The border between Maine and Canada is porous. Anything can be smuggled across it: drugs, cash, weapons, people. Now a group of disenchanted former soldiers has begun its own smuggling operation, and what is being moved is infinitely stranger and more terrifying than anyone can imagine. Anyone, that is, except private detective Charlie Parker, who has his own intimate knowledge of the darkness in men's hearts.
But the soldiers' actions have attracted the attention of the reclusive Herod, a man with a taste for the strange. And where Herod goes, so too does the shadowy figure that he calls the Captain. To defeat them, Parker must form an uneasy alliance with a man he fears more than any other; the killer known as the Collector....
©2010 John Connolly (P)2011 ISIS Publishing Ltd
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"truly amazing read"
As usual, John Connolly has readers/listeners on the edge of their seats, Charlie Parker is such a believable character who leaps from the page.
Jeff Harding is the perfect narrator for Charlie Parker, have only listened to one of the series that was not narrated by him, and I did not enjoy it as much.
"Brilliant, peculiar and disturbing."
The Charlie Parker series isn't my usual fare. Jack Reacher or Elvis Cole types usually flip my switch, but John Connolly's books are curiously compelling.
Some of the stuff in the series is standard detective novel gear. Louis seems to be borrowed from Hawk in the Spencer books, and Angel gives brief comic interludes. The underlying evil of the bad guys, however, leaves the reader both abhorred and intrigued.
"Love this series!!"
I cannot recommend this author and the Charlie Parker series highly enough. The characters are so alive you live every moment with them. Heaven help anyone who interrupts when I'm listening. I have to say though that Jeff Harding makes any book come to life, there's been many an author I've loved but can't listen to because of the narrator. I think Jeff could read me a shopping list!!
"Really enjoyed it"
Love the Charlie Parker books, and Mr Harding's performance does them more than justice.
Highly recommended for those after a little shiver and a giggle.
The narrator was ok, women's his voices were a bit ridiculous but surprisingly not irritating. Would recommend for an easy read.
"Not the best in the series !"
Yes I love both the series and the narrator.
I found the story weak! And very long winded! Up to now I think the worst in the series.
The performance was good.
I would cut the whole story, as it doesn't add anything to the series, and would not be missed by me.
This is my least favourite of the Charlie Parker series but that is not to say that it is a bad book. It seemed to me almost to be a book that had to be written because one was due rather than the next installment of Parker's life was ready. On the other hand it does has a fair bit to say about the treatment of US veterans returning from Iraq/Afghanistan and as such worth publishing just for that. Some old friends appear as does the seedier side of American life.
Worth a listen but I found it a little depressing, perhaps Charlie's personal circumstances got me down.
Superbly narrated by Jeff Harding as usual.
"tedious and ridiculous"
This book is more science fiction than thriller. The idea of demons in a box is too far removed from reality for this book to be believable. Also there were a lot of sections of unnecessary descriptions which seemed to lend nothing to the story.
Unlikely, although I have enjoyed a previous book by this author
The narrator (one reason I chose this title) was excellent as always, but even he didn't make this book worth listening to.
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