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3.6 out of 53.6 out of 53.6 out of 53.6 out of 53.6 out of 5 3.60 (43 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Nelson DeMille Narrator: Scott Brick Publisher: Hachette Book Group Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: November 2010 ISBN: 9781609411640
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Lod Airport, Israel: two Concorde jets take off for a UN conference that will finally bring peace to the Middle East. Covered by F-14 fighters, accompanied by security men, the planes carry warriors, pacifists, lovers, enemies, dignitaries—and a bomb planted by a terrorist mastermind.

Suddenly they’re forced to crash-land at an ancient desert site. Here with only a handful of weapons, the men and women of the peace mission must make a desperate stand against an army of crack Palestinian commandos—while the Israeli authorities desperately attempt a rescue mission. In a land of blood and tears, in a windswept place called Babylon, it will be a battle of bullets and courage, and a war to the last death.

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  • “Propels the reader into a timely story that could be news rather than fiction.”

    Houston Chronicle

  • “Heroism, madness, treachery, sex, savagery…superb!”

    Boston Globe

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lorraine | 2/13/2014

    " I thought that this book was a heavy read, but as always, a good Nelson DeMille read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jan | 2/5/2014

    " I'll read anything by DeMille. This was fabulously exciting. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jimagn | 2/4/2014

    " Typical Nelson DeMille. Entertaining for a while. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Bobbie Wisniewski | 1/15/2014

    " This was Nelson DeMille's first novel and I enjoyed this book more than some of his more recent books. He can take a complex subject and write a story that not only educates but entertains. I always find myself thinking about the story and characters long after I have finished the novel. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Steve Schlutow | 1/15/2014

    " I really did not care for this book--kinda boring.. This book was written in 1978, and I read this book in 2012, thus the story kinda bored me.. I read this book, because I was more interested in DeMille's writing early on.. (I enjoy his story telling of his current books).. This book nothing surprised me. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Garrett Riley | 1/10/2014

    " I kept reading this when I should have just put it down "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Alex Markman | 1/9/2014

    " One of the most thought provoking thrillers I have ever read. This is the first, and probably the best novel DeMille has written. There is more than exciting actions in it, which can keep the reader awake the whole night. Good knowledge of aviation - the author is a former military pilot - and history, and human behaviour at the time of danger and violent death make this book stand out among the best. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Colleen | 1/8/2014

    " Considering where we (USA) are in the world today, this story is frighteningly familiar. It is an intense thriller about terrorists that hijack members of a peace mission. Great story - not really my favorite type of book but I'm glad I am listening to it! It was a great story! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rachel | 12/30/2013

    " Pretty good old school terrorist novel. I liked it because the viewpoint was a 1970's 1980s viewpoint so it was interesting to imagine what the fears were back then verses what they are today. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jeanette | 12/9/2013

    " They've spelled the title wrong. It should be By the Rivers of Babble On. DeMille is a smart and thorough guy, but damn, this is boring! I'd rather sit and watch my bananas ripen. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Judy(Mom) | 11/26/2013

    " Long story, lots of action. Lots of characters. I had to take notes to keep them straight. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mary | 11/23/2013

    " Rereading DeMille's earlier books in order of publication. The story was not my favorite DeMille but I read every page again. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Melissa Bargfrede | 11/15/2013

    " Very dynamic reading - good political and social understanding displayed by the author. What can I expect? He's my new favorite author this month! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Al Groelle | 11/11/2013

    " Just read this on vacation. Not bad, but got a little "preachy" at the end: Israel - good, rest of middle east - bad, etc. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kay | 11/10/2013

    " Hard to keep the characters straight [give me a book with John Smith, and Tom Jones instead of the foreign names]. It did have a good plot with lots of action. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jeweleye | 11/9/2013

    " I know lots of people love DeMille's books. I'm not one of them. It's just not my genre. That's the only reason for the low rating. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tom Armstrong | 9/10/2013

    " Not DeMille's best, but still entertaining. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Carol | 8/2/2013

    " I read this years ago and thought it was a very good read. However, it gave me nightmares for months and I will not read it again. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Melisa | 5/10/2013

    " You would never know the book was wrote in the 70's. It is very relevant to the trials and turmoil of today's world. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Robert Grant | 12/26/2012

    " This one is okay. Not overly thrilled with it but it had some good stuff in it. The plot is what drew me to this one-it's the execution of the plot and characters that I didn't really identify with that keeps this one at 2 stars. Just did not find it believable enough. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Marie | 9/9/2012

    " I feel like I'm repeating myself, but this was a really riveting book. Very exciting, could not put it down, but did not want it to end. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jennifer | 8/4/2012

