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Colin Bateman
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Orpheus Rising

3.72  ·  Rating Details  ·  377 Ratings  ·  28 Reviews
Michael Ryan was the author of a runaway bestseller, Space Coast, but its publication coincided with his wife's murder. Now he's back to face the ghosts of his past.

Michael met Claire when she was living with local hard man Tommy, a Gulf War vet. When Tommy leaves town to be a roadie for a band playing a six week stint on a cruise ship, Michael falls in love with Claire, t
Paperback, 384 pages
Published 2008 by Headline
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Mar 23, 2014 Any Length rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It really enjoyed this book. It had the suspense of a murder mystery, the love of a love story, the
investigation of a crime reporter story, the magical qualities of the surreal and otherworldly, the imagination of a truly good book, the format that is easy to read, and the 1st person narration I so enjoy.
Just a wonderful book. I wish there were a lot more books like this.
And may I say that Colin Bateman has surpassed himself in this one.
I have just read 5 other books of his and I especially lov
ORPHEUS RISING is a standalone from Colin Bateman, perhaps best known for his dark, comic previous offerings set mostly in Northern Island. Which this one isn't - it's set in the US, albeit with an Irish central character - Michael Ryan. Although you'd be hard pressed to remember he's supposed to be Irish, as the setting is 100% mid-Atlantic sort of nowhere particularly special. But then I'd imagine setting wasn't the whole point of ORPHEUS RISING, although I confess I'm not 100% sure what the p ...more
Peter Taylor
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The first time Michael laid eyes on Claire she was rescuing porn shop owner Paul de Luca from a shark attack - Paul lost his feet and Michael his heart. The last time he saw her she was laid out in the morgue; shot dead in a bank raid
Ten years later Michael is back in town to exorcise the ghost from his past. But then he catches sight of Claire, seemingly alive and well. Surely it can't be her? But then if she really is alive, or worse she's still dead and he's gone mad with grief?
Jun 06, 2011 Sandra rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
- Not sure if I like or dislike the 'ghosts' bit, but for now I think it's fine.
- Less of Bateman's usual humour (or it's probably not as obvious)
- I liked the fridge magnets story a lot for some reason.
- Some minor point that irks me a little: I don't think Claire had that much characterisation? For example, I don't really see why everyone loves her so much. (But maybe this is just me.)
- Undecided about the ending. Besides wanting to know whether the "other world" was real or not (and hence if
Mar 25, 2014 Debbie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Wow - really different to his other books that I've read!! I don't want to put any spoilers out there but I was really thrown by the turn the book took about half way! The ideas in it radically conflict with my worldview, but I nevertheless really enjoyed the writing & the characters.
Feb 13, 2011 Cantus rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
An OK book. It has a twist. It's not the twist you're expecting. It's probably not the twist you're hoping for, but a twist it has none the less. One that come quite early on in the book and which, I hoped beyond hope, would twist again before the end of the story. And it does, sort of...

I came into this story with preconceptions. Having read some of Bateman's previous novels, I was expecting Belfast, crime, intrigue. wit and journalism. It has journalism. It may have had wit too but I didn't sp
Ellen Hooley
Apr 16, 2014 Ellen Hooley rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Enjoyed this book. Not like the other Bateman books I have read, but it was a pleasant surprise. Quick chapters, great characters and a bloody great fish. Murder, love and a twist
Sep 06, 2009 Scotchneat rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery, humour
A pretty tight plot in terms of motif for Bateman, but also dabbles in the poltergeisty and I'm not sure how much I liked that part of it. It starts with a shark attack.

Michael Ryan write a super bestseller called Space Coast but his wife is murdered in a bank robbery so he disappears from the limelight.

10 years later, he's back for a civic celebration and to finally get some closure on his grief for his wife. He brings along an alkie Pulitzer-winning bully who likes the ladies (particularly if
May 17, 2016 Mandy rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
You've just been given a beautiful mug of hot chocolate - whipped cream, marshmallows, and the finest chocolate money can buy. It looks wonderful, even a bit naughty; indulgent, if you will... then you take a sip and realize the whipped cream has too much air, the marshmallows are sodden, flaccid, and disappointing, and the chocolate has been watered down to the point of despair... Despite appearances, it's a pretty poor mug of hot chocolate.

