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Nelson DeMille
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26 Jun 2007 John Corey

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, sex 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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  • Paperback: 672 pages
  • Publisher: Sphere; New Ed edition (26 Jun 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0751538272
  • ISBN-13: 978-0751538274
  • Product Dimensions: 10.9 x 17.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (36 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 65,194 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Nelson DeMille was born in New York City in 1943. He grew up on Long Island and graduated from Hofstra University with a degree of Political Science and History. After serving as an infantry officer in Vietnam, where he was decorated three times, DeMille worked as a journalist and short story writer. He wrote his first novel, By the Rivers of Babylon, in 1978 and has gone on to write many other international bestsellers, with sales of over 55 million copies in 24 languages. He lives on Long Island.

For more information on Nelson DeMille, go to: www.nelsondemille.net.

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Nelson DeMille writes big, fat thrillers that actually do thrill . . . Wild Fire is yet another . . . A book you can't put down until the sheer weight of the thing forces a rest. But don't worry, the pace of the story will soon have you speeding through it again (INDEPENDENT on Sunday)

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A John Corey adventure, which many are saying is his best book yet.

* Fast-paced and gripping, it is also one of the wittiest thrillers you'll ever read. Corey's deadplan humour marks him out as a true original.

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Good story, GREAT dialogues! 11 Sep 2007
For me this book was excellent. A very good terrorism background storyline combined with great new dialogue from what looks increasingly like my new favourite fiction hero, John Corey.

DeMille succeeds, in my eyes, to get you hooked from page 1 without ever letting you off that hook.

"Wildfire" was my 2nd DeMille book (after "Nightfall"), and if anything, I liked "Wildfire" even better. I meanwhile read "The Lion's Game", which also delivered from page 1 and throughout.

Great stuff - if you like Lee Child and his hero, Jack Reacher, you will LOVE "Wildfire" and John Corey!
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Lowest Common Denominator... 12 Feb 2007
Just as the TV series 24 began to sink more and more into right wing propaganda I have a sinking feeling that Nelson Demille is going the same way. Sure it will sell to a scared and conspiracy theory ridden audience but great fiction it is not.

Now before anyone accuses me of being a bleeding heart liberal I have no qualms with material of this nature as the book is fiction, nothing more and a writer should not be stopped from writing material that may potentially be confrontational, but I like it to be done in a thought provoking and interesting way and not sinking to sensationalism.

Right the downside out of the way...

I am usually a huge Nelson Demille fan and couldn't wait for the latest outing of John Corey and Kate Mayfield who were last seen thanking their lucky stars for bad traffic as they watch the twin towers crumble around them as they are late for their lunch appointment in the top of the North tower. Interesting Demille doesn't shy away from illustrating Americans (and particularly New Yorkers) fear at the environment that evolved post 9/11, this was something skilfully handled in a realistic manner that I was impressed with. This however is quickly surpassed as I feel Demille tries to over emphasise the point, I don't feel it is anything more sinister than that but I just wish some of the anti-Middle Eastern feeling in the book was in the background instead of the foreground. The obvious exception to that desire is the main protagonists but I just loathed quite how much a lot of the so called good guys empathise with the bad ones.

