Damascus Gate

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Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 1998 - Fiction - 500 pages
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"A stunning novel by a great American writer."--Washington Post

Jerusalem: home to seekers, heretics, hustlers, and madmen of many faiths. In this most fractious city, a plot unfolds to bomb the sacred Temple Mount.
      Christopher Lucas, an expatriate American journalist, stumbles upon the plot while investigating religious fanatics. Entangled in the intrigue are a nightclub singer, an unstable Jewish guru, a strung-out Kabbalist seeking the messiah, and a soldier of fortune routinely found at the world's violent clashes. A confrontation in Gaza, a chase through riot-filled streets, a cat-and-mouse game in an underground maze--as Lucas races against time, he uncovers the duplicity and depravity on all sides of Jerusalem's sacred struggle.
      An explosive bestseller, Damascus Gate lays bare the dangers at the fringes of faith.

"A transcendent thriller."--Time

"Brims over with plots, subplots, and an impressive array of incisively drawn characters . . . The range of [Stone's] knowledge is spectacular."--The New Yorker

"Damascus Gate asks enormous questions about cosmic truth--and its effect on those who think they own it--with intensity, intellectual rigor and abiding morality."--San Francisco Chronicle
  

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User Review  - Indy Mitra - Goodreads

hated this book...didnt finish it Read full review

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User Review  - Jash Comstock - Goodreads

This book held my attention well. He does a great job of showing the Palestinian/ Israeli tensions of that area. It wasn't an amazing novel, in my own opinion, but wasn't a waste of time either. The ... Read full review

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About the author (1998)

Robert Stone was born in Brooklyn, New York on August 21, 1937. His parents never married and his father was not part of his life. His mother had schizophrenia and was frequently hospitalized. From the ages of 6 to 10, he lived in an orphanage run by the Marist brothers. In 1954, he dropped out of high school and joined the Navy, where he earned his high school equivalency diploma. In the 1960's, he briefly attended New York University, worked as a copy boy for the New York Daily News, and attended the Wallace Stegner writing workshop at Standford University. His first novel, A Hall of Mirrors, won a William Faulkner Foundation award for best first novel of 1967 and was adapted into a movie entitled WUSA starring Paul Newman. His other books include Children of Light, Outerbridge Reach, Damascus Gate, Bear and His Daughter, Fun with Problems, Bay of Souls, and Death of the Black-Haired Girl. He also wrote a memoir entitled Prime Green: Remembering the Sixties. He won numerous awards including the National Book Award in 1975 for Dog Soldier, which was adapted into a movie entitled Who'll Stop the Rain starring Nick Nolte and Tuesday Weld, and a PEN/Faulkner Award for A Flag for Sunrise. He died of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease on January 10, 2015 at the age of 77.

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