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St. Patrick's Day, New York City. Everyone is celebrating, but everyone is in for a shock. Born into the heat and hatred of the Northern Ireland conflict, IRA man Brian Flynn has masterminded a brilliant terrorist act: the seizure of Saint Patrick's Cathedral. Among his hostages: the woman Brian Flynn once loved, a former terrorist turned peace activist. Among his enemies: an Irish-American police lieutenant fighting against a traitor inside his own ranks and a shadowy British intelligence officer pursuing his own cynical, bloody plan.

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

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"A home-run thriller." ( Chicago Tribune)

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Not even close to DeMille's other books

Boring, but at least it was read by Scott Brick! If you're a DeMille fan you'll be very disappointed in this book. I stuck with it thinking it would get good at some point, but no such luck!

15 of 15 people found this review helpful

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this was gratuitous DeMille

I have read most of his other books and he is one of my favorite authors, this was not of that calibre. this was a difficult book to get into, and truthfully nothing stuck with me - easily forgettable and disappointing.

8 of 8 people found this review helpful

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No excitement

I've listened to many of DeMille and loved them. I did not believe a DeMille could be as bad as some other reviewers said. I was wrong. I stopped listening after 4 or 5 hours. Too boring.

6 of 6 people found this review helpful

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Wish I had read the reviews BEFORE I PURCHASED...!

I'm usually more careful before I purchase --- but "Nelson DeMille --- no need to? WRONG!!

This story was boooooooring! How many times can the characters keep talking to each other with saying anything new & or different?

Looking forward to better times with Mr. DeMille…!

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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Would have been 4 stars from another author

I realize this is an earlier work, but I have read or listened to almost all of his books. With another narrator I might not have even finished it. Just never grabbed me!

8 of 9 people found this review helpful

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Cathedral is a nail biter!

Where does Cathedral rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

So far I have to say this is one of the better Nelson DeMille books I have read. I am an over the road truck driver who drives nights, this book kept me going! I did not want to even pause it to stop for a break!

Scott Brick does a great job narrating this book. I feel like he brings the characters alive!

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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Outstanding early DeMille stand alone novel

Published in 1981 Cathedral was not Nelson DeMille first novel but it is the first that began his rise to stardom as an author of suspense thrillers. On St.Patrick's Day in New York City IRA leader Bryan Flynn, seizes St Patrick's Cathedral, takes many hostages, and booby traps the church with explosives. As the police and others seek to recapture the building without killing the hostages and destroying the building the suspense builds and builds. In this 2009 audio version of the novel Scott Brick narrates to perfection. VERY HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!!

7 of 9 people found this review helpful

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Can Demille write a bad book?

Apparently not! And, they all are different. No common formula etc. How does he dream this stuff up? Starts fast stays fast, in that sense it's classic DeMille, if there is such a thing.

4 of 5 people found this review helpful

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Good Story - Very Long

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

I would recommend this book to a friend.

What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

The most interesting part of the story was the history of the Cathedral as well as the dynamics between political groups and specific people.The main characters were interesting and wanting to know what happens to them keeps the listener going.There are a lot of characters. Generally I have no trouble keeping track of the characters and what their roles are. There were several times I mixed up whether a person was one of the terrorists or one of the policemen.This book is also very long when it doesn't need to be. There were a few times I zoned out and it did not detract from my ability to follow the story. That tells me it could have been written with a little less detail without losing anything.The end has enough twists that it is worth sticking with the story through to the end.

What does Scott Brick bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Scott Brick adds excellent accents to the reading. He also has a great ability to bring the characters to life. You almost feel like you know them as living people rather than just words on a page.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

This was not a book I wanted to listen to all in one sitting. After awhile, my thoughts would wander. However, I always wanted to come back to it and find out what happened.My favorite characters were Maureen, Flynn, and Burke.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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This novel reminds me of the novel that Tom Clancy released in 1987 called "Patriot Games"! The notion that a foreign terrorist group would hold operations inside the United States was previously "impossible" to the American psyche.

3 of 4 people found this review helpful