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The Fraternity of the Stone (Mortalis #2)

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"As cunningly woven as a spider's web."
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Drew Maclane was a star agent--until the day the killing had to stop. He withdrew and for six years lived the life of a hermit in a monastery. But someone has tracked him down, leaving a trail of corpses. Someone who knows all about him, who knows how to draw him back into that electrifying world where no one is as he
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Paperback, 480 pages
Published December 2nd 2003 by Ballantine Books (first published 1985)
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Jim
Review May 2016: This follows The Brotherhood of the Rose sort of. There are no characters in common, just a similarity in what the characters do & a crisis in faith. I'm dropping this to 2 stars because I never understood why the main character ever had the sort that he had & I have no use for that sort of idiocy. The action & world was good, but only the MC was fully drawn. The few other characters were shells, especially the girl. Unfortunately, too many of the actions hinged on m ...more
J.C.
Nov 29, 2008 J.C. rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2008-reads
If All Books Were Held to this Standard, We Would Never Be Disappointed

Fraternity of the Stone, along with Brotherhood of the Rose, are two of the best books I have ever read. Throughout this book, I was never once disappointed and at all times captivated by the characters, the attention to detail, and the fast paced nature of the plot lines.

With all the spy and espionage books available, it is important to return to books that were, and still remain, a cut above. This is a spy book at the peak
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Miss Clara
Too many twist and turns. Too many questions. Secrets are bigger. I don't feel thrilled.

I picked up this book because the blurb was exciting. It was action-filled. An assassin who became a monk. A monk thrust in a world already unknown to him. A promise not for vengeance but for justice in the name of God.

Catchy plot. However, (ー)

It's not so bad. But to me, it's not pretty good either. Maybe I am stereotyping assassins to have this poker face. Movies have warped my mind in believing that killers
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J.F. Penn
Jan 22, 2012 J.F. Penn rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: thrillers, religious
Ex secret agent/assassin Drew withdraws to a secluded monastery to atone for the sins of his life. He intends to spend the rest of his long life there in silence and solitude. But then the entire monastery is poisoned and he finds himself pursued, as members of his former life are hunted and killed. He accepts help from the Fraternity of the stone in order to find the man behind the killings. I enjoyed the book, it's fast paced and full of the details Morrell is famous for. I liked Drew and the ...more
Roger Weston
Nov 12, 2011 Roger Weston rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the kind of novel where I wanted to escape into the story whenever I had some free time to read. It's the kind of book that goes too fast. Mainly I review books that I like. This was high on the list because the characters were likable, the suspense was high, and the reading was a pleasure.

If you crave adventure stories, you might also try The Golden Catch, a thriller/adventure novel where the action unfolds in the stormy Aleutian Islands.

Roger Weston, author of The Golden Catch
Lucasparry2002
May 11, 2011 Lucasparry2002 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
One word - Brilliant!!!
Cathi
May 04, 2010 Cathi rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Priest assassins.... interesting idea.
Greg
Oct 28, 2009 Greg rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
A great story with engaging characters. Morrell is the master at writing action sequences.
Lorilynn
Jan 24, 2011 Lorilynn rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
hit with a bang, couldn't put this thriller down
Martin Hill
Feb 12, 2015 Martin Hill rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Fraternity of the Stone is thriller writer David Morrell's second book in his Mortalis espionage trilogy which began with The Brotherhood of the Rose and ended with The League of Night and Fog. In Fraternity, Morrell explores a theme he touched on in Brotherhood - a professional assassin who tires of the violence and seeks redemption through religious contemplation.

Drew MacLane was one of the government's best assassins until the day he saw what he believed was a sign from God. For six years
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Bryan Ericson
Sep 15, 2016 Bryan Ericson rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: action
This book was recommended to me by a patron. David Morrell the author is a professor of literature. I like his writing style. The plot and characters were engaging and developed as the book progressed.
Manugw
Jun 11, 2011 Manugw rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
MISLED BY TITLE AND DISSAPOINTED

The title of this book can led many readers to confusion in a way

I thought that this book, using fictional elements would extend to describe how the Fraternity of the Stone operates in the shadows, who are their associates, how they conduct their covert operations in order to protect and maintain the influence of the Church worldwide. I expected to learn something new about those things which seem hidden and for this reason, very attractive

But the fact is that w
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David
Jan 04, 2012 David rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2012
Through two books, this is an amazing trilogy by thriller master David Morrell. Where Morrell differs in spy fiction from his contemporaries is the details. This is an author who actually went to school to learn how to survive for weeks in the wilderness, who goes to experts for everything he needs to know about his characters. Every fight is given one calculated move at a time. He also writes in short staccato sentences that push the narrative.

This second book introduces Drew MacLaine, a former
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Jeff
Oct 05, 2010 Jeff rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Picking up with ideas he started to explore in Brotherhood of the Rose, Morrell continues to look at the long term impact spending your life killing would have on the soul.

Can a person find peace and forgiveness when everything they've ever done has caused destruction and pain?

