By Nelson DeMille
WE LIVE IN a dangerous age. Nelson DeMille knows how to write novels which explore this reality. “Radiant Angel” is the latest of his thrillers to feature John Corey who has worked for the Anti-Terrorist Task Force and is now assigned to follow foreign diplomats. Corey’s gritty outlook and caustic demeanor add to the color of this precarious account.
From his earlier novels, “The Charm School” to “The Panther,” DeMille has managed to create scenarios which border on the edge of credibility while pushing the imagination to envision new possibilities. “Radiant Angel” raises the conceivable threat of nuclear terrorism as a plot is set to detonate a device in the harbor of New York City. John Corey’s routine surveillance job becomes a harrowing attempt to thwart the horrific disaster.
This novel is a quick read, not as complicated as “The Panther.” Because it concentrates on action, the back story is limited, especially a full development of the characters. The positive side of this is the fast-pace of the development. The formula for this type of thriller is somewhat predictable, but still there are clever plot twists. From Southampton to Brooklyn the story moves at a frantic clip.
John Corey is a Bruce Willis type character who wise-cracks his way through danger. His new partner is Tess Faraday, a special agent with a skill set which almost matches Corey’s in dealing with the bad guys. The bad guys here are pretty sadistic, led by Russian spy, Vasily Petrov. The clock is ticking and the stakes are high, the lives of thousands and the financial security of our country.
Nelson DeMille is a master of setting who always researches the terrain thoroughly. New York has been the scene of many thrillers; this one highlights the reason why it is a great place to stage a mystery. It is well worth spending a few hours with John Corey as he thinks and shoots his way to a breathtaking conclusion. “Radiant Angel” is made for a summer bestseller as it does not have a single boring or slow chapter.
Emerald Isle Books