The Gate House : John Sutter

  • by Nelson DeMille
  • Narrated by Christian Rummel
  • Series: John Sutter
  • 22 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

When John Sutter's aristocratic wife killed her mafia don lover, John left America and set out in his sailboat on a three-year journey around the world, eventually settling in London.Now, 10 years later, he has come home to the Gold Coast, that stretch of land on the North Shore of Long Island that once held the greatest concentration of wealth and power in America, to attend the imminent funeral of an old family servant. Taking up temporary residence in the gatehouse of Stanhope Hall, which had been the family home of his ex-wife, Susan Stanhope Sutter, John finds himself living only a quarter of a mile from Susan, who has also returned to Long Island.But Susan isn't the only person from John's past who has reemerged: Though Frank Bellarosa, infamous Mafia don and Susan's ex-lover, is long dead, his son, Anthony, is alive and well, and intent on two missions: Drawing John back into the violent world of the Bellarosa family, and exacting revenge on his father's murderer - Susan Sutter.At the same time, John and Susan's mutual attraction resurfaces, old passions begin to reignite, and John finds himself pulled deeper into a familiar web of seduction and betrayal. In The Gate House, a book that is both a sequel to The Gold Coast as well as a suspenseful stand-alone novel, acclaimed author Nelson DeMille brings us back to that fabled spot on the North Shore - a place where past, present, and future collide with often unexpected results.

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I have to agree with the majority of the reviewers here. DeMille is one of my absolute FAVORITE authors and I rush to get his latest book as soon as it's published.
But I found this book pedantic and sophomoric. The charming cockiness and "wise cracking" Sutter in the Gold Coast has become boring, shallow and predictable. I wanted so badly to like the story, the characters and the dialogue, but I just couldn't. And I stayed with it until the bitter end. I listened to the interview with the author at the end and he seems to attribute the happiness in the plot line and characters to his life, with a new baby and a happy marriage. I'd give a lot to have the depth back of some of his earlier characters. He says we should expect the sequel to The Lions Game next -- which I loved -- read it once and listened to it twice -- I'll have my fingers crossed that John Cory doesn't suffer the same fate...
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- Tama

DeMille writes another excellent book!

The Gate House is the sequel to The Gold Coast. The Gold Coast has a huge fan base and the readers wanted more. DeMille delivers a great sequel (18 years after the publication of The Gold Coast).

Do not read this book before you have read The Gold Coast. It is not good as a stand-alone novel. I believe that the current neutral CUSTOMER RATING is because the book was either read out of sequence, or the reader expected that the genre was like most of DeMille's other books, which are fast pace espionage/thrillers.

The Gate House story is set 10 years after The Gold Coast and just after 9/11 (fall of New York's Twin Towers). The main character John Sutter, is still the witty and sarcastic wiseass with big brass balls. Lots of laughs and erotic sex scenes.

As a sequel which picks up 10 years later, DeMille writes more dramatic fiction to build the lives of the characters, so reasonably, the pace of the book is not always a high tension thriller. That said, I could not put this book down.

The reader Christian Rummel voice and style was a great choice for both these books. I especially liked his women's society voices as well as John Sutter the WASP lawyer.

Although I am a big fan of the narrator Scott Brick (who reads many of DeMille's Books) his style and voice would not be suited to these two books.
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- Andrew Stone

Book Details

  • Release Date: 10-28-2008
  • Publisher: Hachette Audio