I have owned 'The Gold Coast' in paperback for years, but never got around to reading it. Then I saw the sequel - 'The Gate House' - in the book store..Show More » and decided to read 'The Gold Coast' in audio form, so I downloaded it.
I have read all of DeMille's novels except for two, so decided to complete the cycle. I have enjoyed his other works, and have even read some of them twice or more.
This novel rises so far above his more recent works as to have been written by a different author. Not only is it a great read from the standpoint of excitement and suspense, but it's a grand love story, and future generations will recognize it not only as popular fiction, but also as great literature.
My wife doesn't read audio books, but I have insisted that she read my paperback version so we can each share the experiences together. The characters are so well developed, especially the narrator John Sutter and his wife Susan, that it's quite difficult not realizing they are fictional.
Just a little caution. There are some erotic scenes, so younger readers should defer reading until they are able to understand the context in which they are written rather than being tittilated by their explicitness.
In summary, this book had such a profound effect on me that I just had to download 'The Gate House' and began reading immediately!
I maintain a library of almost 2,000 novels, and I only get rid of those I don't intend to read again. This one will stay in my library until my dying day, and I will encourage my adult children to read it!
I have to agree with the majority of the reviewers here. DeMille is one of my absolute FAVORITE authors and I rush to get his latest book as soon as ..Show More »it's published.
But I found this book pedantic and sophomoric. The charming cockiness and "wise cracking" Sutter in the Gold Coast has become boring, shallow and predictable. I wanted so badly to like the story, the characters and the dialogue, but I just couldn't. And I stayed with it until the bitter end. I listened to the interview with the author at the end and he seems to attribute the happiness in the plot line and characters to his life, with a new baby and a happy marriage. I'd give a lot to have the depth back of some of his earlier characters. He says we should expect the sequel to The Lions Game next -- which I loved -- read it once and listened to it twice -- I'll have my fingers crossed that John Cory doesn't suffer the same fate...
The main character John is the real hero, its humor, and sarcastic views on a privilege community makes the listening enternaining all the way to the ..Show More »last page. The story is of no real importance and is almost comical and lack the fast pacing of an detective story. Ladies will certainly enjoy the story more so than gentemen, there is romance, love, shopping and delightful X rated scenes.