By the Rivers of Babylon Mass Market Paperback – Jun 1 1990
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"THERE'S LEADERSHIP, COURAGE, ROMANCE.... WHAT A GREAT MOVIE IT WOULD MAKE!" -- Columbus Dispatch
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Lod Airport, Israel: Two Concorde jets take off for a U.N. conference that will finally bring peace to the Middle East. Covered by F-14 fighters, accompanied by security men, the planes carry warriors, pacifists, lovers, enemies, dignitaries -- and a bomb planted by a terrorist mastermind.
Suddenly they're forced to crash-land at an ancient desert site. Here, with only a handful of weapons, the men and women of the peace mission must make a desperate stand against an army of crack Palestinian commandos -- while the Israeli authorities desperately attempt a rescue mission. In a land of blood and tears, in a windswept place called Babylon, it will be a battle of bullets and courage, and a war to the last death.See all Product Description
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"By the Rivers of Babylon" tells a thrilling tale of survival and the guerilla-like commando tactics of the heroic passengers of the Concorde as they struggle desperately against their attackers and attempt against all odds to reach the outside world with news of their plight in the Babylonian desert. In his first novel, DeMille makes grand statements about the nature of courage and heroism under fire, sacrifice, loyalty, altruism and love. He has crafted interesting characters such as Jacob Hausner, the security officer who cannot forgive himself for his careless oversight many years earlier that allowed the terrorists access to the Concorde's inner workings. We witness Miriam Bernstein, Golda Meir's young and beautiful hand-picked political protégé evolve away from her roots as a far left wing advocate of peace at almost any cost.Read more ›
East combines action with detailed planning and execution that fortells
the Sept 11 hijackings. The story is compelling and believable.
Another 'can't put it down book'. Demille can combine exacting detail
with fast-moving action and believble characterizations. The tension
is impressive throughout the book.
I wish Nelson Demille could write as fast as I can read.
He is among the FEW authors whose books I keep to read
My second read will be right before the movie comes out.
Enjoy this book!
Nelson DeMille's first effort is a fast paced and extremely clever tale that is in some respects surprisingly claustrophobic. Almost the entire book occurs in this Babylonian desert region. The book can be divided into prebattle, battle and post battle. It is obvious that Nelson DeMille was stretching the simplistic plot in an effort to bulk up the book. However, the pacing is relentless and the book can almost be consumed in one lengthy sitting. The author revealed almost twenty-five years ago that he could write a competent thriller and has perfected that task over the ensuing decades. A wonderful first effort.
Often there is a love story about which to hang other issues, and Babylon is no exception.
The peace mission . . . by that I mean THE PEACE MISSION, is about to take off and two Concords are flying from Lod Airport in Israel to New York. And as in every disaster movie, the planes are filled with people who aren't who they seem to be or who they are telling other people they are. What's new?
Security has been lax in the fetal stages of the aircrafts' building, and bombs have been placed in the tail of both aircraft.
The tool by which DeMille gets us there, in this case Babylon, is nearly irrelevant. What he does is put dozens of different people together, hawks, doves, traitors, heroes, cowards, zealots, and then throws in an untested Palestinian force (the Ashbals) with their great numbers attacking the defending Israelis. Hmmmmm. I wonder if Nelson fell asleep while watching John Wayne's "The Alamo" on cable before he began this prodigious effort?
And of course the story is brought together by DeMille's capacity to describe everything from the aluminum mesh in the baggage compartment of the Concord to mascara. And to do so very well.
The other DeMille characteristic is dialogue. He has a gift of making his characters speak in a manner in which we can nod our heads and say, 'yeah, a guy in that fix would probably have said something like that.'
If there's a drawback to Babylon I believe it is that it doesn't go anywhere. Physically I mean.Read more ›
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Not the best fro De Mille, in fact I was unsure if he even wrote this story himself.Published 11 months ago by Robert S. Smith
Being a huge fan of Nelson DeMille, I decided after reading Radiant Angels, to go back and take a look at any of his novels that I hadn't read. There were very few. Read morePublished 15 months ago by Linda Pfeiffer
As an ex-RCAF aircraft salvage tech/mechanic I appreciated the aircraft operational and mechanical descriptions and events.The book gave me feelings of empathy for Israel.Published on Nov. 12 2011 by John Wiley
Two jets on a peace keeping mission take off in Israel. Their ultimate destination is the United Nations in New York City. Read morePublished on Aug. 13 2009 by lawyeraau
The last third of the book really picks up, but when reading the book, it just feels weak. I do love the history that he includes and the description of Babylon. Read morePublished on Nov. 14 2005 by Mark
Awesome book! However there are some things that I didn't like. One is how Hausner, the leader of the Israel's died. Read morePublished on Nov. 14 2005 by DesertWater