Plum Island

Plum Island[KINDLE] ✽ Plum Island By Nelson DeMille – Oaklandjobs.co.uk NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER

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Wounded in the line of duty, NYPD homicide detective John Corey convalesces in the Long Is NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLERCELEBRATING THE th ANNIVERSARY WITH A NEW FOREWORD BY THE AUTHORWounded in the line of duty, NYPD homicide detective John Corey convalesces in the Long Island township of Southold, home to farmers, fishermenand at least one killer Tom and Judy Gordon, a young, attractive couple Corey knows, have been found on their patio, each with a bullet in the head The local police chief, Sylvester Maxwell, wants Corey's bigcity expertise, but Maxwell gets than he bargained for John Corey doesn't like mysteries, which is why he likes to solve them His investigations lead him into the lore, legends, and ancient secrets of northern Long Island deadly and dangerous than he could ever have imagined During his journey of discovery, he meets two remarkable women, Detective Beth Penrose and Mayflower descendant Emma Whitestone, both of whom change his life irrevocably Ultimately, through his understanding of the murders, John Corey comes to understand himself Fastpaced and atmospheric, marked by entrancing characters, incandescent storytelling, and brilliant comic touches, Plum Island is Nelson DeMille at his thrillinducing best.

Keep in mind that I read this book a little over a decade and a half ago, yet the story is as vivid today as it was then. Damn. That is the genius that is Nelson Demille.

The book starts with a convalescing John Corey, formerly of the NYPD, who wants nothing more than to drink beer while relaxing at his Uncle's Long Island beach house. When two prominent scientists (who worked at a secret research facility on Plum Island) are murdered, John is drafted to investigate the deaths. With acerbic wit and deliberate misdirection, he goes on to solve the case.

The humor in this book was unexpected yet it was exactly what was required in order to elevate the story beyond the mundane.

Be sure to read The Lion's Game as well, which is a book that, although published in 2000, portends the 9/11 tragedy with uncanny accuracy.
With any review I do, I ask myself a single question: How much do you care whether or not people read this book. This time, the answer is not so simple. I honestly have no idea whether or not people are interested in Nelson DeMille. Dude has a following. He doesn't need my help. Also, he's not terrible, so I don't feel the need to be satirical with my review. He's somewhere between Greg Iles and Howard Stern. Basically, this guy writes really verbose books for middle-aged men. There's some mention of sex or tits or ass on every page. Much beer is swilled. Everyone cracks wise. If you like that kind of thing, you should enjoy yourself. If not, you'll likely hate it.

I should have hated this book. It was predictable, the comedy wasn't always funny, and the writing was basic and repetitive. The main character is a womanizer who sees every woman he comes across as an object to be filled, and the women he meets along the way actually like that about him. There's one point where a woman says, (I'm paraphrasing) You're not like most men, John. Most men want to know more about me. You just want to have sex. I like that about you. I had to laugh. I know some of you ladies like a stiff dick just as much as we like a place to put it, but this came off as silly in places. None of the women in this book could be confused with strong, independent females. One lady who's a homicide detective allows the MC to leave her behind because she might get her fragile little self hurt. Oh fuck off.

The odd part is, I never wanted to stop reading, and the best excuse I have for that is this analogy.

You know that one stupid-as-fuck friend we all have? Well, if you don't, you're probably that friend. Just saying. Anyballs, so we all have that one friend who's dumber than a load of bricks dropped on a horny ostrich, but they are fun to be around. If you need a math problem done, you're not going to call Nelson. But if you're in a mood to drink thirty beers and burn some shit, Nelson's definitely your go to guy. You don't invite him around your girlfriend because he's rude and disgusting. But if you're ever expecting a tussle with a buncha inebriated rednecks, Nelson's gonna fuck 'em up for you. Yeah, that's this book.

And yes. To address the 800-pound swinging dick in the room, yes, this book is overlong. No book of this kind should be almost 600 pages. But, once again, I never once wanted to stop reading. Take that for what it's worth.

