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.
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Do Not - I repeat: "Do Not Waste a credit on this book." Approx 85% of the book was a rehash of the original Gold Coast. Virtually no plot. Shallow characters. I gave the Gold Coast a better review primarily because it was not my preferred genre and I gave it the "benefit of the doubt." This sequel was the biggest disappointment in audiobooks that I've ever experienced. DeMille should stick to the genre in which he IS good at: Action, adventure, espionage, intrigue and quit trying to write a "dime romance novel." Again, DO NOT WASTE A CREDIT. The book was awful.
Retired former magazine editor who is working harder than ever as Mr. Dad to his 13-year-old daughter.
I enjoyed The Gold Coast but didn't think it lived up to the expectations I had for it based on reviews and the recommendations of friends. But I loved the characters and didn't hesitate to spend two credits for The Gate House (although I'm not buying Audible's rationale for charging the extra credit). The 22 or so hours I spent listening to The Gate House whizzed on by. I had one of the story twists figured out about halfway through but I missed my guess on another. John and Susan were much more likable in this sequel and we discover that Anthony fell a little further from the tree than we might have expected. I'm also becoming a fan of Christian Rummel and might consider listening to a book simply because of his narration. He makes it easy for listeners to figure out who's talking and we make the connection almost automatically. Definitely in the top 10 percent of my Audible.com listens.
This was one of the most tiresome and boring books that I have ever listened to. The only reason why I persevered was that I had to believe that it was going to get more interesting.
The whole book could have been abridged to 50 pages.
Have enjoyed several of his previous works but this was painful. Slow to the point of boredom. Got tired of the of the wise a-- sophomoric dialog. Kept waiting for something to happen but nothing did.
Like everyone else, I loved the Gold Coast. This book was a tedious rehash, over and over, of everything that happened in the first book. I suspect DeMille got a bonus for every time he alluded to the protagonist's ex-wife having an affair with and shooting a mafia don. It was virtually plot- and suspense-free. The premise never made any sense. And I found the narrator's attempt at a sarcastic, upper-class accent for the main character incredibly annoying. This is by far the worst book I've downloaded from Audible.
I am also a long time Nelson DeMille fan and have spent many hours enthralled with his books, and he and Stephen King might be the reason that I listen to audio books in the first place. That said this book is a disappointment.
So much of this book is a rehash of what happened in the Gold Coast, which I listened to as well. DeMille's writing style is very tongue in cheek, but imagine John Corey (his superagent other character) deciding where to eat or going to the D.O.T.. The most interesting dialogue in the world isn't going to keep the audience going for 21 hours. It seemed the author had jokes left on the cutting floor from the first book to be used, and had more material about a mafia don and a socialite tryst.
At some point, the witty dialogue and haranguing about the possible lost of inheritance, problem inlaws, protecting the children from information, and rekindled romance just wasn't worth it.
I trudged through the first section of the unabridged version and thought that was the end. Continued to trudge through to the end because I just couldn't believe it was really this boring. The abridged would have been a better choice. I've read everything DeMille has written but this was a good idea overblown. I just wish Anthony had made his move 18 hours earlier! I was ready to help him out!
I like DeMille but man, that was just...blah. I kept waiting for the story to actually begin. There was very little plot: Woman cheats with Mafia dude, husband leaves for some years, comes back, Mafia dude's son is angry, woman and husband rekindle things. Oh, side note: In-laws suck. That very thin plot is used to hold together a string of one-liners by the main character.
Here's the thing with the main character - he's supposed to be a lovable jerk of sorts. Except he is more like your 40 something single guy friend who really is a good guy but cracks the stupidest jokes that you know it's only by the grace of God that any woman can stand him. I got this feeling that DeMille isn't allowed to crack these jokes at the dinner table because his wife will give him THE EYE and his kids would roll their eyes - so he has to create a character in which he can demonstrate just how funny he is. Except...he's not. It's a disappointment because I like DeMille, for the most part. But this one? Not so much. The main character is obnoxious and full of himself.
The main critiques of the book: Thin on plot. And the main character is the kind of friend you can only take in small doses. BOOO!
I'm a Demille fan but he phoned this one in. The writing is high school level and the editing is even worse. I loved the Gold Coast and all of the John Corey novels, but this one isn't even in the same class! Darn!
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