Charlie Parker Returns in a tale of settling blood debts - past, present, and future.
As a small boy, Louis witnesses an unspeakable crime that takes the life of a member of his small, Southern community. He grows up, moves on, but is forever changed by the cruel and brutal nature of the act. It lights a fire deep within him that burns white and cold.
Now, years later, the sins of his life are reaching into his present, bringing with them the buried secrets and half-forgotten acts of his past. Someone is hunting him, targeting his home, his businesses, and his partner, Angel. The instrument of revenge is Bliss, a killer of killers, the most feared of assassins. Bliss is a Reaper, a lethal tool to be applied toward the ultimate end, but he is also a man with a personal vendetta. Hardened by their pasts, Louis and Angel decide to strike back. But when they mysteriously disappear, their friends are forced to band together to find them. They are led by private detective Charlie Parker, a killer himself, a Reaper in waiting.
Connolly creates a world where everyone is corrupt, murderers go unpunished, but betrayals are always avenged. The Reapers is sure to terrify and transfix.
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©2008 John Connolly (P)2011 Simon & Schuster
"Connolly has crafted one of the most darkly intriguing books this reviewer has encountered in more than three decades of reading crime fiction.... To call this a page-turner is to damn it with faint praise. Veteran crime fans will want to savor every note-perfect word. " (Booklist)
This story has been very difficult to get into and keep the timeline straight as it is constantly going to flashbacks requiring the listener to back up and try to reorient. I do find my mind drifting more than usual requiring me, again, to back up and refocus. It is very slow and very difficult to make one even care much about the characters. I have liked other John Connolly stories but this one isn't his best.
No one unless they like senseless meaness and no characters with any likable
James Lee Burke's latest
Added more depth to the quality of certain characters' voices
all of them
It sucked, I only continued it in the hope it would get better.
I love John Connolly's books---and I am especially fond of Louis and Angel. That's why this audio book was a disappointment. The story is great but the narration falls flat. In several places(especially in the second half) it sounds like it was dubbed over by someone trying to sound like Mr. Guidall. The reader has a fine voice but had some trouble staying in voice for Louis (mostly ok though) but never really got a handle on Angel's voice. At times he sounded like Detective Colombo trying to do a Cheech Marin imitation. I liked how he voiced Parker and his Willie Brew and Varno were great.
I never made it to the end. The story is nothing but slow and tedious. It is a waste of time, and money, in every way possible. I wouldn't bother with anything from this author
I tried twice to listen to this and just couldn't do it. Boring narration, bad story- lots of short statements that make for a choppy distracting listen. I liked Mr. Guidall's narration a lot on the Walt Longmire books, but not this one. Very sorry I wasted money on this one.
Hi I'm a professional truck driver and listen to my "books on wheels" to get me down the road.
Nothing I just could not get into the plot or the narration
Get more into the plot sooner
Could not get past first hour
I don't know about you, but why are there so so so many 5 star reviews. I LOVE books, but so few are 5 star.
My first John Connelly, probably not my last. I would have liked a little more meat to the story and a little more development of characters, but overall a good listen.
A little bleak, but that is just personal preference as I like my audible books to be a little more hopeful in the end no matter how dark the subject. May be a better book to read than listen as sometimes a reader distracts me from what I envision in this type of story.
People who like very dark stories with no real plot
The summary sounded like the book was going to be good and started off interesting but then went nowhere. I stopped listening
George Guidall is a great reader I bought the book because of him and the summary. He did the best he could do with this
Would try another to see if easier to follow
Ending left a lot of loose ends
The narrator did an okay job
As a movie it would be hard to follow what was going on
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