In summation: If Columbo took all season to solve a case instead of a single episode, and then, while he was attempting to solve the crime, he catcalled every passing female and fucked the ones who didn't run away, this book would be the result. You're either going to love it or hate it. Me? I'm in the middle. I'd read more about this character, but I'd have to be in the right mood for him. You ladies have your Mommy Porn and such. Guys have Nelson DeMille. As far as I see it, we're even.

Final Judgment: The most sexist thing you're likely to enjoy. I really enjoyed this book. It's my second favorite by DeMille after Gold Coast. Gold Coast is an excellent read and I have read it twice, which I don't do too often-rarely in fact. But Plum Island is great because of the main character's wry sense of humor. This kind of humor that does not overshadow the story or cast shade on the character makes this book unique. I had to set the book down on my chest to laugh out loud a few times. This book is also unique because it has a ninety page boat chase that did not grow tiresome. Only a true wordsmith can pull this off.
If you like a great thriller I highly recommend this one.
David Putnam author of The Bruno Johnson series. I read this back when I only gave star ratings. It was enjoyable, but I have never tried more in the John Corey series.

The main reason for writing this is because someone liked my star only rating today and it made me remember that this book holds a very high honor: It was my very first audiobook!

I finished it on May 20th, 2014 and it is now May 22nd 2020 and I have read 365 audiobooks in that time. So, I guess you could say that this book created a monster! I will forever remember this book as the one I painstakingly read in tiny font, all 574 pages of it, and found that it could have been shortened to less than half of the pages without reducing any substance or plot whatsoever. What a waste of time.
I was expecting some big story or conspiracy to unfold, as that's what I was lead to believe by reading the back cover. Dead scientists who used to work in an animal research facility, dealing with viruses and bacteria--sounds promising isn't it? Too bad, the problem and investigation part of the story filled probably only half of the book. The rest? An overly-deep exploration into the main character's thinking. No kidding. If you want to read this book, expect to read the main character's dialectical dialogue with himself throughout most of the book. Though thankfully this main character's pretty funny, so I did find myself still being entertained at times.
However, back to my expectation about how the story's going to unfold, I got disappointed again. I was expecting something big in the plot, maybe a twist, maybe something that involves risk to the bigger community, maybe some more action, maybe some secret--but the answer to the mystery was just personal, relating to the victims themselves.
The way the story unfolds is slow; and there's lots of spaces in the story that are filled with the main character's conversation with himself. I couldn't believe I was already past halfway and the story told very little about the mystery itself. At that point though, I felt that I knew the main character so well I could predict what he's going to do next.
All in all, don't expect this to be a fast-paced thriller/mystery but expect this to be a light read about your usual murder investigation with a somewhat-funny main character that you'll know better than your mum by the end of this book.
I probably wouldn't have picked up this book if it weren't for a group I was in suggesting it. I have never read anything by this author, and to be honest I never really heard of him before this.

I really enjoyed this book. It started off a little slowly, and the main character John Corey was such a sarcastic SOB that he was great! I liked his style and his humor
although I'm not sure I was really supposed to like him. John is a homicide detective with the NYPD and is currently recuperating in the North Fork of Long Island from being shot three times. He is approached by the local sheriff Max to help with a double murder. John is reluctant to help, and the only reason he does help is because he knows the victims.

The case itself, a wife and husband are found outside their home dead. The next door neighbor insists that they came home late on their boat, but never heard the gun going off. The problem that makes this case so dangerous, the couple worked on Plum Island which contains a virus and bacteria research facility. Of course they only look at diseases that affect animals, because the US government has signed a policy stating they do not do germ warfare research. Yeah. Okay. So the feds, the CIA, the local police and whoever else has a badge, is searching to see if the couple was killed because of their job on the island. Did they steal a deadly virus that can wipe out the world, did they steal a vaccine so they could make themselves billions of dollars or is this just a case of a home burglary gone wrong. John Corey thinks he knows, and he thinks that he is the only one who can solve this case.

