Cathedral has ratings and reviews. Kemper said: In the early ’80s a group of Irish terrorists seize St. Patrick’s Cathedral and take hostages d. Cathedral is a novel by American author, Nelson DeMille. The novel involves the seizing of St. Patrick’s Cathedral by members of the Irish Republican . Cathedral by Nelson DeMille – book cover, description, publication history.

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Everyone is celebrating but everyone is in for the shock demilel his life. 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 vemille of nerves, honor and betrayal Paperbackpages. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about Cathedralplease sign up. Which character is speaking about jackstraws?

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Lists with This Book. 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. Remille slimy Major Martin is the kind of arrogant double-dealing prick that DeMille usually creates as spies nellson his books.

Probably the best character is IRA veteran John Hickey who uses Irish charm and bullshit to demillee a nature of pure evil. Hickey is a devil delighting in the desecration of a holy place even as plays remille good Catholic. He likes to crack jokes and sing Irish folk songs ddemille 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 cathevral 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 cayhedral. The paranormal aspect was completely unnecessary, preventing me from giving it 5 stars. 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 nelspn 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 nelsno 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 nelspn somewhat if it were about pages shorter. Nevertheless, it was nice to read this one, another solid novel by Nelson DeMille. Neslon 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 nelon writings.

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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, cathecral viewers and cafhedral 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 6: This was my least favorite Nelson DeMille book. From here, things started to unravel. Way too many characters. And they all have Irish names Top that off with a few of the characters al This was my least favorite Nelson DeMille book. Top that off with a few of the characters also having Irish cqthedral, and it was beyond frustrating.

Next, the deadline of 6: I found myself skimming cathedrwl last few chapters to just get it over with already. It reminded me very much of some of the current action movies where the climax of the film lasts for about 20 minutes with guns blazing and not much happening except a lot of gunfire and explosions. Catheeral few surprise like I usually expect with a juicy DeMille novel. View all 6 comments. Aug 23, Malcolm rated it it was demiole Shelves: I wanted to like this book — because DeMille is my leading guilty pleasure these days.


But I couldn’t finish it. The droning, consistently overwrought roll in the hay he has with being Irish and the Irish mentality I never want to read about the catheeral green again. It was also very difficult to take to bed because the names all wash together in a great potato and beer sea of Irishness.

Patrick’s Day parade — and no spoiler, it’s obvious they seize St. So it’s on my “didn’t finish it” shelf. Jun 25, Marcie rated it it was ok.

Cathedral | Nelson DeMille

Not as good as By the Rivers of Babylon it’s one of those compilation books. Actually Cathedral is not very good at all. It’s melson story that you know how it’s going to end, but you think the ride there is going to be full of fun and Irish bullshit and typical DeMille biting wit.

And it’s just not. Wow, this man gets so much better as he gets older, thank God. I have a whole shelf of DeMilles to attest that. But I guess he and we readers have to suffer through the sappy crap first, like Spencerville and this Cathedral. Fascinating to witness the development of an author What the dsmille does that mean exactly?

Well, a hint is that DeMille’s female characters often turn out to be the vicious warriors, after scolding the men who have been amusing us with their vicious war talk.

Cathedral features neither, unfortunately. The men are watered down, the women are revved up. Characters fall in two categories: Jul 30, Rick Boyer rated it really liked it. Jul 13, Barbara rated it it was amazing. I didn’t think I was going to like this based on the subject matter, but another excellent book by DeMille.

An oldie, but a definite must read! Oct 03, Bodosika Bodosika rated it liked it. Patrick day to negotiate the release of their various relations languishing in various jails in Ireland and Britain. Though there nelsoj no dull moment with this book but however I found some areas not too realistic.

Cathedral Summary & Study Guide

Jun 28, Clyn rated it really liked it. I really enjoyed this book. It’s really the first book I’ve read that confronted the issues between England and Northern Ireland. I’m sure the issues weren’t presented in all their complexities, but it seemed a lot like any other long-standing conflict.