The Deserter - Nelson DeMille & Alex Demille

The Deserter

By Nelson DeMille & Alex Demille

  • Release Date: 2019-10-22
  • Genre: Mysteries & Thrillers
4 Score: 4 (From 1,218 Ratings)



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 from #1 New 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 more 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: the #1 New York Times bestseller Nelson DeMille and his son, award-winning screenwriter Alex DeMille.


  • The Deserter

    By cindyhubs
    One of the best books I’ve ever read. Can’t recommend it highly enough.
  • The Deserter

    By you are not interested
    I have been a long time fan of Nelson deMille - “The General’s Daughter”, “Charm School”, “The Gate House”, etc., until now. “The Deserter” must be the most boring book I have ever read. Too many long, long chapters, too many unnecessary descriptions to fill up the pages and just too many words! While I usually finish a book within two or three days, I have been struggling to get through this for over a week and finally gave up with about four more chapters left. I can’t remember ever giving up on a book before, but I just couldn’t make it to the end. It seems that an original great author has lost his edge when he takes on an associate writer and can no longer provide interesting characters and plots. Sorry to see this happen to Mr. deMille
  • Abrupt ending

    By Wisdom 2th
    Great story and a very enjoyable read, but the ending was abrupt and The Sopranos fade to black ending That being said I’m looking forward to a sequel...
  • The Deserter

    By tjg@37
    Very disappointing and boring. A complete reversal from the well written page turning experience that I’ve had with most Grisham novels.
  • The Deserter

    By hotstuff fl
    I love and have collected all of Demille’s books and this one is as fantastic as each of his previous ones! I heartily recommend it! I am looking forward to another book from Nelson and his son😎
  • The Deserter

    By Jdrla
    Poorly written, painfully shallow characters. Sophomoric, annoying and repetitive references to the main character’s horniness makes it sound as if a 14 year-old male helped write it. Too many coincidences that worked in favor of the two main characters and frankly, too many holes in the plot.
  • The Deserter

    By Peter 14
    Great Story! Excellent writing!
  • Another Great DeMille Book

    By gildedstar
    I liked the tone this one had compared to the last few. I think the inclusion of Alex DeMille breathed fresh life into an already great authors repertoire.
  • Fantastic

    By twpk$$
    Great as usual, like the new characters.
  • Deserter

    By azherrfun
    Nice effort. Somewhat abrupt and unsatisfying ending. The book might have been a hundred or so pages too long.