The Deserter

The Deserter

A Novel

Book - 2019
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When Captain Kyle Mercer of the Army's elite Delta Force disappeared from his post in Afghanistan, a video leaves no doubt: the trained assassin and keeper of classified Army intelligence had willfully disappeared. When Mercer is spotted two years later in Caracas, Venezuela, 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.
Publisher: New York : Simon and Schuster, ©2019.
ISBN: 9781501101755
Characteristics: 530 pages :,colour map ;,24 cm.
Additional Contributors: DeMille, Alex - Author

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pdmangel
Dec 03, 2019

Very entertaining read! I love Demille's wise-cracking characters (think John Corey) and as an Army veteran, the plot logistics rang true. Highly recommend for fiction readers.

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USAF1969
Nov 25, 2019

THE DESERTER by Nelson and Alex DeMille merits two reviews. One as a novel, and the other related to some of the backdrop content. And I am trying for no spoilers in either review. Looking at it as a novel, it is a well crafted, clever story with really good character development. And the pictorial descriptions of life in war torn Afghanistan and militant, chaotic Venezuela are exceptionally clear and help set the stage for the story. The often humorous dialogue between the two principle characters is reminiscent of some of Nelson DeMille's early novels (think about the character John Corey). So it's a great read. Now on to the content review. This may stray into spoiler realm. The primary story begins with Afghanistan and alleged atrocities there by some American troops and attempts to cover them up. The story then moves to current day Venezuela, which has descended into incredible chaos as its economy cratered and the story is filled with examples of people who had good middle class and/or service jobs, suddenly found themselves without jobs and surrounded by a totally corrupt government which was no help at all. In both cases, the story line is quite graphic. I don't have enough background on what has gone on in Afghanistan in terms of atrocities, or in Venezuela to know if the level of descriptive detail is based on truth or just creative fiction - or both. In either case, both are very disturbing. You need to be ready for that.

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minnesota007
Nov 23, 2019

Bo Bergdahl story how the military wished it had played out.

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vdbarry
Nov 07, 2019

Not bad, however I found it a little too wordy. Follows the same lines as 'Up Country" only on a different continent.

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cnsreader
Oct 30, 2019

This was reminiscent of DeMille’s early works which are very good! A soldier from Delta Force in Afghanistan disappears from his post, shortly after a video is released by the Taliban showing him as a captive. Two years later, he has escaped and is spotted in Venezuela!

Two members of CID are tasked with going to Venezuela with orders to bring him back to face desertion charges. Many questions have yet to be answered! But there are others who do not want this soldier to tell his side of things! Thus begins a journey to find the deserter! It lags a little in the middle but near the end when they finally track him down, we learn his side of what happened! Overall a good, entertaining read.

debwalker Oct 21, 2019

As the Middle East descends again into chaos, timely.

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tosim
May 07, 2019

Any possibility to order this as an epub digital?

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