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DOWNLOAD ⚣ The Deserter ⛏ NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER An outstanding Publishers Weekly, starred review blistering thriller featuring a brilliant and unorthodox Army investigator, his enigmatic female partner, and their hunt for the Army s most notorious and dangerous deserter fromNew York Times bestselling author Nelson DeMille and Alex DeMille 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 preferably alive Brodie knows this is a difficult mission, made difficult by his new partner s inexperience, by their undeniable chemistry, and by Brodie s 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 theNew York Times bestseller Nelson DeMille and his son, award winning screenwriter Alex DeMille I d watch that I hope these guys have been in touch with HBO or Netflix because The Deserter is going to be fantastic when it comes to our screens This thriller is part Homeland, part Serial season 2 the one about Bowe Bergdahl , and part modern day Rambo Our protagonist, Scott Brodie, has to go to seemingly impossible lengths to try to accomplish his mission of bringing deserter Captain Kyle Mercer home to face justice The action in this story, along with its plot twists, will make these a I d watch that I hope these guys have been in touch with HBO or Netflix because The Deserter is going to be fantastic when it comes to our screens This thriller is part Homeland, part Serial season 2 the one about Bowe Bergdahl , and part modern day Rambo Our protagonist, Scott Brodie, has to go to seemingly impossible lengths to try to accomplish his mission of bringing deserter Captain Kyle Mercer home to face justice The action in this story, along with its plot twists, will make these authors millions when they sell the TV movie rights.The novel itself could definitely benefit from another good pass through by a developmental editor The first 40% or so is bogged down by a lot of unnecessary detail about the setting and the political context in Venezuela Scenes that are not directly relevant to the plot are described in painstaking detail this type of description will definitely benefit the people who get to adapt this into a screenplay, but it becomes tedious for readers The overemphasis on the desperation and corruption in Venezuela is also a bit of overkill This plot could work in any authoritarian and corrupt country The pages and pages of information about the problems particular to Venezuela could be cut considerably.Making those big cuts to the beginning of the novel would also help solve problems with character development In that beginning section, Brodie s partner, Maggie Taylor, comes off flat and boring She seems to only be there to babysit Brodie and serve as eye candy for him By the time we find out that there sto her than meets the eye, it s too late for those perceptions to change too much If her reveal comes 100 pages or so earlier, then she ll come off as adynamic character.3.5 stars for the novel version of The Deserter, but I can t wait for the eventual hit TV show Thanks to NetGalley and Simon Schuster for giving me a DRC of this novel, which will be available for purchase on October 22nd Captain Kyle Mercer deserts his unit in Afghanistan He s captured and tortured by the Taliban Then he escapes, sending a video of him with dead captors to U.S Government Then he is sighted in Venezuela The Army sends 2 CID investigators to capture him and bring him back for court martial Scott Brodie has a reputation for breaking the rules and succeeding in his assignments He is paired with a new partner, Maggie Taylor But there isto Kyle s desertion and Scott and Maggie are almost Captain Kyle Mercer deserts his unit in Afghanistan He s captured and tortured by the Taliban Then he escapes, sending a video of him with dead captors to U.S Government Then he is sighted in Venezuela The Army sends 2 CID investigators to capture him and bring him back for court martial Scott Brodie has a reputation for breaking the rules and succeeding in his assignments He is paired with a new partner, Maggie Taylor But there isto Kyle s desertion and Scott and Maggie are almost killed numerous times Venezuela is vividly portrayed as a failed lawless state.This is a moderately long book at 449 pages, but it moves along at a brisk pace as Scott and Maggie follow clues to Kyle s whereabouts and why he deserted This is a co author book with Nelson and son Alex.Thanks to the authors and SimonSchuster for sending me this book through NetGalley I read this book in 2 days One quote Venezuela wasn t yet a police state like Cuba, or a chaotic failed state like Somalia But it was a country on the edge, economically desperate, with weak and corrupt institutions and a government openly hostile to American interests Thanks to Simon Schuster for sending me this eARC through NetGalley 2.5 I am likely in the minority hereThis 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 2.5 I am likely in the minority hereThis 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 bitlike 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 2 Stars.Boy oh boy Nelson DeMille I am disappointed in one of your novels, for the first time ever and I am almost speechless I got through The Deserter barely It was a buddy read thank you Kaceey for hanging in there with me I am a long time fan of Nelson DeMille and have read every book he has ever written and his latest novel co written with his son Alex DeMille does not hold a candle to any of his prior novels Where is the wit, the dry humor, and sarcasm that we have com 2 Stars.Boy oh boy Nelson DeMille I am disappointed in one of your novels, for the first time ever and I am almost speechless I got through The Deserter barely It was a buddy read thank you Kaceey for hanging in there with me I am a long time fan of Nelson DeMille and have read every book he has ever written and his latest novel co written with his son Alex DeMille does not hold a candle to any of his prior novels Where is the wit, the dry humor, and sarcasm that we have come to expect of his characters Instead what he has given us is long drawn out passages that bored us to tears So much history that I feel like I received history lessons in both The Deserter and his prior book The Cuban Affair though that novel was actually pretty great and the main character in that book Mac was witty and sarcastic and did in fact remind me of my favorite Nelson DeMille character John Corey Here, we have Captain Kyle Mercer, a Delta Force Officer who disappeared in Afghanistan, and was then captured and tortured by the Taliban After escaping a video surfaced leaving no question that he did in fact, desert Thereafter he is spotted in Venezuela and CID sends officers after him and so it begins CID Warrant Officers Scott Brodie and Maggie Taylor begin their operation in one of the most dangerous parts of the world Venezuela Where it s not safe to go out after dark or anywhere where there aren t armed guards Of course, Brodie doesn t play by the rules, lucky or unlucky as the case may be for Maggie Taylor What transpires is an extremely dangerous op, where there are no winners If Brodie and Taylor thought Mercer would be easy to find, they were wrong I had extremely high hopes for this novel and unfortunately The Deserter didn t cut it I can t say if that s because this novel was writtenby Alex DeMille v Nelson DeMille or if this is just an outlier, that said I will continue to hope that Nelson DeMille s next novel will bring back the sarcasm and dry humor I have come to expect from one of my favorite authors.As mentioned above, this was a buddy read with Kaceey Thanks for reading this one with me Kaceey I am so glad we had each other through this one Thank you to NetGalley, Simon Schuster and Nelson DeMille and Alex DeMille for an arc of this novel in exchange for an honest review.Published on Goodreads and NetGalley on 11.2.19