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
i love this series
yes. never sure which directions the connections will come from
i live the was she pauses. it builds drama. i would not have read it like that
"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.
"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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