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The Covenant of the Flame Hardcover – May 1, 1991


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 452 pages
  • Publisher: Grand Central Publishing; First Edition edition (May 1, 1991)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0446515639
  • ISBN-13: 978-0446515634
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (44 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #526,024 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

A feisty heroine, a stalwart hero, two enemy groups of ancient origin, appropriate deaths for nature's despoilers, world-wide canvas and pointed reminders of earth's fragility should add up to commercial success. But in Morrell's ( The Fifth Profession ) latest thriller the ingredients don't produce a satisfying dish. Environmental writer Tess Drake is chasing both a story on fatal attacks on polluters around the world and a strange man named Joseph. Aided by NYPD Lt. Craig, Tess discovers that Joseph has been burned to death; in his apartment she and Craig find strange artifacts that point to Albigensian heretics, worshippers of ancient god Mithras. After suggesting that the followers of Mithras and agents of the (still vital) Inquisition remain in lethal combat, Morrell sets the Mithras baddies against Tess. She and Craig fall in love and are entrapped by the boyish U.S. vice-president, a chief bad guy. By the bloody climax in a Spanish cave readers will be thoroughly tired of the book's padding and cardboard characters. 100,000 first printing; Literary Guild and Doubleday Book Club alternates; author tour.
Copyright 1991 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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Customer Reviews

Ridiculous plot and boring!
Timothy Segal
I was so enthralled by this book that I've read every David Morrell book published.
Christine and Robert Broyles
The book holds the readers' attention well.
David Crane

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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 31, 1999
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I give the author credit for a decent plot, but what could have been a great story, wasn't. The book missed the mark, in my opinion, for three reasons. First, the dialog, at times, was a little too juvenile. The dialog read like a mistake that a first time novelist would make--phony, stilted, just plain unreal. The second problem involved the contrived romances. While I'm not sure whether or not I believe in love at first sight, I am sure that having it occur twice in one book is a bit much. I got the feeling that that romances were thrown in to explain why a particular character would go to the lengths he/she did to help out another. Finally, while parts of a mystery were revealed to one of the characters, the author made comments like, she felt as if she were going insane, etc. I'm sorry, based on what was happening at the time and what the character had been through, going insane at those particular moments just seemed unbelievable at best.
As mentioned, the story was okay, but had I been reading the book rather than listening to the unabridged audio book version, I don't know if I could have made it to the end. Sorry, this is one Morrell book I can't recommend.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Donald Brickeen on January 17, 2000
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The book was enjoyable, but doesn't compare to the gripping success of Morrell's finest (i.e. "Brotherhood Of The Rose", "Fraternity Of The Stone", and "The League Of Night And Fog", with the three being somewhat of a trilogy). Morrell is an exceptional author, but he seems less than inspired on this one...still, Morrell at his mediocre best is still much better than majority of writers on the scene today
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 11, 1997
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Could have been well done, the topics were interesting but the author did little in-depth research that would have made the book more authentic. The dialogue was not believable, real people do NOT say these things to each other. Background is given in the middle of the action to justify the heroine's behavior. This interupts the flow of the action and distracts the reader
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By G. Bowser on May 7, 2001
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Daid Morrell's books are full of action and thrills but this one from 1973 is a little on the tame side. BUT if you are interested in the save the planet theme you will find this story very good and you may even agree with action taken by the heretics or you might like the beliefs of the members of the Inquistion. WHAT?? Heretics? Inquisition? In this day and age? Lest you think Morrell has lost his touch, wait until you come to the fantastic ending ! The story plods along with all sorts of earth saving actions and the leading character, Tess Drakewho works for Mother Earth magazine finds herself in the middle of all sorts of attacks on her life and those whom she loves. The mystery surrounding all this dates back to pre=Christian history of the Mithraism movement and if you don't want to test your faith don't read this one 1 The action really heats up when Tess and her police lt. friend find themselves aboard Air Force 2 headed for Spain. Who can save them now? You won't put the book down until the very end which will leave you wondering about your soul and the future of all mankind and this planet earth we so glibly ride.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 29, 1998
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Mystery, religion and action surround our heroine, Tess Drake as she struggles to hold on to her life while trying to solve a murder. Mysterious religious organizations, environmental disasters whereby the culprits' punishments fit the crime, trying to pick out the "good guys" from the "bad" and a strong female character leading the way are the elements that stood out. Morrell's style of writing is straightforward, suspenseful and has some interesting ideas. History and religious battles are intriguingly weaved in his story. The lead character is down-to-earth, but with conviction on her ideals. An enjoyable read -- it's my first book by David Morrell... I've read it several times already... then went out and bought The Fifth Profession and look forward to checking out more by him.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Ruben Cureses on February 22, 2001
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I read The Covenant And The Flame in 2000, coincidentally, while studying about Riots & Revolutions (including the Environmental Movement) in college. I found the book to be a fun and informative historical read. I see that other readers who are familiar with the author may not feel this is his best work. However, I found it to be fast-moving and an suspenseful! I especially enjoyed the historical references to Mithraism and Catholicism in Medieval Europe, and the environmental extremist aspect of it. I highly recommend! the book as casual reading/historical fiction. I see it as similar to Morris West's novels with its use of politics/religion/action. Formulaic? so what!...Enjoy.
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12 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Eran Cohen on July 27, 2000
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During my service in the army I've read some of Morrell's books,and liked most of them . I have to mention the title "Assumed Identity" as the best work of the author,to my opinion . I never thought there would come a day in which I'd have to write about a bad work of Morrell,but today is the day . Reading this book made me feel like I've been in this movie before.I am sorry to say it, but this is a formula book . I wasn't surprised at the revelations,and the action taken by the heros,they are all shallow and predictable . More than that , I couldn't feel like I'm readind a z-class action movie script!It's that bad . Eventually ,I am sorry that the author gave a green light to a book that is so regular,hoping this setback is the first and the last ,but not sure about this having recognised the formula .
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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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