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)
This is the second collaborative book by Deaver et al. Like the first book, there are a dizzying number of characters to keep track of. Many of the names are eastern european and it was hard to imagine how the names were spelled. The pace of the book is extremely rapid as each author hurries to get into and out of the chapter. The result is a plot that has discontinuities and fast changes of scene. Character and plot development seems to suffer with this writing approach. Characters are either killed off or disappear from the story all together. The one exception is the villainess which seemingly can't be killed. The authors are almost good enough to carry it off but not quite. Although this is fiction, the plot lines go well beyond plausibility.
The novelty of having different writers write each chapter seesm to come at the sacrifice of plot and character development. This book was interesting, but not the best of the genre.
I thought the narrator of this book was great. The content however was less than stellar. I started to wonder if there were going to be any characters left alive at the end of the book after the first few chapters. Too many authors thinking they have to kill off a character.
It seemed like the authors were involved in a private joke to see who could outdo the others with ridiculous killings and blow ups that had little context. It was almost funny.
There is no plot and the characters are 2-dimensional at best. I loved the name "Harold Middleton" though, and the reader gave him the perfect voice.
I so enjoyed the farce of the Chopin Manuscript, but this farce was not clever and fell flat.
Disappointing at best. Disjunctive and lack of flow. Plot was mundane and the story line was shallow.
I downloaded the free chapter one by Jeffery Deaver and was looking forward to the rest of the book. Now I know why the price was dropped to $9.95. I kept falling asleep trying to finish it, and couldn't remember what what had been happening. I finished it, but it was a lot of work!
Good book but too many authors- They each took on a different style and I did not enjoy it as much as some of the others
This was hard to listen to, it jumped all over the place and I had a hard time keeping track of it. Albeit I only got to the third chaper before I just stopped. It was just too confusing.
I am so disappointed with this. Maybe if it was released in serial again, it would have been better, but the chapters didn't flow together, and I didn't even bother to finish it. It was disjointed and boring--I didn't bond with any of the characters. The first was such magic, I'm very sad this was so bad.
Molina's talents and some interesting characters kept me from awarding one star. The narration is wonderful! I loved The Chopin Manuscript, despite the jerky-at-times plot, so was disappointed and then increasingly irritated by the Copper Bracelet. With an ingenious central idea and already-established characters, the authors still seemed to deliver an unsatisfying whole. My take was that multiple excellent and experienced authors, given this task of advancing a plot handed off to them, felt it was important to make a mark in the plot and (nearly always) sent the story in a different direction. In their own books, surely, there are chapters that stabilize a plot or advance the characters a bit. Not here! Every chapter has a BOOM! The result was that I became increasingly frustrated and eventually abandoned the listen about 3/4 of the way through. Thus my take on the endeavor as a whole. For me, it was a lot like stories we tell to occupy children on a car trip: everyone takes a turn and hands off an improbable twist. Thus some entertaining episodes, but not a very satisfying whole. Well, except for Molina's steady and experienced hand.
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