- Hardcover: 416 pages
- Publisher: Subterranean; Deluxe Hardcover Edition edition (May 31, 2012)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1596064668
- ISBN-13: 978-1596064669
- Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 6.5 x 1.7 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars See all reviews (116 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #330,780 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Providence Rider Hardcover – May 31, 2012
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His next novel, THE BORDER, is SF/horror. It will be published in May 2015 by Subterranean Press. Later in 2015: a limited edition of BLUE WORLD and trade paperback editions of BLUE WORLD, THEY THIRST, and THE HUNTER FROM THE WOODS, as well as I TRAVEL BY NIGHT 2: LAST TRAIN FROM PERDITION.
Visit his websites: www.robertmccammon.com and www.matthewcorbettsworld.com
Top Customer Reviews
This is a SPOILER-FREE review that will focus on my impressions as a reader, with little to no references to the brilliant plot points of the novel, which can be found in the book description above. To reveal anything further would be a disservice to both you, the potential reader, and the author of this absolutely dynamic adventure.
Simply put, this novel is at once everything you could hope for from a historical thriller, and everything you've come to expect from a Matthew Corbett mystery. From the quite literal opening salvo that propels our young "problem solver" into his latest escapade, to the final sigh of relief that Matthew has once again narrowly escaped the jaws of death, the reader is plunged into an adventure filled-to-bursting with nefarious plots and international intrigue, populated by a cast of superbly developed characters who offer Matthew unflagging friendship, unmitigated evil, and sometimes both.
The novel itself is a hybrid tale somewhere between the action-packed cat-and-mouse game that filled the pages of Mister Slaughter and the layer-upon-layer mystery of The Queen of Bedlam. Whereas Mister Slaughter focused on the brute mayhem and violence that could be inflicted upon Corbett's physical person in his pursuit to uncover the evils of the world around him, Providence Rider takes a backdoor approach in which Professor Fell wages psychological warfare on Corbett in order to first get the young man to acquiesce to his demands, and then to further sink his teeth into Matthew's psyche as Corbett is exposed to the ruthless horrors of Fell's inner circle of villains.Read more ›
It's by far the shortest of the four novels, but it packs a walloping punch, hooks you from the opening, and doesn't let up until you read the final page.
I would highly recommend reading the first three novels of McCammon's epic series before tackling The Providence Rider, but you could follow this tale without the first three novels. You'll just miss out on some salient details and a pretty large number of subtle nods to previous events and characters. Still McCammon does pretty well in providing previous key plot points in high-level detail.
The novel starts out in New York with Matthew Corbett still reeling from his brutal adventure against Tyranthus Slaughter and Lyra Sutch. Against this backdrop, Matthew is quite reluctant to attend a dinner invitation extended by an emissary of the infamous Professor Fell. Fell, however, is not one to take No for an answer. Soon, explosions begin rocking buildings around the city and promise to continue to do so until Matthew takes Professor Fell up on that meeting.
Fell is looking for Matthew to be a Providence Rider, someone who can ride in and deliver a much-needed boon to the Professor. The setting for this adventure, however, is far from New York. Instead Matthew must travel to the mysterious Pendulum Island where the criminal Master Bosses of Professor Fell's empire are gathered for a meeting.Read more ›
In this novel we meet Matthew's nemesis, Professor Fell.
I love how Matthew is growing throughout the series. At first in "Speaks the Nightbird" Matthew is uncertain and a bit naive. As the series continues, he is learning and becoming more and more sure of himself. As he takes part in the scarier and darker side of life,as in "Mister Slaughter" he becomes more hardened, more worldly. Now in his latest, Matthew is reminding me of that old Nietzsche quote: "Battle not with monsters, lest ye become a monster, and if you gaze into the abyss, the abyss gazes also into you."
Will Matthew survive this look into the abyss? You will have to read it to find out!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
A pleasure to see how Mathew Corbett evolves as a problem solver ( early word for detective ).Published 11 days ago by claude williams
Excellent read. Kept me on the edge of my seat. I could never figure out what was coming next.Published 3 months ago by Sharon D. Scurry
A great series that has every thing. Adventure, murder, action and humor.Published 3 months ago by Kindle Customer
I have enjoyed every one of the books in the Matthew Corbett series. Every one gets better and better and I can't wait for the next one. Read morePublished 3 months ago by C. Lloyd Fonger
Excitement from beginning to end. Before I realized that Matthew Corbett was featured in a series of books, I actually read the fifth and currently most recent in the series. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Bud Stephens