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By the Rivers of Babylon

I’ll start this review off with a note about the author; Nelson DeMille.  I yet to read one of his novels that was not top rate.  I haven’t read all of his books (I’m getting close), but this man can write.  Thanks a lot Mr. DeMille!

“You couldn’t make a political or diplomatic move in the Middle East without tripping over five thousand years of history and bad blood. That was something the Americans, for instance, never understood. Events that took place three millennia ago were brought up at international conferences as though they had taken place the week before last. Given all that, was there hope for any of them? “But not so strange.”

The Deserter

“The worst thing was watching his body wither away from captivity and malnutrition. His most reliable and powerful tool, becoming this limp and desiccated thing. He touched his left arm beneath the white tunic he was wearing. Already the muscle tone was coming back. It had never fully gone. He had just let them think it had; that his will was spent, that his body had become an impotent object, drained of its lethal venom. They were fooled, and it was the last mistake they ever made.”


In Getaway, two known authors; Nelson DeMille (one of my favorites) and Lisa Scottoline combine forces to write a story using their popular characters; John Corey and Bennie Rosato.

Corey is at a remote lake recuperating from injury when he runs into Rosato who is frantic about something she saw while walking in the woods.  It turns out that they are “lake” neighbors and both strong characters.

The Cuban Affair

Mac spent five years fighting for his country in Afghanistan and saw many terrible things.  He now scrapes by taking tourists on fishing expeditions out of Key West, Florida.  He seems to be at the point where he’ll listen to any reasonable offer as is the case when a secretive group offers him millions of dollars to travel to Cuba to pick up a package.  To make matters more tempting, his companion will be an attractive, young woman.

The Charm School

charm schoolAuthor Nelson DeMille takes back to the Cold War deep inside Soviet Russia where United States’ “diplomats” work inside Moscow seemingly simultaneously against the KGB and the American diplomatic community…

“I need the truth.  The real truth, not the Soviet truth.  I need some information on a former Red Air Force training facility…North of Borodino…A former ground school.  The Komitet uses it for other purposes.  You know the one I mean, don’t you?…but it must not be too important, General, or you’d have told me long ago…It is so important, Colonel, so potentially dangerous for the future of Soviet-American relations and world peace, that it is better left alone…If you know anything about the facility at Borodino, you will know that getting me out of here is a cheap price for what I can tell you…It will blow your mind, Colonel.”

Radiant Angel

imageJohn Corey is back fighting for the safety of the United States against a new enemy who is actually an old enemy. In Radiant Angel Corey faces a diabolical plot when he is on what he thinks is a routine surveillance operation. Author Nelson DeMille creates a spellbinding race against time to stop a plot that could kill millions and bring the country to its knees.

this is the seventh book in DeMille’s John Corey series and it lives up to the standards previously set.  There is a minor backstory regarding his wife who was more prominent in the previous novels that makes me look forward to the next novel.


spencerville 1Keith Landry has survived the tumultuous 1960s, the Vietnam war, and a career fighting the Cold War mostly on “enemy” turf only to find himself up against a local cop who happens to be married to the woman Landry left all of those years ago.  In Spencerville a man of the world moves back to the small town where he was raised.  Things have changed; some of them at least.  Landry is not sure why he returned to his parents’ house.  They have moved to sunny Florida and have lease most of the family farm fields to others.  Something or someone has drawn him back and that may spell trouble…okay it is trouble.

The Gate House

gate houseAuthor Nelson DeMille has become one of my favorite writers.  His characters are wonderful and the leading man is often somewhat irascible which makes for some interesting dialogues and asides.  In The Gate House, John Sutter returns home after ten years to his small, affluent hometown of the Gold Coast of Long Island.  Sutter fled after a series of events brought down his world and he is not all that happy about running into relatives and former relatives as he arrives to visit a dying friend from whom he rents space at her house.

The General’s Daughter

generals daughter 1We are introduced to Army Criminal Investigation Division’s Paul Brenner.  The CID investigates crimes committed by military personnel to both protect the military and prosecute the offenders and sometimes there is some question about which comes first.  In The General’s Daughter author Nelson DeMille thrusts Brenner into the middle of a heinous murder of a soldier (if you consider the title you’ll consider who the victim was) on an Army base.  Brenner already on site conducting an undercover operation is enlisted to work on the case with a former “associate” with whom he has had a past, bad relationship.  Brenner not only not has to maneuver the crime scene, but military politics.  Because of the high profile victim he has a deadline before the FBI intervenes and the Army does not want that.

Up Country

up countryNelson DeMille has become one of my favorite authors.  I only discovered his work a year or so ago, but he has never disappointed.  In Up Country  DeMille pulls from his experience fighting in Vietnam and I have to wonder how much detail revealed by character Paul Brenner was actually DeMille’s.

In the novel Brenner is a retired Army investigator from the Criminal Investigation Division.  He is asked by a former superior to investigate a crime.  The only problem is that the crime was perpetrated in Vietnam…thirty years ago.  So Mr. Brenner begins his journey back to his past on what seems to be a secret mission though he is suspicious that there is more to the investigation that he has been told.