Radiant Angel by Nelson DeMille

posted Aug 1, 2015, 12:42 PM by Bruce Gaughran   [ updated Aug 1, 2015, 12:47 PM ]

I have been a fan of Nelson DeMille for many years. Through the years he has written eighteen books - some very good and some okay< books in my opinion.  The first book of his that I read was The Charm School. It was later made into a movie and the concept is still great. The second book I read was The General’s Daughter – also made into a movie. Some of his other books that you might have read or seen on the bookshelves were Night Fall, Plum Island, The Gate House, The Lion, and The Panther.


Radiant Angel, DeMille’s latest book takes the Cold War and puts a modern day slant on it. Radiant Angel is the code word for a nuclear threat in the United States. Trying to stop the attack is John Corey. I believe this is DeMille’s fifth book where Corey is the protagonist. He is a peculiar as ever. I believe I mentioned before that I enjoy books where the protagonist is quirky, perhaps antiestablishment, overweight and/or out of shape. Corey isn’t your run of the mill super hero like Mitch Rapp.  Corey’s new partner is also interesting and casts her own shadow.  And, like so many of DeMille’s books, the protagonist’s history will haunt him throughout the story.


What worked for me is the tension developed with the clock clicking down towards zero hour – the anniversary of 9/11.  The antagonists, as well as their motives, were believable. I don’t want to be a spoiler, so I end this review by giving it a 3.9 out of 5 stars. If you like action- adventure type dramas, you’ll enjoy this book.