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By the Rivers of Babylon af Nelson DeMille
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By the Rivers of Babylon (original 1978; udgave 2001)

af Nelson DeMille (Forfatter)

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En israelsk delegation på vej til en international fredskonference i New York, bortføres af palæstinensiske terrorister.
Medlem:wbcthree
Titel:By the Rivers of Babylon
Forfattere:Nelson DeMille (Forfatter)
Info:Time Warner Books Uk (2001), 464 pages
Samlinger:Dit bibliotek
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PLOT OR PREMISE:
Peace in the Middle East is almost assured and two concordes fly to New York with delegates for final negotiations. Terrorists try to derail the peace conference by planting bombs on board and taking the passengers hostage. After one plane is destroyed, killing all on board, the second plane is forced to land near Babylon. At the last minute, the hostages manage to escape to the top of a small hill from which they attempt to defend against the terrorists through several days of sorties, knowing that the military probably doesn't know where they are and therefore can't swoop in and rescue them.
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WHAT I LIKED:
Long before there was Clancy, there was DeMille. This book takes the international realm and stands it on its ear -- there is (excruciating) details of the relations between the characters on both sides of the peace conference who are forced to work together to fight the terrorists. In addition, the battle tactics are first-rate, the writing is almost perfect, and the story is superb as the "hostages" fight in small groups with every weapon they have -- gas bombs from the plane's fuel tanks, sounds from a war movie blasted over speakers to simulate larger weaponry, etc.
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WHAT I DIDN'T LIKE:
There are a LOT of characters at the start of this book and it is hard to keep track of them all. Up until the end, there are too many small sub-plots -- some are good, and necessary to flesh out the experience, but not all of them. There are fewer characters by the end though and it helps speed up the plotting. However, the ending is a little over-the-top, resembling a scene from a Die Hard movie more than keeping with the slightly more realistic tone of the rest of the book. As well, there is a meeting between the hostage-leaders and the terrorist-leader that is absolutely surreal. The likelihood of both parties treating it like a military battle with truces, etc., is virtually nil but it was at least interesting to read.
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BOTTOM-LINE:
DeMille is the master of the game
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DISCLOSURE:
I received no compensation, not even a free copy, in exchange for this review. I am not personal friends with the author, nor do I follow him on social media. ( )
  polywogg | Feb 15, 2016 |
Sorta well written. Terrorists, hijacked plane, staunch defenders. Exciting! Suspenseful, action-packed. Politics and characters are middle-east complex. That it was written decades ago years ago doesn’t make it any less compelling. However, the aviation researcher could have done a better job as that aspect crossed the line into fantasy. A complex Mach 2+ airplane just doesn't land in the dirt (on fumes), get "shot at" for most of the book, then taxi into the river and float away. Also, does Israel have any liberals who have not served in the military? Fun read overall. ( )
  buffalogr | Jul 22, 2015 |
By the Rivers of Babylon was Nelson DeMille's first hardcover novel and was written in 1978. Often ~40 year old thriller novels are laughably out of date or simply no longer relevant to the world as it sits today giving a poor reading experience, not so with Rivers of Babylon. It is as relevant today as it was in 1978.

The plot principally revolves around lead up to & the (successful) Palestinian terrorist plot to hijack a Israeli plane filled with diplomats; and the aftermath including their fight for survival.

Plenty of atmosphere, development and tension. Definitely worth picking up if you see it in a secondhand book store and enjoy a good action novel.
  HenriMoreaux | Jul 14, 2015 |
this was an earlier demille book, and maybe that's where it's possible to find halfway decent books of his. i had far fewer problems with this book than the ones of his that i've recently read. (my expectations were extremely low, of course.) i didn't love this book, by any means, but i give him credit for not pissing me off and for keeping me relatively engaged throughout. i will say, though, that he seems to have a special gift for really not understanding relationships and being completely incompetent in writing about them. ( )
  overlycriticalelisa | Apr 2, 2013 |
Well written. Terrorists, hijacked plane, staunch defenders. Exciting the whole way through. ( )
  JoAnnSmithAinsworth | Jan 21, 2011 |
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This book is dedicated to Bernard Geis, who took a chance;
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