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review 2017-07-17 15:56
A Game of Ghosts by John Connolly
A Game of Ghosts: A Charlie Parker Thriller - John Connolly

 

This time around Charlie Parker is hired to look into the disappearance of Jaycob Eklund. Jaycob is a P.I. that has mysteriously vanished while investigating the history of a group named The Brethren. Louis and Angel get involved and the Collector and his aging father do as well. What FUN!

 

FBI Agent Edgar Ross is the man who hires Charlie and I still don't trust him or his motives. He won't even tell Charlie why he's searching for Eklund. I'm not sure where Mr. Connolly is going with this relationship, but I have a bad feeling about it, for sure.

 

Louis and Angel trade insults as always, but in this book their love became a little more real to me. You'll see why if you read it. (You SHOULD read it!)

 

Also playing a part in this volume are Rachel and Sam, Charlie's ex-girlfriend and (living) daughter, respectively. Rachel, understandably, is still angry and upset after what happened to Sam in the last book and is now taking legal steps regarding Sam's custody. Trusty Moxie, Charlie's lawyer, is on the case. Unfortunately, Rachel doesn't ask Sam how she feels about all this, but Sam makes her feelings known-in a way that is uniquely her own.

 

I loved this book! I believe I am seeing the beginning of the end, off in the distance, and that makes me sad. However, I am hoping that perhaps the series will continue in some other form, I

am hoping for an entire new series featuring Sam and her insane capabilities.

(spoiler show)

But if I don't get I will still be happy, because I believe that the Charlie Parker books have become the best ongoing series out there, bar none. They are consistently interesting, well written and just plain fun-and considering how dark some of them are, that's quite a feat!

 

I love Charlie, Louis and Angel and I love YOU, John Connolly! I can't wait to see what happens next! I highly recommend A Game of Ghosts to fans of the series, and to new fans, (but I strongly suggest you read them in order.)

 

*Thanks to the publisher and to NetGalley for providing an e-ARC of this book in exchange for my honest review. This is it.*

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text 2017-07-12 22:30
Reading progress update: I've read 34% and...
A Game of Ghosts: A Charlie Parker Thriller - John Connolly

and I'm getting a very bad feeling regarding one of my favorite characters in this series.

 

That's not gonna happen, right? John Connolly wouldn't do that, would he?

 

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text 2017-02-21 23:25
Every Dead Thing (Charlie Parker #1) - John Connolly

Definitely the most gory and grotesque beginning to any book I have ever read. Do not start reading this while you are eating. I seriously thought it was going to be a DNF.

There were a few moments when my eyes started to cross and my mind started to wander. Thankfully, those were very few. For the most part, I found this book to be very edge of my seat. The suspects for the "Traveling Man" were many and my finger pointed at a lot of them. Some of the time when I was reading the book, I was wondering, "how the heck does this tie in?". Then at the end when the author put in the red arrows and the blinking lights along with the sirens, I was like I would have never figured that out.

The story took me from New York, up to the East Coast, to Virginia and down to the Big Easy. Charlie Parker provided many chuckles as well as his friends, Louis and Angel. So basically, the author added everything. Entertainment, mystery, suspense, gore, action scenes, scenery, high speed chases, the "don't go into the basement scenes", a few swampland scenes and some good ole Bayou voodoo. Not to mention the Cajun delicacies enjoyed by the characters.

This was a great story and definitely held my interest. This was one serial killer you did not want to meet in a dark alley.

Thanks to Atria Books for approving my request and to Net Galley for providing me with a free e-galley in exchange for an honest review.

