"The body you are wearing used to be mine." So begins the letter Myfanwy Thomas is holding when she awakes in a London park surrounded by bodies all wearing latex gloves. With no recollection of who she is, Myfanwy must follow the instructions her former self left behind to discover her identity and track down the agents who want to destroy her. She soon learns that she is a Rook, a high-ranking member of a secret organization called the Checquy that battles the many supernatural forces at work in Britain.
She also discovers that she possesses a rare and deadly supernatural ability of her own. Filled with characters both fascinating and fantastical, The Rook is a richly inventive, suspenseful fantasy. An astonishing debut from a brilliant new voice.
©2012 David O'Malley (P)2013 AudioGO Ltd
This book grips you from the first sentence to the last. The story is non stop, really it is VERY hard to find a spot to turn it off to rest for a min. You just can't stop listening. Likewise the narrator is extremely good, totally believable as the voice of the lead character, and all the other ones as well. I can't recommend this book highly enough.I have often read and listened to books that seemed to start well and then fizzle out,but this one keeps its promise to the very last word, literally! Read it or you will miss a good experience.
The story bought a new approach to both the Supernatural and the Spy genres by amalgamating them into this fantastic book. This was the first book in a while that I immediately started again for a second read!
I can't wait for the second book and hope that Katy will be narrating it.
Katy's narration of the story bought out the protagonist quirky nature in an enjoyable to fun way. There were several times onlookers would have looked at me strangely as I laughed out loud walking down the street listening to the book.
Totally absurd, smartly written, entertaining and unexpected! The narrator was GREAT! I really hope there's a next one and that is just as good as this one, because I felt a mix of sadness and anticipation when I was about to finish this one.
did not know what to expect from this as not my usually choice but have been totally immersed and thoroughly intrigued. The narration is superb and brings to life a book that has really cheered up a miserable cold january week.
James Bond meets The X men with a splash of Harry Dresden and the wit of Bridget Jones all wrapped up in a whodunit!! All in all this fabulous work of fiction is just wonderful and even more so if you are a fan of the supernatural. If you like Jim Butcher and or you would just like to try something new then I rather suspect you will love this. The narration is everything it should be and the actress should be proud of her performance.
The book is left open, so please, please Mr O'Malley spin some more tales of Rook Thomas!
So this was a shot in the dark decision based on the positive reviews it had already got. Its very good, its long, which I like, its fun and falls into the secret occult government agency category. The narrator is Really good, one of the best female readers I have heard, she played Twist in Spaced the classic sitcom.
To summarise its a well written, well read, slightly gory, supernatural romp around The Uk which is more satisfying than most of its alternate reality counterparts. Well worth a credit.
"Awesome Supernatural Spy Thriller set in the UK"
Great audiobook, I'd just finished the rivers of london audiobooks and was looking for something new, definitely didn't let me down.
It opens at full steam and keeps it's pace, a great supernatural spy thriller which keeps you thinking... It is actually funny too when it wants to be which is a bonus. Well worth a credit, I'm looking forward to more from O'Malley.
"Brilliant new modern fantasy!"
Fresh, cool and enjoyable!
My favourite character was without a doubt Mifawny Thomas - a modern kick-ass heroine of the Joss Whedon-type: human, full of fears and anxieties, trying (and indeed succeeding) to play it cool, efficient but still with time for normal feelings and such things as family life, among monsters and her crazy work!
Katy Carmichael read the book very very well, and had most characters down to a tee. Sometimes there might have been some little strangness in the chosing of one dialect over another, but overall it was a hugely enjoyable listen.
This is a debut novel, and a very impressive one! OK, so there are a few minor plotholes here and there, but I was so taken up by the book and by the telling of the story, that these are soon forgotten! The beginning in particular is shockingly effective and the reader is drawn straight into the worlds of Mifawny Thomas.
I work in a bookshop, and I have recommended this book to so many customers, none of whom (as yet) has had anything but praise for it!
"Nice detail, good story, great performance"
The characterisation and detail in the book was really nicely handled, and the story itself was good enough - there were a few points where I felt could have been trimmed a little, but they all added to the story nonetheless. The real star of the show was the reading performance. I could listen to her all day. I would definitely read/listen to another book by this author.
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