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Back from the Cold War, intelligence officer Keith Landry returns to his hometown of Spencerville, Ohio. Twenty-five years after their last encounter, Keith runs into his first love, Annie, now unhappily married to the town's chief of police--an abusive alcoholic. In his efforts to reclaim Annie, Keith will have to draw on all the skills of a violent lifetime....

Title : Spencerville
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ISBN : 9780446515054
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 496 Pages
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Spencerville Reviews

  • Matthew
    2019-02-25 03:35

    Two things:1. Lately, I really wish that Goodreads had a half star system. This book is definitely a 3.5 for me and there is no way I could go to 4. So, I settled on 3.2. Seems like I find myself in the midst of a lot of books with sexual torture/rape scenes. This is a pattern I hope to break!This book was okay. The premise was fairly far fetched, the actions of the characters not all that believable, and the outcomes generally coincidental. I enjoyed parts of it, but all in all it was a bit too scattered. Demille seems to be trying to combine his commentary on the end of the Cold War with a bizarre revenge story.Entertaining but just "meh and huh?" overall. With how long it is (21+ hours audio) it seemed to drag on with quite a bit of repetition.

  • RJ
    2019-03-14 09:54

    Some artists can work in different styles without diminishing quality. Michelangelo's work with oils and sculpture come to mind. When it comes to action mysteries with humor, Nelson DeMille's John Corey series is at the top of my list. I gave all but Wild Fire a 5 star rating. However, Spencerville is not an action mystery with humor. It's a slow romance with an action climax. It's Michelangelo standing under a bridge holding two cans of spray paint.

  • Benjamin Thomas
    2019-03-17 05:51

    This novel suffers from mis-categorization. If you begin reading it expecting a thriller in the same vein as Plum Island, Cathedral, or Wild Fire, you will be disappointed, as many of the other reviews here admit. However, if you are looking for a more of a straight fiction, character-driven novel, with lots of backstory, and some bits of action thrown in, then you've come to the right place. DeMille is an excellent writer and has a way of drawing you in no matter what he is writing. I think even his grocery list must be an interesting read. I did mark him down one star on this book though because I felt he drew out some of the events a little too much here and there. For example, the sub plot about the Washington DC recruiting efforts to get the main character back into his old job seemed drawn out and unnecessary. When the action does come at the end it also seems to take way too long and it sort of loses its impact as a result. But having said that, I very much enjoyed the read and would recommend it, as long as you're expecting more of a straight fiction book as opposed to the thrillers we are used to from DeMille.

  • Elaine
    2019-03-10 04:27

    For an intelligence officer the guy was pretty stupid!!!! FACTS:Orwellian" describes the situation, idea, or societal condition that George Orwell identified as being destructive to the welfare of a free society. It connotes an attitude and a policy of control by propaganda, surveillance, misinformation, denial of truth, and manipulation of the past, including the "unperson" — a person whose past existence is expunged from the public record and memory, practiced by modern repressive governmentsThe adjective Orwellian refers to these behaviours of State and The Party, especially when the Party is the State:Invasion of personal privacy, either directly physically or indirectly by surveillance. State control of its citizens' daily life, as in a "Big Brother" society. Official encouragement of policies contributing to the socio-economic disintegration of the family. The adoration of state leaders and their Party. The encouragement of "doublethink", whereby the population must learn to embrace inconsistent concepts without dissent, e.g. giving up liberty for freedom. Similar terms used, are "doublespeak", and "newspeak" The revision of history in the favour of the State's interpretation of it. A (generally) dystopian future. The use of euphemism to describe an agency, program or other concept, especially when the name denotes the opposite of what is actually occurring. E.g. a department that wages war is called the "Ministry of Peace" or Ministry of Defence." MORE CHINS THAN A CHINESE PHONE BOOK!!!! Nelson has a sense of humour. The Great Black Swamp, or simply Black Swamp, was a glacially caused wetland in northwest Ohio, United States, extending into extreme northeastern Indiana, that existed from the end of the Wisconsin glaciation until the late 19th century. Comprising extensive swamps and marshes, with some higher, drier ground interspersed, it occupied what was formerly the southwestern part of Glacial Lake Maumee, a holocene precursor to Lake Erie. The area was about 40 kilometres (25 mi) wide (north to south) and 160 kilometres (99 mi) long, covering an estimated 4,000 square kilometres (1,500 sq mi). Gradually drained and settled in the second half of the 19th century, it is now highly productive farm land. Malaria was a huge problem during drainage.Cincinnātus, Lucius Quinctius, a legendary Roman hero who, according to tradition, was called from the plough to be dictator in 458 BC, when the Roman army under the consul Mincius was blockaded by the Italian tribe of the Aequi on Mount Algidus. He defeated the enemy, resigned his dictatorship after sixteen days, and returned to his farm. He is often cited as an exemplar of old-fashioned Roman simplicity and frugality..Cincinnati named after him.

