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)
Like his "Babylon," the story centers around a single event and its characters. It's a very intense story and the characters have a lot of layers. I would have given it five stars if the characters were more believable. I found it hard to wrap my brain around their motivations. Total craziness makes it easier, I guess, to create a fantastic plot, but I found some of the characters unbelievable, even nonsensical. Even so, it's a good thriller, tight and gripping. Not as good as some of this author's other books, but definitely worth reading. Scott Brick is, as always, a very fine narrator.
30 years ago, I would not have used the word "almost" in the review title. Nostalgia was a recurring theme throughout the novel, and I'm old enough to felt it as I listened to the 1981 novel. I liked it very much. If you can't remember when the Irish "troubles" were in the news, rather than what we read now, you may not like it. But it's a worthwhile read from a thoughtful author, and Scott Brick's accents are a bonus.
If you really like to hear the F-word over and over again then this book is perfect for you. I'm no prude but this book really went over board!
Maybe Scott Brick needs to take a break. His voice has gotten progresively whiney over the past couple of years. It's hard to listen to. He used to be the best. I used to buy books just because Brick was the narrator, now I'm swinging a full 180 degrees, looking for books he isn't reading! I'm not sure I'll be able to choke down the other two parts of this book.
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