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The Brotherhood of the Rose by David Morrell
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Dec 25, 2011

it was amazing
bookshelves: 2011
Read from December 19 to 25, 2011

Aside from possibly Nelson DeMille, author David Morrell has no equal in the genre of thriller writers. This is the first of a loose trilogy, and reads as a stand-alone novel.

Before James Patterson popularized it, Morrell made use of rapid-pace short chapters like this book. However, sometimes Morrell will let a chapter play out to milk the moment. Another difference is that Morrell can really write. There is no cartoonish dialog, and everything is very well researched. He likes to put a superman-like protagonist (in this case two), but applies his impeccable research skills to provide vivid details. You never just get a fight, but a mental play by play, a map of each element of strategy.

In this book, Saul Grisman is the deadliest man there is, the super-trained special forces operative. He assassinates for his government, and answers only to his foster father Eliot. After performing a job, Eliot begins trying to kill Saul. Soon Saul's foster brother, the also deadly but conflicted Chris, becomes a hunted man as well. They spend the book trying to figure out why they're being hunted by the most capable assassins from several governments while also planning to turn the tables.

Like so many books by David Morrell, it is simply thrilling and magnificently plotted.

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