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The Gate House (John Sutter #2)

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No. 1 New York Times bestselling author Nelson DeMille delivers the long-awaited follow-up to his classic novel THE GOLD COAST.
Hardcover, 677 pages
Published January 8th 2009 by Sphere (first published 2008)
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Jeffrey
Dec 06, 2008 Jeffrey rated it 1 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition Recommends it for: No one its too long too wordy and just not worth wading through
THis unthrilling thriller spends an inordinate amount of time setting up the same basic plot from the Gold Coast. The sly innuendos of John Sutter and his trenchant observations of Long Island life are fairly well missing from this bloated volume. I really hate when a hardcover book is 674 pages and you read 430 and only 2 or 3 days have gone by. DeMille should have tried to write something fresh. This gargantuan tale is best left unread.

Wendy
This was the sequel to the Gold Coast, which I loved. The main character was very sarcastic, which I love. The story was stupid. Only finished it because of the sarcasm. Actually, I only finished it because of my OCD.
Linda
First off, I'd like to know who wrote the official goodreads description of this book - a sequel to the CLASSIC novel The Gold Coast?? This English major might take exception to that very presumptuous comment.

I've been a big DeMille fan since the 80's, greatly appreciating his sarcasm, wit, and plots where regular guys get to be badasses. I've got to admit to a little disappointment here. Susan, the mafia don's lover/killer in The Gold Coast, was never a very sympathetic character for me and I h...more
Nette
This book is very, very long and NOTHING HAPPENS until the last 30 pages. Our hero drives around the Gold Coast, reminisces about events that happened in another book ("The Gold Coast'), has sex with his ex-wife an unlikely number of times (I have one word for you, Mr. DeMille: cystitis; wait, here's another one: chafing), and drinks. Also, the author has a weird quirk when he describes people talking. Hs dialog looks like this:

"Hello," I informed my ex-wife as she removed the clothes from her s...more
Lori
Possible spoiler if you are really sensitive about knowing anything about the book.

This book was so entertaining! I listened to parts and read parts and loved it. The story was a bit far fetched and unbelievable but it was just so much fun. I laughed out loud at many parts. The best thing about Nelson Demille is his main characters, John Sutter in this book and John Cory in others. They are both similar in their wit and sarcasm. I think the book would be enjoyable even if you didn't read "The Go...more
Coco
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April
Maybe it's me, but I don't think I will finish this book. I was so excited to have a new DeMille to read, but the first 150 pages are almost painful. The writing is flat and repetitious. His John Whitman Sutter tries too hard to be funny. And every other thought in his head is "my wife killed her lover, a Mafia don". I'm bored and disappointed.
Hank Mishkoff
What I didn't want at the end of the day were any old regrets. What I really needed now were some new regrets. -- John Sutter, in Nelson DeMille's The Gate House

OK, so after your fabulously wealthy Gold Coast society wife murdered her Mafia-boss lover ten years ago, you divorced her and sailed around the world for three years before you settled down in London, and now that you're back in the U.S. you're staying in the gatehouse of your ex-wife's ancestral estate, only to find that she's moved in...more
Peg
This book is not the sequel of The Gold Coast - at least not a decent sequel to The Gold Coast. The re-hashing of the story over and over and over again is tiresome. If we're reading the sequel we probably already know that Susan had an affair with a Mafia Don and then killed him. And we know all the feelings of the other characters.

Nothing is happening in this story - about 125 pages in - I guess Mr. DeMille is using the Highschool Students way of padding a paper with repetition - large margin...more
Carolyn
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Andrea
I read the Goodreads review, fortunately even the ones marked "spoilers"didn't contain any real spoilers, having just finished Gold Coast tonight.

