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The Wrath of Angels (Charlie Parker #11)

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In the depths of the Maine woods, the wreckage of an aeroplane is discovered. There are no bodies, and no such plane has ever been reported missing, but men both good and evil have been seeking it for a long, long time. What the wreckage conceals is more important than money: it is power. Hidden in the plane is a list of names, a record of those who have struck a deal with ...more
Hardcover, 480 pages
Published August 30th 2012 by Hodder & Stoughton (first published 2012)
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Franklin Atherton
Jan 28, 2013 Franklin Atherton rated it it was amazing
I have read John Connolly's entire Charlie Parker series, and Wrath of Angels is the one where he definitely hits his stride. Several themes and characters are resolved that were extremely vague and mysterious upon their introduction. The fallen angel theme becomes more well-defined as does the Jewish faction in the chase thereof, but most of all, the character of The Collector is finally revealed in all his insidious decay. But the best thing about a John Connolly novel is not so much the ...more
Sep 19, 2012 Brandon rated it really liked it
I shouldn't even have this book!

Connolly's North American publisher is waiting until January 01st, 2013 to release it in my neck of the woods and seeing as how the world is supposed to end on December 22nd, there's a good chance I wouldn't have been able to ever read it. So, seeing as it was released as originally specified in the UK on August 30th, I took it upon myself to order it from the UK Amazon store.

A group from Charlie Parker's storied past returns in The Wrath of Angels. An enemy who
Jul 06, 2015 Phrynne rated it really liked it
I love Charlie Parker and my reviews of this series always vary between four and five stars. Four is for a very good book and five for an outstanding one. This book is a four. It wasn't outstanding because Charlie himself played such a small part in it. There were so many other characters vying for space I felt a little overwhelmed at times. Nevertheless it was totally readable, full of suspense and occasional horror and spookiness and generally what we expect from John Connolly. Looking forward ...more
Jul 09, 2012 Raven rated it really liked it
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 ...more
John Connolly es un maestro a la hora de mezclar la novela negra con lo sobrenatural, y con cada nuevo libro de la serie del detective Charlie Parker, aumenta su mitología y se vuelve más apasionante.

En ‘La ira de los ángeles’, Parker sigue su guerra particular contra las fuerzas de la oscuridad. Marielle Vetters y Ernie Scollay, requieren de los servicios de Parker para localizar un avión perdido en los bosques de Maine, que contenía unas bolsas de dinero y algo todavía más valioso, una lista d
Jan 31, 2013 Mihir rated it really liked it

Full review originally at Fantasy Book Critic

ANALYSIS: For longtime readers of the blog, it will come as no surprise when I reiterate how much I am enthralled by John Connolly’s writing style and prose. John is a master at writing supernatural mystery thrillers but with the last few years he has diversified his books and become even more enthralling. I’m always amazed as to how he has grown the mythology in his Charlie Parker series, firstly by exploring the past in “The Lovers” then with the
Paul Nelson
The Wrath of Angels is the 11th in the Charlie Parker series and I have to say it just keeps getting better, while the previous novel The Burning Soul felt like the foot had come off the accelerator fractionally, well I gave it 4.5 stars so it was minuscule but TWOA puts the foot right down to the metal again.

I won’t give much in the way of plot details, just to say that this contains everything I love most about the series and it actually felt like the Charlie Parker story arc advanced somewha
Kealan Burke
Jan 10, 2013 Kealan Burke rated it liked it
The most ambitious and overtly horror outing for Charlie Parker to date, delivered with Connelly's typical poetic skill, but undone somewhat by a cast too large for the length of the story, which dilutes the impact and leaves the book feeling more like a series of vignettes. Parker himself, largely the draw for fans of the series, is mostly relegated to bookend chapters and merely picks up crumbs long after the reader has discovered them. Structurally odd for this series, and not altogether ...more
Sep 07, 2015 Bill rated it it was amazing
Some of my favorite characters in fiction are back. It is good to get with old friends and I was quickly drawn back into their world. My only gripe with this one was that there was not enough of Charlie Parker. It seemed that it was more of a background story of the fallen and almost had an espionage vibe with warring factions of angels, fallen or not. Still a solid 4 stars for me and definitely one of the best series around. Can’t wait for the next one - With the set up in Wrath, it should ...more
Allan M. Mcdonald
Sep 15, 2012 Allan M. Mcdonald rated it really liked it
I have read the Charlie Parker series in a somewhat circuitous route, having started at The Unquiet, then The Reapers before diving straight into The Lovers and now have caught myself up by starting with Every Dead thing and working my way up to The Lovers, where I have now followed correct form and completed the last three books in order. The Wrath of Angels is the eleventh book in the series.