  • Andrea Larson
    2019-02-26 06:25

    Nelson Demille arrived on my favorite authors list after reading The Gatehouse, so I was anxious to read another selection and found Spencerville in the library.Keith Landry finds himself without a job after budget cuts in the federal government force him to review his life and decide what comes next. After twenty years of serving as a soldier and then intelligence for Uncle Sam, he decides to return to his hometown of Spencerville, OH. Though he won't admit it to himself at first, his main objective is to reclaim the love he walked away from when he joined the Army. Annie Prentis has spent the past twenty years in a loveless, abusive marriage to Spencerville's chief of police, Cliff Baxter. They've raised two children together, and now that the nest is empty, Annie has decided she has taken enough from her husband and is planning to leave him. When she sees her high school/college love of her life on the streets of Spencerville, there's no doubt the passion is still there between them, and the lines are drawn between Landry and the former high school bully, Baxter.

  • Revo
    2019-02-20 02:42

    Hands down, the silliest DeMille book. The cold war has ended, the MC (ex-CIA) returnes home to a lost love in the heartland and is almost immediately outwitted by a stereotypical, wife-beatin', cheatin', lyin' and theivin' hick cop.No, really...I'm serious. It's in the book, honest.Unfortunately, I read this book immediately after "Word of Honor" and was nearly crippled by story intelligence whiplash. I'm still not sure what the moral of the story was behind this one. Maybe it didn't have one. DeMille is one of my fave author ever, but even he fires blanks on occasion. The hammer fell on an empty chamber in this one.

  • Marcia Chocinsky
    2019-03-17 10:28

    I usually love anything by Nelson DeMille, but this must be an earlier work and his writing wasn't as great as it is now. I found the story itself interesting and I would get caught up in it for a time. Then it would switch gears and I would want to skim over parts just to get through them. I forced myself not to skim and would have quit reading it (something I can't remember doing in forever) but I did want to know how it ended, AND I kept hoping it would improve - after all it is written by Nelson DeMille!

  • Dona Krueger
    2019-03-04 09:37

    One of my favorite authors. How this same DeMille could write Cathedral is a critics question. I felt I was reading a very bad romance with a tiny bit of elementary evil thrown in.

  • Will
    2019-02-25 04:24

    This is the ultimate book of love, rejection, revenge, redemption and ultimate reward. I my opinion, this is DeMille's finest work, although it did not achieve critical or sales success for him compared to other titles. DeMille goes beyond putting you there; you actually live the emotion of the struggle taking place. When a book leaves you wondering about life and your own little piece of that grand drama, it has achieved its grand purpose. Spencerville is every small town American's dream of 'if I had it to do all over again.' DeMille mentioned that Ben Affleck was interested in playing the role of Keith Landry in the film adaptation, and I still think that'd be a good casting decision. I highly recommend Spencerville to all readers as the ultimate blending of action, adventure, sex, love and thriller. Few authors are able to achieve the level of superior storylines DeMille does, especially when not relying on characters built up from previous novels. My hat goes off to the master storyteller, Nelson DeMille. If this one doesn't keep you up at night missing sleep, you've got a blood pressure problem. Now I'm not saying every DeMille novel achieves the brilliance of this one--his most recent The Quest being a good example--but for my money, he's the American novelist laureate, and you can always count on him taking you along like you're there with the action. Incredible read!!!!!Small town rivalry leads to decades long war over Annie Prentis. Keith Landry is pushed from government service to retirement and moves back to his rural Ohio hometown of Spencerville, hoping to re-engage his lost love Annie Prentis. The reunion is complicated by her 20 year marriage to the town bully and Police Chief, Cliff Baxter, who has been a rival of Keith's since high school days. Although young lovers for six years, their romance was interrupted by Keith's draft and subsequent career in the Army, which he keeps mum about. Scorned by Keith's departure, Annie ends up marrying Cliff out of revenge and spends 20 years badly regretting her decision. As her last child departs for college and she is formulating an exit strategy, Keith shows back up in Spencerville and they are drawn to each other like magnetic forces. They bury the hatchet of prior mistakes and begin extracting vital bodily fluids from each other again. They decide to run away, but their plans are interrupted by Uncle Sam calling Keith back to the fold, which gets him in contact with his former spy boss. When they finally cut and leave, they are tracked by a homing device and Cliff finds them in a Toledo motel and badly beats Keith and snatches Annie. Keith follows them to upper Michigan where Cliff is torturing Annie in recompense, but is ultimately killed by Annie in the showdown.

