Jack Nightingale found it hard enough to save lives when he was a cop. Now he needs to save a soul – his sister's. But to save her he has to find her and they’ve been separated since birth. When everyone Jack talks to about his sister dies horribly, he realises that someone, or something, is determined to keep them apart. If he's going to save his sister, he's going to have to do what he does best - negotiate. But any negotiation with the forces of darkness comes at a terrible price. And first Jack must ask himself the question: is every soul worth saving?
©2010 Stephen Leather (P)2011 Isis Publishing Ltd
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"This is part 2 of a duo"
This book really doesnt stand on its own. You need to first read Nightfall: A Jack Nightingale Supernatural Thriller if you want to make much sense of the plot. Its an OK story that bowls along, but there are some plot lines that lead nowhere like the 'spell' Jack goes though to prevent himself losing his driving licence. A romp, but I think Stephen Leather has written better books.
"Why didn't Leather just extend the first book?"
Paul Thornley's performance is probably the most redeeming aspect of this audiobook. The book just feels like the author wanted to leave the previous book on a cliffhanger to ensure that readers would be demanding the next book in the series but he didn't really have another storyline and instead just regurgitated the first book again, changing a few details here and there
I found this book very frustrating anyway, the fact that you can almost predict what is going to happen because its just a rehash of the first, but one of the most annoying facts is that regardless what happens none of the characters actually learn anything, instead keep having the same debates, falling for same tricks and and it leaves you just banging your head in frustration, and as for Nightingales complete incomprehension of the UK smoking laws, if I was reading the book one more "Can I smoke in here?" and I would have probably thrown it!
Without Thornley's strong voice acting and captive narration I probably wouldn't have stuck with the book, the story has bored me but at least the voice acting is captivating
A great shame, I will probably leave the series here but I had a lot of hope for it when listening to the first book, having seen a couple of reviews for the third that say that it is more of the same I will probably just call it a day after Midnight
"Enjoyable at first"
The book itself was good to begin with, the last book left on a cliffhanger which made you want to find out what happened next.
As the book developed the the narrator developed an extremely upsetting habit of saying "he said, ?? said, said ?? " in an almost monotone, electronic way as though it had been overlaid after the book's narration had been completed. This became more irritating as the book went on and destroyed the enjoyment of the storyline
The detail of the research comes through and I love the main characters
The number of times the author exalts in the deep drags of cigarettes and blowing the smoke up to sky
The rest of his narration was good but I would listen to a preview before purchasing another of his performances
Like what, check my birth certificate and look for a pentagram ?
gripping story, loved the reader
I have bought all 5 books, and I am on book 4 at min, all are really good
I really enjoy listening to this reader,
Cannot recommend this series highly enough
"Fun but derivative"
I picked this based purely on the sample of the reader's voice. The story is fun, a typical world weary, wise cracking detective in the mould of Chandler or Spenser. Obviously he's a smoker an an ex cop so nothing surprising here. The books, Midnight being the second in the series, quickly draw us into a supernatural world as the protagonist Nightingale, discovers more about his father's satanic past. This all adds a twist to the standard detective noir story.
There are lots of strange happenings, some more believable, plot wise, than others. You start to really feel for Nightingale as his world falls apart and strange deaths occur.
At times he does feel if he channelling John Constantine though, especially his calm and wisecracking dealings with demons.
The high point of the book is the reading by Paul Thornley who delivers the characters with subtlety and made me want to listen to three books in sequence. I'm not sure I'd have persevered if I was reading the books for myself.
My only quibble is his habit of a long pause after 'said' and a stress on the character's name just after. This book has a lot if 'said Nightingale' s in it and this felt awkward when the rest of the reading was so nuanced.
"Good supernatural series"
I have now read and listened to all three books in the Jack Nightingale series and enjoyed them all. They are sometimes scary and sometimes light hearted. A good read
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