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Publisher's Summary

The new start...

Fin Macleod, now head of security on a privately owned Lewis estate, is charged with investigating a spate of illegal-game hunting taking place on the island.

The Old Friend...

This mission reunites him with Whistler Macaskill - a local poacher, Fin's teenage intimate, and possessor of a long-buried secret.

The Final Chapter...

But when this reunion takes a violent, sinister turn and Fin puts together the fractured pieces of the past, he realizes that revealing the truth could destroy the future.

©2013 Peter May (P)2013 WF Howes Ltd

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"Peter May is a writer I'd follow to the ends of the earth." (New York Times)

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  • Jeanette
  • Lincoln, New Zealand
  • 01-29-13

check mate

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

top 20%

Would you recommend The Chessmen to your friends? Why or why not?

yes - but only after reading the first two - the endfing needs to be told

Which scene was your favorite?

none in particular

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

no - not as much as the first two

Any additional comments?

I felt slightly disappointed - it was a good enough ending but ,,, something didn't gel as much as tghe first two for me

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Picks up where The Lewis Man ends

I have now listened to all three books in the series (to include The Lewis Man and The Chessmen) and each are excellent. I think it helps to listen to them in order because the relationships grow with each book. This book explains what happens after the dramatic climax of The Lewis Man.

I highly recommend the entire series--but listen to them in order or you might be lost.

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  • MISS E J BIRD
  • 02-19-13

A Masterclass in Storytelling

This is the third of the Lewis trilogy by Peter May. I read the first two but, after starting a job which involved a long drive, decided to listen to this one. This was very much the right choice.



The story is wonderful, dark and brooding, realistic about life and love and evoking the bleak environment of the islands. It’s tension never lets up and it’s very difficult to stop listening.



For me, however, this story was improved a hundredfold by Peter Forbes’s excellent narration. His accents are superb, his delivery is pitch perfect, adding a real dynamism to the tale. He is at no point over dramatic, which I find a lot on Audible, but managed to convey real emotion without sounding hammy.



Five stars aren’t quite enough for such excellent story telling.

30 of 35 people found this review helpful

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  • Linda
  • 02-09-13

Riveting conclusion to 1st rate trilogy

Whilst you could undoubtedly enjoy each part of this trilogy as a stand alone story - listen in the correct order and you will gradually absorb the complete tapestry of Fin's life as well as pick up sub-plots, stories and clues that weave their way throughout the 3 books. Rarely have I come across a trilogy that has been so cleverly constructed. Well written and well read The Blackhouse, The Lewis Man and now The Chessmen are thoroughly absorbing and I would have thought enjoyable for men and women alike.

29 of 35 people found this review helpful

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  • Colin M
  • 01-31-13

The best trilogy I read

Driving some 40k between jobs of work in the Scottish Highlands radio and mobile phone signals are very poor, which is no bad thing. Music is fine for short periods but having discovered audible I can think of no greater pleasure than getting lost in a good book and that I have done many times. Having listened to almost 200 books over the last few years this trilogy is only the second that has moved me enough to write a review. The narration is superb, accents and intonations paint such a beautiful picture of the setting and the people of Lewis. Peter May's ability to tell a story of intertwining lives, friendships and romance is so close to what seems ordinary but he makes it so much more. The addition of an extraordinary story which is so believable makes this something you can't stop listening to until you reach the end & even then the hunger for more is there. Not ever having been to Lewis Google earth gives some insight to its beauty creating a desire for its exploration. The books in this trilogy made me find excuses to go walking, drive slower and further.........and just get out into the garden to do mundane tasks just so I could plug in and get lost in the story. Sorry it had to end. Peter please give us some more!!!!!!

26 of 32 people found this review helpful

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  • Sally
  • 05-18-13

A third treat from the Isle of Lewis

I have been bowled over by these novels and couldn't wait to read each one in turn. Each plot links the past, childhood loves and teenage jealousies and loss, with a present conundrum. The characters are rich and their relationships are deep and realistically drawn. I suspected that the backdrop of a small Scottish isle might render the stories mundane, but far from it. Concentrating on a tiny community allows us to examine the protagonists and their motives in detail.

