The Deserter (Signed Book)

The Deserter (Signed Book)

by Nelson DeMille, Alex DeMille

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Overview

A taut, psychologically suspenseful military thriller from #1 New York Times bestselling author Nelson DeMille—writing with his son, screenwriter Alex DeMille—about two army investigators on the hunt in Venezuela for an army deserter who might know too much about a secret Pentagon operation.

When Captain Kyle Mercer of the Army’s elite Delta Force disappeared from his post in Afghanistan, a video released by his Taliban captors made international headlines. But circumstances were murky: Did Mercer desert before he was captured? Then a second video sent to Mercer’s Army commanders leaves no doubt: the trained assassin and keeper of classified Army intelligence has willfully disappeared.

When Mercer is spotted a year later in Caracas, Venezuela by an old army buddy, top military brass task Scott Brodie and Maggie Taylor of the Criminal Investigation Division to fly to Venezuela and bring Mercer back to America—dead or alive. Brodie knows this is a difficult mission, made more difficult by his new partner’s inexperience and by his suspicion that Maggie Taylor is reporting to the CIA.

With ripped-from-the-headlines appeal, an exotic and dangerous locale, and the hairpin twists and inimitable humor that are signature DeMille, The Deserter is the first in a timely and thrilling new series from an unbeatable team of True Masters: the #1 New York Times bestseller Nelson DeMille and his son, award-winning screenwriter Alex DeMille.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781982140991
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Publication date: 10/22/2019
Edition description: Signed Edition
Pages: 544
Sales rank: 109
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.60(d)

About the Author

Nelson DeMille is the New York Times bestselling author of twenty novels, six of which were #1 New York Times bestsellers. His novels include The Deserter, (written with Alex DeMille), The Cuban Affair, Radiant Angel, Plum Island, The Charm School, The Gold Coast, and The General’s Daughter, which was made into a major motion picture, starring John Travolta and Madeleine Stowe. He has written short stories, book reviews, and articles for magazines and newspapers. Nelson DeMille is a combat-decorated U.S. Army veteran, a member of Mensa, Poets & Writers, and the Authors Guild, and a member and past president of the Mystery Writers of America. He is also a member of the International Thriller Writers, who honored him as 2015 ThrillerMaster of the Year. He lives on Long Island with his family.

Hometown:

Long Island, New York

Date of Birth:

August 22, 1943

Place of Birth:

New York, New York

Education:

