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Publisher's Summary

At midnight, in a secret medical clinic in Washington, D.C., two foreign doctors and their team are completing plastic surgery on an anonymous client who is changing the appearance of his face, among other things. After the procedure, the client begins to stir - and suddenly the operating room erupts in violence, and the clinic is ablaze. Washington police conduct an arson investigation, with inconclusive results. But one tantalizing fragment of evidence suggests that a terrorist bombing may be imminent.
The presidential inauguration is quickly approaching, and Washington's police, fire, intelligence, military, federal, and White House security teams are making frantic preparations. Because of the strain on manpower, retired Secret Service agent Swamp Morgan is recalled to active duty. His task: investigate the incineration of the medical clinic as a "firefly" - Washington-speak for something that looks like a threat but isn't.
As Swamp begins what he thinks is a routine check-and-dismiss, the clinic's missing client begins preparations for his mission: to launch an attack on the American government - a decapitation strike intended to wipe out both the outgoing and incoming administrations. As the crucial day approaches, Swamp, the only agent to take the firefly seriously, must operate alone as the clock clicks down to a breathtaking finale.
Filled with brilliant twists and turns and heart-in-your-throat suspense, The Firefly offers first-class entertainment from beginning to end.
©2004 P. T. Deutermann (P)2004 Brilliance Audio, Inc.
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Critic Reviews

"A top-notch thriller from a top-notch writer. The Firefly may be Deutermann's best novel to date-reminiscent of The Day of the Jackal." (Nelson DeMille)
"Addictively enthralling...(wait till you get to the jaw-dropping ending!)." ( Entertainment Weekly)
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5 out of 5 stars
By karen on 06-17-12

Great stuff... no place to quit.

I was going to say that P.T. Deutermann's books are very much like Lee Child's Jack Reacher series, but that's not quite right. Better to say that the Jack Reacher books remind me of P.T. Deuttermann. They're similar in story and tone -- a loner, an outcast, who refuses to give up, set into a high-tension story that just doesn't quit, with lots of high tech -- and some fascinating low tech -- hi-jinks that leave you wondering, 'No kidding! Would that really work?' And of course they're both narrated by the more-than-excellent Dick Hill, so even to the extent that the two series differ, they sort of seem alike. Same voice.

Although there are a lot fewer Deutermann books than Lee Childs, I've come to like them better -- for one thing, Deutermann's male protagonist, whoever it is in each book, doesn't feel the need to fall into bed with every female who walks into the room -- a refreshing change over Reacher bad habit of bedding anything in sight. Child's plot device of having Reacher 'love 'em and leave 'em' in every single book is getting old. Deutermann skips all that Harlequin nonsense and sticks to the thriller aspects. Fine with me.

Maybe more importantly, Deutermann never bows to political correctness. His villains are the world's REAL villains, the ones we read about in the newspapers and see on the news. He doesn't sugar coat who the really evil people out there are.

And somewhat similarly, Deutermann constantly takes after the government for ineptness, for being more concerned about inner-governmental rivalries and turf battles, and in the process, forgetting to do much of anything about dealing with the evil people out there. Look at a few of the more recent terror attacks, and you realize Deutermann is exactly right about that. Too many gov agencies are willing to overlook real terrorists in the name of PC, and to fight among themselves for territory and honor, instead of fighting the US' s real enemies. There's an element of realism in Deutermann's books that is seriously refreshing.

All that said, if you like Lee Child, you'll like P.T. Deutermann -- in fact, you'll probably like him better.

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4 out of 5 stars
By rhl60 on 04-21-09

A good listen, but ending defies credulity....

Keeps one's attention until the end wherein the faux-apocalyptic event is a stretch. Dick Hill, however, remains a good narrator. One gets to like protagonist, "Swamp". The author should develop this character a little more. Please bear in mind that my gold standard is PD James whose character development and social commentary has no equal. As thrillers go, this was worth the purchase.

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