  • Linda
    2019-02-22 10:50

    Once again, DeMille has created a book to keep me up all night. After having read only so-so books for the last couple of weeks, what a pleasure it was to finally pick up a red-hot page-turner. Spencerville is one of his stand-alone books (i.e., not a John Corey novel), and although it was first published in 1995, it stands the test of time well. Part of artistry he brings to his craft is the ability to create believable three-dimensional characters. That along with a consistent fast pace make reading his books feel like a fun romp through a world of fascinating people ripping through a kaleidoscope of wild rides. Add to that, the narration by Scott Brick and I feel compelled to give it 5 stars.

  • Tamora Pierce
    2019-03-15 05:44

    Is it just me, or does DeMille really have a problem with women? I read several of his books when he first began publishing and stopped because I didn't like the way he handled his female characters. Then I thought I'd try this one because I was on a trip and desperate for a page-turner, it wasn't one of his military titles, and it took place in small town America. I figured it might be okay. Instead the entire ending revolves around the abuse--pages and pages of it--of the errant wife, far more than is necessary to make the point and set up the ending. So now I know he hasn't changed, and I have to ask--is it me, or does the author have some major issues?

  • Melissa Marlow
    2019-03-07 10:26

    Very detail and could see everything he was explaining to detail. I loved this book so much that I went out and bought three more of his books.It was a very heart wrenching story and at times a little disterbing, but thrilling. He builds and builds till the end and then you can not put it down so you can get to the end. I like that he didn't use the heroin to fix all the problems, he uses tact to creat the need to finish something. I was satisfied at the end.

  • Bettie☯
    2019-02-24 10:28

    Read by the ubiquitous Scott BrickLet's see...Okay story, nothing new or memorable

  • Jan
    2019-03-02 05:50

    What happened? I picked up this book as it said Nelson DeMille, I normally enjoy his book, this one I had to force myself to read to the end.A military officer, Keith Landry, who is suppose to be in intelligence and works at the White House, is put out to retire. He had not thought of retiring at this time, and the way he was treated by his government has not been good. He returns to his home town of Spencerville, why? Well, it appears years ago, his H.S. and college flame, who sent him a Dear John letter, as he is off to Vietnam, is still there. Oh give me a break! You are going back to get to a women who dumped you on the way to fight in Nam, a women, who did not care if you died, no packages from home, no candles lit, what does she do, stays home and marries someone who does not fight for his country, and your suppose to be intelligent! For real! There were no home fires burning for this Vietnam Vet.Onward, she is married to a bully who is screwing everything in town, and is an overbearing crooked Chief of Police, who treats here despicably. However, she takes it, although she was at one time working on her doctorate, she has now become a door mat! Along comes our Military Officer Keith, who decides he is going to rescue her. Why, because he still loves a person who wrote him a dear John letter. (sappy).Cutting to the chase, the jerk, Cliff Baxter, Chief of Police, (wife of the door mat Ann) bullies his way through town, their lives and even burns down Keith's family farm house, kidnaps Ann, his wife, kills a Vietnam Vet and tries to kill Keith. In the meantime the Government want Officer Keith Landry back, why? He is defiantly playing with a full deck at this time!The whole situation becomes a complete mess, with the Government sending in the cleaners, and the Officer and door mat riding off into the sunset.

  • Dennis D.
    2019-03-12 08:52

    I've enjoyed most of Nelson DeMille's books, but this one was an exception.Spencerville is a standalone story unrelated to some of the author's recurring characters. Keith Landry is an ex-CIA agent who returns home to the rural Ohio town that gives the books its title. Landry still has the hots for his high-school sweetheart, but she’s now married to the abusive and misogynistic small-town sheriff. Can you see where this is headed? Me, too.The central character is well-drawn, but there’s little else to recommend about ‘Spencerville’. Overall, I felt DeMille phoned this one in.

  • Perry Mowbray
    2019-03-13 10:28

    Spencerville was not one of Nelson DeMille's best, we didn't think...It just never got into the believable realm, which was funny, as in an abstract way the plot made lots of sense, but it just didn't ever get filled out so that it was believable.In the end, though not un-enjoyable (we didn't hate it), it just seemed ho-hum... but we continue to love his sense of humour!

