A very entertaining well written action packed murder mystery. John Corey, although tactless, crude, witty and sarcastic still emerges as the hero despite breaking all the rules (probably why we like him).
The novel is perhaps a bit too long as it does drag now and then, especially with the history of Plum Island. I did however really enjoy it and recommend it and will continue with DeMille and John Corey.
Straightforward style and linear story-telling that will appeal to many men but probably fewer women. Detective John Corey is a character very much along the lines of those created by David Hosp or John Grisham -- damaged, undisciplined, rambunctious; he's hell-bent on finding whoever killed his two friends and doesn't bother playing by the rules. DeMille has scaled back Corey's "wise-guy" patter that became tiresome in "The Lion", so I'm giving this book an extra half star for that. The rural, seaside Long Island setting provides atmosphere and helps to balance the ugliness of the murders and the unhelpful presence of CIA operatives with their own agenda -- not to mention the menace of virulent pathogens at a secretive research facility. DeMille's notable shortcoming is that his female characters are very attractively presented at the outset but he make little effort to flesh them out as really interesting people as David Hosp does. In this genre, I still like Hosp better.
John Corey has an eccentric sense of humor and at times he got on my nerves. I did enjoy the plot but I think the author made the book way longer than he needed to. Still, a very enjoyable read
An excellent forage into the mystery aquarium, written in a familiar frame, giving the reader a decent look into a new serial of epic fun and exploration. Not a bad read, and ranks with the best authors and character books that I've read.
Not one of DeMille's best. A little too repetitive and a bit boring. Was very fast moving at the end, but the story plot was a little too exaggerated for my taste. I have read numerous novels by this author and I usually love them, but this one was a little disappointing.
The story line was interesting and plausible but how the key character in the novel was developed detracted from the story and made the whole novel read more like a spoof.
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