B.A. in political science, Hofstra University, 1974

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The Deserter 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 27 reviews.
Anonymous 10 days ago
Too long
Anonymous 13 days ago
Predictable
Anonymous 23 days ago
When I see a book that is co written it usually means that the best known author only helped writing the book. While it is not as atrocious as James Patterson The Deserter was likely written by Nelson's son Alex DeMille with his father helping until Alex is established that he can sell books on his own.
Ratbruce 23 days ago
I loved this book... fast paced, military/political thriller with great characters. I particularly liked the humorous banter between the two main characters. Highly recommended.
Reader4102 24 days ago
Nelson DeMille has been writing thrillers for many years – many of them best sellers – which are well written. This book is no different, although the pacing is choppy in places and the authors do get bogged down in their descriptions. When an Army officer, a member of the Delta Force, walked away from his post on night in Afghanistan, it took a while to understand he was not coming back. Then a video was released showing the deserter had been captured by the Taliban. When he escaped the Taliban, the Army knew it would take some time to find him, and they did – in Venezuela. The Pentagon sent two Army investigators, Scott Brodie and Maggie Taylor of the CID, to find him and bring him back to the US. Brodie has two problems – finding a trained assassin who doesn’t want to be found and his inexperienced partner. While the book is well written and Scott Brodie well drawn, it was hard to believe that on such a time-sensitive mission, the Pentagon would send Brodie a seasoned veteran on a do-not-fail mission with such an inexperienced new partner who may be more than she says she is and one who may be answering to two masters – the Army and the CIA. While this may not be one of those books that keeps everyone up into the wee hours reading it, it is a book you’ll return to because it’s interesting, the events are current, and the characters mostly appealing. Thanks to Simon & Schuster and Edelweiss for an eARC.
Jataylor1010 5 days ago
Nelson DeMille has a well-deserved reputation for writing fast paced, suspenseful thrillers. He continues this legacy by writing this novel with this son Alex. Brodie and Taylor are two army specialists called in to help find an infamous deserter who has seemingly fled to Venezuela to hide from prosecution. The relaxed repartee between Scott Brodie and Courtney Taylor help to lighten the nail-biting danger and suspense.
BookReaderDQ 5 days ago
Wild unstoppable ride through barrios and jungles alike. A lifetime of adventure and misadventure is contained in this novel. The action is nonstop. As Scott and Maggie get into more and more dangerous situations the reader wonders how they will get out of each one. Scott just digs them into a deeper and deeper hole. It is truly, as I have seen it described, full throttle!!
Kaceeey 6 days ago
2.5* I am likely in the minority here... This is the second book I’ve read by Nelson DeMille. His prior book The Cuban Affair took our lead character on a trek deep within Cuba. And I was able to view the country through Mr. DeMille’s expert narration and knowledge of the country. With this latest release it seems he attempted to recreate that same air of mystery within Venezuela. And while I learned much about this country (I had little prior knowledge of), it was really too much. It began feeling a bit more like a politics/geography lesson while the story-line seemed to take a backseat. If you enjoy learning about different countries with only a dash of suspense, then this will be the perfect book for you! Personally When I pick up a book looking for suspense and mystery I want that to be up-close and center. Just not what I expected. A buddy read with Susanne that left us both frustrated at times! Thank you to NetGalley, Edelweiss and Simon and Schuster for an ARC to read and review.
Tarri 6 days ago
If you have never read a book by Nelson DeMille, you do not know what you are missing. If you have read a DeMille book, then you are probably already added The Deserter to your TBR list (or stack). The Deserter does not disappoint. The author captures the tensions of the situation and the helplessness of the people in Venezuela perfectly. The poverty is breathtaking and the fear of th establishment is palpable. The twists and turns are numerous and will keep you reading long into the night. I cannot recommend The Deserter more. It is every bit as good as the John Corey series.
Aqswr 8 days ago
Author Nelson DeMille has taken the inspiration for THE DESERTER from an actual news account of a soldier disappearing from his post. It was unclear at the time whether the soldier had wandered off or been kidnapped and his ensuing captivity further muddied the issue of his possible culpability. In this tale, there are many more details added, in true Nelson DeMille-fashion, designed to entertain readers and create a tense and exciting thriller. There are plenty of seedy characters, low-lifes and conspiracies to keep the plot moving. This is a fast book that is difficult to put down. I received my copy from the publisher through NetGalley.
Anonymous 9 days ago
I am a big DeMille fan, but this book does not have it. Characters are not believable. Plot is not believable. Almost reads like a rookie author who is a Baldacci wannabee. I hope the old Nelson comes back.
laur3296 12 days ago
This is a typical Nelson Demille novel. I love that you know what to expect from him. A mystery with lots of twists and turns An adventure novel A main character with a little bit of sleaze, but you love him anyway One thing I really liked about this novel was how much I actually learned about Venezuela. It was so sad reading about how these people live. This was much more detail about the location that we usually get, and I am thinking that's due to his son working on the novel with him. One thing I didn't like was the ending. I don't know why, but it just felt unsatisfying. However, that's just my opinion. Maybe I just started to dislike the main character a bit? I want to thank the publisher and net galley for an advance copy of this book. I was so excited to be chosen for the ARC.. However, this did not impact my review.
MauCarden6 12 days ago