After the beginning, maybe about 20-30 pages, the book really picked up the pace and John made the book interesting. His theories were intriguing, and his humor and sarcasm kept me in touch with his character. I liked that I wasn't able to guess what was really going on, and that there were a few surprises along the way. I also liked the setting of the book and that it's in close proximity to where I live, and I have actually been to some of the places mentioned.

I just found out that this is the first in a series, so I'm going to look into the next book. My dad works on Plum Island
the real one. I was dying to read this book because it's about my home on Long Island and because I know quite a bit about PLum Island, so I wanted to see what Demille would do with the story. Indulge my rant, if you will


Plum Island is a biosafety level 3 lab off the coast of the north fork of LI that studies animal deseases like Foot & Mouth, Mad Cow, etc., and does everything they can to keep these diseases out of the US and protect the livestock in our country. The island is shrouded in mystery because the public is not allowed there and much of what they work on is only know in the world of science. People in the local community are often skeptical of the work they do, creating such lovely rumors of animal abuse and biological warfare studies.

DeMille takes hysteria to new levels and heights of impossibility by fabricating a story that is not only dull at times, but completely UNbeleivable at others. In the story, the lab is classified as a Zone 5 (which doesn't exist in the real world), and contains such lovely biohazards as ebola, anthrax, and every other weapon known to science that can wipe out entire populations with a sneeze. The scientists on the island are also allowed to bring their own boats to work, and people from the local historical society have been conducting archaeological digs around the island. Ridiculous.

The main character of the book is trying to solve a murder, but don't bother reading the story if you don't like chauvinistic males who characterize themselves as close-minded pricks who only want a good lay. I was annoyed through most of the book simply because of the main character's inner dialogue. Not to mention the fact that he is a cop who sleeps with witnesses, and nearly murders the main suspect. REALLY?! Is this a joke?

Anyway, if you're from the North Fork, this book will annoy you. If you're from anywhere else and you're a woman, this book will annoy you. If you're a dude who sleeps around, and lives by the mantra ignorance is bliss this book is for you. Meet John Corey. He's a wise-cracking, know-it-all detective recovering at his deceased relative's house in the Long Island area.

Wouldn't you know it there he is minding his own business when all of a sudden . . . you get the idea.

Well crafted murder mystery. DeMille gets the subculture of Long Island.

OVERALL GRADE: A minus to A.

I sat here for a good while considering what to rate this book. I came very close to giving it 5 stars and am still thinking it over (I reserve the right to come back and up the rating if I decide to, LOL).

This is an excellent book in a genre that I don't usually find my favorite. It's well written with a likeable yet infuriating protagonist. (Not too unlike Harry Dresden if that's a reference you're familiar with.) He does hit one of my annoyance buttons which I'll mention later under a spoiler warning.

What else, well the plot is a good one with hook that while not new can be tricky to use well (view spoiler)[ I mean pirate treasure can get hokey fast (hide spoiler)] The opening of the Corey series. DeMille weaves a complicated, but credible plot. Two scientists working at a bio-hazard, isolated government lab are murdered. Could it be terrorism? Theft of horrible pathogens?
An excerpt, relevant to today's pandemic:

'The last big deadly human influenza epidemic in the world was in 1918. There were about twenty million dead worldwide, including five hundred thousand in the U.S. Based on our present population, U.S. dead would be one and a half million. And the 1918 virus wasn't particularly virulent, and of course travel was much slower and less frequent. Today, the highways and skyways can spread infectious virus around the world in days.'

Corey is the ultimate rude, snarky, intolerant New Yorker. He bashes his way through the investigation, abusing everyone in his path, but finding the secrets behind the murders.
DeMille does a wonderful job of revealing the layer of the plot and supplies heart-pounding action and a string of surprises in the last chapters.
In later books, Corey is married to his bright and long-suffering wife, Kate. He hasn't met her yet in this book, but Corey partners with Beth, a local detective, who is in every meaningful way a clone of Kate. Well, an author can come up with only so many truly distinct personalities. Scott Turow excepted.

