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.
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This is a good book and in many ways an excellent continuation of the series. I'd rank it about 7th or so of the books I've heard. The narration is good, the flow is good, there are, however, some annoying plot issues -- why on earth does Matthew foist off Berry? What, she can't be a competent Harper employee? They can't be a team? The sacrificial love bit is a drawback in the series. The Napoleon of crime is also a bit too reminiscent of Moriarty.
the blowing up of the fort.
Mathew is the main character and very empathetic, but I actually like Berry.
Fine art photographer, retired English professor, dog mom to an adorable Maltese mix, long-time Californian, genealogist, what else?
I. love. these. books. I've never had much interest in the Colonial period as history, but McCammon really makes it come to life. I have a crush on Matthew Corbett (until his scene with Berry at the end of the book!), who's really a wonderful, complex character. The novels veer a little bit toward the supernatural at times, but that's okay with me. The cast of characters McCammon creates is also filled with interesting, frightening, and funny people. And Edoardo Ballerini -- another crush. He's fabulous.
Matthew keeps growing with
Every novel and hasn't BEGUN to peak. The stage is set here for his greatest yet.
McCammon has created a
Series to rival the greatest detectives of the past.
Love my family....along with guitars, cameras, and a good book!
I love these books! This is another great installment in the series, and it is still as fresh as the first one. The Matthew Corbett character is such a great one. Very well crafted characters in this series, and The Providence Rider is no different. I loved being introduced to Professor Fell finally, after all of the talk about him in the preceding books, and the idea behind the story line of this book is so great.
Edoardo Ballerini is a masterful narrator. I think one of the reasons that I like these books so much is due to his narration. Can't wait to listen to the 5th book!
I started reading Robert McCammon when I was a teenager more than 20 years ago. I fell in love with Boy's life then and now am a huge fan of the Matthew Corbett series. I love the historical detail and can't stop once I start one! Can't wait to read the next one and just want them to be longer! Great narration also.
The perfect match between the narrator and the language. I just love the listen to the cadence.
Yes since I loved the first three but I am getting frustrated by the growing implausibility of the situation, the historical inconsistencies and throughly irritated by the author not advancing the story line in several of the sub-plots through the series. At times the same conversation is repeated. And how many times can Mr. Corbett be taken advantage of sexually? How many times can Corbett be concussed and damaged but has the endurance to go on for endless hours without sleep? I'm actually quite disappointed in Greathouse. He started off as a great character with tons of experience. Instead of being a mentor to Corbett, he's turning into quite the buffoon.
Though it was gross, I like the visual of the giant octopus in the bottom of the castle.
Catherine Herrald...she's a strong character and highly underused.
The setting of the story in is some Atlantic island that is prone to major earthquakes. But also has 60 foot cliffs and dense topical forests and swamps with snakes and no coral reefs nor volcanic soil. I'm just not sure where that would be. And lastly, going down a dark staircase with the villain at the bottom and the castle about to collapse around you, is just as stupid as when those old victorian heroines went down them.
I can listen to these over and over again. Cleverly written. Brilliantly performed. I hope HBO gets hold of them and makes a series! I think Benedict cumberbatch would make the perfect Matthew!
Another really interesting visit to the 18th century with Matthew Corbett. How anyone can make the 18th century feel so "here and now" is beyond me, but Robert McCammon has done it again with this tale. All the old favorite characters are here, in company with some truly slimy villains, some new and some previously visited. Yet, the book stands quite well as a stand-alone read. I strongly recommend it, both for McCammon's existing fans and for those who haven't yet discovered his works.
This is the 4th installment of the Matthew Corbett series and possibly my favorite. We finally get to meet Professor Fell and get to learn a little about his background and why he took the "evil" path. The author, McCammon, is so brilliant that he has you briefly emphasize with the Emperor of Doom. I also loved the dynamic of the new characters!
As always Edoardo Ballerini does an awesome job!
My only complaint, if I can even call it that, is there isn't a conclusion to the Professor Fell saga. You're still left with questions at the end, and excited to see what happens next.
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