"Suspension of disbelief is a key element to enjoy some really interesting fiction". I very much enjoyed Gold Coast, and found that The Gate House did not let me down. DeMille's style uses a narration provided by the main character John Whitman Sutter, who returns to New York from London as he has promised to look after the estate of Ethel Allard, form...more
Susan
First of all, I am not author-bashing. I have read a couple of other Nelson DeMille novels that I thoroughly enjoyed. When The Gate House first came out, I had not yet read The Gold Coast, prequel to this book, so I read the earlier book first. Although I didn't really like The Gold Coast, I read this novel anyway, and in retrospect, that was a mistake. Without giving too much away (there is very little to give away and I don't want to spoil what few surprises there are), both books are about a...more
Daniel Audet
I finished 'The Gate House' by Nelson DeMille yesterday, I'm going in a few minutes to get another novel to read, I'll let you know what it is. I want to say this about this book: DeMille captures the good, the bad and the ugly as well as the beauty and joy of a real kind of love that compels the characters to be willing to sacrifice ALL unselfishly for one another. It takes awhile to grasp the scope of what DeMille has created here because it's hard to get past the snobbery and the perspective...more
ConnieK
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Jeff Holton
Painfully boring and I wish I had the time back that I wasted on this thing. If this is classic DeMille then this is my last time I will read anything of his.
Susan
Hmmmm - what to say about this book. It was torture to read this. DeMille usually has slam/bang action and lots of plots going on, but this one really was a book I was stubborn about finishing. Out of 674 pages, the action FINALLY started taking place on page 634 - totally amazing to me. It was like I KNEW something was going to happen, because that's his style, with usually a very surprising twist. But this was basically nothing happening, and then just the end. The whole story revolved around...more
Meg
I was frankly surprised when Nelson DeMille, writing a new foreword to his novel "The Gold Coast," mentioned that it was the best-liked of all the books he had written up to that date. I actually didn't care for it all that much; it was a good read, suspenseful, funny, action-packed, and written with obvious knowledge of both the area and the two divergent cultures, but it left too much hanging; it left me unsatisfied. I felt it was "unfinished."

"The Gate House" tidies it all up.

I *loved* "The G...more
Cheryl Landmark
This was an okay book, but not an awesome book, in my opinion. I didn't read The Gold Coast prior to this one, but there was enough backstory to explain what this book was about. In fact, the first 200 or so pages went on and on (almost ad nauseum) about John Sutter's ex-wife, Susan, and her affair with and subsequent killing of her Mafia don lover. This mantra was repeated so often I was ready at one point to shout "Okay, enough already! We know your ex-wife was screwing around on you and shot...more
Revo
Originally when it came out I considered it a sequel to a book that needed no sequel. Still, it's DeMille so I figured I'd give it a shot. I came away only mildly disappointed and somewhat entertained. In the end, it is what it is. A sequel.
Saying these books lack 'action' is, IMO, missing the point. This and TGC are meant as character studies as the MC guides you through his self-absorbed decadent world. That said, the only major accomplishement here is DeMille made the disturbed, cliche-ridden...more
David
Demille has said in multiple interviews that he thinks in many ways, this is a better book than its prequel, The Gold Coast. Sorry, Nelson, but not quite. That's your prejudice for the younger child showing. The Gold Coast is a masterpiece of soap opera drama, controlled slow-cooker tension and Long Island lifestyles. The Gate House is a mixture of The Big Chill (people reuniting because of a (pending) funeral) and an epic length coda to the first novel, wrapping up all the loose ends from the f...more
Cheryl
John Sutter has returned back home to the Gold Coast, after being away for three years. It seems already though news of his arrival has made its way to the Bellarosa family. It’s like John is seeing an old ghost in Frank Bellarosa’s son, Anthony. Anthony has a plan to try and convince John to head back into the dark, gritty world and work for the Bellarosa family again. As if that wasn’t enough, John runs into his wife Susan. Susan and John are willing to give their relationship second change bu...more
Wes Peters
I love DeMille's story-telling, but in this book it actually chafed a bit. I appreciate how thorough he is at showing us his characters, especially the lead/narrator, but I guess I've grown used to the more action-packed pace of his John Corey novels. The thing is, Corey is a do-er, and Sutter is not.

This book is so packed with rich, full descriptions, I almost feel like I would now the gravel drive through the gates of Stanhope Hall, and might recognize John and Susan strolling on the sidewalk...more
Erik
WHY DOES EVERY DIMWIT NEED "ACTION!!!"

