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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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Many have complained the book is too long and contains rhetoric not useful to the story. They claim to have been bored.
I was sorry the book ended. It is a full and complete review of the pertinent aspects of Gold Coast. It reviews and expands our understanding of all the characters as well as the Gold Coast mentality.
I feel this book is better constructed and nuanced than Gold Coast. This is a terrific listen and the narrator is in a class by himself.
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