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 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.
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?
I really enjoy the fact that the series is starting to progress and that we finally get a different setting than just the colonies.
Edoardo Ballerini never disappoints - another top notch performance.
No, I just don't do that.
Matthew pulling off his grand stunt.
Minx Cutter-How cool of a girl is she?!
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