Radiant Angel

Radiant Angel

Large Print - 2015
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"A soft breeze fluttered the white, blue, and red Russian flag in front of the U.N. mission. I remember when the Soviet hammer and sickle flew there. I kind of miss the Cold War. But I think it's back."

RADIANT ANGEL

After a showdown with the notorious Yemeni terrorist known as The Panther, John Corey has left the Anti-Terrorist Task Force and returned home to New York City, taking a job with the Diplomatic Surveillance Group. Although Corey's new assignment with the DSG-surveilling Russian diplomats working at the U.N. Mission-is thought to be "a quiet end," he is more than happy to be out from under the thumb of the FBI and free from the bureaucracy of office life.

But Corey realizes something the U.S. government doesn't: The all-too-real threat of a newly resurgent Russia.

When Vasily Petrov, a colonel in the Russian Foreign Intelligence Service posing as a diplomat with the Russian U.N. Mission, mysteriously disappears from a Russian oligarch's party in Southampton, it's up to Corey to track him down. What are the Russians up to and why? Is there a possible nuclear threat, a so-called radiant angel? Will Corey find Petrov and put a stop to whatever he has planned before it's too late? Or will Corey finally be outrun and outsmarted, with America facing the prospect of a crippling attack unlike anything it's ever seen before?

Prescient and chilling. DeMille's new novel takes us into the heart of a new Cold War with a clock-ticking plot that has Manhattan in its crosshairs.
Publisher: New York : Grand Central Publishing, 2015.
Edition: large print edition
ISBN: 9781455589593
Characteristics: 456 pages (large print) ; 24 cm.
Alternative Title: Also known as: A Quiet End

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PCPL
Jun 27, 2017

Great as usual.

in this one demille invades Bond territory, as a SMERSH-like agent from Moscow attempts to nuke Manhattan. It's up to loose cannon John Cory to stop him. Helping Corey is a lissome govt. agent. Somehow Corey keeps not contacting his wife, who is in another agency, and is in Washington. This one has oodles of suspense, a tad or two of wit, very little lust, and the golf games and expensive meals of a Bond are absent.

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zipread
Aug 17, 2016

Radiant Angel --- by. --- Nelson DeMille.
DeMille tells tall tales. Improbably tall tales. But he tells them well. And therein hangs the tale. John Corey, National Security Agent is supposed to be no-brain work following Soviet, scratch that Putin's Russian agents accredited to the U.N. This is work that any beat cop full of donuts could do, right?
Except, one day, Corey and his sidekick lose track of the thug their supposed to follow and come across an evil plan the vaporize New York City with a portable 12 kiloton nuclear bomb.
Improbable, yes. But still a good tale. Especially if you enjoy DeMille's penchant for giving our hero a rather sarcastic, at times dark sense of humour.
DeMilleis no stranger to outrageous plots; no stranger to story lines that resolve themselves seconds before disaster;no stranger to a hero who really has no use for by-the-rules authority. Isn't Corey a bit like many of us would like to be at least a little like?

To date DeMille has written seven John Corey novel. This is the most recent of them so I guess I'll be reading the series in reverse order.
My recommendation? Read 'em; devour 'em; enjoy 'em.
I'd give this novel six stars if I could.

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dannnn
Oct 01, 2015

A little slow and wordy. Not his best but ok.

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harrybosch
Sep 23, 2015

Sadly DeMille continues his rapid descent into mediocrity. Gone is the superb writer that gave us The Gold Coast, The Gate House and Plum Island among others. This book was mainly boring, with the only object being to see how much sarcasm John Corey could come up with. Don't waste your time. DeMille no longer seems to care.

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aprinterslife
Sep 15, 2015

My favorite writer of all time and probably his worst book. Plot stumbles along on a predictable story line.

harrybrowne Sep 14, 2015

Utterly godawful. Paranoia much? Russia is not fomenting wars across the globe like the U.S. Remember that the only country to drop the bomb was the U.S.
Pure drivel. And badly written.

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somchay
Sep 12, 2015

Started off good, but the conclusion was rushed and predictable. Almost like a James Bond plot. It seemed like he got tired of writing this and just wanted to wrap it up as quickly as possible.

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nitetraino
Aug 17, 2015

An unrewarding, unfulfilled novel of massacre.

pj2thek Aug 17, 2015

funny in parts but lame in general. u know nothing's gonna happen, as usual. so why read it. i skimmed the last 20 pages or so cuz eh, good guys always win. im sick of that. s'why kilborn/konrath books are better. i used to like demille. not so much now oh, and he has this annoying way of writing dialogue, and using superfluous words to break up the sentences, like "he added" "he informed" "he let me know"....so u dont know if its a continuation of the thought or a new one. it got to the point where it was like a game. how not to use "said" and see how many other ways to state it without needing to in the first place.

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