Compelling. Just couldn't stop listening.
A criminal wants the respect of the rich
This novel is DeMille's best, and great fun. A blue-blood Long Island lawyer discovers his new neighbor is the head of the Mafia. Frank Bellarosa, the Mafia don, is a great character. John Sutter, the narrator, is very funny, making this novel truly laugh-out-loud hysterical. When Bellarosa and Suther are together, it is total entertainment. This novel has humor, love, sex, mystery, an intriguing friendship, and a fun plot that is not predictable. I read the book many years ago, and enjoyed listening to this just as much as I liked reading it. I believe that TV's Tony Soprano was taken from the Bellarosa character, with Frank Bellarosa even more interesting. This story is pure fun, and the reader is great.
This is by far one of my favorite books EVER. I grew up on Long Island a few towns away from the actual "Gold Coast" and when I say that Nelson DeMille captures the essence of these people -- he really does. He makes John and Susan Sutter into real people with strengths and flaws. And growing up during the 1980's when former mafia boss John Gotti was always on the local night time news, Frank Bellarosa also seems like a credible character without simply making him into a "copy" of Gotti. He's a wise guy in his own right.
Before buying the audiobook I read this as an actual book many times and enjoyed every time. Having it in audiobook format simply adds yet another element to what I think is already a modern classic. It's plain and simple a really good book and an incredibly satisfying read. If you are unfamiliar with Nelson DeMille he is a master at writing books that are remarkably enjoyable to read. After reading "The Gold Coast" do not be surprised if you find that you want to read more of his works. However, I think this book is one of his very best.
I found this to be a very entertaining book. I love the wit of John Sutter's sacastic humor. Kept me laughing at his one liner's. Reminded me of the John Corey character in another series he produced that also kept me very entertained. Christian Rummel did a superb job of narrating this great book. Had to download the Gate House to see where he takes Mr. Sutter. Highly reccommended. Kudos Mr. DeMille!
I really like Nelson DeMille and in the forward of this book he says this is his favorite so I was happy to give it a listen. It is well written and the story flows but the story line was not for me. He was right when he called it Great Gatsby meets the Mafia and if that would have been in the description I would not have bought it but I gave it a try and it was OK. I'm a suspense and action adventure girl and if that's what you like then don't bother with this. I hate to give anything a bad review and I can't say it was awful as I listened to the whole thing, but I wish I would have used my credit on one of the others that I had not read yet. I guess I'll skip The Gate House...
My wife's favorite author, so I tried this one, at her suggestion. The ONLY complaint I have is that we are also listening to another DeMille that has a spoiler in it, for this book. So, I kind of knew how it would end. Still, a fun "read".
The narrator of this book, Christian Rummel, does a great job with all the various accents in the book. It made it easy to listen to and easy to keep track of the characters. It's complicated to explain all the American cultural aspects of this book, but let's just say there are a lot of them, and I'm glad I listened to it.
What a drag this book was. I have read Nelson DeMille before and enjoyed his work. This was a huge departure from previous material.
A friend recommended this book and I loved it. Loved the humor, wit and the story. The reader did a great job. I am a big fan of Nelson Demille now. I read the Gate House after this (not as exciting as this one) and just finished the Lion's Game.
I was very disappointed in Gold Coast partially because I have come to expect so much from a Nelson Demille book and secondly because it seemed that reader reviews along with feedback from a friend who also likes Demille was so positive. This is a very plodding story that never picked up a lot of steam in my opinion. I was left with a sort of "what was the point of telling this story" type feeling as I felt there was no real peak or drive to the plot line. It lacks the page-turning nature of Lion's Game or Nightfall. I am not sure I will be getting the sequal, The Gate House.