Now, 10 years later, he has come home to the Gold Coast, that stretch of land on the North Shore of Long Island that once held the greatest concentration of wealth and power in America, to attend the imminent funeral of an old family servant. Taking up temporary residence in the gatehouse of Stanhope Hall, which had been the family home of his ex-wife, Susan Stanhope Sutter, John finds himself living only a quarter of a mile from Susan, who has also returned to Long Island.
But Susan isn't the only person from John's past who has reemerged: Though Frank Bellarosa, infamous Mafia don and Susan's ex-lover, is long dead, his son, Anthony, is alive and well, and intent on two missions: Drawing John back into the violent world of the Bellarosa family, and exacting revenge on his father's murderer - Susan Sutter.
At the same time, John and Susan's mutual attraction resurfaces, old passions begin to reignite, and John finds himself pulled deeper into a familiar web of seduction and betrayal.
In The Gate House, a book that is both a sequel to The Gold Coast as well as a suspenseful stand-alone novel, acclaimed author Nelson DeMille brings us back to that fabled spot on the North Shore - a place where past, present, and future collide with often unexpected results.
©2008 Nelson Demille; (P)2008 Nelson Demille
I'm a Nelson DeMille fan. At about 1/3 the way through I thought - where is this book going? No real plot - only reminiscing about the past. But I got caught up in the story and laughed out loud in many places. I could really relate to John Sutter and his wacky friends and family. Looking forward to the next DeMille creation.
I reread Gold Coast, which I enjoyed 20 years ago, in preparation for reading Gate House. If you liked Gold Coast, this is a seamless tying up of all loose ends, and is just as entertaining as the first book. Well done, and no loss of voice from the original. I think it would be readable as a stand alone, but the combo is your most satisfying bet.
I live in Michigan and have been a member of auible since it's onset. Hobbies are photography and writing...I am in the process of formatting my first novel for kindle and I hope everyone will read it. I LOVE AUDIBLE and listen to at least 3 unabridged books a month. !
This novel can not be enjoyed before listening, or reading the predeccesor novel "Gold Coast".
DeMille tried very hard to sum up Gold Coast in Gatehouse, by penning flashbacks of the first novel prior to chapters; however this did not give the reader the connect to the characters, it was intended to give. Have a marathon!!!
Listen to Gold Coast......and coast...right into
Gatehouse for a really great DeMille experience.
A day without sunshine is like, well, night.
Riveting! While I liked the Gold Coast when I read it years ago, I found that I identified more with how the characters developed in the Gate House. I found this to be a superb sequel. As in many of his books, Nelson Demille's wit and sarcasm add humor and humanity to his characters, and make them likable even when you have so little in common. This is an outstanding read and the narration is right on. When you start, it will be hard to put down.
This is one of the best reads/listens in a very long time ... probably since DeMille's last book. Every line engages and the narration interprets the characters and John so well that it would be hard to not think of the narrator as John himself. The best!
This book is a disappointment. It has too much dialog where the primary character talks to himself. About half of the book could have been left out.
I couldn't go past the first hour or two. Never grabbed my interest. I've read all his books and enjoyed most. This was a total waste of time and money.
I am a big fan of Nelson DeMille. I loved The Gold Coast. DeMille must have needed the extra money when he wrote The Gate House because it just isn't up to his standard. I thought it was just terrible.
Well its true. Not mush blows up, no worlds collide, little violence. No wonder many people pan this audio book. The problem with today's audiences is if there are not 25 different plots unfolding in a barrage of glorious violence and action it is considered boring. I however (guess I am from the old school) found the plot excellent, the character development superior, the dialogue witty and clever. John Sutter has lost none of his attitude nor any of his humor. His red headed wife and her nutty parents are delightful and I had no trouble losing myself in the blue blood world of Long Island. I thought that this book was a natural follow up to the Gold Coast and do not think it missed a beat. Ignore the bad reviews and take a chance on real literature.
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