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The Brotherhood of the Rose: An Espionage Thriller (Mortalis Book 1) Kindle Edition

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“Impossible to put it down.” —San Francisco Chronicle

“Riveting . . . crackling . . . It really moves.” —Washington Post Book World

“Tough, ingeniously plotted, and always gripping.” —Publishers Weekly

“David Morrell is, to me, the finest thriller living today, bar none.” —Steve Berry, New York Times bestselling author of The Charlemagne Pursuit

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  • File Size: 623 KB
  • Print Length: 386 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0449206610
  • Publication Date: November 20, 2013
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0057AN2DK
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David Morrell is the author of FIRST BLOOD, the award-winning novel in which Rambo was created. He holds a Ph. D. in American literature from Penn State and was a professor in the English department at the University of Iowa. His numerous New York Times bestsellers include the classic spy trilogy that begins with THE BROTHERHOOD OF THE ROSE, the basis for the only television mini-series to premier after a Super Bowl. The other books in the trilogy are THE FRATERNITY OF THE STONE and THE LEAGUE OF NIGHT AND FOG. An Edgar, Anthony, and Macavity nominee, Morrell is the recipient of three Bram Stoker awards and the prestigious Thriller Master award from the International Thriller Writers organization. His writing book, THE SUCCESSFUL NOVELIST, discusses what he has learned in his four decades as an author. His latest novel is the highly praised Victorian mystery/thriller, MURDER AS A FINE ART.

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64 of 72 people found the following review helpful By Jamie on December 14, 2000
Format: Mass Market Paperback
You can check all of my other reviews, none is labeled 'all time favorite' except this one. I first read this book over 15 years ago and have gone back and re-read it numerous times.
If you like great characters, involved plots, and tight suspense then this book is a must. The characters are painted so vividly that you feel as though you have always known them. The plot involves a great scenario set up in with a great degree of credibility. You believe that spy organizations like this exist, and that the Abelard sanctions really exist.
David is known for his attention to detail and this book is no exception. The detail of the operations is astounding, he glosses over no part of the spy game he describes with a detail that makes it all seem real. Many authors just have the 'spy' put on a wet suit, dive under the boat with C4 and blow it up. David shows so much detail that it's like you are in the planning meetings and you know all the finer points of the craft.
Everyone will enjoy this book. Whomever you are you should give it a shot.
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20 of 22 people found the following review helpful By "spencer001" on March 21, 2003
Format: Mass Market Paperback
The Brotherhood of the Rose is a spectacular effort! David Morrell is a master and this book attests to his gift of making stories that are thoroughly riveting. The plot and pace of this book is a standout in itself among Morrell's novels. The characters and story grip you right from the start and you will soon know what the term "unputdownable" really means. I read this novel many years ago and gave it to my cousin. Since then, no action novel I've read has surpassed this book in terms of plot and excitement.
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23 of 27 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on July 5, 2002
Format: Mass Market Paperback
To enjoy this book, you will need to accept the ridiculous concept of the Abelard Sanction. That is, the world's intelligence community got together (allies and enemies alike) and set up a system of safe houses where any operative could go and be protected from harm by any other operatives. Sure, it's hard to believe, but it is a key part of a very interesting story. It involves the familiar concept of teacher vs. student with some original twists thrown in. With each side trying to out-guess the other, you never know what is going to happen next.
Character development and dialog are not the strong points of this book. You do get a little background on how the characters became who they are, but the book is really all about action and intrigue. And it delivers on that.
... This is not great literature here, but it is a pretty good spy novel.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By James N Simpson on April 2, 2010
Format: Paperback
Not the most realistic assassin thriller novel ever written, but definitely one of the most entertaining. You would be looking for a long time to come across better written main characters as well. If you get the Mortalis published version there is also a dossier called Stepfathers and Sons (an afterword written in 2009) by David Morrell where he tells us his original ending that was rejected by the publishers as well as tells us a bit about his own childhood and stepfather that wanted his mother but not him. Brotherhood of the Rose incidentally was written in 1984.

Basic plot of Brotherhood of the Rose is about two orphan boys, Chris and Saul, who were taken under the wing of a man named Eliot who trained them from a young age to become top assassins. Eliot was pretty much the only person to ever display to these boys any love and they are fiercely loyal to this man. Whatever he says, they do. The only other person they have a stronger bond with is each other. Today as adults they are both the best of the best in the world of espionage assassination. However Eliot has decided Saul's usefulness has come to end, and his death is more useful to Eliot's ambitions. Only problem is he trained Saul to well and Saul is proving hard to dispose of and even to find.

Over recent years Chris has been having conscious issues, has spent time in monastery, and now after avenging a friend has breached the Abelard Sanction (killed someone in a safe house where spies can take refuge and a break from others wanting to kill them), thereby every secret organisation in the world is on the lookout for him and will kill him on site just to uphold the sanction. He is suicidal and just wants to end it all but wants to do so in seclusion and in a way Eliot or Saul will never find out.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful By B. McEwan VINE VOICE on December 3, 2006
Format: Mass Market Paperback Verified Purchase
I haven't read any other books by David Morrell, so Brotherhood of the Rose was my introduction to him. This is a tight, suspenseful tale set in the Cold War days, but is a cut above the usual fare of this sort. The characters are well drawn and the plot has an unusual twist that moved the action right along and kept me guessing as to how the story would end.

The quality of Morrell's writing is quite high and his pacing is steady. I also thought he paid a good deal of attention to details of setting and place, which I appreciate in any sort of novel, but especially in a page turner, as appropriate details add depth to a book that might otherwise be too focused on plot.

If you're looking for a solid thriller that will hold your attention during a boring commute or a long plane ride, this is a good choice.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 24, 1996
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Morrell is a master of the spy/suspense/thriller and this is one of his finest. The story of Saul and Chris aka Romulus and Remus will keep you hooked from page one. If you are a fan of ACTION!! This is THE BOOK. I also highly recommend the rest of the trilogy THE FRATERNITY OF THE STONE AND THE LEAGUE OF NIGHT AND FOG. These are all incredibly gripping. 10++++
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