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The Copper Bracelet | [Lee Child, David Corbett, Jeffery Deaver, Joseph Finder, Jim Fusilli, John Gilstrap, David Hewson, Lisa Scottoline, Gayle Lynds, P. J. Parrish]

The Copper Bracelet

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?
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Publisher's Summary

A peaceful picnic in the French countryside explodes in violence. A mysterious assassin hisses a deadly threat. And events are set in motion that could propel India and Pakistan down the road to nuclear confrontation.

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:
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

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.

What the Critics Say

"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)

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    Daniel Arlington, TX, United States 03-22-10
    Daniel Arlington, TX, United States 03-22-10 Member Since 2005

    Hopelessly addicted to Audio Books! I started listening as a distraction to the aggravation of driving, now I listen all the time :)

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    "A Big Ugly MESS!"

    I have so many comments on this book; I must resort to bullet points

    POSITIVES:
    ~Exciting Concept
    ~The Chopin Manuscript was good
    ~Alfred Molina is a good narrator

    NEGATIVES:
    ~Some of the authors go over the top trying to make their splash, and in this case it ruined the story

    CHAPTER/AUTHOR Review:
    1. Jeffery Deaver: Great job establishing a solid foundation to a potentially good book
    5-Stars

    2. Gayle Lynds: Starts twisting the story, in the wrong direction
    2-Stars

    3. David Huson: Continues to twist, again in the wrong direction
    2-Stars

    4. Jim Fusilli: Tries to put the story on track, does a good job
    4-Stars

    5. John Gilstrap: Builds on what Fusilli wrote, nicely
    4-Stars

    6. Joseph Finder: Good writing, adds intrigue and action. I'm starting to get excited about it now!
    5-Stars

    7. Lisa Scottoline: TERRIBLE! She basically ruins the entire effort! I am glad I had a chance to see how bad an author she is before ever purchasing any of her work.
    0-Stars, actually negative!

    8. David Corbett: Tries to recover, does a good job
    4-Stars

    9. Linda Barnes: Continues on Corbett's save and does so nicely
    4-Stars

    10. Jenny Siler: I like what she did, builds on recovery and adds intrigue
    5-Stars

    11. David Liss: Continues with story line and does a good job
    4-Stars

    12. P.J. Parrish: Good intrigue and action
    5-Stars

    13. Brett Battles: Starts unfolding, tying a few things together
    4-Stars

    14. Lee Child: Gets the story rolling to its climax
    5-Stars

    15. Jon Land: Drops the ball with ridiculous twists
    1-Star

    16. James Phelan: Fumbles Land's fumble
    1-Star

    17. Jeffery Deaver: What can he do but end it? He does, but he can't save it.
    3-Stars

    Overall I can't recommend it.

    Lisa Scottoline should have been kicked out of the process after reading her disaster.

    I am not sure if I would listen to a third effort. I would probably wait to see if the reviews were good prior to purchase.

    24 of 27 people found this review helpful
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    Reg USA 11-19-09
    Reg USA 11-19-09 Member Since 2004

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    "Excellent Read!!!"

    Phenomenal, addictive, interest-grabbing from the start and steams along at a steady pace. This book is incredibly well written and Alfred Molina is brilliant.
    I have lost a lot of sleep listening to this book that refused to let me turn it off.

    The only downside is I have to wait another year for more.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Mary Montclair, NJ, USA 11-17-09
    Mary Montclair, NJ, USA 11-17-09
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    "Glad I got it!"

    I had to write a review, since my impression is different than some of the others here. I downloaded at the recommendation of a friend and really enjoyed it. I agree with the reviewer who liked getting every author's best effort. Each chapter has a story arch within it, which keeps the pacing going, and yes, each chapter ends with a cliffhanger the next author has to deal with, so that's fun! The story is complex, but no more so than a John Le Carre book! And the reading by Alfred Molina is very entertaining. He gives it nice texture. I would and will recommend this to others!

