By The Rivers Of Babylon

by Nelson Demille

Grand Central Publishing | June 1, 1990 | Mass Market Paperbound

By The Rivers Of Babylon is rated 5 out of 5 by 2.
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.

Format: Mass Market Paperbound

Dimensions: 432 pages, 6.75 × 4.25 × 1.32 in

Published: June 1, 1990

Publisher: Grand Central Publishing

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0446358592

ISBN - 13: 9780446358590

Found in: Adult, Literary
Appropriate for ages: 13 - 13

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from DeMille is the master of the game 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. . 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. . 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. . 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.
Date published: 2016-02-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Reader / Writer He's done it again! This one has it all and rates right up there with Plum Island. A perfect 10! There's action (galore), suspence, sex and terror that will keep you turning the pages until the very end. Vivid and descriptive images keep your interest from start to finish with a full array of interesting characters that are daring and devious. Is there a bad Demille?
Date published: 2003-08-10

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By The Rivers Of Babylon

By The Rivers Of Babylon

by Nelson Demille

Format: Mass Market Paperbound

Dimensions: 432 pages, 6.75 × 4.25 × 1.32 in

Published: June 1, 1990

Publisher: Grand Central Publishing

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0446358592

ISBN - 13: 9780446358590

From the Publisher

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.

From the Jacket

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.

About the Author

Nelson DeMille is a former U.S. Army lieutenant who served in Vietnam and is the author of nineteen acclaimed novels, including the #1 New York Times bestsellers Night Fall, Plum Island, The Gate House, The Lion, The Panther and Radiant Angel. His other New York Times bestsellers include The Charm School, Word of Honor, The Gold Coast, Spencerville, The Lion's Game, Up Country, Wild Fire, and The General's Daughter, the last of which was a major motion picture. For more information, you can visit NelsonDeMille.net.

From Our Editors

It’s an airborne United Nations’ conference on an unprecedented scale, bringing together warriors and pacifists, dignitaries and the military, friends and enemies. But the most impressive passenger on the Concorde with this special delegation is a bomb, planted by a brilliant terrorist. With the same edge-of-the-seat suspense that made The General’s Daughter a best-seller, Nelson DeMille writes of politics in Palestine, Israeli rescue missions and a no-man’s-land of death in the desperate attempt to avert war in The Rivers of Babylon.  

Editorial Reviews

"THERE'S LEADERSHIP, COURAGE, ROMANCE.... WHAT A GREAT MOVIE IT WOULD MAKE!" -- Columbus Dispatch

Appropriate for ages: 13 - 13