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    Paperback ¶ Plum Island ePUB Á biologists at Plum Island, a research site rud to be an incubator for germ warfareSuddenly, a local double murder takes on shattering global implications and thrusts Corey and two extraordinary women into a dangerous search for the secret of Plum Island."/>
  • Paperback
  • 592 pages
  • Plum Island
  • Nelson DeMille
  • English
  • 09 November 2017
  • 0446679089

Plum Island✴ [BOOKS] ⚡ Plum Island By Nelson DeMille ✾ – Essayreview.co.uk The hair raising suspense of The General s Daughter the wry wit of The Gold Coastthis is vintage Nelson DeMille at the peak of his originality and the height of his powersWounded in the line of duty, The hair raising suspense of The General s Daughter the wry wit of The Gold Coastthis is vintage Nelson DeMille at the peak of his originality and the height of his powersWounded in the line of duty, NYPD homicide cop John Corey is convalescing in rural eastern Long Island when an attractive young couple he knows is found shot to death on the family patio The victims were biologists at Plum Island, a research site rud to be an incubator for germ warfareSuddenly, a local double murder takes on shattering global implications and thrusts Corey and two extraordinary women into a dangerous search for the secret of Plum Island.


About the Author: Nelson DeMille

Nelson Richard DeMille was born in New York City on August , to Huron and Antonia Panzera DeMille, then moved with his parents to Long Island He graduated from Elmont Memorial High School, where he played football and ran trackDeMille spent three years at Hofstra University, then joined the Army where he attended Officer Candidate School and was commissioned a Lieutenant in the United States Army He saw action in Vietnam as an infantry platoon leader with the First Cavalry Division and was decorated with the Air Medal, Bronze Star, and the Vietnamese Cross of GallantryAfter his discharge, DeMille returned to Hofstra University where he received his bachelor s degree in Political Science and History He has three children, Lauren, Alexander, and James, and resides on Long IslandDeMille s first major novel was By the Rivers of Babylon, published in , and is still in print as are all his succeeding novels He is a member of American Mensa, The Authors Guild, and is past president of the Mystery Writers of America He is also a member of International Thriller Writers and was chosen as ThrillerMaster of the Year He holds three honorary doctorates Doctor of Humane Letters from Hofstra University, Doctor of Literature from Long Island University, and Doctor of Humane Letters from Dowling CollegeNelson DeMille is the author of By the Rivers of Babylon, Cathedral, The Talbot Odyssey, Word of Honor, The Charm School, The Gold Coast, The General s Daughter, Spencerville, Plum Island, The Lion s Game, Up Country, Night Fall, Wild Fire, The Gate House, The Lion, The Panther, The Quest, Radiant Angel, The Cuban Affair and The Deserter He also co authored Mayday with Thomas Block and has contributed short stories to anthologies, and book reviews and articles to magazines and newspapers.


10 thoughts on “Plum Island

  1. says:

    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 nothingthan 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 a 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 nothingthan 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

  2. says:

    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 men 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 knowabout 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 readabout 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

  3. says:

    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 cha 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

  4. says:

    I read this back when I only gave star ratings It was enjoyable, but I have never triedin 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

  5. says:

    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 b 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 someaction, 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

  6. says:

    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 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

  7. says:

    My dad works on Plum Islandthe 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 willPlum 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 My dad works on Plum Islandthe 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 willPlum 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

  8. says:

    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 suddenyou get the idea.Well crafted murder mystery DeMille gets the subculture of Long Island OVERALL GRADE A minus to A.

  9. says:

    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 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 characters while not exactly jumping off the page are painted in true and at times even vibrant colors and remain true to themselves throughout the book You don t get deus ex machina kinds of getting out of a corner writing and the clues lead to an answer that works In other words you don t put everything together and come to a conclusion only to find that there s some vital clue you never got and the culprit turns out to be the old gardener who you met and saw for 5 lines in the second chapter While not an action book this is an intense book and will I think hold your interest The protagonist is snarky, sarcastic, and a general smart ass errr smart aleckwise guy who can t tell the right time to just keep his mouth shuta man after my own heart in other words, though even I rolled my eyes a few times I mean why borrow trouble And believe me, John does.This is my introduction to DeMille s work which I ve somehow missed up till now I don t think it will be my last baring unexpected demise or something So well written, nice mystery thriller with a satisfying hook and plot, I can recommend this one wholeheartedly Major Spoiler Below view spoiler Those of you who know me know I m not a romance fan and an all consuming romance will ruin a book for me in a heartbeat I hate wading through a primarily romantic yarn to get to a plot buried in the love story up to it s proverbial nose Here we get a romance and I give the author props I not only let my guard down but he got me My initial distrust of the love interest thinking she might be in on the plot gave way finally to a okay I like her and I hope she isn t one of the bad guys and then after I got sort of involvedhe killed her I was I admit surprised, and not completely positively I had come to care about the character and the protagonist DeMille did a good job and as unpleasant as it is to lose a character you like It shows I got involved in the book.Doesn t happen to me often in this context This book is well written hide spoiler

