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Saints of the Shadow Bible | [Ian Rankin]

Saints of the Shadow Bible

Sunday Times No. 1 bestseller Ian Rankin returns with his gripping new Rebus novel. Unabridged edition featuring a bonus interview with Ian Rankin and James MacPherson. Rebus is back on the force, albeit with a demotion and a chip on his shoulder. A 30-year-old case is being reopened, and Rebus's team from back then is suspected of foul play. With Malcolm Fox as the investigating officer are the past and present about to collide in a shocking and murderous fashion?
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Sunday Times No. 1 bestseller Ian Rankin returns with his gripping new Rebus novel. Unabridged edition featuring a bonus interview with Ian Rankin and James MacPherson.

Rebus is back on the force, albeit with a demotion and a chip on his shoulder. A 30-year-old case is being reopened, and Rebus's team from back then is suspected of foul play. With Malcolm Fox as the investigating officer are the past and present about to collide in a shocking and murderous fashion? And does Rebus have anything to hide?

His colleagues back then called themselves 'the Saints', and swore a bond on something called 'the Shadow Bible'. But times have changed and the crimes of the past may not stay hidden much longer, especially with a referendum on Scottish independence just around the corner.

Who are the saints and who the sinners? And can the one ever become the other?

Features a bonus interview with Ian Rankin and James MacPherson.

Read by James MacPherson. James MacPherson played DCI Jardine in Taggart for sixteen years, and has acted on stage in plays as diverse as The Taming of the Shrew and ART by Yasmina Reza. He has presented a regular books programme for Radio Scotland - for which he has interviewed Ian Rankin. He won a Spoken Word Gold Award for his reading of Strip Jack, a Crimefest Audible UK Sounds of Crime Award for Doors Open and has narrated all the Ian Rankin Rebus books. James lives in Glasgow.

©2013 John Rebus Ltd (P)2013 Orion Publishing Group

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    Howie Calgary, AB, Canada 11-15-13
    Howie Calgary, AB, Canada 11-15-13 Member Since 2007

    History, historical fiction and mysteries are my faves, but a fan of all genres.

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    "Narrator changed everything for me,"

    Couldn't get into it like previous editions.... OK but not great. Preferred previous narrator.

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    Ronny Stavanger, Norway 11-29-13
    Ronny Stavanger, Norway 11-29-13 Member Since 2010
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    "More Rankin and Rebus"
    What made the experience of listening to Saints of the Shadow Bible the most enjoyable?

    The reader is a genuine pleasure to listen to.


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    No. But the plot never does in Rankin's books. These are guilty pleasure reading, and perfect for comfortable listening or reading with a cup of hot chocolate on snowy day.


    Which character – as performed by James MacPherson – was your favorite?

    I don't have a favorite. I just like MacPherson's work.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    No, but that's rarely the case anyways.


    Any additional comments?

    If you like Rankin, and if you like his Rebus novel you can't go wrong with this one. On the other hand this is a terrible, terrible place to start reading Rankin's book.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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  • Jill
    Roermond, Netherlands
    11/10/13
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    "Yes, yes, yes, Rankin right back on top of form!"

    I must admit that 'Standing in another man's grave' was a disappointment to me. It didn't feel like Rankin had found the true voices of his separate characters, Rebus and Fox and I found the mix of them both in the same book an uneasy one. It was good, of course, but I just didn't feel it was the top notch story that us Rebus fans had come to expect. Well, Rankin is back with a vengeance! As I progressed through 'The Saints' the book it just got better and better; great plot and twists and turns, but also the interplay between the main characters was a total pleasure.

    James MacPherson is 'the' voice when it comes to Rankin books as far as I am concerned - great job as always. So, for anyone who, like me, began to wonder if Rankin was slipping, you really need to listen to this one - you won't be disappointed!

    11 of 11 people found this review helpful
  • David
    New Malden, United Kingdom
    12/11/13
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    "Great audio book - well narrated"

    I was looking forward to this book coming out having listed to all of the Ian Rankin series and this latest offering didn't disappoint. Yet again I listened to the audio book last thing at night and whilst getting ready to go to work in the morning. Some books are so enthralling you just want to keep reading and this achieved the audiobook equivalent of just listening to 'one more page'.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Christie
    EdinburghUnited Kingdom
    12/14/13
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    "Another great book by Ian Rankin"

    After Standing in Another Man's Grave, I was a bit uncertain of reading another book co-starring both Rebus and Fox. However Ian Rankin manages to bring together the two characters without seeming to favour one over the other. The dynamics between Rebus and Siobhan Clarke are interesting now that they have reversed roles and she is his superior officer.
    This was another winner for me: the narration was excellent and I enjoyed the bonus interview of Rankin by the narrator James MacPherson

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • James
    Stanford le Hope, United Kingdom
    12/5/13
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    "Fox and Rebus Collide!"
    If you could sum up Saints of the Shadow Bible in three words, what would they be?

