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Cathedral

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 4, 2012

    Read it !

    Exciting read from the beginning to the end.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 1, 2009

    Cathedral -Exciting Tale of IRA Terrorism Coming to NYC (written 2 decades prior to 9/11)

    I have read at least five other DeMille books. This one has many of the hallmarks of his later books, but somehow I felt the first 100 or so pages dragged a little, especially when compared to the middle and end of the book. The overall plot development is very good, which is usual with the author, interweaving developments among different characters, but always keeping the reader guessing. I too grew up in NYC but not being Roman Catholic I have never been inside the impressive building. However, after reading the book, I might look for an opportunity to go inside to see it with my own eyes. Some of DeMille's tricks from other books are also utilized in this book, such as his use of a dab of science fiction in a limited but strategic way. Even though the two drawings of the church are included in the front of the book, both plan views, the overall configuration is still confusing, and a 3-D perspective sketch would have been very helpful. This would have been of value particularly during the last section of the book, because it was very hard to figure out exactly where Leary was in the choir loft relative to all of the others. I have the impression that DeMille has taken a certain amount of license in utilizing some of the history/mythology of early Ireland, such as that of Fionn mac Cumhaill or Finn MacCummal as he is called in the book, into the story. All in all, it is an enjoyable read.

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  • Posted August 24, 2011

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    Action at its best

    WOW what an amazing story and LOOOOONG. DeMille does a beautiful job depicting the thought process and the extremisum of the Irish Republic Army. He clearly visualize how true to their cause they are and to what leghths they will go through for their people. Using NYC's St. Patty's cathedral on St Pat's day, he draws in a large political arena of not only the US but all other countries and agencies that can possibly be involved or help with the cause to get what they want. There's so much action you'll be unable to put the book down. However, there were a few places that was confusing as to who and what person was speaking.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 21, 2000

    Long Live the Cathedral . . . how long?

    Cathedral is my second DeMille read, and as a native of New York city, I found this book adventuresome and exciting. The architecture of St. Patrick's Cathederal along with the descriptions of the interior and the innards were very fasnicating. The role the Irish history played in with the St. Patrick's Day parade is well decipted. The events that the Fenians and Finn MacCummal instigated follows the centuries old struggle between the Irish people and the British government has been enlightening. If I had read this while still living in NYC, I'd given the Cathedral a much more thorough appreciation of its Art Treasures, passageways and the lofts and crane my neck up further to study the towers. Oh well! Recommend read for any who likes excitement, suspense and whodunits.

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