To those who have been forsaken, hell has no geography.
The Black Angel begins with the disappearance of a young prostitute from one of New York City's seamiest neighborhoods. Like so many tormented souls before her, the girl's mother is inevitably drawn to Charlie Parker's doorstep desperate for redemption and revenge. Despite the danger that his chosen profession imposes on his wife and newborn daughter, Parker knows that the woman and her troubles cannot be ignored. As always, he is driven as much by the evil that simmers in the hidden honeycomb world as he is by the ties of friendship and blood.
As Parker gets closer to the girl's captors, he discovers that her disappearance is linked to a church of bones in Eastern Europe, to the slaughter at a French monastery in 1944, and to the myth of an object known as the Black Angel - an object considered by evil men to be beyond priceless. But the Black Angel is not a legend. It is real. It lives. It dreams. And the mystery of its existence may contain the secret of Parker's own origins.
©2005 John Connolly. All rights reserved. (P)2014 Simon & Schuster
I am so glad I didn't read this book. I am also glad that Jeff Hardy is narrating the book. I don't know how much what is in this book is because of research or because John Connolly has a demented imagination. I do know that this book went deeper than the previous book. By the way, one of the books is missing from audible.com. This is a disturbingly good book.
Certainly not one of his better books. Since I bought it, so I wanted to get through it. It took me a couple weeks to get through it.I listened to several parts more than once thinking that I must have missed something. I missed nothing.
my friend gave me this book as a hardback years ago. it came with a music cd. that's why I jumped into it. I never had a book that had come with its own soundtrack before. it was my first Connolly book and I have read every one since then.
now that I've read them all, I will say this one is not my fave but I rarely read books more than once and this is one that I have read 3 times. I think if u like stories with a supernatural element without being all cute like twilight and if u don't mind a couple of detours away from the storyline (it will all circle back around) then this is a fun romp through New England and Europe without the breakneck pace or self importance of the da Vinci code.
it is important to note that while this is not book 1 of the Charlie Parker series and it is helpful to read them in order, it is not absolutely necessary especially in the first five books.
I try to write myself (blogs not books) but as an aspiring writer I can really respect the duality and dimension of the protagonist. he is not a good guy with a vice it aggravating nature. he is more than that. unfortunately, his mate is drawn a bit flat but his complexity is refreshing.
I've been an audible customer forever. there were times I winced when the narrator spoke and times I thought it was ok. I seem to feel differently about performances of books that I have read myself that's why I gave him 4 stars to be fair. I will speak no more on that subject.
if you are still not sure about this book, read White Road.
I thought the book was Christian-based, but it isn't. there is some foul language. It took me a long time to get into the story line. The book was almost over before I got into it.
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