One lesson I’ve learned from both The Deserter and The Cuban Affair you don’t want the Demille father and son writing team to write a travel guide about your country. Nelson in The Cuban Affair then the Nelson and son strip away all of the misguided romance about the socialist countries of Cuba and Venezuela, two countries that are about a half bubble from being classified as a failed state. The DeMilles’ expose all of the ugliness, brutality and corruption of those governments their military and financial elites while showing all of the misery of the lower classes with their flashes of beauty. This particular travel guide, so to speak, begins in Afghanistan, another miserable hopeless country. Captain Kyle Mercer, a member of the elite Delta force deserts his men during the middle of the night, but is soon captured by the Taliban. After enduring a miserable two years Capt. Mercer manages to escape, but resigns form the US Army on video in a spectacular manner. Since Mercer had undergone Taliban captivity he could have returned home and maybe faced lesser charges than desertion. But since two soldiers were killed while hunting for Mercer, nothing will be forgiven. Ever. After about a year, Mercer is reported as being in Venezuela by a reliable source. Two Army CID investigators, Scott Brodie and Maggie Taylor are sent to investigate the sightings and if possible bring Capt. Mercer home to face charges. Hints are given that if he isn’t bought home alive, then no harm, no foul. Brodie isn’t a trusting guy, but his suspicions are always counter-intuitive. He thinks there is more to Mercer’s story so despite strict orders, he really wants to question Capt. Mercer. At the same time he thinks his new, open- book partner Maggie is full on mess of contradictions and lies. Of course that doesn’t stop Brodie from thinking about having sex with her almost constantly. Or so it seemed. This was distracting and distasteful as he was Maggie’s superior and it seemed more about nailing her than having a relationship with her. I’m not a prude; it was just way over done and became tiresome.. Almost from the beginning Brodie and Maggie have to fight to stay alive in Caracas. They do so with the help of their driver, Luis, who risks the life of his entire family because he has helped them. Brodie insists that Luis immediately take his family to the US to seek asylum after one particular shoot-out. The Nelsons make the secondary characters as interesting as the protagonists. Brodie and Taylor soon pick up Mercer’s trail which leads them into the incredible beauty of Venezuela’s wilderness, the jungle bordering the Orinoco River. It is in this “heart of darkness” that they really encounter danger. The almost non-stop action makes for a heart-pounding page turning story. I say almost because sometimes Brodie and Maggie spend too much time debating their next course of action with Brodie wanting to go off the rails and Maggie wafting to go by the book. No surprise as to who usually wins. The dialogue switches from thoughtful to witty, with Maggie easily keeping up with Brodie’s smart aleck ways. Some readers have been put off by the DeMilles’ descriptions of the economic and political reality of Venezuela. I wouldn’t eliminate a word as the Demilles seamlessly work the information into the story. The smoothness of Nelson’s writing seems to have been passed down to his son. Thanks to NetGalley for an ARC for review
andi22 12 days ago
I was extremely happy when this book showed up unsolicited in my inbox. I am a Nelson DeMille fan and I needed a break from the depressing books I had just finished so this was a most welcome respite. I have a good friend who's from Venezuela so I probably know more about the current situation than the average reader. So this book resonated with me, And DeMille did his research; the country was portrayed as I've been told--re the politics, economic situation, corruption and loyalties, etc. I got into it immediately [DeMille has that knack]. I pretty much enjoyed the characters, plot development, and the wry humor that appeared from time to time. I was very interested until about 2/3 of the way through and then... Instead of a fast-paced read, it slowed down for me into an agonizing cat-and-mouse game, [Ok, maybe some people will like it; I did not]. So then it became quite uneven. From a sold 3.5 to 4, to a final 3. I thought the DeMille's [now a father-and-son writing team] did a very good job of getting into the military mindset, the situation in Venezuela, and the previous settings of Vietnam and Afghanistan, And yes, it was a thriller but not a favorite.
Anonymous 13 days ago
Demille never disappoints
Anonymous 15 days ago
too funny dialigue great to have authors who know how to write a book consisting of 500 pages
Anonymous 16 days ago
not up to past demille booksvery weak characters, a little over the top.
Dee_Arr 18 days ago
Get ready for a long and entertaining read. Father/son team Nelson & Alex DeMille will take you on a journey reminiscent of Apocalypse Now, although the overall flavor of the tale is much different. While the ride is not smooth at times, the thriller/spy aspects will definitely keep your nose buried in the book until the end. It was refreshing to read a book in this genre where the characters are not enshrined with superhero status. Yes, protagonists Scott Brodie and Maggie Taylor excel in their roles as Warrant Officers, but they are not perfect. They make mistakes and bad things can happen to them. The storyline matches their skills, as the plot never jumps into uncharted waters with descriptions of an impossible plot that could never happen. There are multiple layers of misdemeanors and crimes, and Brodie/Taylor have to dig through all the clues to find the truth. The book might seem overly lengthy at times, due to the deep description. Most of the time I didn’t notice the length as the details were laced with Brodie’s thoughts, much of them sarcastic or irreverent. Seeing the world through his viewpoint kept the book rolling. Without his constant interpretation of events, the book would have certainly bogged down under its own weight. For those concerned, there is harsh language including f-bombs (more in the beginning than were probably necessary, though these thinned out as the book went on). One early scene had Brodie and Taylor in an embrace while hiding from the Caracas police, with sophomoric references to Brodie’s excited genitalia. One can only wince when an author stumbles down this path. Unfortunately, the DeMilles went from subtle hints concerning the sexual undertones to blatant high school double entendres. The unsaid internal dialogue from Scott Brodie was, at the very least, an unwelcome distraction. Although the number of instances slowed as the ending came closer, they never completely stopped. Thankfully, none of these small bumps in the road were strong enough to destroy a powerful story. The majority of the descriptions and dialogues moved the story forward at a rapid pace and the ever-present danger kept me interested throughout the entire book. Definitely recommended. Four-and-a-half stars. My thanks to NetGalley and Simon & Schuster for an advance electronic copy of this book.
