All Cry Chaos, a debut thriller by the immensely gifted Leonard Rosen, is a masterful and gripping tale that literally reaches for the heavens.
The action begins when mathematician James Fenster is assassinated on the eve of a long-scheduled speech at a World Trade Organization meeting. The hit is as elegant as it is bizarre. Fenster’s Amsterdam hotel room is incinerated, yet the rest of the building remains intact. The murder trail leads veteran Interpol agent Henri Poincaré on a high-stakes, world-crossing quest for answers.
Together with his chain-smoking, bon vivant colleague, Serge Laurent, Poincaré pursues a long list of suspects: the Peruvian leader of the Indigenous Liberation Front, Rapture-crazed militants, a hedge-fund director, Fenster’s elusive ex-fiancée, and a graduate student in mathematics. Poincaré begins to make progress in America, but there is a prodigious hatred trained on him—some unfinished business from a terrifying former genocide case—and he is called back to Europe to face the unfathomable. Stripped down and in despair, tested like Job, he realizes the two cases might be connected—and he might be the link.
This first installment in the Henri Poincaré series marries sharp, smart mystery to deep religious themes that will keep both agnostics and believers turning pages until the shattering, revelatory end. Anyone who enjoys the work of John le Carré, Scott Turow, Dan Brown, and Stieg Larsson will relish Rosen’s storytelling and his resourceful, haunted protagonist. Others will appreciate his dazzling prose. Still others, the way he bends the thriller form in unconventional ways toward a higher cause, in the vein of Henning Mankell in The Man from Beijing. In short, All Cry Chaos promises to become a critical success that garners a broad readership throughout the nation and across the globe.
©2011 Leonard Rosen (P)2011 Blackstone Audio, Inc.
“Only the very best of writers can weave a compelling story from a maze of complicated ideas, and with this deftly crafted novel, Len Rosen has proven himself to be one of them.” (Arthur Golden, New York Times best-selling author of Memoirs of a Geisha)
I enjoyed listening to the book as the reader used well intentioned expression in his voice. He had excellent pronunciation of the French names and he understood the meaning of the book well.
The explosion in the hospital and the lead character's inability to change the outcome. It was both touching and well developed. The lead character was a complex, intelligent man who was both conventional and unconventional in his approach to sorting out this very personal situation.
I always like starting a new series and getting to know new characters. I figured out everything pretty much halfway through and then had to listen through the 2nd half to determine I was correct. I was a bit disappointed that it was predictable and some things tied up so neatly. I was also disappointed about ***SPOILER ALERT*** things which happened with Poincare's family. I thought the mystery would have been fine without that distraction.
I didn't finish listening to All Cry Chaos because, although Grover Gardener is a fine narrator, he's the wrong narrator for this book. Or the book is wrong for him. Or both.
This is an international mystery set all over the world. The protagonist is French. There are a few reasonable accents in the piece -- a nice moderate Italian accent for the sidekick -- but the protagonist sounds as if he's from Illinois. The phrasing is suited to a french-speaking character, and sounds stilted without the proper cadence. I just couldn't get past it to enjoy the story.
I found this story and presentation griping and it has become one of my favorite novels. I recommend All Cry Chaos to anyone with an ear for a great book.
The ending was a pleasant surprise. The afterword took care of all loose ends.
The fullness and depth of the characters, each were truly unique, not just shades of the main character.
So real, the decisions we all have to make and the consequences we must pay whether good or bad. Doing what we believe is right and knowing the price is too high, and living with it.
This book and characters are fictional, I love these kind of books. Purely entertaining. This was so much more!!! I cried I couldn't believe it. I never cry, but it was not for what happened it was for the choice he had to make. Magically and thunderously it was real. NEVER has happened before. Not real sure I want it to happen again. Yeah I do.
Whenever I rate a book I usually rate it high than most because it takes courage to write and I respect the effort. Then once in a blue moon you listen or read one like this, how do you rate it?
Behind a complex plot are tragic themes. It is a sad story on many levels, too sad in my opinion for listening, easier to read where the medium is less immediate.
Grover Gardner is an outstanding narrator. I have yet to get a bad read by him.
With Lotsa Love from gaz regn
I'm afraid that I couldn't stand the narrator's voice on this recording, and I gave up on the whole book after just a couple of chapters. He was completely monotone. Add to that the fact that this is another of those books filled with macho, cynical secret agents who seem to think that putting down other people is funny, and for me, this is a complete dud.
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