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Cathedral

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by Nelson DeMille
     
 

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Everyone is celebrating St. Patrick's Day in New York City. But born into the heat and hatred of the Northern Ireland conflict, IRA man Brian Flynn has masterminded a brilliant act of terrorism - the seizure of St. Patrick's Cathedral. Among his hostages are the woman he once loved, and a former terrorist tamed peace activist. The cops face a perfectly planned,…  See more details below

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Everyone is celebrating St. Patrick's Day in New York City. But born into the heat and hatred of the Northern Ireland conflict, IRA man Brian Flynn has masterminded a brilliant act of terrorism - the seizure of St. Patrick's Cathedral. Among his hostages are the woman he once loved, and a former terrorist tamed peace activist. The cops face a perfectly planned, booby-trapped killing zone inside the church. The hostages face death. And Flynn faces his own demons in an electrifying duel of nerves, honor, and betrayal...

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780446358576
Publisher:
Grand Central Publishing
Publication date:
12/28/1990
Edition description:
REISSUE
Pages:
576
Sales rank:
247,371
Product dimensions:
6.72(w) x 10.88(h) x 1.28(d)

What People are saying about this

Walter Murphy
Gripping...suspenseful...I was engrossed from beginning to end.
Robert J. Serling
A riveting suspense novel...vivid characterization...perfect blending of plot and people.

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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Cathedral 3.9 out of 5 based on 1 ratings. 77 reviews.
books-r-me More than 1 year ago
until i was given 'cathedral' by demille, i had never heard of this author. i started reading this book as a fill in until the book i wanted arrived by mail. well, when i began, i couldn't put it down. i quickly forgot the book i was waiting for and after i finished, i looked up this author, read everything i could get my fingers on and haven't looked back since. want a trip without leaving your chair? how about a fantasy that could happen? this book has everything: fantasy, mysticism, horror, characters you might meet on the street, nightmares without sleeping, the works. i will tell you one thing. after reading this book, every st. patrick's day i wait to see if st. patrick's in nyc is still there, in one piece ! nelson demille's masterpiece. read this and you'll read all of his others but word of caution. this might just be tomorrows head lines today!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Exciting read from the beginning to the end.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
St. Patrick's Day in NYC is a fantastic party and I can't think of a scarier act than this. What a thriller, from beginning to end! BRAVO!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I have read every one of DeMille's books - coming from NY, his 'scenery' is always familiar. Hands down, my favorite book by him, with a close second being Charm School. My Irish heritage made it a tense read for me, the sadness at watching the Cathedral and it's people taken hostage, but the pride of watching Flynn strike a blow for his freedom and the freedom of his country! Sure - the IRA is technically the bad guys, but still - they are fighting for Irish freedom, makes it a tough sell. Read this book OVER AND OVER!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Nelson de Mille never fails to give us a fast paced, action packed yarn. As the name suggests this action takes place in a cathedral, St. Patricks Cathedral in New York. It revolves around a siege situation; the hostages are a cardinal, a priest, a diplomat and a Northern Ireland peace leader.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is the first DeMille book I've ever read, but not the last. He held me to the pages from beginning to end. I found myself shouting outloud when the escape was blundered in the basement and prayed that someone would come to the rescue of these poor people. This is an all-nighter. Be prepared to have plenty of spare time on your hands, because you won't want to put it down once you've started.
Anonymous 18 days ago
As usual I learned new things from this book and enjoyed the tale.
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I like this author. He has the gift of words and has the ability to create wonderful characters, both the good guys and the bad guys. Enjoyed learning about the Irish struggle in such an entertsing way. I did find it a bit long.
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Not among his best
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Author should provide a spreadsheet to keep track of the way-to-many characters. A slow read at times and somewhat hard to keep track of what's going on.
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I already was a Fan, this is now moved up in my list of favorites. I found myself staying up way past my bedtime to continue reading and spending time in the morning to find out what was happening next! I remember stories on the news about the "troubles" in Northern Ireland, articles in magazines, this book made me want to understand and read more about about the history and realities of this conflict. Well done, fiction, but it has realism.
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I'm only fifty- four pages into this book and its great
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GtzLstNRding More than 1 year ago
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.