This is the second book in the Matthew Corbett series and it was perhaps not quite as powerful as the first, but in no way a let down. I haven't been so impressed with an author in a very long time and now I'm equally impressed with Mr Ballerini for bringing Matthew and all the characters in the series to such bold and colorful life. I look forward to the next books as well.
Very near the top. Speaks the Nightbird (book 1) was a great lauchpad for this follow-on novel. Excellent character development, highly creative plot, dovetailed ending (all threads come together). Very highly recommended.
The performance by Eduardo Ballerini made the story truly come alive. He creates unique, believable voice characterizations that create the mood, ambiance, and fabric on which the story is superbly overlayed by Robert McCammon.
Absolutely. I'm a bit disappointed that each novel in the series is shorter than its predecessor, but that's ok, as long as the series continues.
Please keep writing these stories with the same attention to detail that evokes a feeling in the reader of being present with the characters in the story.
Yes, the story is entertaining, the audio is well done and the information regarding the time setting is educational.
The unfolding of the story and characters. The "hero" is a regular guy would uses logic and information to advance the story.
When the drunken lawyer tells his tale of woe and revenge.
A case of revenge and a woman in hiding.
I hear voices. But maybe that's because there's always an Audible book in my ear.
The second book of the series isn't quite what the first one was, but this is certainly worth a listen. If nothing else, Edoardo Ballerini's narration makes it all worthwhile.
The storyline in this book, as with "Speaks the Nightbird," has some dark and grisly details. (No more than "Devil in the White City," but gruesome nonetheless.) I try to ignore it just so I can spend some time in NYC in the early 18th century.
McCammon throws things in every now and again to make you chuckle. This isn't flawless historical fiction and he lets you know he's in on the joke. One thing I do appreciate about McCammon's writing is that he always ties up the ending and takes time doing it. This book, like the first, feels complete and unhurried.
I think the picture of the time and place were perfect. And the mystery or mysteries were intriguing. The characters were Dickensian and memorable, especially the rat catcher. The book was made to be read.
I enjoyed this novel. The historical depiction of the time is very well done. The character's growth and development is well developed also. The story is well thought out and has a lot of surprises continually being weaved in and out throughout. Though I must say that one thing about the story that annoyed me in Books 1&2, is that the character can be a little whiny at times when being taught/shown things for his own good, and not really realize the value of the lessons afforded him. And that he allows himself to be put in dangerous/stupid situations without giving them much thought or caution beforehand. Although I enjoyed this novel, I must say my favorite book in this series so far is still Book 1. Everything tied in nicely at the end. Moving onto Book 3 in this series.
Eclectic bookworm...I listen to a little bit of everything. Give up after listening to something for 20 minutes and don't like it.
After being blown away by Speaks the Nightbird, the first book in this series, I have to say that I was kind of underimpressed with this one. It started off vey slow, and only until halfway through the book did it start to gain intrigue and momentum for me. The characters - such as Hudson Greathouse, Berry, and Mrs. Herald - seemed to more stereotypical, stock figures, not as nuanced and unique as the ones in Speaks the Nightbird.
I also found that Matthew seemed to be a lot more full of himself in this volume, treating people who are his elders and superiors with a total lack of deference at times.
That being said, I think the mystery all tied together well in the end and I found the climax to be both unexpected and poignant.
I love the series so far for the historical detail, some of which is quite gritty, and for the ingenuity of the plots and subplots. Not to mention the fact that Edoardo Ballerini may be the best narrator ever.
I'm planning on using my credits next month towards the next two in the series.
A thoroughly enjoyable book from start to finish. I think about the incredible amount of research that went into making this historical thriller. McCammon paints a believable picture of America in 1702. The protagonist Matthew
Corbett goes from one adventure to another as he solves impossible problems. Ballerini is a fantastic narrator with a delightful British and I guess early American accent. Anyway, the narration and the story is excellent. Glad I stumbled onto this author and this book
I can't get enough of this series! Matthew Corbett (sp?) is a great character, the narrator was born for this reading, and the story lines keep you guessing until the end. Love!!