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)
This just doesn't work. The story is so disjointed and incoherent it's difficult to enjoy. I couldn't connect with the characters or be convinced of the plot. I suffered through the entire book and there are one or two good chapters, but on the whole I wished I hadn't spent my time nor credits on it. I will now be suspect of any Audie Award Winners.
I appreciate a well-told story. Although the multiple authors certainly make for an unpredictable ride, the disjointed feeling at every chapter's ending kept me from enjoying the story. However, there are few books with the ridiculous plot twists that such a collaboration provides.
The Chopin Manuscript is a decent novel with many unexpected twists and turns. It is definately worth the time it to listen to it. With that being said, this book had 15 different authors while each tried to add their own special mark on the final product. It is very easy to miss a key point that is very important later in the book. Also, I noticed that some events such as a character being killed has no bearing on the final story. You are sort of left wondering "why did they do that?"
Overall, I'm glad I purchased and listened to the novel. It's not great but it is good.
I was excited to read this, it sounded like such a thrilling idea. But unfortunatly it was pretty obvious when the authors changed and on one occasion it appeared that the current author hadden't bothered to read what had preceeded his part. There were a couple of threads that didn't continue so there was a feeling of incompleteness and you were left wondering what happened.
All in all I give it a 2 out of 5. Not bad but not at the top of my list.
If you're not a writer, or are a hard-core thriller reader, this book will probably seem mediocre at best. As each chapter was done by a different author, the story changes direction with each change in scene -- sometimes jarringly so. Characters, locales, and threads are lovingly introduced and coddled by one author, only to be forgotten or killed off by another author in the chain. This leads to a noticeably disjoint story that is too amused with itself to bother entertaining the reader.
Writers will get more out of this book, primarily as a lesson in how NOT to write a cohesive story. This book is audible proof that you might be an astounding writer with a mastery of language, but you have nothing if you can't bring everything together into one good narrative.
Only slightly behind that lesson is another: as a writer you have to check your ego at the door. This book reeks of testosterone-fueled power trips, and not by the characters. You might think that this would be a sore spot to the authors, but they are all but proud of this fact during the interviews presented after the book.
In the end, as a free download this audiobook is worth every penny. However, as entertainment it falls short.
I am an avid reader of excellent contemporary fiction but now that audio books have become a huge industry, the readers aren't as good.
a hodge podge, very annoying
I really expected much more from such an impressive list of authors. It did not flow well. The beginning grabbed my attention and then it was downhill from there. It dragged on in parts despite all the twists and was rather contrived and predictable. There was little character development. The end came in a rush and was very disappionting.
Well, this authors,before writing a book, should have spent some time getting facts together a.k.a doing a least some home work ,because I haven't read nothing more redicioulus and out of touch in my life.I understand this was written for American public but even so how can you have Albanians hiding treasure in Serbian Orthodox Church,Albanian war criminal commanding KLA(kosovo liberation army ) which is formed of Serbs that committed war crime on Serbian civilians?????????Don't they watch CNN nor have internet connection?
According to this book most of the Serbs have Russian names( not so) and Serbs were fighting eachother in Kosovo war under Albanian command--come on guys,give me break .
Besides it, description of the places are not accurate (Italy,Poland,even Washington DC etc...) plot is horrible and some of the authors are horribleas well .
But,I may be just to picky.I am glad I did not pay for this book, that's all I could tell.
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