  10. says:

    With this novel I ve got beef Let s begin 1 It s twice as long as it needs to be 700 pages is an absurd length for a standard suspense detective novel And there s nothing special about this novel from a narrative standpoint to warrant this kind of length There s an initial mystery some intriguing facts the plot thickens TWIST plot comes together bad guy revealed final encounter resolution I ve read dozens upon dozens of books with this format, and I would be hard pressed to find a With this novel I ve got beef Let s begin 1 It s twice as long as it needs to be 700 pages is an absurd length for a standard suspense detective novel And there s nothing special about this novel from a narrative standpoint to warrant this kind of length There s an initial mystery some intriguing facts the plot thickens TWIST plot comes together bad guy revealed final encounter resolution I ve read dozens upon dozens of books with this format, and I would be hard pressed to find any that cracked 400 pages.2 So it s really long What does DeMille do with all of that extra spaceWell, faithful reader, I m glad you asked The answer is, he listens to himself talk There is so much time spent on just how witty and likeable and street smart John Corey our hero is that you can t help but get the sense that DeMille wishes he were him I put witty and likeable in quotes because, after 300 pages of being inside John s head, he is anything but these things First off, here s a guy who never met a bad or sexist or dirty or obvious joke he didn t like, and he dropped them every single chance he got What else about John Corey Here is a list of adjectives you could apply to him easily some of which he applied to himself directly sexist, chauvinist, elitist, crude, rude, arrogant, offensive, antagonistic, alcoholic, cocksure, egotistic, and obnoxious.The problem with this is that DeMille presents most of these attributes as endearing, suggesting that Corey s just a regular guy you d like to have a beer with The problem is, he s an ass He s a jerk to everyone He gives attitude in every single interaction he has in the book, but he hates it when someone gives it back He looks down his nose at the well off because they like wine and fine food when he just wants a beer and a burger He s irresistible to no less than two women, and even though he s his usual self around them, they just can t help but love him He hates old people He hates smart people He hates rich people He hates other security people And those he does like, you don t really know why.Also, he s the greatest thing that s ever happened to police work He knows all the right lines to work He finds all the leads He asks all the right questions and makes all the right assumptions Now, granted, this is nothing new in stories like this It s not much fun when your hero detective is clueless But good novels allow a give and take The hero gets the majority of the clues, but his colleagues and partners make significant contributions In this novel Corey s main partner is simply there Any contributions she makes are ancillary and really don t add anything Its the Superman problem A flawless hero is boring.3 The plot doesn t make much sense If you just let the story wash over your without asking any questions, then sure, you won t notice anything If you pause even briefly to poke at the mystery plot on which the novel is built, it s not long before water starts gushing through.4 I could go on, but I won t5 Well, actually, one last thing, because it s a big one HERE THERE BE SPOILERS At the end of the novel, Corey chases down the bad guy, intent on killing him The bad guy s killed a lot of people and raped and killed Corey s girlfriend of 3 days The whole rape thing, while awful, seems out of place when it s presented It s like DeMille wanted to really drive home how evil the bad guy is and need to tack something else horrific to his rap sheet because killing no less than 6 people wasn t enough Corey wants his revenge, and after outwitting the bad guy in an impossible situation, Corey takes a knife, breaks the bad guy s nose and mouth, scalps him Corey didn t like that he had hair plugs , and then guts him Yes, that s right, he guts him He takes the knife and slices open his abdomen then grabs the bad guy s intestines, pulls them out, and throws them in the bad guy s face Then he walks away leaving him to die.First off, this is pretty brutal Second, if the bad guy dies, it s 1st degree murder Anyway, the cops arrive, Corey tells them where the bad guy is and that he left him for dead Surprise The bad guy s still alive and is arrested and sent to prison to await trial And now you d expect Corey to be put in prison as well, right Right Wait, what He gets pats on the back and is rewarded as a hero cop In what world would this fly Corey didn t just try to kill him He tortured and mutilated him It s not as though he shot him with his service pistol in the line of duty He sadistically tortured him with the intent to leave him dead But the novel presents this as an OK thing It s a mind boggling ending Anyway, that s where the book ends The world goes back to normal, and there are apparentlyJohn Corey novels to come, because he s so great I should point out that Night Fall is one of those books, and THAT was maybe one of the most offensive books I ve ever read in my life Also, surprisingly, a book that suffers from the same issues as this one You d think I d learn my lesson

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