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Morrell, whose career nose-dived after his superb debut in First Blood, here sequels his two recent, commercially-hot thrillers, the so-so The Brotherhood of the Rose and The Fraternity of the Stone (better). But by recycling these novels' heroes into a flimsy vengeance plot stilted up on a thin premise (death-camp victims attacking their Nazi tormentors), he indicates that he's again running out of steam. In the novel's first half, Morrell confusingly intercuts three plot lines, starting with the disappearance around the globe of old men: Jews, Germans, and a prominent Vatican Cardinal. Two of the Germans' sons, free-lance assassins named Icicle and Seth, fly to Rome to find the Cardinal, believing him the key to the disappearances. Meanwhile in Israel, ex-CIA killer Saul, hero of The Brotherhood of the Rose, learns that his wife's father, a former death-camp inmate obsessed with Nazis, is one of the missing. With his ex-Mossad-agent wife, Saul flees to Europe to find him. At the same time in the Egyptian desert, another ex-CIA killer, Drew, now a hermit (and a leftover from The Fraternity of the Stone), is summoned via his ex-CIA-agent lover Arlene by the Fraternity (an order of priest/assassins) to find the misplaced Cardinal. The three pairs of superspys wade through a lot of bloody and mostly dull mayhem (a tense stalk-and-fight between Saul and Fraternity members is the sole exception) until Saul and Drew meet, joining forces in Rome. There they battle Icicle and Seth (who fight each other when not busy torturing Saul's now-captive wife). In between the gore, Saul and Drew learn that the Cardinal, pro-Nazi, is dead at the hands of an outraged priest, and that the missing Germans, all ex-Nazis, have been snatched by the missing Jews. A tepid confrontation between assassins, Germans, and Jews winds things down, leaving room for, alas, yet another sequel. Contrived, clumsy, and overcomplicated: Morrell's weakest novel yet. (Kirkus Reviews) --Kirkus Reviews --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Dutton Adult; 1st edition (June 10, 1987)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0525245065
  • ISBN-13: 978-0525245063
  • Product Dimensions: 20 x 20 x 20 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (56 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #776,807 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

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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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful By J.D. Breda on September 22, 2003
Format: Paperback
I can't help but give this book a perfect 5 out of 5. I can't quite pinpoint it but there is a certain way David Morrell writes his books that draws you in and keeps you interested every single page. I can honestly admit that I have never encountered a writer that can draw me into a book as much as David can. If you are thinking of buying this book, do it, but first buy The brotherhood of the Rose and The Fraternity of the Stone and read them. They a precursor to this book, you don't neccessarily need to read them but it is highly reccomended. Not only do they help with The League of Night and Fog but they are excellent books in themselves. The brotherhood of the Rose, The Fraternity of the Stone, and The league and Night and Fog all rank on my top 10 books to read. READ READ READ THESE BOOKS!!!!!!!!!!
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21 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Brad Cooper on June 22, 2003
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While this series is small, it is one of the finest I have read. I won't spoil anything in the book, but make sure you read "The Brotherhood Of The Rose" and "The Fraternity Of The Stone" before you read this. It isn't IMPERATIVE, but it highly recommended. Also, once you get these books, clear out your weekend. You'll need it.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Linda Pagliuco VINE VOICE on August 27, 2010
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Usually I enjoy books in this genre, but The League of Night and Fog just didn't come through for me. The premise is a clear one, built around a loosely organized team searching desperately for the perpetrators of a series of kidnappings. All of the victims share a secret that dates back to WWII, being members of a crack unit dedicated to rescuing Jews from the Nazi death squad, The League of Night and Fog. Half a century later, it's up to the children of these men to rescue them, if they're still alive.

Strong beginning, but the book quickly slides into a repetitive cycle of mortal danger and narrow escapes. Apparently, the protagonist characters were previously developed in earlier novels, but in League, they come across as cardboard cutouts. At times, the action is interspersed with coy love scenes, and the dialogue tends toward the simplistic. The gruesome photographic evidence, with which to identify and implicate the war criminals, is described so frequently that it begins to lose its impact. Not surprisingly, the resolution is a satisfactory one, but much slogging through is required in order to arrive there.
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13 of 16 people found the following review helpful By M. Steffen on April 11, 2002
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This is the third and last book of trilogy. This book consist Saul Grisman and Drew Maclane characters together where they meet each other in the story for the first time. Be sure to read The Brotherhood of the Rose book first (Saul Grisman novel) and The Fraternity of the Stone book second (Drew MacLane novel).
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Marvin C. on January 5, 2010
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I read this book more than 15 years ago and I still remember it being one of the
most exciting works of fiction I have read. Be sure to read "Brotherhood of the Rose"
and "Fraternity of the Stone" first, as the main characters from these earlier books reappear
in this book. I liked "Fraternity of the Stone" to be a bit more than the "Brotherhood of the
Rose" - however, they are both great books.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Melvin Hunt on May 14, 2000
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This book has a very good plot. Revenge from the past for the atrocities committed during the Holocaust are driven home very professionally. The characters of Drew and Saul are used to further strengthen the story. Both are drawn into the story by a unique usage of their past. After I read this book I purchased "Brotherhood of the Rose". as well as "Fraternity of the Stone". An outstanding book that will give you a different outlook of the Holocaust as well as give you a new respect for David Morrell.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Bruce from LA on March 6, 2014
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It was a good read but there were far too many key characters to keep track of and by the end I was having a hard time keeping them all straight. And of course all the incredible coincidences and synchronicity of all the players was way beyond the suspension of any disbelief. I still liked it...but it was so all over the map in terms of characters, plots and themes that by the end it just felt like some sort of a cosmic comic book plot to me....entertaining yet still too crazy in terms of any kind of logic to be at all meaningful.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Phil on July 28, 2001
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You will find this one of David Morrell's better books. I strongly encourage you to read this after reading both "The Brotherhood of the Rose" and "The Fraternity of the Stone." (Both of those rank among my all-time favorites.)
Besides bringing together the two protagonists from those books, the author (for the most part) continues blending action with logic in a way that made the first two books so much better than run-of-the-mill action/mystery novels. "The League of Night and Fog" begins with four different plots that gradually meld together.
One reviewer indicated that this book him feeling a little flat. I had the same experience; the ending just didn't have the same quality that I found in the rest of the book. OK, so it's not "the perfect book." Few are. Most readers who like this genre will enjoy this book.
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