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The Fraternity of the Stone: An Espionage Thriller (Mortalis Book 2) [Kindle Edition]

David Morrell
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From acclaimed Thriller Master, David Morrell, comes a classic espionage tale that changed the genre, paving the way for the historical/religious thrillers of Dan Brown, Steve Berry, and James Rollins.

In a remote monastery in Vermont, a mysterious man has spent six years alone in a cell, doing penance for unnamed sins that he committed for his government. His only human contact is the hand that delivers his spartan meals through a slot in his door. He allows himself only one small pleasure, the companionship of a mouse. When the mouse dies, nibbling bread, a terrible suspicion makes him finally leave his sanctuary and confront the ruthless enemies that he prayed he had left behind.

Beginning with the Crusades and the origin of the word “assassin,” THE FRATERNITY OF THE STONE was the first novel to deal with Opus Dei, the Vatican’s civilian intelligence community. If you like to read about ancient conspiracies that threaten the modern world, this is where the genre began.


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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.)

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26 of 28 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Heart of Stone February 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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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another David Morrell thrill-ride! December 9, 1999
Format:Mass Market Paperback
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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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars An interesting book May 20, 2000
Format:Mass Market Paperback
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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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Stupendous. May 8, 2003
Format:Paperback
This book was wonderful. I just finished reading it after receiving it from my history
teacher. I could not stop reading it. If you like Clive Cussler books this book will appeal
to you greatly! The way Morrel incorporates an elaborate plot, conspiracy, action, love,
and history into one book is amazing. Highly recommended to anyone who enjoys the
above-mentioned aspects of a book. If I could give this a 6 star rating, I would. Buy this.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Action and more Action November 28, 2006
Format:Hardcover
The novel begins with a quick start and just gets faster and faster all the way to the end. Mr. Morrell certainly knows how to begin the action and continue. Also plenty of religion and knowledge of its orders envolved. I always feel that in all fiction there is a lot of fact and again I find it true with this writing. I highly recommend this one as I have the other four of his I have read. Do yourself a favor read it and enjoy.
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14 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fast; charged; emotionally compelling; long remember March 28, 2001
Format:Mass Market Paperback
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 Five Stars
David Morrell - exciting read
Published 24 days ago by Comfort55
5.0 out of 5 stars religious zeal
Great story of a former assassin who seeks religious redemption only to be drawn back into intrigue to save his soul.
Published 25 days ago by Kenneth L. Arsham,M.D.
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
A good read. Keeps you interested and wanting to read on.
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5.0 out of 5 stars great read.
a page turn. full of suspense. great read.
Published 2 months ago by Susan Reinhard
5.0 out of 5 stars great action
I have always been a fan of David morrell's writing and this book does not disappoint. Great characters and great action. A very well written spy novel. Read more
Published 2 months ago by kris Patterson
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Book. David Morrell never disappoints
Great Book. David Morrell never disappoints. I recommend it.
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Published 3 months ago by valerie morris
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Good book, really like David Morrell
Published 4 months ago by Paul H Merritt
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Excellent writing. This is a page turner.
Published 4 months ago by Susan Frank
2.0 out of 5 stars the penultimate rewrite of the "Spy who came in from the cold"
Although the Brotherhood of the Rose is the real next to last penultimate rewriting. I think the plot lines are thin, and the angst suffered by Chris in the "... Read more
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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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