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The Whisperers (Charlie Parker #9)

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"Oh, little one," he whispered, as he gently stroked her cheek, the first time he had touched her in fifteen years. "What have they done to you? What have they done to us all?" In his latest dark and chilling Charlie Parker thriller, New York Times bestselling author John Connolly takes us to the border between Maine and Canada. It is there, in the vast and porous Great No ...more
Hardcover, 409 pages
Published July 13th 2010 by Atria Books (first published January 1st 2010)
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Phrynne
Another excellent book in the Charlie Parker series which is such a great mixture of mystery, horror and the supernatural. My only problem is that this is number nine in the series and I am rapidly catching up with the author who is preparing to publish number thirteen this year. I am now trying to pace myself because I don't want to get to the end! An excellent book in an even more excellent series recommended to any one who enjoys Dean Koontz or Stephen King.
Ryan
Almost gave this one 3 stars, which is the first time I've even considered it for this series. but just about made the 4 star cut*. Maybe I'm holding Connolly's high standards against him. He's manages to be as consistent as he is dark throughout this entire series. Not the best in the series but still very good. Maybe it was a little light on Angel and Louis? always the best bits of the book for me! However Connolly not quite at his best is still better than most.

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Paul Nelson
The Whisperers concentrates on a more definitive plot as Charlie Parker’s latest case sees him investigating an army veteran’s suicide which in turn leads him onto a smuggling operation and the author delves deeply into post-traumatic stress disorder and the effects of war on the soldiers.

John Connolly demotes Charlie Parker’s demons to the sidelines somewhat but what we do have is two characters that demand all the attention in the return of the killer known as the Collector and the deliberate
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Brandon
A few months ago, I heard that John answered all his messages on his official Facebook page. So, I thought, "Hey, I like Connolly a lot, perhaps I'll tell him that". So I sent him a message expressing my appreciation for his work and his signature Charlie Parker character. Much to my surprise, he actually did respond.

Dear Brandon,

Thanks very much for the kind words. Good for morale as I work toward the end of the draft of the next book, so much appreciated.

All best wishes,

John


Awesome.

Anyway, ont
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Inti Ruiz cruz
Uno de los mas imaginativos de la serie Charlie Parker, casi de aventuras. No se me entienda mal, un muy buen libro sobre todo para lo que se sucederá a continuación en la historia.

Como siempre Connolly, haciendo verosímil lo oculto. Además como plus, la crítica ofrecida por este para con el ejercito, la guerra, sus maneras y sus desencantos funciona excelentemente.

Walter Cohen
I'm a big John Connolly fan. He plays the edges of crime/detective real and utter, horror madness and evil better in fiction then any other author. The way that he weaves (blurs) the normal and everyday, ordinary lives of characters with the supernatural is scary. In some basic respects, I'd hate to be in Connolly's head.

In The Whisperers, Connolly comes close but misses pulling off a wonderful story that both had contemporary meaning and a real, terrorizing threat. What he talks us through is r
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Caitlin
John Connolly is an amazingly talented writer. His Charlie Parker series is among the best of any detective series. I have read these books over and over again and there are bits and pieces of Connolly's honeycomb world that haunt my dreams.

This latest in the series is both more political (in dealing with the after effects of the Iraq War, particularly PTSD and the treatment of returning veterans) and more explicitly paranormal that some of his books. As always, Connolly builds a strong and comp
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Dirk Grobbelaar
It took me ages to finish this book, not because it was a particularly demanding read, far from it, but because I've been working late every evening for a while now. As such, it was a bit of a disjointed experience, but an enjoyable one. This is the first Charlie Parker I've read, even though it is a late entry to the series.
It seems that this was the book's saving grace, if other reviews are to be believed. I didn't have any expectations, so the supernatural angle came as a welcome surprise rat
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Victoria
Oh, John Connolly is one of my very favorite authors! And reading this latest book was especially a treat since the US version won't be out for over a month! I really enjoyed this book! The plot - both more political and more supernatural than many of the preceding books - took my by surprise. I had expected from the end of The Lovers that Sharon Macy and maybe even more about his parents would be the focus of the next book. Instead, The Collector reappeared, and he is one of my favorite enigmat ...more
Bandit
As Charlie Parker series progresses, it delves more and more into the supernatural, which I really like. This book deals with supernatural factors so fascinating that I couldn't help but wish it concentrated more on that like Black Angel, instead this book deals heavily with PTSD and plight of soldiers and veterans. It's exceptionally well written as always, but there was something slightly disjointed about this book, something about the constant switch of POVs, that made this book just a tad we ...more
Karl
An excellent addition to this series of books. Connelly's writing is so engaging it becomes difficult to stop reading the books.
This particular entry to the series concerns soldiers and veterans suffering from PTSD and suicide tendencies of some of the returning vets.
The book also delves into the second Iraq war and how the soldiers got short changed by the government and the military.
Mr. Connolly wraps this information into his on going plot of Evil vs. Good and the shades of grey that exi
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Oscar
Me gusta cómo escribe John Connolly. Me gustas sus historias, que aunque pueden encuadrarse dentro del género negro, van un poco más allá, incluyendo ese "toque Connolly" tan característico, es decir, el añadir unas ciertas gotas de elementos fantásticos o paranormales. Connolly sabe construir historias. Su pulso narrativo es estupendo; a partir de una idea central (la madeja) va deshilvanando otra serie de tramas, llegando a confluir perfectamente al final. Y las historias no son complejas, aun ...more
Paul Pessolano
"The Whisperers" is a highly unusual mystery/thrille, but will not be news to John Connolly fans. If you have not read John Connolly before you will find that he writes an excellent mystery, however, one must be willing to also accept a little of the occult, the macabre, and the supernatural in his works.