    " This was very different from Nelson's other books. Very intriguing and well-written. It is a little hard to get into at first, but worth the read! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Casey Smith | 6/27/2012

    " Another good read, loved his choice of subject matter. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Chuck | 5/2/2012

    " Re-read it 30 years after 1st time. Good story, as he usually produces. Thin and cheesy dialogue, loaded with cliches and gaps, as he usually produces. It is crazy to think the Arab/Jew conflict hasn't improved since this was written 30 years ago. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Brent | 1/7/2012

    " Written over three decades ago this book presents a story that would be just as credible today since it deals with the ongoing turmoil between Arab and Jew. Only the names change. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Vickie | 10/27/2011

    " Enjoyed the historical references throughout book. Story was suspenseful and seemed relevant to events of today though written long ago. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jack | 10/22/2011

    " A little dated, it was written 30+ years ago, but perhaps the best "thriller" I've read. You can't beat DeMille. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Matt Blackburn | 9/21/2011

    " This was a good action/adventure story. I enjoyed it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Bruce Henderson | 6/20/2011

    " The premise seems a bit simple, but the story unfolds in ways I hardly imagined. Very detailed and very engrossing. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Rapidio | 6/17/2011

    " Took too long to get started, couldn't get into it "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Colleen | 5/8/2011

    " Considering where we (USA) are in the world today, this story is frighteningly familiar. It is an intense thriller about terrorists that hijack members of a peace mission. Great story - not really my favorite type of book but I'm glad I am listening to it! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Esther | 3/31/2011

    " Hard to get into...and very hokey!!! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Bobbie | 3/29/2011

    " This was Nelson DeMille's first novel and I enjoyed this book more than some of his more recent books. He can take a complex subject and write a story that not only educates but entertains. I always find myself thinking about the story and characters long after I have finished the novel. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Evan | 3/13/2011

    " Wonderfully written. Hard to put down. Great plot. I bit my nails anticipating the next plot twist. The characters were very believable and the combat scenes were riveting. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Joann | 1/21/2011

    " Well written. Terrorists, hijacked plane, staunch defenders. Exciting the whole way through. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Eric | 1/19/2011

    " Enetertaining book by DeMille. I particularly enjoy his books as they are interesting and fun to read. This was no exception. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Garrett | 11/12/2010

    " I kept reading this when I should have just put it down "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jennifer | 9/28/2010

    " This was very different from Nelson's other books. Very intriguing and well-written. It is a little hard to get into at first, but worth the read! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Brent | 9/8/2010

    " Written over three decades ago this book presents a story that would be just as credible today since it deals with the ongoing turmoil between Arab and Jew. Only the names change. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Vickie | 8/14/2010

    " Enjoyed the historical references throughout book. Story was suspenseful and seemed relevant to events of today though written long ago. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sylvia | 7/9/2010

    " Been a while since I've re-read - excellent of course though! How could it not be! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Carrie | 6/24/2010

    " Good so far... like it better than Plum Island which I also jusr read by him "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Gary | 6/23/2010

    " Middle East terrorists disrupt a peace conference flight. Good action throughout the story line. I liked it. "

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About the Author
Author Nelson DeMille

Nelson Richard DeMille, a #1 New York Times bestselling author, was born in New York City. He was a first lieutenant in the United States Army (1966–69) and saw action as an infantry platoon leader with the First Cavalry Division in Vietnam. His first major novel, By the Rivers of Babylon, is still in print, as are all his succeeding novels. He attended Hofstra University, where he received a degree in political science and history. He is the author of By the Rivers of Babylon, Cathedral, The Talbot Odyssey, Word of Honor, The Charm School, The Gold Coast, The General’s Daughter, Spencerville, Plum Island, The Lion’s Game, Up Country, The Gate House, Night Fall, Wild Fire, and The Lion. He also coauthored Mayday with Thomas Block and has contributed short stories, book reviews, and articles to magazines and newspapers. A member of the Authors Guild, the Mystery Writers of America, and American Mensa, he holds honorary doctorates from Hofstra University, Long Island University, and Dowling College.

About the Narrator

Scott Brick, actor, narrator, and writer, attended UCLA and spent ten years in a traveling Shakespeare company. Passionate about the spoken word, he has narrated a wide variety of audiobooks, from thrillers and science fiction to classics and nonfiction. He has recorded more than eight hundred audiobooks and won over fifty AudioFile Earphones Awards and several of the prestigious Audie Awards. He was named a Golden Voice by AudioFile magazine and the Voice of Choice for 2016 by Booklist magazine.