  • Kip
    2019-03-15 04:49

    Another great page-turner from DeMille. His characters and settings are very deep, very rich. You'd swear he grew up in this small town, rural atmosphere.* Couldn't finish** I had nothing else to do*** Passed the time, would be **** for genre / author fans**** Everyone could enjoy this book***** Everyone should read this book, I'll read it again

  • Klusch
    2019-03-10 07:32

    It is not the best written story, but I really enjoyed reading this. It all happens in Ohio where I grew up, so it was fun to read about Ohio State, Bowling Green State University and the area along 75.

  • Razvan Banciu
    2019-03-01 10:39

    not one of his best. more romance than fiction, with quite a violent finish. I find hard to believe that a fine, bright and civilised young woman would marry such a brute.

  • Kevin Canwell
    2019-02-23 10:44

    One of his best. Outcome is totally unpredictable. Hero saved by a savvy woman.

  • Sharon
    2019-03-15 07:24

    3 1/2 stars, DeMille's ability to write such diverse novels that never seem to become repetitive, as some other authors do, is uncanny and makes him one of today's best authors, in my opinion.

  • Virginia Markhart
    2019-03-10 10:42

    Wow. This book was amazing. I am not usually a fan of cops and robbers type stuff, but this book captured the complete story. It had it all, including the no good cheating husband who just happened to me the chief of police and related to just about everyone in town. A long ago romance that still held a flame kept the romance part of the story interesting. High school sweethearts, pfff. This story was riveting in the details.

  • Sam Cromartie
    2019-03-04 03:35

    Spencerville by Nelson DeMille is the story of a cold-war warrior who leaves government service after the collapse of the Soviet Union. He returns to his hometown and connects with his childhood sweetheart who is trapped in an abusive marriage to the chief of police. Soon he faces harassment by the entire police force and she fears for her life. DeMille develops the characters well and fills the book with suspense.

  • Greer Andjanetta
    2019-03-12 10:35

    A readable story cheapened by the author's fascination with profanity and crude sex. Too many pages are devoted to the syrupy descriptions of the two lovers' feelings of past activities, inserted no doubt to build up the contrast between these two 'good guys' and the malicious, evil bad guy, the local sherrif (who happens to be the husband of the female lover). An interesting portrayal of abuse of power by small-town police (one cannot help but think of Jackie Gleason in his 'boy-scout' hat).

  • John Grazide
    2019-02-21 03:32

    A retired "spy" returns to his hometown. While there he realizes what drew him there, although his family has relocated. He has unfinished business with an ex-girlfriend. They parted abruptly and now she is married to the chief of police and the chief is a major ass. Through a series of events Keith, the spy, gets to revive some of his trade-craft in attempts the get his girl back. Very good!

  • Mary Stenvall
    2019-02-24 02:28

    First let me say, I like Nelson DeMille, I'm a fan of his writing. That said, I didn't care much for this book. The most interesting character, Charlie, had a very small part, and should be brought back. As for Keith? Not so much. Mr. DeMille's characters, John Corey and Paul Brenner, are so much better drawn. Maybe if John Corey had gone back to Spencerville, it would have worked.

  • Angie Bailey
    2019-02-18 05:37

    This is the one book that I have read recently that I could not put down. ....stayed up late at night just to get to the next chapter. In the usual DeMille fashion, he has created characters that are real and believable. His story development is supurb, keeping the reader in suspense while bringing his characters to life. I thoroughly enjoyed this story as I do all of his books.

  • Sergio
    2019-03-19 07:35

    La drammatica guerra privata tra Keith Laundry, funzionario dei servizi segreti in pensione e Cliff Baxter capo della polizia locale di Spencerville, sarà senza esclusione di colpi: la posta in gioco sarà l'amore di Annie Prentis. Un romanzo da togliere il fiato, scritto benissimo, intrigante fino allo spasimo.

  • Dan Darragh
    2019-03-05 07:37

    A great action book with a lot of tension built into it as well. The villain is believable, easily hateable and has little redeeming value that I can see. Likewise, the protagonist is believable and doesn't pull off any super-human victories, ala Jack Reacher.

  • Norm Elpers
    2019-02-22 09:44

    SpencervilleI realized immediately when I started reading this novel that I had previously read it almost thirty years ago. Thankfully, I couldn't remember it entirely, and therefore, thoroughly enjoyed it for the second time! It is one of DeMille's best of all stories.