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The Gate House

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Christian Rummel

22 Hours 0 Minutes

Hachette Book Group USA

October 2008

Audio Book Summary

#1 New York Times bestselling author Nelson DeMille delivers the long-awaited follow-up to his classic novel The Gold Coast.

When John Sutter's aristocratic wife killed her mafia don lover, John left America and set out in his sailboat on a three-year journey around the world, eventually settling in London. Now, ten years later, he has come home to the Gold Coast, that stretch of land on the North Shore of Long Island that once held the greatest concentration of wealth and power in America, to attend the imminent funeral of an old family servant.

Taking up temporary residence in the gatehouse of Stanhope Hall, John finds himself living only a quarter of a mile from Susan who has also returned to Long Island. But Susan isn't the only person from John's past who has reemerged: Though Frank Bellarosa, infamous Mafia don and Susan's ex-lover, is long dead, his son, Anthony, is alive and well, and intent on two missions: Drawing John back into the violent world of the Bellarosa family, and exacting revenge on his father's murderer--Susan Sutter. At the same time, John and Susan's mutual attraction resurfaces and old passions begin to reignite, and John finds himself pulled deeper into a familiar web of seduction and betrayal.

In The Gate House, acclaimed author Nelson Demille brings us back to that fabled spot on the North Shore -- a place where past, present, and future collides with often unexpected results.

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  • Anonymous

    DeMille could not have written this. He is a wonderful author and this was written by a third grader.

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  • inclusion7

    I could not get through more than a few CDs before I had to send it back. I have a long commute and must have something to listen to but this was painful. The main character is an oversexed elitist with a sense of entitlement. Nothing made me connect with or like the character at all. I love a well written book no matter what the not love this one!

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  • Meila

    This was very disappointing. Very boring and not what I expected at all.

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  • docdoc

    ND wrote this book to be like 'classic literature' according to the interview at the end of the CDs. For me, the book was disappointing, as I was expecting the same type of suspense as his other books I've read, and kept waiting for the excitement which never came. While I did find appreciate some of the dark humor of the main character, I agreed with another writer who indicated that he and his wife were such unlikable characters that it's difficult to really care what happened to them.

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  • trheyer

    Agree with Tom a little, the previous reviewer. But, it is DeMille's BEST WORK. Mafia, wealthy WASP's, rich and powerful as well as regular working stiffs. Everyone has a piece of this. Sarcasm was a bit much, but it played out well and I feel it was a necessary component for this novel to work out well in the end. One of the drawbacks was the fact that they focused too much on the parents and the sale/rental of their home to Arabic people. Cut to the chase. The Lion/Plum Island were #2 and #3 in my ratings of all of DeMille's novels thus far.

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  • Tom

    FIrst off this is one great author; that's why I was looking forward to this book. He paints great pictures but two things I don't like 1 - the pace of action is very slow and 2- the protagonist makes absolutely too many sarcastic asides, voicing what is in his mind to us first then saying something else to the character. Just too many "wise-cracks" some of which come off but many do not. The reader is good and easy to listen to. Too many facets of the stories are repeated.

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  • Brian Gleason

    I am a huge fan of DeMille buy was somewhat disappointed by this novel. I enjoyed it and listened to it intently but I had higher expectations for it. The story is excellent but it has too much development and not enough action for me. If you liked the first book to this sequel you will enjoy this story. If you didn't read the first one, don't start here.

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  • Fernando Marques

    Nelson DeMille consistently delivers in each of his novels, and The Gate House doesn't dissapoint. It's witty, well written, with characters you care about and believe. The main chracter reminds us of our own little quirks, of our own hidden thoughts on how we see the world and respond to it,even when we don't always express it. Just another winner from the author of Up Country, Wildfire and so many others. A winner!

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  • Kevin

    Awesome book. I've never listen to a book so long that never bored me at times. This was a great listen all the way through. Humor, Romance and Suspence. John Sutter's wit kept me going thrugh the whole book. Nineteen CD's and well worth it.

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