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Cathedral by Nelson DeMille
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Jun 21, 11

bookshelves: action-adventure
Read in June, 2011

Cathedral was one of DeMille's early books. It was first published in 1981. As I read the book, I continued to note how different the story is, pre-9-11, from more current writings.

I also compared this book to The Marching Season by Daniel Silva, another story about the Troubles in Northern Ireland.

A former member of the Provisional IRA, turned reformer and member of Amnesty International Maureen is in New York to speak upon the occasion of St. Patrick's Day. On the day itself, she is standing in front of St. Patrick's Cathedral in New York along with the British Counsel General, reviewing the parade up Fifth Avenue, when a struggle breaks out among the parade participants, distracting viewers and police alike. A small band of Provisionals take the parade reviewers captive in St Patrick's, including the archbishop and the local priest, Maureen, and Sir Harold Baxter, the Counsel General. The cathedral doors are slammed shut and the band of Provisionals set bombs at the doors, and at key structural support positions in the cathedral. They demand the release of Northern Irish prisoners from Northern Irish and British prisons. If the releases are not made by 6:00 am the following morning, the cathedral and all who are in it will be destroyed.
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