The Providence Rider is the fourth installment in the extraordinary series of historical thrillers featuring Matthew Corbett, professional problem solver. The narrative begins in the winter of 1703, with Matthew still haunted by his lethal encounter with notorious mass murderer Tyranthus Slaughter. When an unexplained series of explosions rocks his Manhattan neighborhood, Matthew finds himself forced to confront a new and unexpected problem. Someone is trying - and trying very hard - to get his attention. That someone is a shadowy figure from out of Matthew's past: the elusive Dr. Fell.
The doctor, it turns out, has a problem of his own, one that requires the exclusive services of Matthew Corbett.The ensuing narrative moves swiftly and gracefully from the emerging metropolis of New York City to Pendulum Island in the remote Bermudas. In the course of his journey, Matthew encounters a truly Dickensian assortment of memorable, often grotesque, antagonists. These include Sirki, the giant, deceptively soft-spoken East Indian killer, Dr. Jonathan Gentry, an expert in exotic potions with a substance abuse problem of his own, the beautiful but murderous Aria Chillany, and, of course, the master manipulator and "Emperor of Crime" on two continents, Dr. Fell himself. The result is both an exquisitely constructed novel of suspense and a meticulous recreation of a bygone era.
Filled with danger, narrative surprises, and an almost tangible sense of place, The Providence Rider is historical fiction at its finest and most developed. It is the novel that McCammon's many devoted readers have been waiting for. They will not be disappointed.
©2012 Robert McCammon (P)2012 Audible, Inc.
I did not learn to read until I was in my twenties. Have not stopped since. The two most important things to learn are reading & chess.
This has been an excellent series and I am in hopes that McCammon is working on book 5 and Audible will have it on the market soon. There are several lose ends that need to be addressed. With McCammon's books I can never predict what is going to happen. McCammon's writing style keeps the reader totally engrossed and surprised.
I do believe Matthew Corbett has been through enough violence. He should have a rest from extreme physical activity in the up coming episodes or he will not be in shape to function by the time he reaches 30 years old. He must have enough scares from his past encounters he might consider getting tattoos to disguise them.
I have to admit that I've been forcing myself to listen and today I gave up. (I listen to these books for fun after all - and said in my previous reviews I didn't think the quality was holding up.) This time, I found the characterization of Berry to be far more stupid than she ever was in the previous books and flatly unbelievable. (Why would she follow Matthew and demand to know what he is doing, multiple times, for no plausible reason whatsoever? Stupid.)
Also, the narrator's portrayal of Sirki in this book is awful, just awful. Sounds like a half wit.
I give up on the series. Moving on...
Did McCammon get tired of writing somewhere between the third and fourth novels in this series? Sings the Nightbird was fantastic. The Queen of Bedlam was good. Mister Slaughter was okay. The Providence Rider was marginal. It had its moments, but it doesn't stand up well to the standard set in Sings the Nightbird. Nonetheless, I will probably continue with Matthew Corbett if/when the next installment is available.
Five stars for Edoardo Ballerini's performance. Such a voice!
I hope not. I love Matthew Corbett and the people around him. This part is over, he has discovered the Professor but Matthew Corbett is still in his early 20ies, I enjoyed this series so much I am watching for another book.
I admit I'm a Smut Glutton, I prefer Male Narrators, Sexy Book Covers get me and I'm 32 years Happily Married.
ALL OF THEM!!! Edoardo Ballerini is amazing as a narrator. "Performed" is an understatement. There are A LOT of characters in this series and Mr Ballerini has a unique voice for everyone of them. It is worth your credit to see his voice...not hear it but see it because that is what he does with his narration, he creates a vision of the words written. It was because of his narration of "Beautiful Ruins" by Jess Walter, that I searched other books by him and came across this series. Now that I've finished these, I'm on to searching some of his other works as I know my credits won't be wasted. He could make a phone book come to life!
Just finished this, the last of the series offered to date and while the stories were VERY enjoyable AND I love to get my credit's worth from a lengthy book, I would not have purchased the 2nd, 3rd or 4th book had they been as long as the 1st (30 hrs!). At times, even the shorter books seemed to drag on. Matthew Corbett ages gradually through the series both physically and mentally and it is a refreshing and somewhat realistic approach to have him fumble along the way...
Really enjoy this series and can't imagine actually reading, as opposed to listening to this series. Mr. Ballerini is FANTASTIC with his narration.
Matthew....get your act together where Berry is concerned...she can handle it!!
Thank you Audible. I would have never found Matthew Corbett's stories without you. McCammon writing is exceptional, and Ballerini's narration is just spot on. I'm so glad I found McCammon novels and will continue reading other works.
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Thanks to Audible for making these available!
Absolutely one of the best historical fiction series I've read. Each installment is new, fresh, and still completely engaging! This is the 4th in the series, and another is coming out soon. My only issue is they keep getting shorter (the first was around 30 hours, and the next one is around 8. I hope I'm wrong, but I'm thinking it may be the closing novel for this series, and how I will miss listening to the adventures of Matthew Corbett, "professional problem solver.'
The right narrator can make listening to books much more enjoyable than reading- and in this instance it is as if Edoardo Ballerini was destined to read this series. He IS Matthew Corbett, and I never get tired of that velvet voice!
In this novel Matthew meets the evil Professor Fell, in a way that wasn't what I expected. There are also some new characters introduced that I think will carry over into the 5th novel-- perhaps a female "professional problem solver" to work with? We will have to wait and see.
If you have not listened to the series, I think you must start with the first one and listen to each - in order - for the full enjoyment of Mr. Corbett and his world.
Three words? It would be an injustice to Matthew. Faster paced and larger in scope than the previous books in the series yet with the same great attention to detail, wonderful writing and great characters. I must admit I skipped the Mister Slaughter book because of the reviews regarding excessive violence, but now wish I had not. I have been a fan of Robert McCammon for years and was dubious that he could take such a sweeping turn of direction so well...but he did.
Only to his previous ones in the series and certainly not to the author's previous books.
I listen to many audio books and enjoy many good narrators and yet some of even the best bother me with their voices for the opposite sex. Ballerini does not try to be very feminine for the female voices and yet they are completely believable. Perhaps because he is not trying too hard?
Yes, to the detriment of many chores that were supposed to be done and were not because i could not push the Stop button on my player.
Book 10 anyone?
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