By the Rivers of Babylon

By the Rivers of Babylon

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by Nelson DeMille, Scott Brick
     
 

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Two Concorde jets take off from Lod Airport in Israel for a U.N. conference that will finally bring peace to the Middle East. Covered by F-14 fighters and accompanied by security men, the planes carry warriors, pacifist, enemies, dignitaries - and a bomb! Forced to crash-land, the men and women of the peace mission make a desperate life or death stand against

Overview

Two Concorde jets take off from Lod Airport in Israel for a U.N. conference that will finally bring peace to the Middle East. Covered by F-14 fighters and accompanied by security men, the planes carry warriors, pacifist, enemies, dignitaries - and a bomb! Forced to crash-land, the men and women of the peace mission make a desperate life or death stand against Palestinian commandos.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781415931851
Publisher:
Books on Tape, Inc.
Publication date:
01/01/2006
Edition description:
Unabridged

Meet the Author

Nelson DeMille is a former U.S. Army lieutenant who served in Vietnam and is the author of nineteen acclaimed novels, including the #1 New York Times bestsellers Night Fall, Plum Island, The Gate House, The Lion, The Panther and Radiant Angel. His other New York Times bestsellers include The Charm School, Word of Honor, The Gold Coast, Spencerville, The Lion's Game, Up Country, Wild Fire, and The General's Daughter, the last of which was a major motion picture. For more information, you can visit NelsonDeMille.net.

Brief Biography

Hometown:
Long Island, New York
Date of Birth:
August 22, 1943
Place of Birth:
New York, New York
Education:
B.A. in political science, Hofstra University, 1974
Website:
http://www.nelsondemille.net/

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By the Rivers of Babylon 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 71 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I had this book for years before I read it. I read it July 2001. I thought as always with Mr. Demille's books it was well written. It at the time was unbelieveable. Hijacking 747's and bringing them to Babylon. The book is action packed and fast reading. Great book!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Unbelievable as it may sound, this is my 1st Nelson Demille book ever but it certainly will not be my last. From the 1st page until the last, I was mezmerized by the details and charachters of the novel- Each one was easily identifiable and very true to life. I am a huge fan of any book that pertains to Palestine and Israel and this book was all I hoped for and more. You won't be able to put it down, and like me, will be sad when it finally concludes. Excellent work.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Well, not 4 but 5-star, and a daydream as well since I wasn't able to but this book down even walking home from the subway. A real thrill from the first to last pages, no cliche included and a perfect resolve. Add the perfect-thought characters and the stunning atmosphere, and you'll be reading day and night as well.
Guest More than 1 year ago
couldn't wait to turn the pages. a great thriller. Wish someone would make it into a movie!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is one of De Mille's best, a page turner about the conflict in the middle East. A group of men and women on a peace mission have their plane forced down in the desert and they are faced with a unit of Palestinian commandos. Apart from the usual suspense and action we have come to expect from the author we are shown a picture of what it might be like to be high-jacked. As usual De Mille brings his characters to life and weaves a great story around them.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have read and reread this book at least once every five years (since 1980). It is clearly my favorite book of all time. Packed with excitement it is the consummate page-turner.
Guest More than 1 year ago
the way the author describes the scenery, and situation, its as though you are on the plane. i read this book twice it was so enjoyable. this book will capture you and your imagination of reality. i am a big fan of Mr. Demille and i have yet to read a book that i do not like.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Liked this only because I love Nelson DeMille.
Guest More than 1 year ago
begining to end sex and terror. Demille makes you think you are there
ThePolyBlog More than 1 year ago
PLOT OR PREMISE: Peace in the Middle East is almost assured and two concordes fly to New York with delegates for final negotiations. Terrorists try to derail the peace conference by planting bombs on board and taking the passengers hostage. After one plane is destroyed, killing all on board, the second plane is forced to land near Babylon. At the last minute, the hostages manage to escape to the top of a small hill from which they attempt to defend against the terrorists through several days of sorties, knowing that the military probably doesn't know where they are and therefore can't swoop in and rescue them. . WHAT I LIKED: Long before there was Clancy, there was DeMille. This book takes the international realm and stands it on its ear -- there is (excruciating) details of the relations between the characters on both sides of the peace conference who are forced to work together to fight the terrorists. In addition, the battle tactics are first-rate, the writing is almost perfect, and the story is superb as the "hostages" fight in small groups with every weapon they have -- gas bombs from the plane's fuel tanks, sounds from a war movie blasted over speakers to simulate larger weaponry, etc. . WHAT I DIDN'T LIKE: There are a LOT of characters at the start of this book and it is hard to keep track of them all. Up until the end, there are too many small sub-plots -- some are good, and necessary to flesh out the experience, but not all of them. There are fewer characters by the end though and it helps speed up the plotting. However, the ending is a little over-the-top, resembling a scene from a Die Hard movie more than keeping with the slightly more realistic tone of the rest of the book. As well, there is a meeting between the hostage-leaders and the terrorist-leader that is absolutely surreal. The likelihood of both parties treating it like a military battle with truces, etc., is virtually nil but it was at least interesting to read. . BOTTOM-LINE: DeMille is the master of the game . DISCLOSURE: I received no compensation, not even a free copy, in exchange for this review. I am not personal friends with the author, nor do I follow him on social media.
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It was not one of the best of DeMille's but it was interesting to some degree. A little long in places.
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Whoever gave this a bad review is crazy
1avidreaderinCA More than 1 year ago
Another of DeMille's "can't put it down" books. I love his work and if you like intrigue, suspense and a little humor or romance thrown in right in the middle of it, you'll love By the Rivers of Bablylon and anything else he writes! Highly recommend!
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