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)
I think the idea to have bunch of authors work together for a thriller is a good one. The trouble is, they have to work in a coordinated way. This novel starts very nicely, but a lot of the plots and figures that seem to be important at the very beginning were destroyed unexpected in the middle (e.g., the FBI agent) and the ending seems just too artificial.
Why are so many good books read with such a thick foreign or regional accent? I find it impossible to listen to. What is it supposed to add, "couleur locale"?
I admit I did not listen to the sample before buying...
Carla van de Schoot
When I read the first chapter I thought it might be promising, with so many good authors I was interested to see the result of their combined work. As I listened, each chapter sounded more like an essay from high school student’s standardized test; like "read this chapter and continue the story." The plot was totally lost as each author, instead of working together to weave a complex story, took the characters and went their own way. This is more a collection of one chapter short stories than a whole book. If you want to listen to a story like this, I have a few homework assignments I could read to you, save your money!
I'm not sure why, but something about this title and synopsis intrigued me. Once I was into chapter 3, however, I suddenly remembered that I don't even LIKE thrillers! This one did little to convince me otherwise . . . the various authors reminded me of an 8th grade writing activity I might have assignmed my students a few years ago: unfortunately, the results were quite similar in style and quality.
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