The narration is excellent, switching effortlessly between various Scottish brogues and English accents. The tale is told with meaning and expression.

I recommend this book and this author, though I would suggest reading the thee books, the Lewis Man, The Black House and The Chess Men, in order to understand the full history of the characters.

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  • Essex
  • 08-27-17

Not sure what to say.

I bought this book as I a a fan of the crime thriller genre. The description of the book sounded just my thing and I liked the idea of a crime thriller in Th desolate highland background. The problem I have is that nothing happens in this book. It is just one flashback, one over described distant Emory after another. These flashbacks and rambling memories take up 90% of the book. It was sometimes confusing to see where in the timeline you were as it moved backwards and forwards over the 20 year period and everything was relayed in minute detail even though it was nothing to do with the story. Lots of people obviously love the rambling over detailed style but to me it was just boring.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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  • Mrs
  • 02-17-13

Fitting end to a wonderful trilogy

I had waited for this to be produced, and have to say that this felt such a good last novel.



The Hebridean islands had their fitting and rightful place in the story, and all the themes of the influence of the past, the effect of growing up on a remote island community, the comradeship of old friendships, the ties of family, have their place in this story.



If you have enjoyed the other two books (The Blackhouse, Lewis Man) then this will satisfy you completely.



The narrator is perfect, as before, and I feel faintly bereft now that the story is brought to a place where we say goodbye to Fin, Marsaili, Donald and the rest.



Highly recommended

11 of 14 people found this review helpful

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  • Salter
  • 12-16-15

Superb book, and expertly narrated

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

The book ranks up there with my best listens. The scene is superbly set, and Peter Forbes turns in a flawless performance

What did you like best about this story?

I find the location fascinating. The history that threads the story together is fantastic.

Which character – as performed by Peter Forbes – was your favourite?

Would have to be Finn. A complex character but expertly portrayed

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

If I could have, I certainly would have!

4 of 5 people found this review helpful

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  • April Axton
  • 03-04-18

Confusing at times

After listening to the first two books in this trilogy, I couldn't wait to get this one but am very disappointed. The storyline got lost between the ramblings of what had gone before, too much repetition.
As always Peter Forbes was top notch with the narrative

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  • Helen L
  • 07-21-17

Ach...disappointed

Any additional comments?

I loved the other two books in the Chessmen series but this one didn't live up to my expectation. The stories went confusingly back and forth between the present and the main character's youth. I also did not recall any mention of him being involved in a Scottish super band in the last two books! Struggling for content for the last book?

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • JPH
  • 04-08-17

Three is a magic number

This is the third book in the Lewis trilogy. A thoroughly absorbing story of a long buried secret. Once again Peter May has written a powerful & compelling story of friendships, romance & jealously. Some of the sub story follows on from the Lewis man & the shocking consequences of that. This is a great conclusion to the trilogy & finally the question over who was responsible for the death of Fins's son is answered. Peter Forbes narration is beyond compare his ability to breath life into the characters & his intonation of each of the voices are perfect. I thoroughly enjoyed this trilogy Peter May is fast becoming my favourite author with Peter Forbes my favourite narrator. This can be listened to as a stand alone book but I would thoroughly recommend that you listen to the whole trilogy.

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

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  • Rymkervic
  • 10-16-18

Your in Scotland

This story was well thought out and plausible, as ever, listening to this in audible with the accent, makes you feel like your at the bar eavesdropping on a conversation, the book did feel like a conclusion. I liked it

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  • Anonymous User
  • 07-19-18

Nice read all round.

Another great good by a brilliant author. Excellent storytelling by the narrator made the listening experience very enjoyable.

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  • carolyn gladwin
  • 03-07-18

great finish to the series

Have really enjoyed this series. I didn't want it to end and never meet the characters again! Great story, great characters and set in the wild and windswept Hebrides.

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  • Christine M Walker
  • 09-07-17

Easy Listening

I didn't find this as spell binding as some of his other books. I found my mind kept wandering and I could come back to the story and I hadn't missed anything.

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  • Looraine
  • 05-27-15

Great book

This has a wonderful story told in a lovely and moving way about people you can believe in.