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Details if other :. Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. Preview — Cathedral by Nelson DeMille. Everyone is celebrating but everyone is in for the shock of his life. 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 Get A Copy. Paperback , pages. More Details Original Title. Other Editions Friend Reviews. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about Cathedral , please sign up. Which character is speaking about jackstraws? Hickey b. Bourke c. Martin d. Which character is speaking about Judas?
Burke b. Hickey c. Bellini d. See all 3 questions about Cathedral…. Lists with This Book. Community Reviews. Showing Average rating 3. Rating details. More filters. Sort order. Start your review of Cathedral. In fact, this is more like The Taking of Pelham One Two Three than Die Hard with its depiction of how political agendas and public relations creep into a hostage situation.
While the book does feature the idea the terrorists are unknowingly playing into the hands of a British intelligence officer who is trying to discredit the IRA with America Which makes this yet another fictional story about a terrorist plot that is some type of false flag operation.
DeMille fans should recognize some early versions of characters. The slimy Major Martin is the kind of arrogant double-dealing prick that DeMille usually creates as spies in his books. Probably the best character is IRA veteran John Hickey who uses Irish charm and bullshit to cover a nature of pure evil.
Hickey is a devil delighting in the desecration of a holy place even as plays the good Catholic. He likes to crack jokes and sing Irish folk songs while quietly doing everything he can to make sure that things end with the maximum body count. Unfortunately one of the weaker characters is Brian Flynn, the leader of the terrorists. However, while trying to make him somewhat sympathetic, DeMille creates a muddle around the character in which his true motivations get lost throughout the story.
There are also some real story issues. Yet by the ending this has shifted to the idea that Martin had planned every detail to the point of being able to stroll into St. So why would Flynn, or even Hickey who hated the British, go along with this plan if they knew they were doing exactly what Martin wanted? And once Burke warned all the officials that Martin was working against them, why would they bring him back in and listen to his advice? While creating a believable scenario in which politics play a large part, he also delivers some great action although it does seem to take too long to finally get to the final showdown.
View all 25 comments. Aug 27, Tim rated it did not like it. Since I've enjoyed a number of author Demille's stories, I was disappointed to find no connection with this one. Brutality and butchery in the name of religion does nothing for me. View all 7 comments. Sep 23, Stinky Girl rated it really liked it.
This is a very good book. Patrick's Day. Lots of suspence and planning. The paranormal aspect was completely unnecessary, preventing me from giving it 5 stars. Aug 05, Julie rated it it was amazing. And to think I almost didn't read this book after reading what it was about. That would have been a BIG mistake! In this book DeMille has fully developed an extremely interesting cast of characters and a great tragic tale of how they intermingle with each other.
Some you love, some you hate There are four hostages including high ranking clergy as well as the former girlfriend of the terrorist mastermind.
I found the most intriguing character to be John Hickey, a long-time IRA activist who gets to act as a long-winded snarky spokesperson with the media. DeMille does a great job with depicting the vastness of the cathedral itself and the action that takes place within this complex space. He has obviously done his homework and this reflects in the intricate plan developed by the IRA terrorists as well as the police response to the situation.
Subplots keep this from being just a straight hostage negotiation story, especially one involving a British intelligence officer with his own agenda. Overall, I enjoyed this novel, however it does suffer a little bit from its length. Parts of the action were just too detailed and spread over too many characters. This led to some drag. I feel the novel would have been improved somewhat if it were about pages shorter.
Nevertheless, it was nice to read this one, another solid novel by Nelson DeMille. View all 4 comments. Cathedral was one of DeMille's early books. It was first published in As I read the book, I continued to note how different the story is, pre, from more current writings.
On the day itself, she is standing i Cathedral was one of DeMille's early books. On the day itself, she is standing in front of St. Patrick's Cathedral in New York along with the British Counsel General, reviewing the parade up Fifth Avenue, when a struggle breaks out among the parade participants, distracting viewers and police alike.
A small band of Provisionals take the parade reviewers captive in St Patrick's, including the archbishop and the local priest, Maureen, and Sir Harold Baxter, the Counsel General. The cathedral doors are slammed shut and the band of Provisionals set bombs at the doors, and at key structural support positions in the cathedral. If the releases are not made by am the following morning, the cathedral and all who are in it will be destroyed. This was my least favorite Nelson DeMille book.
From here, things started to unravel. First, the names. Way too many characters. And they all have Irish names Fitzgerald, Finnegan, Flynn Top that off with a few of the characters al This was my least favorite Nelson DeMille book.
Patrick's Day, New York City. Everyone is celebrating, but everyone is in for the shock of their lives. 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.
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Sheila has been ordered to kill them so they walk them out to the ravine and shoot them. Sheila could not bear to get close enough for a head shot so Liam had to deliver the final bullets. Afterward, Liam made his own way back to Belfast, while Sheila and George met the others in the car and drove to Belfast. On the way, she throws the pistol out the window. The above sets the scene for this exciting novel by Nelson DeMille.