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Cathedral

de Nelson DeMille

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St. Patrick's Day, New York City. Everyone is celebrating, but everyone is in for the shock of his life. 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.… (més)

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A lady perusing the offerings at my church fair's book table pretty much insisted that I take a book by this guy. Eventually I gave in and did so. I'm not sure why it was so important to her, but it was. I also have no idea why she was so chatty and insistent with a strange, bearded, old man. It's not always just the bearded, old men who are the creepy ones.

I dunno, this is not really my kind of book. It's about a fringe band of IRA rebels who take over a cathedral in downtown New York as the St. Patrick's Day parade was winding down, and the serious partying was about to begin. They have hostages with them, including a British diplomat, a Roman Catholic Cardinal and the ex-girlfriend of the leader of the IRA rebels, who herself has left the group and is now a peace activist. When they talk to the hostage negotiator, they say that either a boatload of their friends in British prisons be released, or they'll kill the hostages and blow up the cathedral.

So, we have hundreds and hundreds of pages of dick swinging negotiations between the rebels and the civil authorities on the outside; dick swinging in all interactions between the various individuals or groups on each side, e.g. NYC police, National Guard, State police, the mayor's office, the governor's office, and so forth. The only characters who aren't dick swinging are the hostage cardinal and priest, both of whom are cardboard robots programmed to spout churchy sounding things when directly addressed, but otherwise disengaged from any kind of pastoral-care duties other than being willing to sit for confession if so begged. They are also disengaged from reality, kinda like the archbishop who recently declared that he was unaware that sex between adults and children was a crime.

It's actually not a bad book if you have the mentality of a 14-year old boy, i.e. love weapons porn, military-logistics porn, tough talk, and mindless killing. It boggles my mind that in a country where half the people pretend to be pro-life, that they are also enamored by this kind of mindless violence. We've become a nation of schizophrenics. ( )
  lgpiper | Jun 21, 2019 |
Read by Scott Brick, a master of the male voice with correct accents and distinctions between each character. Written in 1990, this is a story about a dark side of the Irish people. This story is bringing to light the political power struggle of the English and Irish. It is a story of an extremest group of Irish citizens who call themselves "The Finninians" led by Brian Flynn, who believe they are mystically or naturally descended from the peoples who lived in Ireland pre-St. Patrick. They have no respect for either Protestant or Catholic but are protesting, violently or otherwise against imprisonment of Irishmen and for protesting against English laws.

The festivity of St. Patrick's Day explodes into a nightmare of bloody violence when an extremist offshoot of the IRA takes New York City by siege. They've kidnapped four prominent citizens and are threatening to end all their lives - and demolish the beautiful St. Patrick's Cathedral - unless their fanatical demands are met.

I think DeMille intends to educate Americans about the useless violence and political stubbornness of both the Irish and English. Also, the book speaks of a Special Powers Act, by the British to incarcerate Irish citizens who are suspected of violence or political crimes and put into what the Irish describe as concentration camps. Under this Act, prisoners do not have the same rights as other prisoners. It is interesting, vividly descriptive, but very long winded and drawn out. Many, many police names which are easier to keep track of in a visual format. By the time I got to the end of the story, I lost interest. I still finished it though. ( )
  gaillamontagne | Sep 16, 2017 |
The whole story takes course in just one fateful day. In New York City, while people are happily celebrating St. Patrick's Day, they are unaware of an ingeniously masterminded terrorist act taking place. A renegade group of IRA terrorists have taken over St. Patrick's Cathedral, taking hostage four VIPs in the city. The leader of the terrorists is Brian Flynn, a man devoted to the cause of freeing his family and friends imprisoned by the English in Northern Ireland. The terrorists threaten to destroy the Cathedral and kill the hostages, if their demands are not met by dawn. The world is watching, waiting for the final outcome of dawn, as the 'electrifying' duel between the Police and the terrorists ensues. This is an exceptional book overall, with a great plot, detailed and interesting characters, and realistic human drama. I strongly recommend this book for everyone, whether you like action, drama, romance, or mystery, Cathedral is all that and more. ( )
  Carol420 | May 31, 2016 |
I read this book when it first came out and found it gripping. I got such a vivid picture of the scene that when I went to NYC I made a point to visit St. Patrick's Cathedral and sat there amazed by how closely my mental picture (as painted by DeMille) matched the reality. ( )
  mamashepp | Mar 29, 2016 |
I read this book when it first came out and found it gripping. I got such a vivid picture of the scene that when I went to NYC I made a point to visit St. Patrick's Cathedral and sat there amazed by how closely my mental picture (as painted by DeMille) matched the reality. ( )
  mamashepp | Mar 29, 2016 |
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St. Patrick's Day, New York City. Everyone is celebrating, but everyone is in for the shock of his life. 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.

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