Anonymous 19 days ago
let us not follow Venezuela to ruin
Tink4evr 24 days ago
This is a fantastic and heart pounding read. The Demille brothers have done a wonderful job. Two CID investigators are sent on a mission to retrieve an Army deserter. Their mission is filled with many missing pieces that make it a very dangerous one. The story is filled with witty conversations and fast paced action. The characters Maggie and Scott are finding their way slowly through this partnership as they decide how much they can trust each other. Scott is a hard nosed devil may care investigator with an infantry mindset. Maggie is careful and pragmatic and seems to always want to follow the rules. As the story unfolds so does the conspiracy and dangers. This is a well thought out and detailed story. It looks into motives and how even the person with the purest interests can be led down a dark path. In the end redemption is something you have to claim for yourself or die trying.
labmom55 24 days ago
3.5 stars, rounded up Nelson DeMille consistently creates intelligent characters who have trouble following orders and have wicked senses of humor. John Corey remains one of my favorite characters of all time. Scott Brodie is cut from the same cloth. Unlike Corey, who is just a total smart ass, the DeMilles have tried to give Scott more depth in addition to the wisecracks. It doesn’t always work. Scott is a warrant officer in the Army CID. He and his partner have been tasked with finding Kyle Mercer, a Delta Force officer who’s walked away from his post in Afghanistan, been captured by the Taliban, escaped from them and is now on the run. Someone thinks they’ve seen him in Venezuela. It took me longer to get a feel for his partner, Maggie Taylor. She’s a newbie, just one year into the job. She’s also suspected of being a spook. But in the end, her character felt a lot more real than Scott. Of course, the most complicated character of all is Kyle Mercer, the Deserter in question. This time, Nelson is co-author with his son, Alex. The writing was seamless. The authors give us a great sense of time and place. As with The Cuban Affair, the DeMilles place their characters in an unstable country. Venezuela has gone to hell. It’s its own brand of war zone. Unlike some other reviewers, I really appreciated the in depth analysis of the politics and didn’t feel it bogged down the story. That said, I did feel the story itself could use some tightening up. It lagged in spots. And the ending was predictable and unsatisfying. This book is proof of the important job an editor does. My thanks to netgalley and Simon & Schuster for an advance copy of this book.
linda quick 24 days ago
Loved this book! It has a tightly woven plot and engaging characters, from the rule ignoring, Scott, to the "good girl" Maggie, who has secrets of her own. When, as CID officers, they are assigned to go to Venezuela to find, arrest, and bring back to the US for trial, Kyle Mercer, a Delta Force operative that deserted his post and has not been found. A random siting in a bar brought them to Venezuela, but all the players involved seem to have multiple agendas. The characters are engaging and, especially Scott, funny at times, even as he is bucking authority as he does his job. I found myself engrossed in their story and wanting them to survive it intact. If you enjoy the genre, you will love this book. The author is a master at his craft and this book reflects that. Put this one on your must read list.
MKF 24 days ago
Army CID investigators Scott Brodie and Maggie Taylor find more than the man they are looking for when they deploy to Venezuela in search of Captain Kyle Mercer. Mercer went missing and was believed- based on video- to have been captured by the Taliban in Afghanistan. He's a Delta Force officer with special skills (of course) and access to classified defense information. There were and continue to be questions, however, about what exactly happened (this is reminiscent of the Bergdahl case). Brodie and Taylor are somewhat mismatched in their approach to the problem- he's a loose operator and she's more of a rule follower. What they both find is a pot of trouble in a mess of a country. This is a totally plot driven novel with some big implausibilities and a couple of things that nagged at me (umm, the CIA is a part of the USG not an enemy organization to the US Army) but you know what- it's a fast and entertaining read (although it does sag in the middle). There are good atmospherics from the Venezuelan setting (what a nightmare). Fans of DeMille know what to expect and I suspect they will be satisfied. Thanks to the publisher for the ARC. This would make a good movie.
AnneNJ 17 days ago
this novel is awful. Vulgar, and way too much violence. No character development.Completely unlikable characters. This is NOT the Nelson DeMille I have previously read. Waste of money. Could not finish it was so bad.
Loy3 23 days ago
The Deserter by Nelson Demille and his son Alex is a fast action book which I thoroughly enjoyed. Scott Brodie is a seasoned army CID investigator with a new partner Maggie Taylor. Kyle Mercer is a deserter who is spotted in Venezuela. They are sent down to bring him back. The book starts out with the orders from the top brass to go down and apprehend Captain Mercer. It is a difficult mission and Brodie knows it. This book reminded me of Mr. Demille’s earlier works which were 5 stars. This one was just as good. The writing was fresh and funny. There were several fights that were over the top but very well written. I was happy to read this advanced copy from Net Galley for an honest review