Two years after the events of the Audiobook of the Year - The Chopin Manuscript - former war crimes investigator Harold Middleton and his Volunteers once again must crack a secretive conspiracy that not only threatens their lives, but the stability of the world. Their race against time will take them from London to the U.S. to Russia and beyond. And at the heart of it all is one question: What is the secret of the Copper Bracelet?
Sixteen of the world's greatest thriller writers collaborated on The Copper Bracelet. Once again, as he did with The Chopin Manuscript, Jeffery Deaver wrote the first chapter. Then, each successive author wrote a chapter in turn, finally returning it to Deaver to complete this thrilling sequel.
The Copper Bracelet was written by:
PROJECT EDITOR: Jim Fusilli
©2009 International Thriller Writers, Inc., Jeffery Deaver, Gayle Lynds, David Hewson, Jim Fusilli, John Gilstrap, Joseph Finder, Lisa Scottoline, David Corbett, Linda Barnes, Jenny Siler, David Liss, P.J. Parrish, Brett Battles, Lee Child, Jon Land, James Phelan; (P)2009 Audible, Inc.
"This was like playing on an all-star team, and all the hits were home runs." (Lee Child)
"A feast for the senses, The Copper Bracelet continues the standard of excellence established by The Chopin Manuscript. Action, intrigue, suspense, they are all there. Another certified no-question-about-it-winner from a remarkable collection of talent. Bravo." (Steve Berry)
"What a blast to collaborate with some of the greatest suspense writers around on the thriller event of the year." (Joseph Finder)
"I can't think of a more enjoyable writing experience in my twenty-five years of being a fiction author than writing The Copper Bracelet and its predecessor, The Chopin Manuscript. We writers spend way too much time by ourselves in dark rooms, and it was a delight to emerge from the cave and hang out, so to speak, with my peers. I have to say that I sat down to read the manuscript with more than little trepidation. I needn't have worried. I was blown away...[and was] fascinated to see how a group of authors with vastly varied writing styles and approaches to creativity produced such a cohesive thriller with a relentlessly fast-paced narrative. (And, okay, I'll admit, I got a voyeur's kick in seeing how my talented co-authors ply their craft.)" (Jeffery Deaver)
The Chopin Manuscript was so good. I was thrilled to find a sequel. This book was such a disappointment. It was a bloodbath, with characters who did not advance the plot, only existing in one chapter to be killed in the next. This collaboration of authors didn't work, I listened to the whole thing hoping that the story would eventually wrap up neatly, but it ended up as a convoluted mess of a plot that was not worth trying to figure out. In the end, I returned this title. Not worth the time it took to listen to.
Wonderful narration! Nonstop action and fun plot. But, I gave it a four star rating instead of five for the slightly choppy feeling. I'm sure this was due to the many readers, but it took just a little away for me.
A bunch of good authors (among them a few of my favorites) having fun and entertaining themselves. Alfred Molina did a great job with it. It was not more than "ok" though because it was just too obvious what was going on.
I have to wonder how this book would have been written by a single author. The disparate styles did not work for me. Some authors failed to keep up the tempo and excitement of the story, which killed the momentum. The Copper Bracelet feels like a collaborative movie script that was never polished into a cohesive novel. This is definitely "made for the silver screen".
I like mysteries and I like to try to put the pieces together, but this book had no clues. I just had to go along for the ride and wait until they told me stuff. Nothing was ever figured out by anyone. I do like the concept, but The Chopin Manuscript was much better.
Seemed more seamless and cohesive than "The Chopin Manuscript!" Enjoyed the fast pace. Would have liked more history and geography of Kashmir and the three countries vying for it. I hope Audible continues producing more of these collaborative books. The authors did an outstanding job, and Alfred Molina's narration made it that much more enjoyable!
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