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    This guide aims to show you how to download one killer Tom and Judy Gordon, a young, attractive couple Corey knows, have been found on their patio, each with a bullet in the head The local police chief, Sylvester Maxwell, wants Corey's bigcity expertise, but Maxwell gets than he bargained for John Corey doesn't like mysteries, which is why he likes to solve them His investigations lead him into the lore, legends, and ancient secrets of northern Long Island deadly and dangerous than he could ever have imagined During his journey of discovery, he meets two remarkable women, Detective Beth Penrose and Mayflower descendant Emma Whitestone, both of whom change his life irrevocably Ultimately, through his understanding of the murders, John Corey comes to understand himself Fastpaced and atmospheric, marked by entrancing characters, incandescent storytelling, and brilliant comic touches, Plum Island is Nelson DeMille at his thrillinducing best.
    Keep in mind that I read this book a little over a decade and a half ago, yet the story is as vivid today as it was then. Damn. That is the genius that is Nelson Demille.

    The book starts with a convalescing John Corey, formerly of the NYPD, who wants nothing more than to drink beer while relaxing at his Uncle's Long Island beach house. When two prominent scientists (who worked at a secret research facility on Plum Island) are murdered, John is drafted to investigate the deaths. With acerbic wit and deliberate misdirection, he goes on to solve the case.

    The humor in this book was unexpected yet it was exactly what was required in order to elevate the story beyond the mundane.

    Be sure to read The Lion's Game as well, which is a book that, although published in 2000, portends the 9/11 tragedy with uncanny accuracy.
    With any review I do, I ask myself a single question: How much do you care whether or not people read this book. This time, the answer is not so simple. I honestly have no idea whether or not people are interested in Nelson DeMille. Dude has a following. He doesn't need my help. Also, he's not terrible, so I don't feel the need to be satirical with my review. He's somewhere between Greg Iles and Howard Stern. Basically, this guy writes really verbose books for middle-aged men. There's some mention of sex or tits or ass on every page. Much beer is swilled. Everyone cracks wise. If you like that kind of thing, you should enjoy yourself. If not, you'll likely hate it.

    I should have hated this book. It was predictable, the comedy wasn't always funny, and the writing was basic and repetitive. The main character is a womanizer who sees every woman he comes across as an object to be filled, and the women he meets along the way actually like that about him. There's one point where a woman says, (I'm paraphrasing) You're not like most men, John. Most men want to know more about me. You just want to have sex. I like that about you. I had to laugh. I know some of you ladies like a stiff dick just as much as we like a place to put it, but this came off as silly in places. None of the women in this book could be confused with strong, independent females. One lady who's a homicide detective allows the MC to leave her behind because she might get her fragile little self hurt. Oh fuck off.

    The odd part is, I never wanted to stop reading, and the best excuse I have for that is this analogy.

    You know that one stupid-as-fuck friend we all have? Well, if you don't, you're probably that friend. Just saying. Anyballs, so we all have that one friend who's dumber than a load of bricks dropped on a horny ostrich, but they are fun to be around. If you need a math problem done, you're not going to call Nelson. But if you're in a mood to drink thirty beers and burn some shit, Nelson's definitely your go to guy. You don't invite him around your girlfriend because he's rude and disgusting. But if you're ever expecting a tussle with a buncha inebriated rednecks, Nelson's gonna fuck 'em up for you. Yeah, that's this book.

    And yes. To address the 800-pound swinging dick in the room, yes, this book is overlong. No book of this kind should be almost 600 pages. But, once again, I never once wanted to stop reading. Take that for what it's worth.

    In summation: If Columbo took all season to solve a case instead of a single episode, and then, while he was attempting to solve the crime, he catcalled every passing female and fucked the ones who didn't run away, this book would be the result. You're either going to love it or hate it. Me? I'm in the middle. I'd read more about this character, but I'd have to be in the right mood for him. You ladies have your Mommy Porn and such. Guys have Nelson DeMille. As far as I see it, we're even.

