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The Secrets of Pain: A Merrily Watkins Mystery, Book 11 | [Phil Rickman]

The Secrets of Pain: A Merrily Watkins Mystery, Book 11

Syd Spicer served with the SAS. He has been trained to overcome pain and fear in all their forms. Well…almost all. Faced with a situation that would normally be passed discreetly to Hereford deliverance consultant Merrily Watkins, Spicer is handling it himself…and coming close to breakdown. Is there a national security aspect here, or is it something more personal? With the framework of her own world beginning to crack, Merrily Watkins is persuaded to venture into areas where neither a priest nor a woman is welcome….
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Syd Spicer served with the SAS. He has been trained to overcome pain and fear in all their forms. Well…almost all. Faced with a situation that would normally be passed discreetly to Hereford deliverance consultant Merrily Watkins, Spicer is handling it himself…and coming close to breakdown. Is there a national security aspect here, or is it something more personal?

With the framework of her own world beginning to crack, Merrily Watkins is persuaded to venture into areas where neither a priest nor a woman is welcome…to unearth secrets linked with the more arcane history of the Hereford-based SAS and the border’s pagan past. Secrets involving blood ritual and darkest side of spirituality. Secrets that can never be disclosed.

©2011 Phil Rickman (P)2012 Isis Publishing Ltd

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    Where does The Secrets of Pain rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    i love this series


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    yes. never sure which directions the connections will come from


    What does Emma Powell bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    i live the was she pauses. it builds drama. i would not have read it like that


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  • S Jones
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    8/25/13
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    "Great story, not a great reading"

    Phil Rickman has maintained the energy well throughout his Merrily Watkins series, and this latest installment has plenty of twists and turns and a variety of plot lines that all coalesce into a dramatic finale.

    However, I have to say that I found Emma Powell's reading of the story embarrassingly awful at times. She simply cannot do accents - a significant problem when one of the main characters is from Liverpool. Her scouse accent is almost a parody, and when that character is talking to one from Birmingham, I found it impossible to tell the difference. I can't comment on the accuracy of her Herefordshire accent, but it sounded to me a bit Mummerzet to me. When she's simply narrating in her own voice, she's very good, but there are so many bits of dialogue that made me cringe.

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  • susie
    8/6/14
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    "great story shame about the narration"

    Any story that Mr Rickman writes is always top drawer..this story was no exception, however the only problem for me was the poor narration.
    The accents were confusing and it spoiled the flow of the story,

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  • brett
    sydney, Australia
    5/16/13
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    "I have waited a long time for Phil Rickman books"

    what a shame the first one I listened to is incomprehensible. I am afraid that I can't get a grip on the story because of the narrator. It is only because I am familiar with the characters I can follow the story line. The voices are all too similar and poor Franny Bliss sounds like a girl.

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