Nelson DeMille Books in Order

Last Updated on October 3, 2019 Nelson DeMille is an American author of several crime mystery novels. He has written many standalone novels, as well as three series: John Corey, Paul Brenner, Joe Ryker, and John Sutter.

Here are the Nelson DeMille books in order for his series and standalone novels.

New Nelson DeMille Books

The Deserter
The Deserter, 2019

John Sutter Series

  1. Gold Coast (John Sutter #1), 1990
  2. The Gate House (John Sutter #2), 2008

Paul Brenner Series

  1. The General’s Daughter (Paul Brenner #1), 1992
  2. Up Country (Paul Brenner #2), 2002
  3. The Panther (Paul Brenner #3, John Corey #6), 2012

John Corey Series

  1. The Book Case (John Corey #0.5), 2011
  2. Plum Island (John Corey #1), 1997
  3. The Lion’s Game (John Corey #2), 2000
  4. Night Fall (John Corey #3), 2004
  5. Wild Fire (John Corey #4), 2006
  6. The Lion (John Corey #5), 2010
  7. The Panther (John Corey #6, Paul Brenner #2), 2012
  8. Radiant Angel/A Quiet End (John Corey #7), 2015

Other Nelson DeMille Books

Nelson DeMille was born in New York City in 1943, and as a child, he moved with his family to Long Island, where he attended the Elmont Memorial High School. After he left high school, he enrolled at the Hofstra University, where he remained for three years before going to the army and enrolling at the Officer Candidate School.

Nelson deMille authorNelson DeMille fought in Vietnam during 1966-1969 and received numerous medals and badges of honor for his outstanding service. He is a decorated Army veteran, winner of the Air Medal, Bronze Star, and Vietnamese Cross of Gallantry.

After leaving the army, he returned home where he finished his last year of university, graduating in Political Science and History. He holds three honorary doctorates.

The author’s first novels were detective mysteries. His debut novel was By the Rivers of Babylon, published in 1978. This was also the first book I have read by him in the early 1980s.

In his books, Nelson DeMille uses the first-person point of view, and most of his books are well-known for their dry humor and sarcasm. Also, most of his books are very long (often well over 600 pages). A number of his books are set on Long Island, the place where the author lives with his family.

Three of the Nelson DeMille books have been made into movies, namely The General’s Daughter, Word of Honor, and Mayday. The General’s Daughter was played by John Travolta and Madeline Stowe and it aired in 1999.

The latest book written by Nelson DeMille is The Cuban Affair, published in 2017, the first in a new series featuring Mac MacCormick, an Afghanistan War veteran aged 35. The book focuses on Mac’s adventures in Cuba, which is just 90 miles from Key West. The story is set in 2015, before Fidel Castro’s death. The ending left it open for a second book in the series to be written and published. While at the moment both the author and the publisher considers The Cuban Affair a standalone, at some point it will be continued, said the author in an interview.

Daniel (Mac) MacCormick has served two tours in Afghanistan, is retired from the army and now is working in n Key West Florida as a charter boat captain, a fishing vessel he named The Maine. When he gets an offer for the Maine to participate in a ten-day fishing tournament to Cuba, he is also asked to help the three Cuban-Americans find and return sixty million dollars left behind by the refugees.

In an interview, the author mentioned that he started this new character and a new series because he moved from Grand Central Publishing to Simon & Schuster, a publishing house which wanted new stuff from DeMille, a fresh start altogether.

Just as he was doing research and began writing his book, in October 2015 Nelson DeMille received a brochure from Yale about a two-week trip to Cuba. He took the opportunity and then the book really came together since the author could now take actual photos, speak with the locals and do his research live.

The John Corey series is planned to be turned into a TV series. The rights are owned by Sony who partnered with ABC TV in order to create the new show. It will probably become a limited series of 10 or 11 episodes since the books are only 7 in number only as well.

A couple of actors interested in playing John Corey were Ben Affleck and Alec Baldwin.

The author Nelson DeMille is thinking of bringing back John Corey as well as the series’ fans would love that, but all is still out in the open as of yet.

Nelson DeMille’s writing career has spanned almost 40 years and he has written so far over 20 books. He is a member of Mensa, Poets & Writers, as well as the Authors Guild. He was president of Mystery Writers of America, and now he is a regular member. In 2015, the International Thriller Writers, of which he is a member, gave him the honor of ThrillerMaster of the Year.

Over the years, he also wrote books under various pen names, including Jack Cannon, Kurt Ladner, Ellen Kay and Brad Matthews.

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  1. Well Mr Demille, we are the same age and I read “Gold Coast and Gatehouse” every summer…
    I sure am a fan and have most of your books
    I do understand the pleasure of starting something new, however your tried and true is a jewel, so don’t ignore it please
    I would wonder what has happen to all the “Gatehouse folks” and how thongs have changed and probably stayed the same on the Gold Coast?
    As always, your faithful reader
    Samantha Starr

  2. Dear Nelsi3. I LOVE your works. However I listen to audio books only. And… I cannot stomach the overly melodramatic and hyper emphatic style of Scott Brick. There are many others who share my preference for audio narrators. I ask that you consider this in your next audio work. Unfortunately I have a long list of your books I cannot listen to 🙁

    1. I totally disagree with Dana J Goulston. I believe Scott Brick is an excellent narrator. I love how he never sounds like he is reading a book but rather makes it seem like he is telling you what happened from first hand experience. Please use him for all of your audio books.

  3. I love Nelson Demille’s audio books narrated by Scott Brick. I have all of the John Corey audio books and have listened to some of them more than once. Scott Brick does an excellent job in making it seem like he is John Corey and he is telling you personally his experiences. He never sounds like he is reading what he is saying. I love Nelson Demille’s sense of humor in his portrayal of John Corey. He is just a fantastic author. I personally believe it will take a special actor to play John Corey in a tv series and neither Ben Affleck nor Alec Baldwin are that actor. Please find someone who can be true to John Corey’s personality and humour.

  4. I think it would be a terrible choice to choose Alec Baldwin or Ben Affleck to play John Corey in a tv series.

  5. Now retired and now on Round II of all his novels. What a writer.
    I was born 23 August 1940 so I’m exactly up on Nelson three years!!.
    Love and respect all of your works.

  6. Have read all of Nelson DeMille’s books more than once. Also recommend his books to my friends as everyone should have the opportunity to read his great books. My particular favorites are The Gold Coast, The Gate House and Night Fall, but love the others as well. When I find a writer like DeMille I wish he would write faster so I could have more of them to read. His books have given me many hours of great reading.

  7. É uma pena que DeMille não vem editando seus livros no Brasil. Disse que não tem um representante para publicá-los no Brasil.

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