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.
Love the series. Characters are real and fully embodied. Villains are bad and heroes are people faced with hard choices. Story line is not repetitive. This book is no exception.
I believe, HOWEVER, that language is everything. The books are set in the late 1600s and early 1700s. What began for me as a bit eccentric became very irritating. Many of the idioms for example, did not exist at this time. Surely, there is a happy medium between using the antiquated language of the Bronte sisters, to the extreme modern expressions like “are you an item?” or “are you together?” and many others I can no longer remember.
And there are modern conveniences that were not available at the time – like “chocolate chips”, baking soda for toothpaste or a tooth powder flavored with peppermint. Although there were cultures using various things as dentifrice from ancient times, it was not widespread in England, nor in the colonies until the late 18th century -- certainly not in 1702. This lack of dental hygiene was notorious in this period and many people were toothless.
While I understand it is impossible to research absolutely everything for an historical novel, it is nice when a writer tries to think outside our modern world box.
Please write another Matthew Corbett problem solving book ASAP, Robert. That is all.
Matthew Corbett has a charmed and random life, not unlike Sherlock Holmes as played by Robert Downey Jr.
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!
Edoardo Ballerini continues to bring McCammon's words to life. McCammon, of course, never fails to paint a rich, vivid picture with his descriptions, but in the hands of the wrong narrator the words would lose some of their raw magnificence.
Another reviewer stated that Berry behaves like a silly, shallow, empty headed little girl in this book, and while she is very willful and obstinant (and certainly caused Matthew no end of problems), I think she behaves as any 18 year old girl in love would.
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 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 loved this whole series by this author. Also the narrator was amazing. I could visualise all the characters and even bought more books with this narrator. He did an excellent job. I will look forward to more from this series.. I LOVED IT
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...
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...
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