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A Time of Torment: A Charlie Parker Thriller: 14. The Number One bestseller Kindle Edition
The Number One bestseller, now out in paperback.
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 an entity that hides in a ruined stockade.
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.
All in the name of the being they serve.
All in the name of the Dead King.
'One of the writer's finest achievements . . . new readers - start here' Independent
'A consistently excellent series . . .a dizzying ride to hell and back' Sunday Herald
'Magical, horrific, poetic, gothic. Unique and rewarding' Maxim Jakubowski
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The Charlie Parker series has now reached its 14th volume and never fails to impress . . . just keeps on getting better and better and increasingly haunting. What began as a particularly atmospheric series of books featuring a wounded character in search of redemption in the fogs of rural Maine and other American landscapes has turned into a major literary triumph . . .Magical, horrific, poetic, gothic. Unique and rewarding. -- Maxim Jakubowski ― Lovereading
Fascinating and bone-chilling . . . a beast of a good read and it has a whopping thumbs up from me -- Liz Robinson ― Lovereading --This text refers to the paperback 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: 137,366 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
- 7,205 in Suspense Thrillers (Kindle Store)
- 7,428 in Mystery, Thriller & Suspense Action Fiction (Books)
- 9,173 in Suspense Thrillers (Books)
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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
The Charlie Parker is a great 'champion' for the forces of good (vs. evil) and it seems now that having had a 'near death' experience, that he is moving into a more proactive period of closing down the agents of the devil. Connolly walks a fine line, balancing the real world with that of a more spiritual/dark/fantastical one, but without going OTT and making it too comic-like/unbelievable.
The down side is having to wait another 12 months for the next instalment of the story of this damaged eternal champion.
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 !