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The Wrath of Angels: A Charlie Parker Thriller Hardcover – January 1, 2013
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“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)
Top Customer Reviews
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.
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.Read more ›
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.
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I read this book ages ago, ordered by mistake but it is a great book and he is a fantastic authorPublished 1 day ago by Beauford Scott
I had enjoyed the Charlie Parker books but finally couldn't choke down the leftist preaching and propaganda any more...done...disgustingPublished 1 month ago by Douglas D. Rudy
I really like Charlie Parker stories, just enough of the supernatural and suspense to appeal to me.Published 2 months ago by Beth Koch
I'm not a good reviewer but I think most readers of novels will enjoy this book.Published 4 months ago by David Hall
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