This is a brave attempt and at times it is vintage Corey and Demille, I just feel there are pathways in the book where Demille made a choice on how this book should read and I didn't feel they were the best choices. On top of that I found the ending too pantomime but that is a discussion for another time...
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A Fast Read But Very Predictable! 13 Jan 2007
By bobbewig TOP 1000 REVIEWER
I've read all of Demille's books and liked them all; of course, to varying degrees. I was very much looking forward to reading his latest, Wild Fire, prior to its release. Overall, Wild Fire held my interest from beginning to end -- but it is definitely not up to par for Demille. I found the premise of the plot to be interesting and and was expecting Demille to deliver the plot with his usual amount of suspense and surprises. Ultimately, however, the level of suspense was very limited, as was the surprise level. Further, the surprises Demille attempts to deliver are highly predictable. My main problem with Wild Fire was not the story, which, as I said, was entertaining enough. My problem pertains to my rapidly growing dislike of Demille's main character, John Corey, who has now been the featured character in three books. Corey's constant wise cracks and know-it-all attitude is much more annoying to me than humorous, and Demille has allowed Corey to become "the real story" in Wild Fire. I'm about to the point that I might skip future Demille books that focus on Corey. In addition, while character development is usually a major strength of Demille's, almost all of the other characters in Wild Fire are one-dimensional at best, and the villain lacks credibility. I don't think you'll dislike Wild Fire, and if it's your first Demille book, you'll probably be very satisfied by it. However, if you're a long-time Demille fan, I think you'll find it, as I did, to not be up to this author's usual high standard.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Super Thriller 2 April 2009
Fantastic book, this book was kept alive with the character of John Corey, his sharp wit benefited the plot and storyline throughout.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars "I hate wiseasses unless they are me" 24 Dec 2007
This is another very good novel by one of those writers that above everything else has the ability to hold the reader's attention without letting go. Although there are a few points in this lengthy novel at which the technical details may get a little overwhelming, the final result is still extremely positive; this is one griping and thought-provoking story. The fact that this is a work of fiction that has many aspects that resemble reality, and many others that seem plausible, helps increase its interest level. Then, there is the main character, who is the person in charge to narrate the vast majority of the events and that provides us with a full demonstration of how good is the humor that DeMille delivers.

Faithful readers of this author have probably come across the character of John Corey and his wife Kate Mayfield in the past. He is an ex-NYPD detective that is now working in the FBI and can appreciate the nuances that come with having your wife as a superior officer at work. In this case, when John's friend and coworker, Harry Muller, goes missing while on assignment, John and Kate quickly get involved in the case, which has to do with a ruthless and explosive plan to change the world dynamics.

This novel will be appreciated mostly by people that have enjoyed the John Corey past novels, because if you like his personality, you are almost half-way there. John is an abrasive guy, who speaks his mind, has a never-ending stream of sarcastic comments and hammers his point home relentlessly. In this novel, I could not help but laugh out loud at his obsession about bears.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Good, solid Nelson DeMille stuff.
I've never read a DeMille book that I didn't love, and this book was no different. Plus, it features John Corey.
Published 6 hours ago by senna
2.0 out of 5 stars Severely Damaged Packaging
While the discs themselves were in good condition, the same could not be said for the packaging, which appeared to have been dragged through a hedge backwards!
Published 5 days ago by MR M R BROWNING
4.0 out of 5 stars A great romp of a tale
A well thought out plot containing enought twists to keep you thouroughly interested to the end. Enjoyable and plausable. Read more
Published 7 days ago by waldenator
5.0 out of 5 stars Wild Fire
As always with a Nelson Demille book you are held spellboound until the last word. He really is a master of his craft. Read more
Published 3 months ago by ANN MARKHAM
5.0 out of 5 stars Wild Fire; Nelson deMille
Suoerb book. Recommened to all my family. The whole John Corey series is well worth reading. The ones with his wife Kate Mayfield are particularly good
Published 8 months ago by L Wells
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome
Could not put this book down! Definitely food for thought and very scary to think these things could be happening!!!
Published 9 months ago by Julie Simpson
5.0 out of 5 stars good read
enjoyable, entertaining style. strong plot. onne of those books you do not wish to put down until you have finished.
Published 10 months ago by peter holton
3.0 out of 5 stars Story OK
Too many "wisecracks" which distracted the reader from the storyline
Hope future John Corey are more serious and less anti-female!
Published 10 months ago by J. C. Kerr
4.0 out of 5 stars Reissues
It is yet another reissue and I have more than once been conned (by a change of jacket et al. For the future I will be a lot more careful in my buying choices
Published 11 months ago by John Lovelady
5.0 out of 5 stars Wild Fire
As usual quite involved in the plot working up to an exciting finish. All the books have different but linked stories.
Published 14 months ago by R. Unsted
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