    Dark, Funny, Clean


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I have to say my favourite character was Siobhan Clarke, she's now Rebus' boss yet the old relationship is as strong as ever and she gives him all the rope he needs to hang himself. Get the feeling there's going to be a relationship down the line with one of the other characters.


    Have you listened to any of James MacPherson’s other performances? How does this one compare?

    Very well read as usual, and there is a very good interview at the end of the book.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    I don't think I could listen to this in one sitting, but then I haven't yet listened to a book that I could! I listen to it in the car and always looked forward to getting back to the story though.


    Any additional comments?

    Rebus may at last be growing up!! I don't want to spoil it for anyone but there could be some great new stories come out of his latest "friendship" and he appears to be cutting back on the drink too. Can't wait for the next book

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Andrew
    Paisley, United Kingdom
    12/2/13
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    "Another cracker"

    Thoroughly enjoyed the storyline of this, the latest rebus book. Very well narrated again and fantastic interaction between the characters.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Catherine
    newark, United Kingdom
    12/1/13
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    "Rankin returns to top form"
    If you could sum up Saints of the Shadow Bible in three words, what would they be?

    Compelling, thrilling, witty


    What did you like best about this story?

    I like how rebus has been repositioned in an awkward, unstable, position, keen to fight for his worth in the police and at the same time... ever disillusioned. Drawn back to the detective role... long after he knew better...


    Which character – as performed by James MacPherson – was your favourite?

    James Fox is more sympathetic in this story than previous, but his acquiescence into a 'friendship' with Rebus - the enemy - is too swift, too convenient.. the mutual respect too easily given. This is necessary for the plot, but for fans... a bit twee


    If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    The past does not lie still...


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Conrad Toft
    Brussels, Belgium
    12/1/13
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    "New classic Rebus"

    Malcolm Fox and John Rebus working together, after a fashion. A good mix of old and new policing with the usual Rebus mix of the two. The narration is excellent with a good distinction between Rebus and Fox. However, I would recommend that if you haven't already read both the previous Rebus stories and the Fox ones then it would be worth doing to get the full enjoyment from the book.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Paul D
    Halland, United Kingdom
    12/1/13
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    "It does what it says on the can"
    If you could sum up Saints of the Shadow Bible in three words, what would they be?

    Typical Rankin Rebus


    What did you like best about this story?

    Just a story, well crafted and interesting.


    What does James MacPherson bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

    He is Rebus! James who?


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Gripping throughout. Sympathy with the character, Rebus, is as strong as ever and we are behind him ever step of the way. The crime and it solution is almost incidental, interesting though it is. I could and did listen to this on its own.


    Any additional comments?

    Rankin is always worth listening to. Rebus is always worth listening about. Two out of two is good. Ain't nuthin thought provoking but great entertainment, good characterization, fine pace and . . . . .a really good listen.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Andrew G. Robson
    Edinburgh
    12/1/13
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    "Another masterpiece"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    This is an excellent story and expertly narrated by James MacPherson.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Saints of the Shadow Bible is a well written novel. Ian Rankin has had the good fortune to have John Rebus reinstated into the Lothian and Borders Police, but now as a DS, with his former DS, Siobhan Clark promoted to DI and therefore his boss. This provides a distinct twist to their working relationship.


    What does James MacPherson bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

    James MacPherson is an excellent narrator. His ability to characterise the main players is spot on - his extensive previous extensive experience with the characters allows for a consistency of voice that you don't get when different books in a series are narrated by different performers.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    I would have loved to have listened to this book without stopping. I managed to finish it in two days. The story moves well and makes you want to keep listening.


    Any additional comments?

    Another excellent addition to the Rebus canon. I know he is approaching retirement Mr Rankin, but please give us at least one more!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Jana Mikova
    London, England
    12/1/13
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    "Another classic Rebus"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, to all who love Rebus but also to fans of Malcolm Fox!!


    What did you like best about this story?

    Return if Rebus as we know him, the interesting dynamics between past and present and the development of Fox's character.


    Which character – as performed by James MacPherson – was your favourite?

    John of course


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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