The Deserter

The Deserter

A taut, psychologically suspenseful military thriller from #1 New York Times bestselling author Nelson DeMille—writing with his son, screenwriter Alex DeMille—about two army investigators on the hunt in Venezuela for an army deserter who might know too much about a secret Pentagon operation.

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—dead or alive. Brodie knows this is a difficult mission, made more difficult by his new partner’s inexperience and by his 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.

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  • Thomas

    Captain Kyle Mercer deserts his unit in Afghanistan. He's captured and tortured by the Taliban. Then he escapes, sending a video of him with dead captors to U.S. Government. Then he is sighted in Vene...

  • Susanne  Strong

    2 Stars.Boy oh boy - Nelson DeMille - I am disappointed in one of your novels, for the first time ever and I am (almost) speechless. I got through “The Deserter” - barely. It was a buddy read (th...

  • Kaceey

    2.5*I am likely in the minority here...This is the second book I’ve read by Nelson DeMille. His prior book The Cuban Affair took our lead character on a trek deep within Cuba. And I was able to view...

  • Maureen Carden

    One lesson I’ve learned from both The Deserter and The Cuban Affair you don’t want the DeMille father and son writing team to write a travel guide about your country. Nelson in The Cuban Affair th...

  • Matt

    In this debut father-son collaboration, Nelson and Alex DeMille present a novel that takes the reader into the depths of South America on the hunt for a renegade army officer. While serving in Afghani...

  • Liz

    3.5 stars, rounded upNelson DeMille consistently creates intelligent characters who have trouble following orders and have wicked senses of humor. John Corey remains one of my favorite characters of a...

  • Lou

    Deserter is the first outing for military police officer and all-around legendary hero, Scott Brodie, in the DeMilles's most electrifying and downright exhilarating thriller to date. Action-packed, fr...

  • Tim

    I found this story, long, boring, pointless and wondered why DeMille wrote in this manner. 1 of 10 stars...

  • Adrienne

    A superb military thriller. Well written, plausible, really conveyed a soldier's thinking - after training. The plotting was consistently even throughout the book. The characters - likewise. Definitel...

  • Betsy

    I'd watch that! I hope these guys have been in touch with HBO or Netflix because The Deserter is going to be fantastic when it comes to our screens. This thriller is part Homeland, part Serial season ...