Don't get me wrong, I like action too, but movies and books can be actionless and be GREAT. You ever see the movie "Glengarry Glen Ross?" One of the best movies ever made in my opinion and I would think other people as well. DIALOGUE in itself and tension/drama can be very entertaining. If you want to read a dumb book with John McClain running around stabbing badguys, go ahead, nobodies stopping you.....on second thought, maybe that would be pretty good...a...more
Chuck
So I'm a pretty big Nelson DeMille fan, but I haven't read any of his "Edith Wharton" social satire stuff before. It's pretty good, but I am more of a fan of his military/Vietnam war stuff. The Gate House is by a Nelson DeMille I don't know as well, although it's a sequel and it's good enough that I want to go back and read the first book, The Gold Coast.

Also, I'm still in the first year of my "a book a week for a year," and I'm up to something like 55 or 56 books, so I guess I'm getting ahead f...more
Kemper
It's interesting to learn what happened to John & Susan Sutter after The Gold Coast, but the novel drags on far too long with too little pay-off. John spends several hundred pages rehashing the events of The Gold Coast and worrying about what Anthony Bellarosa is going to do. It gets old, and while Demille can be funny, he's fallen into the habit of repeating variations of the same line over and over. "My ex-wife cheated on me with a mafia don."

Worse, while The Gold Coast was set against Jo...more
Michael
Jun 25, 2009 Michael rated it 1 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition Recommends it for: would not recommend
Recommended to Michael by: Enjoyed the author in the past.
John Sutter returns from London where he went after his former wife, Susan, killed her Mafia don lover, Frank Bellarosa. Now he's back in the Gold Coast of Long Island. He's there for a funeral of a friend and former family employee.
Anthony Bellarosa shows up in Sutter's home and offers him a job.
Sutter sees his former wife and believes that Bellarosa might want revenge on her for killing his father.
Sutter and Susan become intimate and agree to remarry. When Anthony finds out about this he is f...more
Jenn
I'm so disappointed!!! I really enjoyed DeMille's "Gold Coast" but this was BORING! I listened to it on CD as usual and it was like 15 CDs. I was not really into the characters and wasn't really crazy about the reader but I kept listening because I wanted to see what the twist was going to be and hear all the action. By the 10th or so CD, nothing had happened! I had to give up. The book was due back to the library and I wasn't going to risk a fine for this. I had planned to just return it but I...more
Ron Baird
Anyone who gets me to read about the wealthy of Long Island has to be a good writer and DeMille did it in a big way. Of course the heart of the story is still a thriller but a character-driven one. (Does that make it a literary thriller? Aren't those terms mutually exclusive? They better not be because that's how I'm describing Black Wind, my new novel) But John Whitman Sutter's often but not always unspoken dissection of the old money class's frame of mind made the non-thriller part of the stor...more
Terri
Oops! I listened to the sequel without reading the first book! However, the author did a wonderful job of filling in enough to provide background. This book is set among the very rich on Long Island, in a post 9-11 world. The characters are wonderfully quirky; the suspense is intense. John Sutter--that name has to have some sort of symbolic tie-in with the setting on the Gold Coast--is the sort of character who always has a sarcastic comeback or comment, even if he does have enough common sense...more
Kristen
This is a great thriller from Nelson DeMille. Although the book a sequel he wrote earlier, called the Gold Coast, you can get a hint of history in the background through the narration of what transpired in the past, a decade ago. This is set in 2002, when John Sutter returns home for a funeral, and deals with an Iranian landlord, a possible hit by the mob don's son, his ex-wife and then his in-laws from hell. And it's all centered in the gatehouse, his former home. It gets dicey, when he and his...more
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Nelson Richard DeMille was born in New York City on August 23, 1943 to Huron and Antonia (Panzera) DeMille. He moved as a child with his family to Long Island. In high school, he played football and ran track.

DeMille spent three years at Hofstra University, then joined the Army and attended Officer Candidate School. He was a First Lieutenant in the United States Army (1966-69) and saw action as an...more
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