The cops face a booby-trapped, perfectly laid out killing zone inside the church. The hostages face death. Flynn faces his own demons, in an electrifying duel of nerves, honor, and betrayal.
©1981 Nelson Demille; (P)2009 Hachette
"A home-run thriller." (Chicago Tribune)
Boring, but at least it was read by Scott Brick! If you're a DeMille fan you'll be very disappointed in this book. I stuck with it thinking it would get good at some point, but no such luck!
I have read most of his other books and he is one of my favorite authors, this was not of that calibre. this was a difficult book to get into, and truthfully nothing stuck with me - easily forgettable and disappointing.
I love espionage, legal, and detective thrillers but listen to most genres. Very frequent reviews. No plot spoilers! Please excuse my typos!
Published in 1981 Cathedral was not Nelson DeMille first novel but it is the first that began his rise to stardom as an author of suspense thrillers. On St.Patrick's Day in New York City IRA leader Bryan Flynn, seizes St Patrick's Cathedral, takes many hostages, and booby traps the church with explosives. As the police and others seek to recapture the building without killing the hostages and destroying the building the suspense builds and builds. In this 2009 audio version of the novel Scott Brick narrates to perfection. VERY HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!!
I've listened to many of DeMille and loved them. I did not believe a DeMille could be as bad as some other reviewers said. I was wrong. I stopped listening after 4 or 5 hours. Too boring.
Like action, adventures, war stories, militay happenings, historical readings-fiction, & mysteries. Unabridged only! Reader IMPORT!
I'm usually more careful before I purchase --- but "Nelson DeMille --- no need to? WRONG!!
This story was boooooooring! How many times can the characters keep talking to each other with saying anything new & or different?
Looking forward to better times with Mr. DeMille…!
I realize this is an earlier work, but I have read or listened to almost all of his books. With another narrator I might not have even finished it. Just never grabbed me!
So far I have to say this is one of the better Nelson DeMille books I have read. I am an over the road truck driver who drives nights, this book kept me going! I did not want to even pause it to stop for a break!
Scott Brick does a great job narrating this book. I feel like he brings the characters alive!
Apparently not! And, they all are different. No common formula etc. How does he dream this stuff up? Starts fast stays fast, in that sense it's classic DeMille, if there is such a thing.
I love thrillers!! Harlan Coben, Lee Child, Michael Connolley, John Sanford, David Baldacci, and others! These authors can make a long road trip very enjoyable!
I would recommend this book to a friend.
The most interesting part of the story was the history of the Cathedral as well as the dynamics between political groups and specific people.The main characters were interesting and wanting to know what happens to them keeps the listener going.There are a lot of characters. Generally I have no trouble keeping track of the characters and what their roles are. There were several times I mixed up whether a person was one of the terrorists or one of the policemen.This book is also very long when it doesn't need to be. There were a few times I zoned out and it did not detract from my ability to follow the story. That tells me it could have been written with a little less detail without losing anything.The end has enough twists that it is worth sticking with the story through to the end.
Scott Brick adds excellent accents to the reading. He also has a great ability to bring the characters to life. You almost feel like you know them as living people rather than just words on a page.
This was not a book I wanted to listen to all in one sitting. After awhile, my thoughts would wander. However, I always wanted to come back to it and find out what happened.My favorite characters were Maureen, Flynn, and Burke.
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This novel reminds me of the novel that Tom Clancy released in 1987 called "Patriot Games"! The notion that a foreign terrorist group would hold operations inside the United States was previously "impossible" to the American psyche.
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