Of course, this is all done with the backdrop of some amazing set pieces, including the opening sequence where we meet our protagonist, Drew, a spy who has withdrawn from society and become a monk. His newly found peaceful
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Burt
Nov 18, 2013 Burt rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This story was quite a stretch for me. As I had taken another departure from my preferred authors in my somewhat regular diet of the spy, thriller, and murder mystery genres, I had really hoped, based on the dust cover summary, to find something more toward the plot sophistication of a Dan Brown novel such as "The Divinci Code" coupled with the thriller believability of a Brad Thor novel the likes of "Full Black," but neither was forthcoming. It was an okay read and easy enough to get absorbed i ...more
Jeffrey Belcher
Jul 17, 2009 Jeffrey Belcher rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Well friends, another book down. It has been a long time sense I read this book, and I remembered it the moment that I started reading. In true David Morrell style, the book is full of betrayal, action, and even a little love story that is just short of being emotional. Though many of the themes in this book are similar to his other books; a surrogate father’s betrayal, religion as a driving force, a twinge of a love story, I still enjoyed this book. It is not of the caliber or Brotherhood of th ...more
Khaleel Datay
After having read Rambo, this was much better than expected. Morrell's protagonist is well drawn as a former assassin looking to the church for redemption. He enters a monastery forsaking the pleasures of this world to purify a spirit soaked in the blood of the people he killed. The shadow world never leaves you behind though, and his life is turned upside down when the monastery is attacked and 19 monks are killed. He is the only survivor thanks to his little mouse friend. The story deepens as ...more
Feliks
Sep 18, 2013 Feliks rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: genre-thrillers
Morrell is one of the best contemporary American talents in the thriller genre. He's always been unique and enterprising in pursuit of his plots and characters. Forget about the embarrassing current crop of hacks like David Baldacci. Stick with Morrell. In the wake of his monster success with, 'The Brotherhood of the Rose'--this title, 'Fraternity of the Stone' follows very much the same winning formula. Its slight flaw is that it doesn't strike off into new territory. Morrell's astute descripti ...more
Nyss
Apr 17, 2012 Nyss rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Would you believe me if I say that the person who recommended this book to me is a Senator of a Micronesian island?

I haven't heard of this author but Senator told me that it's a must read.

I am really thankful to him for introducing me to David Morrell. The book is certainly fast-paced. I did not even want to put it down once I started reading it. It caused me nights with only 4 hours of sleep but it was worth it.

I love the details, I love the new things I have learned, and I love how descriptive
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Tim Healy
Jan 08, 2016 Tim Healy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This may even stand up better to a later re-reading than The Brotherhood of the Rose did, and that's saying something. Morrell seems to need very little effort, when he's firing on all cylinders, to get you interested in what's going on with his characters. The questions of relationship between monastic Christianity and the violence inherent in black ops sorts of intelligence work are an interesting sub-text to the main plot of the book. Even the church's guys are a little scary in this one. It' ...more
Christine
Jan 21, 2010 Christine rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2010-reads
I acquired several David Morrell books after mentioning to a friend that I enjoyed his writing … kind of David Baldacci meets Dan Brown. In this book Drew MacLane is a man with a past who is trying to atone by becoming a hermit in a monastery. As with all “men with a past” no matter where you hide it eventually catches up with you. Drew is no different, so when the monks are all killed and Drew survives thanks to his pet mouse his mission starts. The book takes us on twists and turns, introduces ...more
Lucien
Mar 01, 2011 Lucien rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Ok this was a good read. Not a great read, and certainly, Morrell has done better. Now this book was written some time ago and I only just read it. It was very crazy to read a book where the characters didn't have cell phones. In one caption, the main character remarks about someone's "walkman". Overall, an interesting story and fast paced plot. Some good twists and turns and good for a light read.
Stephen S
Apr 17, 2011 Stephen S rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Same sort of book that has become popular in the last few years. A mix between truth and history of the Crusades, Catholic Church and general history of religion and how it has effected today. Muslims vs. Christians, etc. Wouldn't it be nice if we could all simply get along? worth the time to read and enjoy. This book was written in 1985 and probably lead to the writing of other similar books. The beginning as it were.
Bruce Henderson
Jul 19, 2009 Bruce Henderson rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Fascinating read about a clique within the Catholic Church sanctioned to do whatever it took to protect the Church as an institution, even pre-forgiveness for assassinations and other violent deeds conducted on the Church's behalf. In the story, this group would conduct themselves much as secret intelligence agencies belonging to nations would because with over 600 million constituents, the Church has interests that rival nations' interests. Hence, protection of the institution.
Kerry
Jan 15, 2016 Kerry rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Published in 1985. I have read three more recent novels by Morrell including "The Shimmer". I enjoyed them more than this entry. Part of the problem was I kept feeling I had read this or something very much like it before. Couldn't shake that feeling. The basic premise is intriguing if perhaps more of a cliché these days; entering a monastery to atone for one's sins and then being forced back into the real world.
Matt Crumpton
I have mixed feelings about this book. Its a good book on the verge of being a great one. I want to love it so bad and reread it every couple of years or so but I think I just like it. The themes are very interesting. Priests, Monks, Assasins, they are all present in this novel and I have to give David Morrell credit for coming up with something different. Its just missing something that would make it a great spy novel. I just dont know what it is. Enjoyable read though.
Brett Newmyer
Jul 18, 2012 Brett Newmyer rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition


I certainly enjoyed Fraternity of the Stone- it had a lot of great plot twists and surprises, but its predecessor Brotherhood of the Rose was better. I was disappointed early on that even though it was packaged as a sequel to me, they were just both in the "troubled assassin" category.

It is a good book though- I'm a fan of spy novels, check it out if you are too.
V.
Apr 01, 2015 V. rated it really liked it
Very good, gripping and captivating. Kind of fizzled out a little towards the end, but good twists. I expected better judging by the prior book, to be honest, but it is still a great read.
Fast, engrossing and well paced.
Sherry
May 23, 2009 Sherry rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Definitly an intense book. If you want to get your mind off of anything that is going on in your present life, this is a good escape. Mystery, murder, you name it. I enjoyed it and it was a fast read.
Michele
Jan 23, 2011 Michele rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: lo-tengo
Como ya había dicho, me faltaba algo fresco, y este libro fue una buena elección. Pese a escoger un tema que en mi opinión está muy trillado, lo maneja perfectamente. El final es súbito, triste, pero realista. Vamos por lo que vendría siendo la segunda parte.
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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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