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I had read several of the reviews of Spencerville, and apparently it had many mixed reviews, in other words, some loved it, some really hated it In my own opinion, was it right up there with some of DeMille s best, like The Charm School, Gold Coast, General s Daughter or the John Corey series, no, but it was still widely entertaining.Spencerville introduces us to Keith Landry, who has been forced into early retirement from the Military Landry has returned to his hometown of Spencerville, Ohio, I had read several of the reviews of Spencerville, and apparently it had many mixed reviews, in other words, some loved it, some really hated it In my own opinion, was it right up there with some of DeMille s best, like The Charm School, Gold Coast, General s Daughter or the John Corey series, no, but it was still widely entertaining.Spencerville introduces us to Keith Landry, who has been forced into early retirement from the Military Landry has returned to his hometown of Spencerville, Ohio, where he hopes to find peace and rebuild his life There have been many changes in Spencerville since Landry left to join the Military But two things still remain, Annie Prentis, his ex flame, the love of his life, and Cliff Baxter, the famous High School bully, who is now the corrupt Police Chief of Spencerville, and the possessive, abusive husband of Annie All 3 of them are about to cross paths again, Annie, who has become unhappy in her marriage to a husband who sleeps around and has the law on his side, and Keith, who is still deeply in love with Annie, and wasn t happy with the way they left things, and Annie is still secretly in love with him, and Cliff Baxter, who, since hearing of Keith s return to town, has been watching his every move, also his wife s.Would I put Spencerville in my top favorites, no probably not, but like I said, still a good book, and I loved the Ohio country setting, and the character developments I ll admit the premise was pretty far fetched, and there s some graphic sex scenes and violence, some a little unnecessary Still a fun, entertaining tale by one of my favorite writers (((FREE))) ↹ Spencerville ☠ 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 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, reallyI 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 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, reallyI 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 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. 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 aof 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 eve 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 aof 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 expectingof a straight fiction book as opposed to the thrillers we are used to from DeMille 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 governmentsT 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.Cincinn tus, 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 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 obje 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 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. 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, farIs 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, farthan 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 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 Ne 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