Cathedral Author:Nelson DeMille From the bestselling author of Plum Island and The Gold Coast - a thrilling story of a city under siege. — 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 of the city's most prominent citizens and are threatening to end their... more » lives - and demolish the beautiful St. Patrick's Cathedral - unless their fanatical demands are met. Now the hostages - and the world - must wait painstakingly for dawn to learn their fate . . .« less
A small faction of the IRA takes over St. Patrick's cathedral in NYC on St. Patrick's Day and threatens to blow it up along with the Cardinal and three other hostages. About halfway through the book, the major characters are finally fully limned. The action takes place over about 12 hours. After the first few chapters setting up the characters and scenario, the buildup to the last five or ten minutes when the final confrontation takes place is detailed and suspenseful. Those final 5-10 of the storyline, however, are total chaos, not just plotwise but narrativewise -- understandable in this kind of situation but something that cannot be forgiven by the reader. I had the choice of slowing down my reading pace so I could keep track of what was happening or maintaining the rhythm at the risk of losing detail. I'd say it's an above-average thriller, with DeMille still waiting to fulfill his potential.