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David Morrell
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Jan. 20 2006
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 seems, and where life's most horrifying and harrowing game is played....

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“[David] Morrell (best known for First Blood) returns to his favorite revenge theme in [this] thriller, which focuses on a hit man who renounces violence only to be flushed out of his monastic retreat back to the counterterrorist circuit.”—Kirkus Reviews

“Those who appreciate a good spy novel are going to have to clear more space on the shelf. David Morrell’s Fraternity of the Stone . . . establishes Morrell as a force to be reckoned with. . . . The plot works marvelously and should not be missed by anyone who enjoys a good spy thriller.”—Sunday News (Ridgewood, N.J.) --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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4.0 out of 5 stars A Heart of Stone Feb. 20 2004
By Konrei
Format:Mass Market Paperback
THE FRATERNITY OF THE STONE is quality writing, right up there along with all the earlier Morrell books, THE BROTHERHOOD OF THE ROSE and THE LEAGUE OF NIGHT AND FOG, with which it forms a loose trilogy.
In THE FRATERNITY, Drew MacLane, an antiterrorist agent, renounces his former vocation and becomes a Carthusian monk. After six years of hermitage and isolation he finds himself at the center of a complex plot, when all his monastic brethren are killed in a search and destroy mission focused upon him.
Drew leaves the monastery and reenters the mundane world in order to hunt the hunters. What results is a tautly written book with enough action and fascinating details on tradecraft to keep any reader fascinated.
The plot is not quite as engaging as THE LEAGUE, which had some truly O. Henry elements. However, it is a dynamic story which moves at a strong pace throughout. Particularly entertaining are Drew's reactions to the outside world after so many years as a recluse. Morrell is not only observing here; he is making social commentary.
Definitely worth the time and effort.
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5.0 out of 5 stars one of the best works ever created by morrell Jan. 4 2004
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the rose, the flame, the stone, the fog, these are four of the best creations that morrell has achieved. i've read all of morrell's books until his 'burnt sienna' and 'double image' totally crashed my expectation of his new production. yes, after his 'extreme denial', i have given up his new books, but never never denied his early genius levelled works, i have to remind myself and strongly suggest to others that sometimes if you picked a recent work of some famous writers that disappointed you a lot, maybe you have to go back at least 5 to 10 years to search out their earlier works. people getting old, writers too. like robert ludlum, stephen hunter, fredrick forsyth, morrell's best works were before his 'double image', every one and all of them were(i should use present tense, are) great gifts to human civilizaion. we should read them without any prejudice, without any religious craziness like a reader gave this book just one star and spitted on morrell's great work. that's not fair and not even worthwhile as a unbias open-minded reader.
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Well, it looks like I'm late to this on reviews so let me just list a few highlights:
OVERALL FEELING: Great pacing; tense; excellent main character; ending was a bit of a letdown; great spy ideas; great action.
SCORING: Superb (A), Excellent (A-), Very good (B+), Good (B) Fairly Good (B-) Above Average (C+), Mediocre (C ), Barely Passable (C-) Pretty Bad (D+), Dismal (D), Waste of Time (D-), Into the Trash (F)
DIALOGUE: A- STRUCTURE: B+ CHARACTERS: B+ EMOTIONAL IMPACT: A SURPRISES: B+ SPY IDEAS/GADGETS/SKILLS: A INTRIGUE: B+ PACING: A THE LITTLE THINGS: A OVERALL STYLE: A FLOW OF WORDS: A- CHOICE OF FOCUS: A TRANSITIONS/FLASHBACKS/POV: A COMPLEXITY OF WORDS/SYMBOLISM/THEMES: B+
OVERALL GRADE: A (at the lower cusp)
CONCEPT: Great idea. What makes this blend interesting is Morrel's mix of the church with the violence of espionage. Drew carries the guilt around with him and worries about his soul, but another part of him is still a killer.
