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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (3,809 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 2009 ISBN: 9781600248177
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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. Download and start listening now!

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Telescopes a few hours and a lifetime of emotions to create an hour-by-hour countdown to the climax…Powerful tensions so skillfully built from beginning to end, they stretch the reader taut.”

    Indianapolis News

  • “Thoroughly credible and absolutely absorbing…Motivation, characterization, and plotting are all exceptional…Will keep readers engrossed till the final page.”

    United Press International

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ken Ford | 2/14/2014

    " Another exceptional read from Nelson DeMille. He is able to create rich characters and solid plots that keep you thinking and guessing right to the end. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Gloria | 2/11/2014

    " Pretty good book - I liked the historical peek at basis for the conflict between Northern Ireland and England. The only thing that prevented this from being 5 stars for me is that while it was a well-written book that I enjoyed reading, it wasn't a book that was difficult to put down between readings. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Annette | 2/10/2014

    " To long and too confusing. Characters with similar names, a Cathedral I could not picture in my mind and conclusions that got lost along the way. When I finished the book I asked my husband to clarify some of my questions and he couldn't. We had the same questions. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Cathey | 1/24/2014

    " my second favorite of his. I actually cried at the end. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Julie Barrett | 1/24/2014

    " love this author, even though the books are generally 900 pages long they are worth taking the time to read them "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Diana | 1/23/2014

    " This book was very well written, and very suspenseful. This author does a great job writing political/war type novels. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ian | 1/22/2014

    " Great read! Very involving and VERY detailed. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Garrett Riley | 1/16/2014

    " One of my least favorite of DeMilles books "

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

    " I enjoyed it from beginning to end. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kim | 1/2/2014

    " It was a good book, good story line and characters. But there seemed to be too many characters to keep them straight and it took a long time to get to the climax of the book. Out of 375 pages, the climax hit around page 300. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jack | 12/28/2013

    " I liked it. I finished it today on my way to NYC and it was wierd having the City preparing for the St Pats PArade this week!!! I thought the characters were well fleshed out, loose ends were tied up. As always, I was picturing it as a movie. it would be a good one! Large cast!! LOL "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Colleen | 12/20/2013

    " love the attention to detail "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 John Cuggy | 12/18/2013

    " Loved it, made me start looking for his books. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Zack | 10/25/2013

    " I read this book long ago when I wasn't really an avid reader. I remember liking it and it is the reason DeMille is one of my favorite writers. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Judy(Mom) | 10/8/2013

    " A dissapointment for me as far as Nelson Demille. I have loved all of Nelson Demille's books until this one. Too detailed and drawn out. It was informative as far as understanding the problems in Ireland and the IRA, but it had too drawn out to keep my interest. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Casey Smith | 10/3/2013

    " The intrigue and character development pull you into the story which creates scary and intense imagry. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Angela | 7/27/2013

    " Dumb dumb dumb. Could have been over in a few hudred pages. Actually put it in the trash when done. I really liked the generals daughter. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Kjirsten | 6/19/2013

    " IRA group tries to blow up St. Patrick's cathedral. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Suzanne | 5/21/2013

    " I loved this book. It was fast-paced and full of twists and turns. Once I got started, I couldn't put it down. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Michelle | 1/27/2013

    " My first DeMille book,,, A definite page turner for me. Anxious to read more. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Steve Tornello | 10/29/2012

    " I felt like I'd been there and done that. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Patrick | 3/26/2012

    " Had a real tough time getting into this one. About half way through it picked up and finished strong. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Melissa Cavanaugh | 2/6/2012

    " Reminds me of why I used to like Nelson DeMille so much. Unlike his recent books, in which characters feel more like character sketches, this has finely drawn people with complex motivations. Held up nicely on rereading. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Carolyn (in SC) C234D | 1/5/2012

    " Read this long ago; it may have been my first Nelson DeMille. I found it a very good story about Irish Fenians taking over St. Patrick's Cathedral. DeMille writes an engrossing novel. 9/10 "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 D R | 12/24/2011

    " For an action thriller, the beginning is slow, making the reader wonder if he really has a Nelson De Mille book in his hands. The pace begins to pick up after 100 pages or so, unfolding a grand plot. Yet, I wouldn't rate 'Cathedral' as one among Nelson's good books! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lorraine | 10/5/2011

    " I enjoyed this book, but found that the other Nelson DeMille books were more captivating for me. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mainrun | 9/5/2011

    " Great book by Great Author! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sylvia | 7/8/2011

    " Very tense, very good - learned lots about 'the troubles'. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kendar88 | 3/27/2011

    " Exciting the whole way through. Good characters and perhaps a bit too "just-in-the-nick-of-time" to be realisitc, but still makes a great novel. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mom | 3/12/2011

    " I have never read anything by this author, but was intrigued when my sister told me about this particular book. It was a fun book to read and I may look into reading more of his work. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Sara | 2/15/2011

    " This is definitely a 'sit-on-the-edge-of-your-seat' kinda book. It was a fast read and enjoyable. I do wonder if there's as much CYA in the insurance industry and the military as implied by this book, or if they were just unscrupulous men. I probably won't fly for a while though. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ann | 9/19/2010

    " Oh my gosh! I never want to fly again after reading this book. I couldn't put it down. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Judy | 9/4/2010

    " there are just too many people out there who value money over life. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Bonnie | 8/21/2010

    " I first read this book and then listened to it on cassettes 8/31/2010 "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sue | 8/5/2010

    " Wasn't my regular type of book, but happened to pick it up on the suggestion of a family member. Once started I couldn't put it down! A real page turner full of twists and turns! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sylvia | 7/9/2010

    " Good read - especially when you have a brother that's an airline pilot! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rod | 5/26/2010

    " Better than most of his books. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Chuck | 4/19/2010

    " This is an appealing premise and it actually was an interesting story line but the description of the aftermath of a supersonic passenger airplane decompressing at sixty two thousand feet is not pretty. It was well done but not a fun read. I
    actually an a Pollyanna at heart.
    "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tony | 4/19/2010

    " Not sure you want to fly with this book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Karen | 4/11/2010

    " Ugh, the descriptions of the effects of high-altitude decompression on the poor passengers of a supersonic airliner are horrific. (Think Night of the Living Dead.) I stuck through with until the end, though, because I wanted to know what happened to the last three "normals" in the plane. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Georgia | 1/19/2010

    " Fantastic. This story was way ahead of its time!
    I read this just prior to my first trans-Pacific flight. Maybe not such a good idea... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Djclare17gmail.com | 1/6/2010

    " A true, unrelenting thriller. Couldn't put it down! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jill | 8/8/2009

    " a silly but entertaining read. It kept my attention but the brain damaged passengers made me feel like I was reading a science fiction novel about zombies. "

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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.