That is how I felt about this book.
Rhiannon Griffiths
This book is AWESOME!
Gordon Wilson
Jun 15, 2011 Gordon Wilson rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A tale of love, loss and bank robbery. Oh, and a bloody great fish. First Bateman book I've read, but it won't be the last. A really unusual tale, told in the form of what is essentially a very long suicide note. The author, who is an author, returns to the scene of his greatest love and his greatest loss, only to find out that there is more to the story than even he could possibly have imagined.
Bob Kavanagh
Aug 27, 2012 Bob Kavanagh rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I don't want to give anything away about this story as it has a wee twist(as Colin might say). I've read Some of Colin 's books before and found them funny and well written. I'd say he has moved up a notch with this book, plotted the story very well and manages to jump between timelines almost effortlessly.
There's much to enjoy in this book if you like Mr. Bateman you'll love this book.
Charmlessman77 Newall
I really enjoyed this book. Not his best book, so perhaps it is unfair to give it 4 stars when this is in relation to his other books. Not like his other books, but this is not a bad thing. Told by jumping from time period to time period as the story progressed made for an interesting read. I wouldn't recommend it as the first book of Bateman's to read, but I would still recommend it.
Mike Worth
Jul 28, 2011 Mike Worth rated it really liked it
Have to admit, I really liked this...I know I really shouldn't have as there were loads of plot holes and some downright "well wasn;t that lucky" moments...but I did and I bloody well liked it. add it to my lists of books that I really shouldn't like, but do!
David Grieve
Not his usual style by any means. The first half is slow and contrived but the second half improves. Unfortunately the end is weak as well. To be honest, this has not got a lot to recommend it. His wisecracking, cynical comedies are infinitey better.
Jun 02, 2011 Andy rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
The first half was very good (even if the the lead character moaned nearly as much as Fitz from the Farseer books) but the second half went down a route I just didn't like that much. However he is a very readable author so I would give him another go.
Jevron McCrory
As epic and as bold as this is for Bateman, it lost me halfway through. I did enjoy it, but I definitely prefer my Bateman tales gritty, realistic, heart stoppingly funny and beer drenched. I'd rather waive the love story in all honesty, Colin.
Mark O'hagan
Sep 04, 2012 Mark O'hagan rated it liked it
I found this to be not what I expected. The title here was Orpheus rising. Suffice to say that the plot twist bordered on the absurd. I don't wish to spoil the plot but my recommendation is to read any other Bateman book first.
Jul 29, 2011 Bex rated it really liked it
Read 'Mystery Man' and loved that. I think this is even better. Completely different, but still full of Bateman's colourful characters, dry and sometimes dark homour and a plot that will keep you hooked till the end.
Dec 03, 2010 Julia rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
loved this book - feel i need to go off and learn my greek myths. oh - thats the secod time i've thought that.

i feel a christmas list coming in.
Eddie Chapman
Passed the time but ultimately left me hoping the end would come soon. The Ghost Whisperer with with a misguided sense of humour.
Sep 09, 2009 Elizabeth rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
loved it and i laughed out loud- always the sign of a good book!
Ember Stone-pierce
Very nice, light plot with a lot of dry humour. Great little book.
Feb 24, 2013 Charlie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

Oh my word, I am a CONVERT.
georgia L
punchy, pacey page turner, loved it
Jun 25, 2012 Sarah rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another great Bateman read
Nov 15, 2014 Marc rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I love Bateman (as an author, never met the person) and don't think I've read a book of his I didn't enjoy. This is one of the better ones, and starts to take shape when the main character starts seeing people that he shouldn't be seeing, and others begin to question his sanity. Ambrose is a wonderfully likeable unlikeable sidekick, and could easily imagine him in his own novel.
Mar 07, 2011 Donald rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Good story. A bit different from his usual stuff but well worth a read.
Apr 22, 2011 David rated it liked it
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Colin Bateman was a journalist in Northern Ireland before becoming a full-time writer. His first novel, Divorcing Jack, won the Betty Trask Prize, and all his novels have been critically acclaimed. He wrote the screenplays for the feature films of Divorcing Jack, Crossmaheart and Wild About Harry. He lives in Northern Ireland with his family.
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