Monday, February 26, 2007

What I'm Reading - February 2007


Damn I love Nelson DeMille.

His latest book, Wildfire, tells the 4th adventure of DeMille's most popular character, Detective John Corey.

I have read alot of DeMille's books now, but the John Corey books are definitely my favs (although on any given day I might contradict myself and say that Gold Coast is his best, but it's a toss-up).

But as a general rule, I love reading DeMille. He has a wicked sense of humor that he almost always brings out thru the main character (in fact, John Corey's first adventure, Plum Island, has the distinction of being the first book I ever read that made me laugh out loud while reading).

Also, DeMille is, like me, a native Long Islander, and almost all of his stories take place here on this little rock, so it is always a hoot to read his yarns, as his characters usually spend their time traveling around places that I actually know and see every day.

In John Corey's latest adventure, the world's most obnoxious cop (and that's no lie... he usually acts like Bruce Willis' John Mclaine from Die Hard, on a reaaaallly bad day) is pitted up against a billionaire madman, and general chaos and hilarity ensues.

Honestly, if I ever met a real-life John Corey, I'd probably have to slug him one (or at the very least, kick him in the nuts and then run like Hell) because he is such an asshole, but dammit if he isn't one of the most fun literary characters ever to read along to.

Anyway, I thought this book, which takes place a few weeks before the start of the Iraq war in 2002, to be right up there with the other Corey outings. Corey continues to be written as a blisteringly funny bastard when he can afford to be, and deadly serious when he has to be.

Aside from a few slow going areas of the book early on, this was yet again another DeMille book that I found hard to put down. Or in my case, because I listen to the audio books on my Ipod, found hard to shut off

There Earl, happy now? Whenever I say "Hey Earl I'm reading a good book", he has to go all Erkle on me and blather "No, you are LISTENING to a good book". So there. Tard.

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