The Deserter (Scott Brodie & Maggie Taylor #1)

THE DESERTER                                      NELSON 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—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.


Scott Brodie and his new partner Maggie Taylor who are CID investigators are in the commanding officers, office given a new assignment. When Scott sees who it is, he asks to see all of the evidence. They are then shown a video of Captain Kyle Mercer who had walked away from his unit and then taken prisoner. The last video was him killing his captors. Not having been seen since he has shown up in Venezuela. After interviewing the person who said they saw him, Scott and Maggie end up on a wild ride in Venezuela.
The book is fast-paced and the banter between the two main characters is what keeps the story moving along. Also, Scott not always doing things by the book which frustrates Maggie. The twists and turns that the author takes you on keeps you going as a reader which helps the story as well. I liked the characters and the story also. A very good book. I received this book from I gave it 4 stars. Follow us at

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