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The League of Night and Fog (Mortalis #3)

4.09  ·  Rating Details  ·  2,384 Ratings  ·  62 Reviews
David Morrells international thrillers have no equal. Among his classic novels, this story stands as one of his most exciting and brilliant works a globe-spanning tale that brings together two generations of men and women bound by one murderous legacy. From the Vatican to the Swiss Alps, from Australia to the heartland of America, the two masterful operatives known as Saul ...more
Paperback, 448 pages
Published April 1st 2003 by Grand Central Publishing (first published 1987)
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May 01, 2014 StoryTellerShannon rated it really liked it
Story goes back to the Saul and Drew characters from THE BROTHERHOOD OF THE ROSE and THE FRATERNITY OF THE STONE.

In this tale both characters are drawn into another mystery when a large number of old men go missing. All appear to have been former Nazis.

I wouldn't say this one is as good as the other two, a slight notch down but not enough to dock it a star. To me, a straight three star means average.

Good pacing, fast read, likeable characters and some interesting fight scenes and thriller loc
Martin Hill
Sep 03, 2015 Martin Hill rated it really liked it
The League of Night and Fog is the concluding novel in David Morrell's Mortalis trilogy that begins with The Brotherhood of the Rose followed by The Fraternity of the Stone. Morrell brings back two of the heroes from those earlier works: Saul, a Jewish former CIA operator from Brotherhood; and Drew; a former State Department assassin-turned-Catholic monk from Fraternity.

Both men are wrenched from the quiet lives they've retreated to and forced to re-enter the espionage game, each by a different
May 27, 2016 Jim rated it really liked it
I'm not sure what order I read this in last time compared to the others in the loose series, but this time I'm reading it third, after The Brotherhood of the Rose followed by The Fraternity Of The Stone. I hope it's better than the last one.

It was at least 3.5 stars. It was great having the characters from the last 2 books come together. The plot was fantastic, but very confusing for the first half of the book. No worries, Morrell slowly pulled the threads together into a very logical tapestry.
Michael Johnston
Dec 14, 2015 Michael Johnston rated it it was ok
This one was a bit disappointing. It started off reasonably well, setting the stage for what could have been a moderately entertaining thriller. But it never really fulfilled its potential. The characters were flat and one dimensional, the expressions of outrage cliched and the story line ultimately not very fulfilling. Even more frustrating, several times times it seemed as if the author was going more fully develop a character only to leave it behind like an afterthought.

The whole book leads u
Apr 14, 2009 Michael rated it really liked it
I liked how the author took the main characters from two previous unrelated novels and brought them together for a combined sequel.
Jun 28, 2016 Julie rated it it was amazing
Exciting story! The Night & Fog was a Nazi tactic used to punish people who rebelled. They would kidnap folks and their families would NEVER hear what became of them. It was a very good terror tactic. Now many prominent men are missing with no apparent ties. Their children start searching for their missing fathers. The reader is trailing along with the searchers looking for clues as to who took these men and how are they tied to other missing men. Several stories come together eventually. I ...more
Athena Thomas
Sep 29, 2015 Athena Thomas rated it really liked it
well written spies and counter spies ... with some historical reference I had not known -- about Hitler's assassination of many key figures in Germany to aid his rise to power. about the Nazi terrorizing families by "disappearing" someone and they "were no more." so much more than "just" sending the Jews and Christians who stood up to them as well as gypsies and other "non-Aryan" peoples to work camps, as well as the termination camps. you wonder HOW people can allow this to happen to them, yet ...more
Michael Rigg
Apr 23, 2016 Michael Rigg rated it really liked it
The League of Night and Fog is story of fathers and sons...and daughters. The reader is drawn in, believing that innocent fathers are being kidnapped. By the end, the reader understands that neither the fathers nor their sons are without blame. And the kidnappers, righteous and moral in their mission, learn from their offspring that their morality is both questionable and fleeting. And in between, the journey from innocence to guilt and immorality, is peppered with intrigue, mystery, action, dan ...more
Feb 20, 2015 Matthew rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
Book 3 of Morrell's "Mortalis" series. A bit odd at first due to the introduction of the characters Icicle and Seth, but after a few chapters it no longer mattered. The blend of the three duos - Saul & Erika from BotR, Drew and Arlene from FotS, and Seth and Icicle introduced here make for a bit of an interesting challenge to keep up with the individual story lines that come to a head in the final chapters.

