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The Tower by Richard Martin Stern
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This is the incredible suspense novel that inspired the famous movie The Towering Inferno staring Paul Newman, Steve McQueen, Faye Dunaway and William Holden. The World Communications Center is a glittering skyscraper that is fatally flawed in its design, compromised through dubious means. On opening night the building s systems fail spectacularly and the structure descends into violence and chaos, trapping the VIP guests of a gala opening celebration. It is up to the assembled governors and mayors, millionaires, government officials and ambassadors to find common cause if they are ever to survive the tower. Master storyteller Richard Martin Stern has crafted a six-hour thrill ride that leaves adrenal glands empty and jaws unhinged The Tower is a suspense classic that is not easily forgotten."… (more)



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This book begins in a rather boring way, with uninteresting dialogue by equally uninteresting characters. But little by little, much the way a fire starts slowly, it builds to an exciting and exploding crescendo. Nat, architect, is upset to discover that some of the features of his super tall skyscraper had been cheapened, something that could likely become a safety issue, and that someone had signed his name to the changes. But even while he is tracking down the guilty party, another person has begun his own plan of sabotage against the building. It takes a few chapters before this novel gets gripping, but once it does, it becomes a page turner. The author could have used a bit more imagination in naming his characters. There are too many with closely similar first names, and two even share the same first name. He also tends to sometimes refer to them by their names, sometimes by their nicknames, and sometimes by their job description. A more consistent treatment would have made keeping track of the many characters much easier. But he does a good job of developing the characters and their personalities, both with the heroic good guys and the bad scoundrels. I wish he had taken more time with the ending; it is rather abrupt. But still, the last chapter before the epilogue is chilling in its content. ( )
  Maydacat | Oct 12, 2019 |
This novel is the basis for the disaster movie "The Towering Inferno". It's about a glossy new 125-storey skyscraper in which a bomb is set off during the opening ceremonies, trapping VIPs at the top and causing mayhem to break out. I never actually got to the mayhem, because the first 60 or so pages were taken up with the discovery that somebody forged change authorizations and everyone in the world had to debate what this could mean. There was also a totally gratuitous plotline involving two cheating couples that were essentially spouse-swapping (they just didn't know it). It was taking far too long to get to the actual important part of the story, and the dialogue was grating on my ears, so I abandoned it. ( )
  rabbitprincess | Oct 8, 2016 |
Story about a sabotaged tower block in New York in the seventies. Fun to read, not least for the insights into life at that time. ( )
  lizbedford27 | Jan 3, 2009 |
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