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The Wrath of Angels: A Charlie Parker Thriller Hardcover – January 1, 2013

4.1 out of 5 stars 275 customer reviews
Book 11 of 13 in the Charlie Parker Series

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A small plane crashes virtually unnoticed in the vast woods of northern Maine. In the wreckage is a list of names that could tilt the balance in a secret war between two shadowy armies. One army is searching for the fallen angels banished from heaven for rebelling against the Divine. Charlie Parker, Connolly’s decent, resolute, deadly Portland PI, is a soldier in the opposing army, and it falls to him to find the wreckage and the list, but the mysterious Maine woods hold a threat to anyone who enters. So, it’s Evil versus Good versus an entity indifferent to both. Connolly often stretches the boundaries of the crime novel, but he also tells a ripping-good yarn and creates vividly drawn characters: e.g., a rabbi who battles Evil by acting like a cross between a CIA spymaster and a Mafia don; a child who remembers his own death; and a right-wing radio hatemonger who discovers he’s wholly owned by Evil Inc. The plot is almost shambolic, but anyone willing to suspend disbelief is in for a great read. --Thomas Gaughan

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“Strongly recommended for plot, characterization, authenticity . . . horror . . . and humanity.” (Library Journal (starred review))

“A great read.” (Booklist)

“Memorable . . . it takes readers on a path they truly won’t believe, offering diehard evil from the first to the last page . . . Connolly has once again delivered an all-out thrill ride!” (Suspense Magazine)

“Connolly leaves us wanting more.” (Florida Times-Union)

“I believe that I have already read what is sure to be one of the best books to be published this year: THE WRATH OF ANGELS . . . Read this with the lights on and the doors locked.” (Bookreporter.com)

“A great, epic time spent with friends and enemies.” (Mystery People)

“Connolly’s superb fusion of noir and the supernatural is to be savored, and not to be missed.” (My Bookish Ways)

“It kept me captivated throughout and wowed me with all its revelations . . . The Wrath of Angels marks itself as a high point of the Charlie Parker series.” (Fantasy Book Critic)
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Product Details

  • Series: Charlie Parker (Book 11)
  • Hardcover: 480 pages
  • Publisher: Atria/Emily Bestler Books; First Edition edition (January 1, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9781476703022
  • ISBN-13: 978-1476703022
  • ASIN: 1476703027
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 1.5 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (275 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #182,638 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Charlie Parker is back again in John Connolly latest novel, THE WRATH OF ANGELS. Charlie is not your usual protagonist or private investigator. His quest to find the killer of his wife and child continues in this eleventh book in the series, along with an assignment that puts all his skills to the test.

Two older men find the wreckage of a plane deep in the Maine woods. There are no bodies, but they find a large amount of money and a list. They take the money and tell no one. Neither man realizes there are many people searching for the list for less than noble reasons. Charlie is pulled into the search and fears his name may be on it as someone to be eliminated.

Even if you are a first time reader of this series, it is easy to follow along with the tidbits of back story sprinkled into the plot. Long time readers, will recognize the Collector from previous novels. There are new, creepy villains that will keep you wanting to read just one more chapter before you put the book down for the night.

The cover of THE WRATH OF ANGELS calls the novel "A Charlie Parker Thriller", but it is so much more than that. The author masterfully mixes the supernatural and thriller genre with a narrative that flows smoothly. The vivid descriptions and authentic dialogue are the marks of a true storyteller.

In addition to his Charlie Parker series, John Connolly has written two children's books, THE GATES and THE INFERNALS that were entertaining to me as an adult. In 2012 the author co-edited BOOKS TO DIE FOR, an anthology of essays from top crime writers.
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By robbie on September 8, 2012
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If you bought this book you have obviously read the other ten books written about Charlie Parker. Each one I read I think..Well that's the best one so far and that is what I thought after I had finished reading Wrath of Angels. I love the way John Connolly writes. It is sensitive, graphic, explosive and haunting. I just thank God that he doesn't leave it too long between books. One of my favourite authors as he never, but never, disappoints.
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If you go down to the woods today you're sure of a big, and in true John Connolly fashion, quite nasty surprise in this the eleventh, in the Charlie Parker series. Fear not if this is your first step into the dark, supernatural tinged tales from the pen of Mr Connolly as there is just the right amount of back story to bring you right up to speed as to why everyone behaves in the way that they do, and the numerous, and at times more than a bit scary skeletons that reside in Parker's closet which delight in coming back to bite him on the derriere. If you're a seasoned fan of the unholy trinity of Charlie, Louis and Angel step right in and prepare to be entertained- this is a corker with more than a few familiar faces along the way...
Despite my more than a bit flippant intro to my review this is indeed one of the darkest tales yet featuring Charlie Parker and there is a suffocating miasma of evil throughout the whole affair with most characters being touched in some way by this atmosphere of death and misery. From the opening scene of a dying old man's confession of a past sin to a sinister path of discovery towards a hidden list of doomed souls, Connolly weaves a convoluted tale that is murderous, tangential and twisting hither and thither with all the main protagonists being expertly drawn together for a bloody denouement. As I alluded to earlier, the recurring characters all have a part to play and with the reappearance of the wonderfully sinister Kushiel (or `The Collector') and with a couple of other nasty surprises, there is more than enough to keep Parker on the back foot throughout the novel as they close in for different reasons to the acquisition of the list, languishing in the wrecked fuselage of a crashed plane in the backwoods of Maine.
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Felt strangely unsatisfied after reading this. The ending felt hurried. Connolly spend a long time "re-developing" one of the past villains Parker's dealt with, implying an eventual confrontation that basically doesn't happen. There's a macguffin that everyone's after, and it's supposed to be hard to find, but suddenly it's discovered with no real difficulty. It's supposed to be important but nothing about it seems especially significant and it's hard to figure out what all the fuss is about. We get a little character development for the collector, and to 'keep it real' a very minor character is killed off.

At no point did I feel like Parker and his usual gang were in real trouble. There's some interesting branches like his ex-girlfriend's new love interest, that go nowhere. His novels are getting away from crime and more into the supernatural. I'm worried that they're also falling into a groove where each one is going to be like the last one.
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If you are familiar with John Connolly's books, you'll know what I'm talking about; and, if you aren't, you should be. Connolly is first and foremost a writer whose prose possess an unusual degree of depth and color. His characters and stories are fascinating; however, his latest work is so crowded with characters and exposition, that quite a few of his regulars get short shrift. Not to give anything away, but the demise of a long-standing character is almost an afterthought.
Don't get me wrong. This book is far superior to most of those that end up on Top Whatever lists; however, in the future, Connolly needs to slow down and not try to cram too much into a single novel.
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