A Time of Torment

Jerome Burnel was once a hero. He intervened to prevent multiple killings and in doing so damned himself. His life was torn apart. He was imprisoned, brutalized.

But in his final hours, with the hunters circling, he tells his tory to private detective Charlie Parker. He speaks of the irl who was marked for death but was saved, of the ones who tormented him, and an entity that hides in a ruined stockade.

Jackson is not like other wome. He died, and was reborn. He is ready to wage war.

Now he will descend upon a strange, isolated community called the Cut, and face down a force of men who rule by terror, intimidation, and convicte.

All in the name of the being they serve.

All in the name of the Dead King.
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Published April 7th 2016 by Hodder & Stoughton (first published 2016
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A Time of Torment
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4.5 starsA Time of Despai is the first John Connolly/Charlie Parker book that I have read, and I must say that I was completely taken in.

The only clue that Burnel leaves Parker is that of “ The Dead Quee, ” which Parker eventually traces to a ruthless Appalachian community called The Cut. Multiple stories come together bringing Parker to a dark world filled with agic, violence, and envy.

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Burning bodies, the arts of discernment, an individual with two sets of sets of dentures- one for smiling and the other for something else.

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A Time of Despai is the 14th Charlie Parker thriller, but the fourth one that I have read, and I have to admit I would n't have picked this up if it had n't been for the publisher inviting me to read a free copy.

My main reason for that: Charlie is a private detective who died and was kin of reborn, and there are plenty of otherworldly elements to this tory, which is omething I would n't usually be desperate to read.

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And in this ook is it the Dead King he is going after.

The essa 's story is slow but in a decen way.

Stuf happens for a fac, there are some revelations that I never saw coming and then comes the final confrontation towards the end.John Connolly writes in such a way that makes me slow down my reading, I do n't want to hurry the story.

There are severa scholar in my experience that can write like Connolly do, to utterly capture the reader 's attention and keep it until the end.

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For once it feels like the effect he has on the reader is truly reflected within the tal, people SEE him and they know he is an agent of change.

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Or, put another way, Charlie Parker rocks! Actually, Parker started kicking otherworldly butt something like 13 books ago.

Before someone hits it, he wants Cole to hear his story, which involves a cult-like community in an isolated part of West Virginia called the Cut.Parker and his two cronies agree Burnel is telling the truth about his wrongful conviction and take on the investigation- and then learn that Cut members are highly protective not only of their own, but of an evil entity called the Dead King.

That gives the Parker team pause ( not to mention a great line): " ... as far as I can tell, there is n't even a rapper called Dead King, and those guys pick up on all the good names. " But alas, just the mention of that name is enough to strike fear in the hearts of men and women ( and not infrequently, those who slip up and mention it end up tortured and killed in very npleasant ways).

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OK reading friends … Why has no one told me about John Connolly ’ s freaking AMAZING Charlie Parker series of paranormally extraordinary crime fiction???? Reading the 15th in the series, 2016 ’ s Time of Despai, my only thought was – where can I find the earlier books?

The locals stay out and leave the residents alone because they ’ ve grown up having seen and heard enough to know when to leave well enough alone.Parker is described by others reviewers as an anti-hero and here he is named “ a weapon in the ands of an unseen god … he walked tangled paths ” .Connolly ’ s gif for characterization and dialogue are spot on and this reads like a suspens but with the occult blended in to make a woven tapestry of COOL COOL COOL.Thank you, Mr. Connolly; I will most definitely be reading more from you. *** A free copy of this ook was provided in exchange for an honest review

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