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 was a good suspense thriller. It held my attention, but I did get confused at the beginning of the book with all the twists, turns & character introductions. It did start flowing better mid-way through the story. Alfred Molina did a fantastic job narrating. Great voices and accents.
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.
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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.
I am not usually a "thriller" purchaser. The idea of all these writers intrigued me. It was great. Grabbed me from the very beginning. The idea of all these different minds threading their way through this really really good story. Great job in every area; writing, narration, production. Thank you everyone. Thoroughly enjoyable.
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.
The format of this unusual book and the writing both add to it's interesting nature. The story was written chapter by chapter featuring different authors in a sort of literary daisy chain. This technique resulted in a very involved and engaging story that is packed full of twists and turns.
Read by the excellent Alfred Molina, using his many different "voices" really adds to the experience.
I thoroughly enjoyed this audio book and would recommend it to anyone who enjoys action packed adventures or thrillers (not gorey thrillers!) A thoroughly enjoyable listen!
Too many awkward & hanging plot threads were left by too many contributors for Deaver to weave together successfully. The end result? A finish that even Hollywood would find hard to digest. I wish Deaver had just written the whole book himself, as the first chapter held so much promise.
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