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text 2016-12-29 12:45
Char's Horror Corner Top 5: Novels Read in 2016
The Secret Life of Souls: A Novel - Lucky McKee,Jack Ketchum
Fellside - M.R. Carey
Darktown: A Novel - Thomas Mullen
A Time of Torment: A Charlie Parker Thriller - John Connolly
Freedom of the Mask - Vincent Chong,Robert R. McCammon

 

2016 has been a great year here at Char's Horror Corner, with many phenomenal books being read. Here are the ones that I liked the most, in no particular order, (if you're interested,  click on the titles to see my reviews):

 

The Secret Life of Souls by Jack Ketchum and Lucky McKee. Caity is a dog that I will never forget, (that's her in silhouette on the cover there), and the Cross family is one I loved to hate. Bringing dysfunctional family stories to a whole 'nother level, The Secret Life of Souls brought out a lot of emotions in this cold, dark heart of mine. 

You can get a copy here: The Secret Life of Souls: A Novel

 

 

Fellside by M.R. Carey. After reading The Girl With All the Gifts, I had to give M.R. Carey another try, so I grabbed Fellside and I was NOT disappointed. Even though it wasn't exactly the horror novel that I expected, the storytelling was what got to me. With a plot that kept me guessing for quite a while, this book was a real winner for me. You can get a copy here: Fellside

 

 

Darktown by Thomas Mullen was a book that I requested from NetGalley based on the description alone. An historical fiction novel about the first black policemen in Atlanta, Georgia. Painful to read but beautifully written, this book was a testament to the strength and bravery of those officers. You can get your copy here: Darktown: A Novel

 

 

A Time of Torment by John Connolly is the latest entry in the Charlie Parker series. One would think for a series that has gone on for so long, the later entries would be weaker, but in this case the opposite is true. These books just keep getting better. However, I believe I sense Charlie's time is coming to a close. Though I hope that is not the case, I will be glued to the rest of this series either way. You can get a copy here: A Time of Torment: A Charlie Parker Thriller

 

 

Freedom of the Mask by Robert McCammon is the 6th book in the Matthew Corbett series, (which happens to be yet another series that is getting better and better.) This one started with a crazy voyage overseas, imprisonment in the filthy Newgate Prison, and a rescue mission gone badly awry. I've never had such fun with an historical fiction series in my life! I can't wait to see what's in store for Matthew next. You can get your copy here: Freedom of the Mask

 


If you're still here, thanks for reading! I hope that you'll join me here again next year, for what I foresee as being another great year of reading!

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review 2016-11-25 20:32
A wonderful complex, charismatic, and sad detective
A Time of Torment: A Charlie Parker Thriller - John Connolly

This is the 14th book in the Charlie Parker series and possibly not the strongest best remembered. A strange community "The Cut" are an enclosed society within Plassey County in West Virginia. They resist all help and do not welcome interference from an outside world, preferring to administer their own archaic form of justice by extortion, bullying and annihilation of perceived enemies, and those who would seek to undermine their way of life. Into this complex and dangerous situation enters our hero Charlie Parker tasked with locating a vanished girl and unmasking the legend of The Dead King. As ever he is accompanied by his able assistants Angel and Louis always with potential to call for assistance from the "Fulci" brothers if life becomes tough!

 

It is however the tormented and restless soul of Parker that we the reader love. This flawed hero not only laments and worships the loss of his family but also communicates with his dead daughter Jennifer always hoping to find some peace and perhaps soon to be with her on the other side. It is this dark aspect to Connolly's novels that make his books so readable, the sadness that is a permanent companion to a still great detective...."But it was his gaze that was most altered. If it were true what they said about the eyes being the windows to the soul, then Parker's soul burned with a new fire. His eyes held a calm conviction that Dave had not seen in them before. This was a fundamentally changed man, one who had come back strengthened, not weakened, by what he had endured, but who was also both less and more than he once had been.

 

In a long running series there will naturally be preferential novels more liked and suited to different readers. Whilst no John Connolly story is anything less than excellent my own personal favourites are A Song of Shadow, The Wrath of Angels and Every Dead Thing (where it all began) JC is a truly unique talent, and having made his acquaintance at a book gathering in Bath UK last year, a most genuine and gracious man always showing great respect and reverence to his adoring public!

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