    Final Judgment: The most sexist thing you're likely to enjoy. I really enjoyed this book. It's my second favorite by DeMille after Gold Coast. Gold Coast is an excellent read and I have read it twice, which I don't do too often-rarely in fact. But Plum Island is great because of the main character's wry sense of humor. This kind of humor that does not overshadow the story or cast shade on the character makes this book unique. I had to set the book down on my chest to laugh out loud a few times. This book is also unique because it has a ninety page boat chase that did not grow tiresome. Only a true wordsmith can pull this off.
    If you like a great thriller I highly recommend this one.
    David Putnam author of The Bruno Johnson series. I read this back when I only gave star ratings. It was enjoyable, but I have never tried more in the John Corey series.

    The main reason for writing this is because someone liked my star only rating today and it made me remember that this book holds a very high honor: It was my very first audiobook!

    I finished it on May 20th, 2014 and it is now May 22nd 2020 and I have read 365 audiobooks in that time. So, I guess you could say that this book created a monster! I will forever remember this book as the one I painstakingly read in tiny font, all 574 pages of it, and found that it could have been shortened to less than half of the pages without reducing any substance or plot whatsoever. What a waste of time.
    I was expecting some big story or conspiracy to unfold, as that's what I was lead to believe by reading the back cover. Dead scientists who used to work in an animal research facility, dealing with viruses and bacteria--sounds promising isn't it? Too bad, the problem and investigation part of the story filled probably only half of the book. The rest? An overly-deep exploration into the main character's thinking. No kidding. If you want to read this book, expect to read the main character's dialectical dialogue with himself throughout most of the book. Though thankfully this main character's pretty funny, so I did find myself still being entertained at times.
    However, back to my expectation about how the story's going to unfold, I got disappointed again. I was expecting something big in the plot, maybe a twist, maybe something that involves risk to the bigger community, maybe some more action, maybe some secret--but the answer to the mystery was just personal, relating to the victims themselves.
    The way the story unfolds is slow; and there's lots of spaces in the story that are filled with the main character's conversation with himself. I couldn't believe I was already past halfway and the story told very little about the mystery itself. At that point though, I felt that I knew the main character so well I could predict what he's going to do next.
    All in all, don't expect this to be a fast-paced thriller/mystery but expect this to be a light read about your usual murder investigation with a somewhat-funny main character that you'll know better than your mum by the end of this book.
    I probably wouldn't have picked up this book if it weren't for a group I was in suggesting it. I have never read anything by this author, and to be honest I never really heard of him before this.

    I really enjoyed this book. It started off a little slowly, and the main character John Corey was such a sarcastic SOB that he was great! I liked his style and his humor
    although I'm not sure I was really supposed to like him. John is a homicide detective with the NYPD and is currently recuperating in the North Fork of Long Island from being shot three times. He is approached by the local sheriff Max to help with a double murder. John is reluctant to help, and the only reason he does help is because he knows the victims.

    The case itself, a wife and husband are found outside their home dead. The next door neighbor insists that they came home late on their boat, but never heard the gun going off. The problem that makes this case so dangerous, the couple worked on Plum Island which contains a virus and bacteria research facility. Of course they only look at diseases that affect animals, because the US government has signed a policy stating they do not do germ warfare research. Yeah. Okay. So the feds, the CIA, the local police and whoever else has a badge, is searching to see if the couple was killed because of their job on the island. Did they steal a deadly virus that can wipe out the world, did they steal a vaccine so they could make themselves billions of dollars or is this just a case of a home burglary gone wrong. John Corey thinks he knows, and he thinks that he is the only one who can solve this case.

    After the beginning, maybe about 20-30 pages, the book really picked up the pace and John made the book interesting. His theories were intriguing, and his humor and sarcasm kept me in touch with his character. I liked that I wasn't able to guess what was really going on, and that there were a few surprises along the way. I also liked the setting of the book and that it's in close proximity to where I live, and I have actually been to some of the places mentioned.