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Arthur Philadelphia, PA, USA 02-02-10
    Arthur Philadelphia, PA, USA 02-02-10 Member Since 2004
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    "As Good As The Chopin Manuscript"

    Another terrific effort by the series of writers. It's like a relay race with the baton (plot) being passed on and changed by each contributor, but with no idea where the finish line will be. Of course, there are improbable plot twists, but that's the same in many novels and movies of horror and intrigue. You just suspend your disbelief and plow ahead despite any confusion because the story and characters just propel you along. Molina is a superb narrator. The interview with him about the book - in a separate, free download - shows his intelligence and humility. I can't wait for the next in this series!

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Gary MORRISTOWN, NJ, United States 11-18-09
    Gary MORRISTOWN, NJ, United States 11-18-09 Member Since 2006

    Tell us about yourself!

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    "I loved it!"

    I'm having a difficult time understanding the negative reviews of this book. I thought this book was better if not just as good as the Chopin Manuscript. I felt each chapter was well written and complimented each other wonderfully. In addition, Alfred Molina was outstanding as the narrator just as he was with the Chopin Manuscript. Yes the beginning introduced many characters. However, once you understand the players it is a thriller that keeps you engrossed until the very end.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    sam2476 02-10-10
    sam2476 02-10-10
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    "enjoyed the ride"

    I enjoyed listening to this book very much. It helped me make a long drive very enjoyable. My only complaint was it was alittle hard to keep up with all the changes but good plot and very well narrated.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Dan Fayetteville, AR, United States 11-09-09
    Dan Fayetteville, AR, United States 11-09-09 Member Since 2005
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    "Just plain silliness"

    Thriller novels ask the reader to suspend logic several times a book. In return the authors gives the reader several plot twists and turns that keep the story exciting. The problem with The Copper Bracelet is that 16 different authors each asked the reader to suspend logic serveral times a chapter and provided several plot twists. Too much of a good thing is not great. It becomes a little tedious and a lot silly. Exposure to 16 top thriller writers is a good idea. The way it was done in The Copper Bracelet just didn't work.

    8 of 10 people found this review helpful
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    Ronda Snyder 11-03-09
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    "Another winner !!!"

    I enjoyed The Copper Bracelet as much as the Chopin Manuscript. Because each chapter was written by a top mystery writer, there were no lulls and every chapter was full of action and suspense. It seemed like each writer left a challenge for the next to pickup, and they all did a fabulous job of keeping the plot moving quickly along. It wasn't choppy and flowed beautifully from one chapter to the next. While listening, I kept thinking that there should be more books like this! I just keep coming back to that by collaborating on a book, we get every writer's "A" game. I enjoyed every minute of the Chopin Manuscript.

    11 of 15 people found this review helpful
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    Sandy ROCK SPRINGS, WY, United States 11-05-09
    Sandy ROCK SPRINGS, WY, United States 11-05-09 Member Since 2004
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    "don't waste your time or money"

    The most unabashed piece of garbage I have ever tried to listen to. After six hours, I could still not have cared less about any of the characters or the outcome of the supposed plot. If I could give it a zero star, I would.

    8 of 11 people found this review helpful
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    GLENNO GLENDALE, AZ, United States 04-29-13
    GLENNO GLENDALE, AZ, United States 04-29-13 Member Since 2007

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    "Better than 'The Chopin Manuscript'"

    At least one person complained about Scottoline's chapter. It was just as good as the rest, if a little short. Maybe they didn't like what happened.

    On the whole the book was better than "The Chopin Manuscript." It was just as well-written but more cohesive and had a better plot.

    As always, Alfred Molina's performance was OUTSTANDING. If you want to hear him at his very best though, listen to "Treasure Island."

    I enjoyed the book and I think this multi-author experiment is working out well.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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  • Daniel
    LondonUnited Kingdom
    11/21/09
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    "A Total Disappointment"

    I was looking forward to listening to this book backed up by so many famous writers. It turned out to be a total mess where each writer tries desperately to continue the line of thought of the previous one. You could certainly see the joints and after a while I lost interest in the characters and what happens to them, never mind trying to understand what is going on!They were also many factual inconsistencies, as if the writers could not be bothered to read properly what went on before. Even the fact that Jeffrey Deaver wrote the first and last chapters couldn't save the day and in my opinion it should remain as an experiment not to be repeated.

    8 of 10 people found this review helpful
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