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.
Another great one in this awesome series! Suspenseful, intriguing, leave you guessing until the end, great piece of writing. Yes, I'd definitely recommend this book, this writer, this narrator, and 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.
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.
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