The Wrath Of Angels is an 'all cards on table' book, where the main elements and themes of earlier book
aPriL does feral sometimes
If 'The Wrath of Angels' was a television series episode, it would be the show that is the last one of the season before the show goes on its three months hiatus. Like the way season-ending TV shows work, all of the ongoing threads from the previous episodes are pulled together in a huge explosive finish, with a thread left dangling to be carried over into the new season. Needless to say anyone who watches the final season episode without having watched the previous ones won't have much of a ...more
Jan 27, 2013 Bandit rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Long awaited and worth the wait #11 in the best series out there. With this book Connolly delves deeper into the angel mythos he's been writing about on and off throughout the series. The book is extemely dark and is less of a mystery/detective and more of a supernatural tale. Most of the regular characters are back as well as the mysterious Collector and the readers get to find out a bit more about him. There is probably no need to compliment Connolly's writing at this point, having done so on ...more
Aug 16, 2013 Neil rated it it was amazing
Who is Charlie Parker? A washed up ex-cop who can't hold on to a relationship with a woman, grieving for his dead wife & daughter & spending his time investigation insurance scams & unfaithful spouses, or one of heaven's fallen angels, ridding the world of his own kind gone bad? The Wrath Of Angels is the latest in this gripping & superbly written series that takes the reader into the crepuscular world that we dream about in our nightmares & gladly only half remember when we ...more
Inti Ruiz cruz
Aug 12, 2015 Inti Ruiz cruz rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
«Pisa ligero, ella está cerca, bajo la nieve. No levantez la voz, ella oye crecer las margaritas.» Oscar Wilde

Una pieza mas de la que ya considero mitología de Connolly, muy bien aceitada, cada vez mas profunda e intrigante. El autor tiene una capacidad pasmosa para generar no sólo suspenso sino terror en ciertos pasajes de sus libros y este no fue la excepción.

Ansioso por hacerme con los dos siguientes de la serie, sé que me espera algo emocionante.
Michael Robotham
Sep 01, 2016 Michael Robotham rated it really liked it
Connolly is a lovely stylist - one of the classiest crime writers in the world. I'm not usually a fan of books with a spiritual or supernatural element, but I make an exception for Connolly and for Stephen King because they both have a wonderful turn of phrase and eye for the telling phrase.
J.F. Penn
Sep 09, 2012 J.F. Penn rated it it was amazing
I love the Charlie Parker books and this was another great one. A plane goes down in the forest and dangerous people are searching for what it contained. The body count piles up and Parker must confront old enemies and clear suspicions of his own nature. Suitably creepy and macabre.
Jul 31, 2014 Albert rated it really liked it
Title - The Wrath of Angels

Author - John Connolly

Summary -

A plane wreckage is found deep in the woods of Maine, there are no bodies but a satchel of money. More money than the two men who have found it have ever seen. Good men. Honest men. Tempted men. They do something that they would never have done before and take the list. Doing this they set in motion a series of events that would end up hurting those they love and bringing forth a malevolence that they had never known. An evil that doesn
Kristin  (MyBookishWays Reviews)
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Harlan Vetters is dying, and he has a secret. A plane crashed long ago deep in the Great North Woods and when Harlan and his friend, Paul Scollay, discovered the plane, they also found a bag of money and evidence that the plane may have been carrying a prisoner. There’s no sign of a body or bodies, only the dark presence of a young girl who’s said to haunt the surrounding area. So, Harlan and Paul took the money, and kept
Mark Tully
Aug 30, 2012 Mark Tully rated it really liked it
*Minor Spoilers throughout*

Before giving my review of this book I first have to say that I am a massive fan of John Connolly and especially his Charlie Parker series, of which this book is among. I have read every installment in the series and therefore I think my views on The Wrath of Angels may differ somewhat from a somebody for whom this book is the first of Connolly's or indeed the Parker series.
That is not to say however that you cannot enjoy The Wrath of Angels unless you have read previ
Amy Lignor
Jan 22, 2013 Amy Lignor rated it it was amazing
Through ten novels, fans have come to love the character of Charlie Parker. In this, Connolly’s eleventh offering, he proves that not only is Charlie still in top form, but that he is still one of the true masters when it comes to the world of suspense!

