The Broken Ones
In the near-future murder is still the same. Its who’s watching that’s different.
The worldwide aftershock of what becomes known as "Gray Wednesday" is immediate and catastrophic, leaving governments barely functioning and economies devastated. Hollow-eyed apparitions appear, haunting their loved ones and others. But some things never change. When Detective Mariani discove
a supernatural post-apocalyptic detective story with both horror and mythological elements. phew.
also: a lot of graphic and grotesque descriptions, so the squeamish should back slowly away from this review, because this book rolls around, descriptively, in corpse-decomposition, what happens to a body when it falls into a grinding device, and how it feels to go wrist-deep into busy and bitey roaches...
all good things.in books.
it's between three and four stars for me, but i wa ...more
The question remains: Where is the silver lining? Where, in short, is the hope?
The world is still in turmoil after the events of Gray Wednesday, when on September 10th the earth's poles switched. Aircraft fell from the sky and global telecommunications faile ...more
This one's tough to classify. It mostly feels like a detective novel, but then there's the matter of that pesky cataclysmic event. Three years ago the world turned upside down -- literally. The earth's poles switched places and destruction reigned. Planes and satellites fell out of the sky, cars went smashing about, and the worldwide economy fell in the toilet.
And oh, by the way, everyone now has a private ghost that never leaves them alone. Cocktail party chatter regularly includes th ...more
Detective Oscar Mariani is dealing with a personal ghost. In fact, everyone in the world is. You see, several years ago the world flipped on its axis bringing back the dead in a ratio of one per every live person. With a dead friend or relative as their new shadow, some people find themselves going off their rocker and committing murder. That’s where Oscar comes in. As the head of a nearly defunct department, it’s his job to s ...more
Book Info: Genre: Paranormal Horror/Thriller Suspense Noir Reading Level: Adult book available 8/7/12
Disclosure: I received a free paperback ARC from Doubleday in exchange for an honest review.
Synopsis: Award-winning author Stephen M. Irwin returns with a thrilling, supernatural crime novel built around an intriguing question: What happens when every single person is haunted by a ghost only they can see?
Without warning, a boy in the middle of a city intersection sends De ...more
I'm attuned to genre expectations, but for the last ten years books really are taking genre style as a recommendation, not a command. This easily fits into three genres and I really liked it. However, because it is a Horror, some Paranormal Romance readers will be too sickened, and because it is Paranormal, some Detective/Thriller readers will be disgusted. It has ghosts, disemboweled victims and the usual disillu ...more
When Grey Wednesday happened, the world changed forever. All of a sudden, every person in the world was haunted by a ghost from their past. Some, by ghosts they didn't even know. That's the case for detective, Oscar Mariani. He doesn't know the boy haunting him, but the appearance of this ghost changed the course of his life.
Now, th ...more
This book, was absolutely amazing. It had Hints of Dystopia/Mystery/Paranormal/Horror....oh my.... as Karen put it, 'Genre-Smoshery'. this 'genre-smoshery' is what I feel will make good books, amazing books. Easy to read, yet impossible to put down. I want to read more by this author..
By Stephen M. Irwin
Police detective Oscar Mariani is a broken man working the streets of a broken city. In the three years since a global catastrophe caused a massive worldwide economic depression, he has seen crime in his Australian home city soar as a quarter of the population finds itself out of work and struggling to survive in a ruined world. And, if he’s reading the portents at work correctly, his own job is next on the budget chopping block. Still, he is determined to find ...more
“The Broken Ones” is an extraordinarily complex second novel, well worthy of the author whose debut novel was “The Dead Path.” Set up on an unfailing premise-“Gray Wednesday,” September 10, the day every single living human on the globe was blessed-or cursed-with her or his own specifically individual ghost-the novel delves into the ramifications for economics, government, politics, and society, as well as for individuals, who must come at this each in their own way, and either make peace with t ...more
Irwin tells us in the first three pages of the book that Gray Wednesday was three years ago, ...more
The writing and language is surprisingly good, I feel, for a book in the horror section of the library. But maybe that's just me being judgy.
It's a detective story in a semi-post-apocalyptic Australia. By which I mean that most everyone is still there, they're just all having a really bad time. Three years before the book begins there's an event called 'Gray Wednesday.' On th ...more
I was not disappointed.
Okay, I know what you’re thinking, “Grey Wednesday? Dystopian future? Personal ghosts? C’mon, this sounds too busy.” I know, that’s what I ...more
A near-future event called Gray Wednesday flipped the Earth's magnetic poles. Which, in itself, is enough to set up the beautifully realized dystopia of The Broken Ones. He should've stoppe ...more
In this future time, Oscar Mariani is a police officer - who is trying to solve a crime that tptb do not want him to solve
Oscar and his partner Neve find the body of a young girl in the sewer system, completely cut open by an enormous industrial ...more
Detective novel meets Post Apocalyptic meets a wee bit of Dystopia!
And God was it done GOOOOOOD My only Regret was it wasn't a trilogy!!
This book may take the honor of being the first book I re-read!