    I just found out that this is the first in a series, so I'm going to look into the next book. My dad works on Plum Island
    the real one. I was dying to read this book because it's about my home on Long Island and because I know quite a bit about PLum Island, so I wanted to see what Demille would do with the story. Indulge my rant, if you will


    Plum Island is a biosafety level 3 lab off the coast of the north fork of LI that studies animal deseases like Foot & Mouth, Mad Cow, etc., and does everything they can to keep these diseases out of the US and protect the livestock in our country. The island is shrouded in mystery because the public is not allowed there and much of what they work on is only know in the world of science. People in the local community are often skeptical of the work they do, creating such lovely rumors of animal abuse and biological warfare studies.

    DeMille takes hysteria to new levels and heights of impossibility by fabricating a story that is not only dull at times, but completely UNbeleivable at others. In the story, the lab is classified as a Zone 5 (which doesn't exist in the real world), and contains such lovely biohazards as ebola, anthrax, and every other weapon known to science that can wipe out entire populations with a sneeze. The scientists on the island are also allowed to bring their own boats to work, and people from the local historical society have been conducting archaeological digs around the island. Ridiculous.

    The main character of the book is trying to solve a murder, but don't bother reading the story if you don't like chauvinistic males who characterize themselves as close-minded pricks who only want a good lay. I was annoyed through most of the book simply because of the main character's inner dialogue. Not to mention the fact that he is a cop who sleeps with witnesses, and nearly murders the main suspect. REALLY?! Is this a joke?

    Anyway, if you're from the North Fork, this book will annoy you. If you're from anywhere else and you're a woman, this book will annoy you. If you're a dude who sleeps around, and lives by the mantra ignorance is bliss this book is for you. Meet John Corey. He's a wise-cracking, know-it-all detective recovering at his deceased relative's house in the Long Island area.

    Wouldn't you know it there he is minding his own business when all of a sudden . . . you get the idea.

    Well crafted murder mystery. DeMille gets the subculture of Long Island.

    OVERALL GRADE: A minus to A.

    I sat here for a good while considering what to rate this book. I came very close to giving it 5 stars and am still thinking it over (I reserve the right to come back and up the rating if I decide to, LOL).

    This is an excellent book in a genre that I don't usually find my favorite. It's well written with a likeable yet infuriating protagonist. (Not too unlike Harry Dresden if that's a reference you're familiar with.) He does hit one of my annoyance buttons which I'll mention later under a spoiler warning.

    What else, well the plot is a good one with hook that while not new can be tricky to use well (view spoiler)[ I mean pirate treasure can get hokey fast (hide spoiler)] The opening of the Corey series. DeMille weaves a complicated, but credible plot. Two scientists working at a bio-hazard, isolated government lab are murdered. Could it be terrorism? Theft of horrible pathogens?
    An excerpt, relevant to today's pandemic:

    'The last big deadly human influenza epidemic in the world was in 1918. There were about twenty million dead worldwide, including five hundred thousand in the U.S. Based on our present population, U.S. dead would be one and a half million. And the 1918 virus wasn't particularly virulent, and of course travel was much slower and less frequent. Today, the highways and skyways can spread infectious virus around the world in days.'

    Corey is the ultimate rude, snarky, intolerant New Yorker. He bashes his way through the investigation, abusing everyone in his path, but finding the secrets behind the murders.
    DeMille does a wonderful job of revealing the layer of the plot and supplies heart-pounding action and a string of surprises in the last chapters.
    In later books, Corey is married to his bright and long-suffering wife, Kate. He hasn't met her yet in this book, but Corey partners with Beth, a local detective, who is in every meaningful way a clone of Kate. Well, an author can come up with only so many truly distinct personalities. Scott Turow excepted. "/>
  • Hardcover
  • 528 pages
  • Plum Island
  • Nelson DeMille
  • English
  • 01 March 2019
  • 9780446515061