How Mr. Morrell pulled this off without driving himself to the sanitarium is anybody's
Aug 06, 2013 Piglet rated it really liked it
This is, in fact, book three in a series, but you can read it as a stand-alone book as well. You might not feel as much for the characters if you have not read the other two though. I've read this book before, way back, and then I had read both the other books before, this time I had only seen the series of the first book not THAT long back (only last year), which is "The brotherhood of the rose". I wanted to read the other one (Fraternity of the Stone) but I did not find it when I was browsing ...more
Jan 11, 2012 David rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2012, audiobooks
The final book of David Morrell's excellent trilogy is a notch below the previous two books (The Brotherhood of the Rose, The Fraternity of the Stone). It's still quite entertaining, with relentless pace and a great attention to detail. The main problem is that it is a virtually identical word count to the previous books, and yet has three to four times the characters and many more plot threads. It feels like a highlight reel of a book at times rushing from one scene to the next. My edition goes ...more
Aug 27, 2010 Linda rated it liked it
Usually I enjoy books in this genre, but The League of Night and Fog just didn't come through for me. The premise is a clear one, built around a loosely organized team searching desperately for the perpetrators of a series of kidnappings. All of the victims share a secret that dates back to WWII, being members of a crack unit dedicated to rescuing Jews from the Nazi death squad, The League of Night and Fog. Half a century later, it's up to the children of these men to rescue them, if they're sti ...more
Glen Stott
Oct 06, 2015 Glen Stott rated it really liked it
Shelves: fiction
I have a weakness for remembering names, so my habit of taking notes when I read proved essential for me to follow this story. There is no protagonist. There are three teams of two people each working independently to solve the mystery of the disappearance of many men in their 70’s. All of the missing men have connections to WWII and the holocaust. The story and the characters move all over the globe as the mystery unfolds. Using my notes, I was able to follow the story and keep track of the cha ...more
Tim Healy
Mar 16, 2016 Tim Healy rated it really liked it
So, I remember when I read this when it was published that I enjoyed it. I did not, though, apparently internalize very much of it. I remembered a few of the broad strokes of the plot, but not the details. This is actually a pretty nice wrap up of the series. Morrell admits that he'd been thinking of a fourth book, but outside events drove it out of his mind. It's too bad...I'd probably have enjoyed another of these. Anyway, this has Saul and Erika and Drew and Arlene looking into the disappeara ...more
Dec 13, 2015 Mike rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-books
I liked the connection of Saul and Drew from the previous novels The Brotherhood of the Rose, and The Fraternity of the Stone. I was wondering how this would come together as a trilogy, and actually makes for quite a great read. I like how each book could be read as stand alone novels yet when read in sequence the plot comes together so well. I would say Morrell has become one of my favorite authors. He writes such good tense action scenes, and is great at creating suspenseful moments.
Aug 17, 2013 Chris rated it really liked it
Shelves: thriller
Fast-paced thriller. Many storylines which all merge into one by the end. It's been a long time since I had read anything by this author and this novel brings back characters from both The Fraternity of the Stone and The Brotherhood of the Rose.

Men in their 70's were disappearing, some were holocaust survivors and former Mossad; others were former SS officers that had gone into hiding around the world. Many of the adult children of the disappeared men are scared & confused over the disappear
Jim A
Jul 22, 2012 Jim A rated it liked it
The third of Morrell's Mortalis Trilogy. While some people might choose to read this as a stand alone, the important character development takes place in Brotherhood of the Rose (Saul) and Fraternity of the Stone (Drew). As other reviewers have mentioned, without the back story to these two main characters, the reader is going to be disappointed in those characters.

Overall it's a good story, with the story roots going back to WWII. Keep in mind that the book was written in 1987 when the credibil
Aug 06, 2016 Kerry rated it liked it
I'd forgotten how easy it is to get drawn in to Morrell's books. The final book of the Mortalis Trilogy, it's a good one.

Sometimes the number of characters got a bit confusing but you can quickly discern the important ones and keep track.

A bit of a surprise ending...leaving an opening for a sequel or new trilogy.
Jan 10, 2015 Jennifer rated it really liked it
This is the third book in the Brotherhood trilogy and I really enjoyed it. It could be a stand alone book although it combines 2 characters from the first book (Brotherhood of the Rose) and 2 characters from the second (Fraternity of the Stone). Lots of intrigue and the underlying theme that links back to the Holocaust in Nazi Germany is really well done. Definitely recommend this one.
Jul 21, 2015 Julie rated it liked it
Book 3 of a series where new characters and old from previous novels come together. Was difficult at first to follow but all comes together. Not as exciting as previous novels.
Aug 26, 2008 Tom rated it did not like it
I the late-80's / early-90's I went on a Morrell binge, reading Brotherhood of the Stone (or was that Fraternity...) and other thrillers, and I had a good time. This book makes me wonder what I was thinking. Absurd coincidences are covered by having the characters notice what amazing coincidences are occurring (sort of like the Zucker brothers' spy movie...). The characters even notice that as they (groups from previous novels) meet, there are remarkable similarities in their stories! Of course, ...more
Aug 23, 2015 C rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition

I did not finish this book as it has too much profanity. This obscures the storyline for me and is disappointing.
May 16, 2014 Susan rated it really liked it
Good, sad. Love the action and drama from our Recent history. Cannot escape the past.
Anne Ecobichon
May 18, 2016 Anne Ecobichon rated it it was amazing
good history mystery about a very sad era of the history of our world.
May 31, 2016 V. rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Interesting plot, a bit dragged out. Took a while to get to the racy parts. Once there it moved fast and steady.
The end fizzled out. I like the exploration of the morals of war victims and vengeance.
Kathy kennedy
Unrealistic plot, but a page turner
Митьо Триона
Jul 06, 2016 Митьо Триона rated it it was amazing
Excellent, as expected!
Michele Delimont
Nice twist & great writing.
Carole Sarvis
Jan 02, 2015 Carole Sarvis rated it really liked it
Good read
Jan 21, 2010 Christine rated it liked it
Shelves: 2010-reads
This is the continuation of the The Fraternity of the Stone. Drew is again drawn out of his self imposed reclusiveness and gets involved with holocaust survivors who have mysteriously disappeared. Again, a good escapist read. An interesting part of this book was that some of it took place in my home town (where the author spent some time as a youth). It was fun to read about driving routes and places that were familiar … very cool.
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David Morrell is a Canadian novelist from Kitchener, Ontario, who has been living in the United States for a number of years. He is best known for his debut 1972 novel First Blood, which would later become a successful film franchise starring Sylvester Stallone. More recently, he has been writing the Captain America comic books limited-series The Chosen.
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