Complicated plot, good characters. The Walker encounter was great but too short.
Not to be mistaken I must first say that I consider Robert McCammon to be one the of finest writers I know. His style is wonderful, his build up of his characters is outstanding and his stories are complicated and well thought out.
I enjoyed the first two books detailing Matthew Corbett's adventures despite the occasional irritation at his mistakes and weakness. However, this one, Mister Slaughter, finally revealed the bumbling, idiotic and whiney detective who can not even fend off a woman and who was single handedly responsible for more deaths and destruction that many real world serial killers. In fact, I wonder if he really is a serial killer as his moves seem to be more designed to bring about more death than deter them. I can only assume that some critic convinced Mr McCammon to put a bit more violence into his stories or perhaps he wanted to mirror George RR Martin's addiction to killing off the most likeable characters in a book and instead let his book down.
In this series for sure I have been turned off but not the genre. I wont be buying the next in the series should there be one but I will most certainly enjoy reading other of Robert McCammon's writing.
I have not heard anything by him before but Edoardo Ballerini is an outstanding narrator and I will certainly look for more from him.
I don't often write reviews preferring to leave that to others who are much better writers than I. Only when I have been moved to warn others do I tend to say anything and this is one of those times. Obviously I am not in the majority reading the reviews but perhaps that is because some reader simply turned off the book and went onto something more appealing and so didn't write their reviews.
I am only sorry about one thing:
That I couldn't listen to it all at once. I listened every day, at work, all day long, then while driving home. Great Story & characters!!
I am using every spare credit to get every book in this series. The third installment of Matthew Corbett's "adventures" leads us to another creepy, brutal and bizarre cast of characters; where evil is REALLY evil. The 1700's time period is again captured in all reality where a rain storm can mean so much more on a muddy pathway, justice and revenge intermingle, and survival depends on keen instinct and a lot of luck. Matthew's character is consistent, lovable and you are drawn into his life completely. I found myself wanting to shout at him.."don't do that!" or "look out behind you!" More of a "how could you do that" than a "whodunit", this book delivers as much as the previous volumes in this series. I do not want it to end!
I am totally hooked on the Matthew Corbett series. Each book continues to thrillingly engage me in the action and intrigue, and, somehow, McCammon increases this with each tale. I feel like I have to take little relaxation breaks to "rest" between listens. I can drive for hours without fear of feeling drowsy because I get so involved in anxious anticipation of what will befall Matthew and his various companions in each chapter. The characters are well-developed, and the reader, Edoardo Ballerini, conveys this very effectively in his delivery. This book had many surprises. I am downloading Book Four as soon as I post this review. I must say, I get get more grocery shopping, watering, housecleaning, and driving done in order to extend listening time!
Fine art photographer, retired English professor, dog mom to an adorable Maltese mix, long-time Californian, genealogist, what else?
I've become a huge fan of this series, especially in audiobook form. I've never been that into American history, but what McCammon does with the Colonial period is absolutely fascinating. The story is good -- somewhat different from the first two, in that it's not really a mystery -- but it certainly kept my attention. Highly recommended (and yes, it's violent, moreso than the first two).
I am an avid fan of audio books!
Good book. More violence then the first two books. The narrator is terrific.
The writing isn't as detailed as the previous two books. The in depth look into life in the early 1700s was missing and weakens the writing some. It's still a worthy listen if you like the first two books.
Do not listen to this one if you have not listened to the first two. The author writes with the assumption that you have.
I just achieved App Master!! I never thought I would make it this far!! Thanks Audible
In book three Matthew Corbett has a tough road ahead. Matthew and Greathouse has a easy job of taking a man known as Mr Slaughter to meet his maker but one thing for sure Slaughter has different plans.Slaughter comes up with a plan to make both men from the Herald Agency rich beyond there wildest dreams and the only thing he wants in return is his freedom.Matthew of course wants nothing to do with this plan but his partner Greathouse needs the money to free Zed the third man they would like to hire to the agency.The only problem is Zed is a slave and Matthew already has the money to free ten slaves unbeknownst to Greathouse. With greed in Matthews mind they go down the long black road with Slaughter and they find out how dangerous Mr Slaughter is.With everyday and every turn Matthew Corbett is growing into a detective to be reckoned with and when his back is against the wall Matthew is at his best. The great thing about this book is the punches keep coming from every direction. Must read