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When Maiden is revived in hospital after dying in a hit and run incident, his memories are not the familiar ones of bright lights and angelic music, only of a cold, harsh place he has no wish to revisit...ever.

But his experience means that Bobby Maiden may be the only person who can reach The Green Man, a serial murderer who returns to stone circles and burial mounds in the belief that he is defending Britain’s sacred heritage.

Meanwhile, New Age journalist Grayle Underhill arrives from New York to search for her sister. The bloody trail leads to a remote village on the Welsh Border...and to people who know there are more crimes in heaven and earth...

©1998 Will Kingdom (P)2009 Isis Publishing Ltd

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  • Sires
  • Chesapeake, OH, United States
  • 08-26-13

Have Been Waiting for This Book in Audio for Years

This is the first of the two DI Bobby Maiden books published by Phil Rickman under the name Will Kingdom in the 1990's. I bought and read them in paperback ages ago but was really looking forward to the audio version that has been available in the UK for a couple of years at least. I HATE geo-restrictions. There are in fact a lot of books on the UK site that the authors would have sold to me if it were not for geo-restrictions.

DI Maiden is a reluctant but successful detective, the son of a hard bitten old fashioned copper. He dies after being involved in a car wreck and is brought back to life by the determination of Sister Anderson, a nurse who knew him when he was a young constable.

Another strand of the story involves Marcus Bacton, former schoolmaster and the owner and editor of The Phenomenologist, an old fashioned magazine concentrating on occult knowledge and events, a Celtic Shaman/aging actor and ventriloquist, and a popular television personality/scholar. At the center of this is a tor, an ancient sacred site, which some would hold was sacred to death, others would hold as sacred to life and healing.

Then from America, a New Age columnist comes looking for her sister who was involved with a dream project run by the television personality.

Not as compelling as the Merrily Watkins books, but quite interesting with a host of unique characters. Creepily scary.

Sean Barrett is not as good as Emma Powell who narrates the Merrily books. Powell does a far better American accent than Barrett. Fortunately Barrett pretty much forgets the flat, nasal American accent he gives Grayle in the beginning.

Now let's have the rest including The Man in the Moss and the second DI Maiden book.

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Way too long.

Would you consider the audio edition of The Cold Calling to be better than the print version?

The copy editor needed to use his pencil more drastically. The story was excellent, and excellently written, but could have been cut drastically w/out any ill effect.

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Frighteningly good!

Would you consider the audio edition of The Cold Calling to be better than the print version?

You really can't lose with either.

Who was your favorite character and why?

There are too many to choose just one. Kingdom gives them equal time to develop and display their fears, quirks, and personalities.

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

Sean Barrett did very well lapsing from English, Welsh, and Scottish dialects.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

There were several: the hospital not so touching scene between father and son, the confrontation between Marcus and the hit men, and the final revelation of the identity of the woman under the street light.

Any additional comments?

Kingdom (Phil Rickman) displays his incredible talent as a first rate writer and his ability to scare his reader witless without resorting to a never ending stream of gore. He subtly weaves a complicated mix of compelling character development with an equally ingenious presentation of the plot. Anyone with a love of the borderland between Wales and England will enjoy the tapestry of past and present his prose paints.<br/>

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  • Donna
  • Port Richey, FL, United States
  • 01-30-15

Haunting story of murder

I love atmospheric mysteries set in the British countryside. Phil Rickman does them quite well. In this book, the plot follows a killer who believes he has a connection to England's pre-Christian era. The elements of resentment, culture and the danger of getting surrounded by darkness keep the reader interested. I look forward to Rickman's other books.

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Great story

great characters kept my interest throughout. the history very fasinating. I have read and listen to other books by author enjoyed all of them

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Dated, silly to the extreme, not worth a minute.

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

In a repeated experience, the information regarding the content of this book was acutely misleading and inaccurate. The very least a user of any Library, user of this service, potential customer has to be some authenticity when they are lead to use/buy.<br/>

Would you ever listen to anything by Will Kingdom again?

Never. Such extended nonsense cannot be risked again.

Have you listened to any of Seán Barrett’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

Sean Barrett's performance remains as authentic as possible under difficult, embarrassing circumstances. How awful in comparison to the intelligent and serious novels I have had the privilege of listening him read before.

If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The Cold Calling?

I only persisted because I hoped it might get better and I had returned more books than I am allotted per 6 months.

Any additional comments?

The astonishing amount of misrepresented novels available nowadays still stuns poor besieged readers. Accurate synopsis of a text is all that can help a reader choose.

2 of 14 people found this review helpful

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  • 03-22-15

Narration adds to superb story.

As always Phil Rickman writes a story which holds the reader from the first paragraph ...Sean Barrett ' s narration is equally superb -a perfect match . highly recommended.

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  • Shelagh
  • 01-09-15

Intresting book

Lots of research gone into this book. Makes for a good read. Puts a new light on standing stone and people's belief.

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  • Michael
  • 01-21-14

Superb!

If you could sum up The Cold Calling in three words, what would they be?

Undeniably Phil Rickman

What did you like best about this story?

Loved it all, the style, the locations, the characters and of course the story. This is much more like Mr Rickman's pre Merrily books. Don't get me wrong, I love The Merrily series but I first discovered Phil Rickman through titles like Crybbe, December etc and welcome a return to a more overtly supernatural story.

What does Seán Barrett bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

Sean Barrett seems to have a great understanding of Phil Rickman's Characters and performs them just as I had imagined them. Try Curfew and December, also the 2 Doctor Dee books.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

I would have loved to but had to listen to it on my daily commute to London, so I got about 2 hours a day which made the daily crush on trains more than endurable.

Any additional comments?

Yes, Please Audible can we have the other Will Kingdom title Mean Spirirt which I understand has many of the same charcters. Also can we have the other older Phil Rickman Titles, The Man in The Moss, The Chalice, Candelnight etc all read by Sean Barratt please! And the missing Merrily Watkins books would be nice.

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  • Bec
  • 06-24-17

Good read

I listened to all in this series in the wrong order. Not deliberately but not realising they were a series until it was too late. I firmly believe it's the sign of a good series if each book can stand alone .. the books in this series can. The Cold Calling is the best of all of them. Touching on the supernatural but not relying on it to bring suspense to a jolly good yarn. Sindy is my favourite character, a difficult group of traits to get right but he/ she is a truly lovely character and an unusual hero or is it heroine?

1 of 1 people found this review helpful