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 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...
Eclectic bookworm...I listen to a little bit of everything. Give up after listening to something for 20 minutes and don't like it.
I found this installment of the Matthew Corbett series to be entertaining, but I’ve been starting to note that that the scenarios he finds himself in seem to get more and more unrealistic with each book.
Not that I necessarily minded, but the plot of this book, which entails Matthew, Barry, and Zede being taken to a “castle” on an island in Bermuda, was completely far-fetched. And while the other books had an element of gritty realism, I felt that The Providence Rider was more action mixed with fantasy than action mixed with history.
The combination of the boat trip, the castle, and the exotic setting definitely reminded me of old school James Bond films, and the female characters - Minx, Aria, and “Fancy,” were totally straight out of James Bond. I noted in my review of Mister Slaughter that the series was starting to take on a Harry Potter feel - this time I was reminded of James Bond, Zorro, and Peter Pan.
Despite the lack of realism, McCammon manages to pull the plot off - at least in my opinion. And even though I suspect that none of the books in the rest of the series are going to be as epically good as Speaks the Nightbird, I will definitely be getting books 5 & 6.
make mine tropical
it was by far my least favorite in this series by Robert McCammon. but I love the Matthew Corbett series of books so I'll listen to the next one and hope it is more like the previous in the series.
I've read all the other books in this series and enjoyed them...the first two more than the third. But this one I simply can't get into. I've started and abandoned it 3 times and that's my limit. It's boring, confusing, implausible and just not worth anymore of my time. The narration was fine so that wasn't an issue. I just didn't care about any character in the story.
Keeps you wanting more! okay...that's 4 words, but who cares :)
getting all the clues and putting the pieces together.
My first audio books narrated by Edoardo Ballerini and his voice is wonderful! Going from one character to another and never missing a beat
The wit of the writer is fabulous. He gives you a good chuckle and then throws in some unexpected grossness that keeps you wanting more
All in all the Matthew Corbett novels are awesome! I've finished 6 Robert McCammon books in about a month and about the get the 7th! Keep up the good work!
Excellent book, excellent performance, fabulous and detailed characters! The only thing to keep me from rating this book at 100% is that the material can be disturbing to hear at times. McCammon knows how to write evil and it's twisted, gruesome forms. I cringed a time or two in this read. Otherwise, another excellent work from a master storyteller, start to finish!
Book 4 and I'm not even close to being tired of the predicaments that Matthew Corbett seems to find himself in. This is yet another engrossing novel in the series and it's just as fresh and enjoyable as the first. I am a bit concerned about Matthew's sex life, as he cannot seem to have "experiences" where he is not a captive to the charms of an aggressive female; a notable occurrence on all four books thus far. This was another colorful ride with characters old and new, continuing to weave our favorite characters throughout. What will happen next? One more book awaits!!!
I have read this entire series and really enjoyed this book as well. It's fast paced, exciting, well written, and the narration is exceptional.
However, keep in mind that it requires that the reader suspend a good amount of disbelief. Some of the "coincidences" are laughable, but even so I really enjoyed the story and kept rushing back to listen to see what would happen next. If you read and enjoyed the previous Mathew Corbett books you will probably enjoy this one as well.
Again, I really enjoyed listening to the continuing sagas of Matthew. So well written, so well narrated. The plot was pretty much exciting from beginning to end.
My only concern is that the story is still not done, and the reviews for the book that follow this one are not stellar.
But, this book was a fantastic listen!
"Can't wait for more"
This book is very much the same as all other McCammon's stories: exciting,intelligent,keeping you on the edge,fiery detective work. This one however is so well written that I wasn't able to stop until the story finished.
Great adventure in a good all style, no nonsense only fantastic story. Edoardo Ballerini to me is the most wonderful narrator!
"MacCammon does it again"
I love these books following the exploits of unlikely hero Mathew Corbett. They leave me hanging in anticipation of the next book in the series.
"Matthew Corbett Books 1 to 4"
I have listened to all of the Matthew Corbett books and enjoyed them all. I first came upon Robert McCammon in the late 70's when he wrote his first book Baal and I enjoy his style of writing he really plants you into the brain of the character and even more so in the Corbett books. I started with book one Speaks the Nightbird which is brilliant. All books are standalone and the author does provide enough information in all books so as to not to leave you scratching your head wondering what is going on here. As for Edoardo Ballerini who narrators all four books he really does the business (Well done) . I listened to these books in my car on long journeys and I found myself sitting in the car at the end of the journey waiting for the end of the chapter. I cannot wait for the next one.
"I love these books!!!!!!!"
I guess in that Eduardo has the most beautiful and entrancing narration.
The prose, the story, the characters everything in fact!
The most amazing inflection for each character and his diction seems to be of the time - 1700's. It ipure listening pleasure or is it the quality of the writing? I think both.
Yes! I also did not want it to end, especially as it is the last in the series. Please can we have more of Matthew Corbett?
If you enjoy exquisite use of the English language, fast paced and original storylines with interesting historical details; a rich variety of characters you can see before you; narrated in a voice so sublime your other senses fade into the background, then this series of books are for you. But please see for yourself :-)
"Superb, superb, superb!"
I love the Matthew Corbett series. Great stories, great adventures and all narrated superbly. Highly recommended.
"Matthew Corbett's adventures go beyond"
This great series gets even better and travels to interesting places with Matthew coming into direct contact with his nefarious nemesis, Professor Fell. An exciting adventure with a satisfying resolution (though I am not especially happy with the Berry developments - cliched). Hopefully more, equally enjoyable, stories will continue to be produced.
This is not a starting point for new readers. I would recommend starting with book 2 "Queen of Bedlam" which is very accessible and then, when hooked, give the longer prequel "Speaks the Nightbird" a go.
The Narator is generally very good but his American English pronunciations can be aggravating at times and his regional accents are sometimes a bit wobbly (thus says a well travelled Scotsman).
It was the next installment of the Matthew Corbett books
Everything. The character really comes alive.
Obviously Matthew Corbett
Yes but time constraints do not allow.
I have just loved the whole series of the Matthew Corbett books. I have one left to go which I will listen to soon but am keeping it back as I know once I have listened to it there are no more available yet?
"Matthew can be SOOOOOO infuriating"
By the time you get to the 3rd book you lose all hope with Matthew ... he NEVER confides, NEVER shares, NEVER looks for help! Bottom line, although we're introduced to a plethora of other great characters - it's ALL about HIM and his daft decisions. It reminds me of the old black and white horror films where the woman would wake up to sounds of horror coming from low in the castles dungeons, and then she'd go and look!!! WHY?!?!?
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