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Graham | 6/20/2011

    " Unsure if it was fiction, or if it's simply an expose of the behind-the-scene workings of the neocons in the Bush/Cheney administration. Compelling... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Hanley5545 | 5/22/2011

    " So-so...red it to fill out the series..... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Beverly | 5/20/2011

    " I listened to this - my first Demille novel - was so suspenseful - different than what I usually read Not sure I would have liked reading it - was good for the car. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Edb | 5/20/2011

    " A very good book about nuclear war. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Greg | 5/7/2011

    " Nelson Demille can certainly write exciting, fast paced and hard to put down thrillers and this one is right up there with his best. Nothing like a good terrorist plot that comes down to the wire to keep you up late because you can't put the book down!! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ginny | 5/6/2011

    " My early impression was that the story line was just too far fetched. However, when I thought about the evil rich who control our country (i.e. Koch brothers) and the wild ideas of Donald Trump, it seemed a bit more plausible. Still, not as good as the DeMille books I've previously read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sami | 4/28/2011

    " I'm in love with John Corey I am I am. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Chris | 4/14/2011

    " "Read" this one on audio. The reader makes a lot of difference, I find, in whether I like the book or not. The reader for DeMille's books is terrific. And the story, always entertaining. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mary Ann | 4/2/2011

    " Great book! I wasn't crazy about some of the humor the main character had, but overall it was very well-written and really drew me in. The premise of the story fascinates me, and sadly it doesn't seem too far-fetched, either... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Bob | 4/1/2011

    " John Corey and his wife come up against a cunning adversary that's surprisingly likeable, as he is deadly.

    The description of a mastif having an erotic dream is worth the price of the book!!

    BEAR, LEFT!!! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kendar88 | 3/27/2011

    " Exciting book - I couldn't wait to get back in the car to hear more. Interesting topic and good ending. I was entertained the whole time although there were a few points that got a bit slow and repetative.

    Good mix of fact and fiction. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Judy | 3/24/2011

    " This was another book with John Corey and his FBI agent wife. It is a little scary to read this fictional plot to start a nuclear war but it did seem very plausible. Another real page-turner. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Matthew | 3/22/2011

    " Another great John Corey novel. Pretty scary ideas though if something like this were to actually happen. "

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About the Author
Author Nelson DeMille

Nelson Richard DeMille, a #1 New York Times bestselling author, was born in New York City. He was a first lieutenant in the United States Army (1966–69) and saw action as an infantry platoon leader with the First Cavalry Division in Vietnam. His first major novel, By the Rivers of Babylon, is still in print, as are all his succeeding novels. He attended Hofstra University, where he received a degree in political science and history. He is the author of By the Rivers of Babylon, Cathedral, The Talbot Odyssey, Word of Honor, The Charm School, The Gold Coast, The General’s Daughter, Spencerville, Plum Island, The Lion’s Game, Up Country, The Gate House, Night Fall, Wild Fire, and The Lion. He also coauthored Mayday with Thomas Block and has contributed short stories, book reviews, and articles to magazines and newspapers. A member of the Authors Guild, the Mystery Writers of America, and American Mensa, he holds honorary doctorates from Hofstra University, Long Island University, and Dowling College.

About the Narrator

Scott Brick, actor, narrator, and writer, attended UCLA and spent ten years in a traveling Shakespeare company. Passionate about the spoken word, he has narrated a wide variety of audiobooks, from thrillers and science fiction to classics and nonfiction. He has recorded more than eight hundred audiobooks and won over fifty AudioFile Earphones Awards and several of the prestigious Audie Awards. He was named a Golden Voice by AudioFile magazine and the Voice of Choice for 2016 by Booklist magazine.