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'm not very familiar with the many authors who collaborated to write this book. But I would have to imagine that most of them are women. Not a terrible book, just written by women for women. Also alittle disjointed, but what do you expect with 34 authors?
Not very consuming whatsoever. A bit disjunctive in thought and substance. With all the "superstar" writers conglomerating their "best chapters" into one book, I was very disappointed. I sincerely hope the Copper Bracelet is coalesced in a much better method. I did not like this book.
Entertaining, but Authors should've checked their egos at the door. Sometimes it felt that a character who started out significant was later deemed useless and eliminated. Some might call that a "twist". I found it a little discombobulating. Not a bad book, though.
This actually is a pretty gripping story until one of the middle authors starts dripping the "F" bomb for no apparent reason. i can never understand why authors think dropping the "F" bomb improves the story. I never finished the book after that!
A fun concept that has brief moments of fun but over all the story is too disjointed, too many characters to be anything other than an exercise in writing.
This was not time well spent as the story jumped around and lacked solid character development. Plot lines were predictable and there were few, if any surprises. Big disappointmet.
The thing that makes a thriller good is that when you get to the end, the whole thing makes sense. In this frankenstein freak of a book, the authors abandoned that key feature and instead played how many of the characters established in the previous chapter can I kill off for no reason or turn into bad guys. How's about maybe an outline next time? Worthless...
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This book was so highly touted by media reviewers I expected more. To me it read like a screen play and I kept casting the characters in my mind. There were ceertainly a lot of twists and turns in the plot as one would expect with the variety of authors. I think that is also the reason it just never came together for me.
As a school teacher, I was intrigued by the way this book was crafted. With my students, i have created stories where one person starts the story and the plot is passed around until everyone has contributed something to the story. With this novel, I had trouble following this story at times. I had difficulty understanding what theme to focus on and embrace in order to better predict what will or should happen next. While there was a twist ending, I did experience the surprise because I did not really know who to suspect or who to trust. I blame this outcome on the fact that there were so many characters and the authors did not know who they needed to focus on developing and which could be side characters. Mostly I was looking forward to the novel being over so I could start my next book.
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