15 thriller masters. 1 masterful thriller.
Former war crimes investigator Harold Middleton possesses a previously unknown score by Frederic Chopin. But he is unaware that, locked within its handwritten notes, lies a secret that now threatens the lives of thousands of Americans. As he races from Poland to America to uncover the mystery of the manuscript, Middleton will be accused of murder, pursued by federal agents, and targeted by assassins. But the greatest threat will come from a shadowy figure out of his past: the man known only as Faust.
The Chopin Manuscript is a unique collaboration by 15 of the world's greatest thriller writers. Jeffery Deaver conceived the characters and set the plot in motion; the other authors each wrote a chapter in turn. Deaver then completed what he started, bringing The Chopin Manuscript to its explosive conclusion.
The Chopin Manuscript was written by:
Jeffery Deaver (Lincoln Rhyme series)
David Hewson (Nic Costa series)
James Grady (Six Days of the Condor)
S. J. Rozan (Bill Smith/Lydia Chin series)
Erica Spindler (Last Known Victim)
John Ramsey Miller (Winter Massey series)
David Corbett (Blood of Paradise)
John Gilstrap (Scott Free)
Joseph Finder (Power Play)
Jim Fusilli (Terry Orr series)
Peter Spiegelman (John March series)
Ralph Pezzullo (Jawbreaker)
Lisa Scottoline (Daddy's Girl)
P.J. Parrish (Louis Kincaid, Joe Frye series)
Lee Child (Jack Reacher series)
© 2007 International Thriller Writers, Inc., Jeffery Deaver, Lee Child, David Hewson, James Grady, S. J. Rozan, Erica Spindler, John Ramsey Miller, David Corbett, John Gilstrap, Joseph Finder, Jim Fusilli, Peter Spiegelman, Ralph Pezzullo, Lisa Scottoline, and P. J. Parrish (P) 2007 Audible, Inc.
"Innovative and unique, The Chopin Manuscript, written by masters in the field of thrillers, is far more than the sum of its parts. Here each author shines, blending individual skill and energy, into a riveting, crackling-paced tapestry of murder, mystery, and mayhem. Not to be missed!" (James Rollins, author of The Judas Strain)
"A GREAT story, written by one GREAT author after another, in one GREAT chapter after another. A stellar achievement of collectivity that blows from the starting gate at 100 mph and never slows down. A thrill-a-page from 15 GREAT thriller masters. Don't miss this one." (Steve Berry, author of The Venetian Betrayal)
Did not keep me on the edge of my seat like I had wanted and anticipated. You can tell it was not the same writer thoughout, different styles, some good some bad, not a good combination. Overall disappointed.
I have to agree with petret99 that this seemed a bit disjointed. Many authors made the story move in unexpected ways. The ending seemed rushed - like a TV show that is at the end of the hour and must be concluded.
This book started out strong. I was captivated immediately, made possible by Deaver who throws a reader right into the story in all of his writing. And the early chapters kept this going. But toward the end the book fell apart. Once Perez was uncovered, it was downhill and never returned to the quality of the beginning. The premise of multiple authors writing one story is fabulous. I don't know how the outline was arranged, but Deaver had a difficult job wrapping it up after the authors immediately prior to the ending left it flat. It's an okay book, but it could have been a great book if the end had held up to the beginning. Still, if you like short espionage stories, it's entertaining. The plot and characters are easy to follow.
The first several chapters all felt like the story was just getting started. The story could have started with any of the first 3 chapters . I do not feel they needed the chapters before them to build the story.
Well developed characters. Each writer trying to outdo the other in plot twists leads to unwilling suspension of disbelief near the end.
I might be able to rate the book higher if it had a better narrator. The story itself is mediocore and narrator amplifies the mediocrity.
Really? 15 authors for one story. I can't believe I wasted my money on a story that continually fights to stay on message.
While a few of the chapters were well written, I believe the concept fails for the exact reason that it was conceived - a group of writers writing one story.
The book just had too many cooks in the kitchen.
I stopped 2/3 of the way through this. There are too many characters and names that appear briefly, disappear, and then reappear later, creating confusion. There was not enough story to justify the effort needed to keep things straight. Maybe this would be OK in print but it is not good in audio.
You can tell this book is written by many authors as it seems to ramble with no central plot. I was disappointed - but it was not the worst book I have purchased!
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