Robert Stone receives critical acclaim for the philosophical layers of his writing as well as the intensity of his multidimensional characters. Setting this deeply provocative, best-selling novel in modern day Jerusalem, Stone puts a disillusioned American journalist adrift in the supercharged atmosphere at the end of the millennium. Christopher Lucas, unsure of his own beliefs, is wandering through Jerusalem, working on an article about religious mania. When he meets Sonia Barnes, dusky nightclub singer, devoted Sufi and mystic, he is entranced. As Sonia helps Lucas meet some of the visionaries and gurus who fill the city, the two suddenly find that they have become pawns in a fanatical bombing plot. Its target is no less than the Temple Mount, the ancient city's holiest site. Through visions ranging from Armageddon to Paradise, Damascus Gate captures the whirlwinds of spiritual fervor that swirl through Jerusalem. George Guidall's narration adds dramatic shadings to the physical and psychological landscapes Lucas traverses in this crossroad of nations.
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"Narrator George Guidall must have had a lot of fun reading this book. It shows in his flawless pacing, his superb accents and his ability to relate Stone's multilayered story in a fascinating way. Guidall reads with his usual robust voice and inhabits his Israeli, Arab and American characters by using wonderful accents and inflections. Foolish characters sound foolish, skeptics sound skeptical, millenarians sound, well, millenarian. And at every turn Guidall is having fun, fun, fun. The story is right out of today's headlines: Militants will blow up a coveted shrine, and it's up to Chris Lucas, an American in Jerusalem writing about religious fanatics, to unravel the plot. This is truly a feast for the ears and mind. R.I.G. (c)AudioFile, Portland, Maine"
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