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A Time of Torment: Private Investigator Charlie Parker hunts evil in the fourteenth book in the globally bestselling series (Charlie Parker Thriller 14) Kindle Edition
*** The Number One Bestseller ***
EVIL TAKES MANY FORMS.
PRIVATE INVESTIGATOR CHARLIE PARKER HUNTS THEM ALL.
Jerome Burnel was once a hero. He intervened to prevent multiple killings and in doing so damned himself. His life was torn apart.
But in his final days, with the hunters circling, he tells his story to private detective Charlie Parker. He speaks of the girl who was marked for death but was saved, of the ones who tormented him, and an entity that hides in a ruined stockade.
Parker is not like other men. He is ready to wage war. Now he will descend upon a strange, isolated community called the Cut, and face down a force of men who rule by terror, intimidation, and murder.
All in the name of the being they serve. All in the name of the Dead King.
From the number one Sunday Times and multi-million-copy bestselling author John Connolly comes the most compelling and unsettling Charlie Parker thriller yet.
The Charlie Parker novels can be read and enjoyed in any order. A Time of Torment is the fourteenth book in this globally bestselling series.
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'One of the writer's finest achievements' Independent
Charlie Parker is hunting, and the Dead King is his prey.
Jerome Burnel was once a hero. He intervened to prevent multiple killings and in doing so damned himself. His life was torn apart. He was imprisoned, brutalized.
But in his final days, with the hunters circling, he tells his story to private detective Charlie Parker. He speaks of the girl who was marked for death, but was saved; of the ones who tormented him, and the being that they serve.
Parker is not like other men. He died, and was reborn. He is ready to wage war.
Now he will descend upon a strange, isolated community called the Cut, and face down a force of men who rule by terror, intimidation, and murder.
'In a consistently excellent series, A TIME OF TORMENT may be the best yet . . . a dizzying, yet assured, ride to hell and back' Sunday Herald--This text refers to an alternate kindle_edition edition.
- ASIN : B013PKZWZE
- Publisher : Hodder & Stoughton (7 April 2016)
- Language : English
- File size : 1153 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 481 pages
- Best Sellers Rank: 50,181 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
- 2,895 in Mystery, Thriller & Suspense Action Fiction (Books)
- 3,172 in Suspense Thrillers (Kindle Store)
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In this instalment we see Parker transformed, his very essence revitalised and ever so dangerous. For once it feels like the effect he has on the reader is truly reflected within the story, people SEE him and they know he is an agent of change. Whether for good or ill depends solely on the actions of that individual, they will be judged first on this earth, and as ever in these novels, these people deserve it. Connolly again proves his ability to delve into the dark and degenerate, yet another small town in America sin deep in depravity and death. The cleanup is enthusiastically assisted by Louis and Angel, with a few other surprises, all the gang are here and it feels like home.
On to A Game of Ghosts...
Listening to this book, I got reminded again why I like to listen to Jeff Harding. I like the way he make the characters come alive with the voices he gives each character. It adds a certain flavour to the story that I wouldn't have had, had I just read the book without the audiobook format. Kudos to the narrator!
It is also pleasing to read of Angel and Louis again. And of Jennifer and Sam too! It is like meeting long lost friends again... It gives one that fuzzy feeling! Looking forward to reading about these beloved characters again next year when the next book in the series comes out. :)
Of all the Charlie Parker books, this one, I believe have the most solid plot. John Connolly was firing on all cylinders when he wrote this book! Such that I am looking forward to reading the next book to see how the news media is handling the news of the bad guys' apprehension. In particular, how the media is portraying Jerome Burnel this time. Now that the truth has been exposed. Did Jerome Burnel got what he hired Charlie Parker for, at last? A federal bust this big is sure to get cover, not only by the local papers, but also by the national ones. It would be interesting to see.
Another thing that I hope that the next book will clarify is whether Shakey lived or not! It wasn't very clear to me whether Lucius killed him or not. And I wanted him to survive! He's a tough old gun who had survived a lot and now that his life seems to be getting better at last, I didn't want him to die!
Ok, so I am a die-hard fan! It is still true that this book is fantastic read!
Story telling quality = 4.5
Character development = 5
Story itself = 5
Writing Style = 5
Ending = 5
World building = 5
Cover art = 4
Pace = (13 hrs & 58 mins)
Plot = 5
Narration = 5
Overall Rating: 5 out of 5
In some ways, I think that Mr Connolly has entered Stephen King territory (is it a coincidence that the evil entity in the book is called the 'Dead King' ??). There are several grisly deaths and in the final quarter of the book the suspense is racked up to a degree where it was very difficult to put the book down.
Obviously, Mr Connolly has based his story around the rise of the 'cult' and also certain factual events that took place not just in the USA but in Europe also. Finally, I can't be the only one to say that the whole Charlie Parker series would make an excellent series of films (ie like the 'Bosch' series of books written by Michael Connelly). Over to you Amazon Prime !
I've been obsessed since day one of Every Dead Thing... Many, many years ago at the beginning of Charlie Parker, Angel and the ruthless yet glorious intriguingly Louis....
I still have no idea why it is I relate so closely to these characters only to say I feel at peace with them and always have.
If the characters I speak of may disturb you, which in many cases they may, I won't apologise as I only speak the truth
of what it is I feel...
The fact that now we are at a stage of change and growth scares me yet excites me in a weird preserve way that only enforces my beliefs in what it is in that strange bizarre way I can relate (despite my misspent chequered youth and past as a young wrong person myself) so profoundly to them...
"A Time Of Torment" continues the journey of Charlie Parker from a broken guilt ridden policeman to an avenging crusader against evil. Where that journey will take him and to what he will become , is what keeps the series so fresh and each book so eagerly awaited.
If you have not read any of the series, I would urge you to begin with the first book.