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.
In the last two months I have read 20 of Nelson DeMille's books. This one is, by far, my favorite one. Riveting, captivating, interesting, amazing, etc. How else can I describe it?
Audible allows me to fill my mind with something so much better than TV.
With a history so young as the US plus all of its diversity makes an ordinary American have trouble imagining the hurt and the hate tat goes on for generations. This story puts light on such individuals who cannot and will not come to terms with the past.
Liked the story line, characters
Exciting plot, so real
St. Patrick's attack
A little drawn out, but still exciting
Too long. I have read/listened to almost all of Nelsons books and loved most. Found my self saying "get on with it numerous times"
I don't know nor care anything about the IRA, and having the whole book done in the native accents was nails on a chalk board for my ears.
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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