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)
One of the best of our Audible diversions in the 600 mile trip across CA and UT deserts to the grandwonderkids. We were fascinated by the various authors' vocabulary, tone, and style changes and the unexpected twists in the plot. Kept us fixated and prompted us to discuss and forecast the ending in each chapter. Wrong guesses prevailed. So did screeches when our IPod juice ran out. Excellent writing by all; even took notes of strengths and contrasts in styles, itself worth price and the time. Incomprehensible skill of narration in voices and inflections.
Favorite books are Mystery & Thrillers followed close by SciFi & Fantasy.
The story flowed so smoothly, surprisingly with so many authors. I could hardly put it down. I look forward to another collaboration of good talent.
books and music
I had no idea what to expect, but this was a really good "read." While occasionally the different voices didn't mesh, and the plot took gigantic leaps, I thought it worked. Because of the different authors, this wasn't a linear plot, and was often incredible. But many thrillers are. Part of the satisfaction came from listening to what the next author did to keep the complex plot from totally exploding.
Alfred Molina was good, but his reading was not varied enough for the character changes.
I listen to many audio books, read lots of thrillers and mysteries, and I'd try another serialized, multi-author work in a minute after listening to this one.
This compilation was the first hyper colaboration I've ever read or listened to. I enjoyed every change in the different authors perspective and the way the story wound in non linear tangents. This was a lot of fun to listen to, and well read by Mr. Molina. I'd love to see more works like this in the future.
I was thrilled by the prospect of this book. I waited until all of the chapters were available before downloading so that I could enjoy it without interruption. Unfortunately the pearls produced by these talented authors were strung disjointedly. What was started in one chapter was hastily aborted in the next. Out of no where, elements would appear and disappear, without rhyme or reason. Gosh! Was I disappointed!
When I first heard about this book, I thought it was a great idea. Unfortunately, it wasn't such a great idea. The book just doesn't have the flow as having one author write it. too many ideas and too many different ways to go. I had too much trouble following it. they are all great authors, just not together.
The novel reads easily and it is impossible to separate the 15 different authors. To understand how this novel was constructed you need to listen to chapter 18. I enjoyed the twists in the plot, especially knowing each was the idea of another author. A primer for an emerging author.
Jack of all trades
My wife and I listen to our audio books while driving and frequently pause the book to discuss some aspect of what we are hearing. The Chopin Manuscript and it's sequel were so wonderfully outrageous that we would exclaim at the end of each chapter at what that author was passing on to the next one. What delightful writing and narration. You are in for a real treat!
The most intriguing aspect of this book is that it was the result of 15 authors, each writing a chapter. Jeffrey Deaver starts and finishes the story and 14 others fill in the chapters. The pace of the story is very rapid as it seems each author must make impact immediately and quickly. There are a lot of characters in the story and I had to concentrate to keep everyone strait. There is not too much character development and characters are introduced and killed off rapidly. The story makes many leaps, especially at the end which doesn't do the story justice.
It is interesting to note the different writing styles for each author. In most cases, you know clearly an author has changed without the announcement of the change.
I was entertained enough by this book to get the next one done in this fashion. A nice 'break' in the writing of these mystery/action novels.
The novel is relatively short as it is completed in just over 5.5 disks - the 6th and 7th disk contain interviews with some of the authors and a couple of short stories by 2 more authors, based on the first paragraph of the Chopin Manuscript.
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