INTRIGUE: Keeps turning the cork screw here. For a good part of the novel, Drew isn't sure who's trying to kill him. And, even when he gets a lead, its only one segment of the part. So, he may wipe out a few enemy agents but it takes a long time before he realizes who's out to get him.
CHARACTERS: There's a great deal of focus on Drew and he's an interesting character. He isn't the typical assassin type since he bears so much regret that he sequesters himself away into a monastery and then inflicts wounds on himself with a little whip. But once he gets moving, he's a killing machine. And, I think the majority of readers find this fascinating. We may not admit it but a spy is like the cowboys of old; self sufficient and working outside the rules. In a homogenous society, this is a very attractive set of traits.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Another David Morrell thrill-ride! Dec 9 1999
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I have previously read other Morrell books and somewhat expected this one to be a little less delivering when I started. Boy was I wrong! Morrell takes us through the first few chapters giving the necessary background info while weaving in the events of the present, set in a monastery. The story then takes off as the ex-master assassin Drew is forced to run for his life from the monastery escaping those who had killed off all the monks. He is forced back into an unfamiliar society searching for friends. He is stabbed in the back and rekindles an old love while learning of an underground fraternity of priests dedicated to protecting the Church at any cost. I felt this book was an excellent showing by Morrell-twisting the usual violence and chaos in with the usage of religion, immense inner struggle, and an interesting new story involving the protection of the entire Catholic Church. A highly recommended action-packed book!
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4.0 out of 5 stars An interesting book May 20 2000
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I bought this book after reading "The League if Night and Fog". Drew had once led a life as an assasin for the C.I.A. He retreated to a monastery to escape the evlils of his previous life. He was nearly the victim of a mass killing. Thanks to his mouse he escaped being poisoned. It was very unique how the author managed to make the Ayatollah Khomeini the target of Drew's assasination attempt. It was also interesting how civilization had changed since Drew had been in the monastery. The appearance of the killer Preist eho turned into Drew's protector was a good addition to the story. Drew later discovers that he is betrayed by his mentor. He gains vengance and takes the blame for the death of the Priest and has to flee for his safety. A very good story that turns into a very good sequel. Buy thid book and then read the League of Night and Fog.
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5.0 out of 5 stars fantastic
David Morrell has not lost his touch. The story kept
your interest all the way through the book, suspense great,
and didn't know the end half way through as with most... Read more
Published 9 months ago by Deanna Beckett
5.0 out of 5 stars BETTER THAN--- DA VINCI CODE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
this book was written a few years back,its about the opus dei
the catholic intelligence org. its the best fiction book of its kind ever written. Read more
Published on Dec 16 2003 by J. Spencer
5.0 out of 5 stars Two words...classic Morrell
David Morrell is without question my favorite author, and it is books like this one that put him in the top spot. Read more
Published on June 7 2003 by Brad Cooper
5.0 out of 5 stars Fraternity of the stone
Fast delivery, for the price I paid, its great, would use again
Published on April 26 2002
5.0 out of 5 stars MORRELL GETS BETTER AND BETTER
No matter what order you read his books in, each is complete in itself and explains history and the Catholic church in relation to the the current book. Read more
Published on Feb. 20 2002 by G. Bowser
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent thrill ride from beginning to end
David Morrell does it again! This is a great story about a well trained assassin, Drew MacLane, who has had enough of the killing. Read more
Published on Aug. 14 2001 by Deguerra
4.0 out of 5 stars Never a Dull Moment
The Fraternity of the Stone is fast paced and exciting. There is never a dull moment. If you like action books, this is the book for you. I have only two criticisms. Read more
Published on May 20 2001
5.0 out of 5 stars A wonderful action-thriller
This is the first david morrell book i read. But it is a truely amazing book. Author cares about details so much such as the death of the mouse Stuart Little. Read more
Published on Aug. 23 2000 by "andreafarrar"
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the most underated book ever written
This book gives Clancy's "Without Remorse" a run for its money!
This is a must read for anyone who likes prey/predator type books. Read more
Published on April 13 2000 by neal keohane
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