Pure and utter evil from the first page to the last is what Angels is all about, beginning with the death of Harlan Vetters, a man who has spent his entire life living in the stark loneliness of Northern Maine where he raised his family and led a
Paul Pessolano
Jan 19, 2013 Paul Pessolano rated it really liked it
“The Wrath of Angels” by John Connolly, published by Emily Bestler Books.

Category – Mystery/Thriller/ Fantasy

“The Wrath of Angels” is a Charlie Parker thriller. This is the thirteenth book in the series. The books can be read separately but would be enjoyed more if read in order.

If you have not read any of these it is best to know that Charlie Parker is a detective whose wife and child were murdered. In his search for the killers Charlie finds that he may be searching for beings that inhabit a h
Jan 20, 2013 Cheryl rated it it was amazing
Harlan Vetters is on his death bed. Before he goes he has a tale to tell. A while back, Harlan and his friend, Paul were out hunting. They came upon an airplane. The airplane is abandoned however it looks like the forest has claimed the airplane and is trying to hide it away. Harlan and Paul investigate the airplane. They find tons of money and a list with names on it. This list is very valuable. The list is so valuable that it will wage a war between evil and good.

I have seen Mr. Connolly’s bo
Carole Barrowman
Feb 09, 2013 Carole Barrowman rated it really liked it
Shelves: dark-deadly
Because of the recurring themes of temptation and damnation, redemption and revenge in the series' narrative arc, I've had a hunch that Connolly was re-imagining Milton's epic "Paradise Lost." After reading this installment in Parker's quest for grace, I may be right. The novel opens with the discovery of a crashed plane, its wreckage shrouded in "rotting vegetation," looking as though "the forest were absorbing" it. Inside, hunters discover money and a list. They steal the money and leave the ...more
Richard Wright
Sep 23, 2012 Richard Wright rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2012
Where the previous Charlie Parker mystery felt like a story to which Parker himself took a relatively minor role, The Wrath of Angels is a slice of Parker to which a story has been appended. It's a rewarding read if you've been following these novels, but too problematically entrenched in the mythos that's built up around Parker for the newbie. As I've been following the novels for years though, I'm well rewarded. As ever, Connolly holds back from offering conclusive revelations, but he enriches ...more
Ann Davis
Oct 12, 2012 Ann Davis rated it it was amazing
John Connolly is one of my favourite authors and although I'm not a fan of supernatural stories, I always love his Charlie Parker books. He manages to combine thriller and supernatural with a poetic flair. His characters are wonderful and he captures their characteristics with humour which alleviates the darkness of his stories. I have read all his books and have been hooked ever since the first one called Every Dead Thing where Charlie Parker loses his wife and daughter in a horrific murder. I ...more
Jul 30, 2012 Mattsoubala rated it really liked it
Got an early copy at my local bookstore, a month before its official release... Yay!!! Finished it hours ago and as an avid Charlie Parker reader, I am excited about Connolly's latest Parker installment.

Overall I have to say I have mixed feelings for this book. Some parts are gratuitous and others are exhilarating. bad things first: I was not a fan of Connolly's info dumping and will not be, and I have found various chapters quite tedious because of this. But there are moments I have been jumpi
Tim Niland
Jan 21, 2013 Tim Niland rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2013-reads
A dying man makes a deathbed confession to his children that he and a friend had discovered a crashed plane while hunting in the Maine woods. In the plane was a satchel full of money and a list of names. Could this list really be a record of those who have sold their soul to the devil in order to gain wealth, fame or influence? They turn to detective Charlie Parker for help. Parker, who has been at the nexus of the mundane and the paranormal ever since his wife and daughter were murdered. He ...more
Mar 28, 2013 Melissa rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This is a total mess, way too much going on, as per usual for Charlie Parker books these days. But there's tons of Angel & Louis, acting sophomoric & murderous (that scene in the ice cream parlor was so over-the-top & awesome, it made me laugh out loud), so I'm happier than I might've been. This makes me pine for the earlier days of Parker, but perhaps it's time to let that dream go. This is not a total waste of an afternoon and an evening, which I think may be the best praise I can ...more
Oct 29, 2015 Tammy rated it really liked it
Another great read. He just keeps making me happy with this series. One of my new favorite authors!!
Each release date of a new Connolly book reminds me of the anticipation that I used to feel for Christmas morning, or the day of birthday parties when I was much younger. When I heard that the release date for the eleventh Charlie Parker novel wasn’t until January 1st for his U.S. fans, I was heartbroken! But, thanks to the Internet, I managed to get my hands on one of the August 30th-released U.K. copies. I just couldn’t wait to read it - and the thought of a Connolly-less 2012 was too ...more
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