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Sheila has been ordered to kill them so they walk them out to the ravine and shoot them. Sheila could not bear to get close enough for a head shot so Liam had to deliver the final bullets.

Afterward, Liam made his own way back to Belfast, while Sheila and George met the others in the car and drove to Belfast.

On the way, she throws the pistol out the window. The above sets the scene for this exciting novel by Nelson DeMille. On September 17, St. Patrick's Day, all of New York is getting ready for the big parade, and the Irish population and others celebrate the holiday well into the wee hours of the morning.

This day is different. Police Intelligence Officer Patrick Burke expects trouble. Maureen Malone is in town and is supposed to take part in the festivities and will be in the reviewing stand at the Cathedral. She is on a Belfast IRA death list for deserting the organization. He also has word from his informers about a group called the Fenians, a radical break off group of the IRA.

As the festivities get under way, the Cathedral is taken along with four hostages: Maureen Malone, statesman Sir Harold Baxter, the Cardinal, and Father Murphy who was saying mass at the Cathedral. They have a well planned operation, from jamming the police communications to the list of names of people held under the British Special Powers Act that they want released by sunrise.

They have the Cathedral rigged with bombs to explode at am. Against this backdrop, the police have to do what they can to rescue the hostages and save the Cathedral. None of the governments will give in to their demands and release the prisoners held in England and Ireland.

Given this situation, there is a traitor in the police department who basically sells out the police attack force because his daughter is being held by the Fenians. There is a shady British Military Intelligence officer who is too involved in the whole plot from beginning to end. There is John Hickey, who staged his own death and funeral and is the one that wants to die in the Cathedral explosion.

There are city and state officials that are more interested in public relations than they are in the danger to lives. Cathedral by Nelson DeMille is a very exciting book that is hard to put down once the reader begins reading it. It is recommended reading for any lover of suspense novels. Read more from the Study Guide. Browse all BookRags Study Guides. Copyrights Cathedral from BookRags. All rights reserved.

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Read by Scott Brick, a master of the male voice with correct accents and distinctions between each character. Written in , this is a story about a dark side of the Irish people. This story is Cathedral is a huge page tuner.



Patrick's Day, New York City. Everyone is celebrating, but everyone is in for the shock of their lives. 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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