A Time of Torment: A Charlie Parker Thriller (14) Hardcover – August 2, 2016
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“There are a few authors whose novels are my own personal equivalent to comfort food. Stephen King is one; John Connolly is another.” Source: Michael Patrick Hicks Reviews
"The beauty of John Connolly's Charlie Parker novels is how the characters continue to evolve." Source: The Jacksonville Times
"John Connolly is one of the best writers working today . . . A Time of Torment may be his best work to date. And that is no small feat." Source: Umney's Alley
"The Charlie Parker series is my favorite series of all time. In any genre. Perhaps because it doesn't fit neatly into any one genre. It's gritty crime novels with supernatural elements and a mystery that spans across the entire series." Source: Cynthia's On Pens and Needles
"John Connolly takes the reader kicking and screaming to places they probably didn't know existed . . . . If you love thriller mysteries with an air of the mystical, then you need to read A Time of Torment!" Source: Literarily Illumined
"John Connolly writes with his always superb, poetic prose, and its beauty is in wonderful contrast to the subtle, and sometimes not so subtle (one bad guy has dentures made of razor blades), horrors he describes." Source: Criminal Element
"It doesn't get any better than this. Seriously . . . . [A Time of Torment] shines and depresses, overjoys and frightens, from page to page, paragraph to paragraph, sentence to sentence . . . . you will want to go back to the beginning and read every word of this series, in sequential order, upon completion of this latest installment." Source: Bookreporter.com
"This eerie thriller has made a forever-fan of me . . . . You may write, and I may write, but nobody else will ever, ever be able to write like Connolly. Our story is part of the Charlie Parker series, but I have not read any of the others and found I was able to hop into this story as a single read with no difficulty." Source: Seattle Book Mama
"Suspense fans won't want to miss Connolly's A Time of Torment. It's gripping and gritty all the way through." Source: Night Owl Reviews
About the Author
- Publisher : Atria/Emily Bestler Books; 1st Edition (August 2, 2016)
- Language : English
- Hardcover : 480 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1501118323
- ISBN-13 : 978-1501118326
- Item Weight : 1.55 pounds
- Dimensions : 6 x 0.8 x 9 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #277,126 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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In "A Time Of Torment", Parker is hired by Jerome Burnel, a former hero who may have been framed by a child porn charge which made him a pariah; furthermore, sensing his own impending death, he enlists Parker to find out who framed him and why. Parker and his pals soon discover a strong link to an isolated and forbidding mountain community known simply as "The Cut"; a community with an ancient evil past highlighted by crime and death and housing an entity known as the "Dead King". Soon Parker and team join with a local sheriff to investigate The Cut and its depraved leaders Oberon and Cassander. Knowing that kidnapped girls are secreted somewhere in The Cut, Parker's team goes on the offense to try saving the girls, find Burnel, and end the stranglehold that The Cut exerts on Plassey County.
"A Time Of Torment" is a fine addition to the lore of Charlie Parker but it is not a good starting point for someone unfamiliar with the series. My two quibbles revolve around the fact that Connolly occasionally rambles and stretches out the narrative a little too much and he has a tendency to reuse his villains more often than I would like. A comic book editor once said that good villains are hard to find which may explain why so few comic book villains ever truly die and, regretfully, Connolly seems to subscribe to the same notion.
As with any good series, if you haven’t read the earlier books, you will not fully appreciate this one. As this is the fourteenth (fifteenth if you count his novella) Charlie Parker novel, Connolly does not spend time recapping, which is a good thing.
While this story includes Parker, and his sidekicks Angel and Louis, they are almost insignificant. The majority of the novel revolves around a group called the Cut, and Sheriff Henkel, who is determined to rid his county of this cult-like group..
This novel, more than some of Connolly’s others, has a significant amount of supernatural elements. The beauty of Connolly’s writing is that he makes these elements not only believable, but made me wish some of it were true.
Parker has two daughters. One who was killed, and one with special talents. So as not to give anything away, I will just say it is the sister’s interactions that make this novel unique.
This one gets four stars. I usually give five for Connolly’s novels but Parker’s small role caused me to drop one. Hopefully, this is not a trend.
Top reviews from other countries
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 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...
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...