The story starts off with the ransacking of the Iraq Museum. Many priceless and irreplaceable antiquities were taken, and curator Dr. Mufid Al-Daini has been charged with finding them and return
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Scott Rhee
Iraqi war veterans in the same platoon are mysteriously committing suicide. They claim to hear voices whispering to them from behind closed doors, under the bed, behind the walls. Their deaths are being written off as just more tragic cases of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), but private detective Charlie Parker thinks there is something much more sinister going on, and apparently when Parker has a gut instinct it is usually right, and it also means some Very Bad Things are going to happen ...more
Mark
AFter the answers given in "The Lovers" the stories on CHarlie Parker seem to be not over yet.
Charlie Parker does investigate the suicide of an Iraq veteran and soon finds out that this is a much more common problem than he thought. And yet there is something off and when he investigates he finds out a lot more about the trauma's of soldiers and scars on their souls. Not being without a the scaring on his soul he pushes ahead with his investigations. Once more he has Louis and Angel by his side
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Trev Twinem
John Connolly's books fall between two genres horror and crime with a little bit of da vinci code thrown in. I love Charlie Parker, yes like all cops he's got his past and his demons but these in no way interfere in a cracking storyline. In essence ancient artifacts have been stolen from Iraq and are being smuggled into the US via Canada for what else profit...for the bad men :(( The Whisperers are a curse/demons that are securely locked in a small box and just waiting to be released on an unsus ...more
Shelley aka Gizmo's Reviews
Storyline: Ancient artifacts and the second Iraqi War provide the backdrop for Connolly's ninth novel featuring PI Charlie Parker (after The Lovers). When the former NYPD homicide detective is asked by the father of one of the Iraqi war veterans who took his own life, he discovers that several members of the soldier's unit have also killed themselves and that they may have been involved in smuggling looted treasures into the U.S.

Parker begins to fear that the returning soldiers have brought back
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Steven
John Connolly’s The Whisperers was a well-written thriller. The plot was good, though not entirely unpredictable. It is a book, well along in a series. However it was able to stand on its own. I listened to this book on the way to and from work. The reader was quite good. I enjoyed the various voices he employed.

Connolly pays attention to detail. What other writers might speed over he takes his time. Consequently, the book may be longer than it needs to be, filled with very short back-stories.
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Angela
Actually 3.5 stars. I love all of Connolly's Charlie Parker novels and eagerly anticipate each one, and while this was good and incredibly engrossing, I wanted more of our intrepid heroes - Charlie, Louis and Angel, and less rambling backstory on dispensable baddies. I also wanted more on The Collector and Charlie's strange connection with him, but maybe that'll come in the next novel. Though this did little to enlighten us on Charlie's impending path (or spooky dessstiny?), it was still well wo ...more
Kay
If this was the first Connolly book I had read, it would have been the last. It was hard for me to get into this book and then about 1/4 into the novel I started enjoying it. However, then it became a struggle to finish [had to bribe myself to get to the end of each chapter with a reward of chocolate!!]. I think his inserting a little supernatural is ruining a great thriller. Now I'm not against reading those type of books [I really enjoy Dean Koontz and Stephen King] but it just doesn't work on ...more
Mike
My vote for the best of the Charlie Parker series. I rate this a 4.5, with only the confusion between three of the antagonists, the Collector, Herod, and the Captain, keeping this from a 5. More humor than in the previous entries, it gives the darkness a nice balance.
Julie Kellner
Another excellent addition in the Charlie Parker series with this one concentrating on the supernatural aspect of the story which I absolutely love. As you read each novel we see the man Charlie was & glimpse the man he is becoming. A thrilling read
CT
Reading Connolly’s latest Parker novel was disappointing and frustrating. Every time Connolly introduces another character, he feels the need to give the character's back-story before returning to the real plot. So many tangents eventually gets annoying. Furthermore, it’s almost as if he’s afraid to really write the supernatural parts because he knows it may frighten away new readers. So he disguises it within the folds of different narratives until he has no choice but to confront it. Parker’s ...more
Maico Morellini
Maestro dell'Hard Boiled

Cosa succede se, senza saperlo, leggete un libro che poi si rivela essere il nono capitolo (autoconclusivo come i precedenti) di una saga iniziata nel 1999 e che deve ancora finire? Nella peggiore delle ipotesi faticate a reggere il passo con la narrazione, sbuffate, imprecate contro l’autore fino a quando non vi rendete conto del fatale equivoco e decidete di interrompere la lettura.
Nel migliore dei casi apprezzate uno stile insolito (per esempio la scelta di rivelare de
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Eve Nolon
More like 3 1/2 but rounding up due to delight. I read this over the course of a week because it's the only one in the series that my library had on CD, and I loved it the most out of the Parker books I've read thus far. The only reason it's not getting for not getting another half star is that there was very little Angel and Louis.

Connolly fixed the majority of the problems that I've had with the books so far. First there's a clear delineation between third person and first person points of vi
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Elizabeth
I'm more than entranced by this book; I am GRATEFUL for it. As a person impacted by the Iraq conflict, I thank John Connolly for once again calling his readers' attention to an important social issue--in this case, the epidemic of suicide amongst veterans in the USA.

People are not aware of the appalling loss of life amongst those who have served their country. 22 suicides per day. Per day. Agree or disagree with the war--but support those who suffer because they did their duty, as Connolly does
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Gatorman
Next to Stephen King, John Connolly is the finest writer of thriller fiction around. The Whisperers continues his amazing string of brilliantly written, creepy and intense stories. I have read every one of his books (except The Gates) and each one is as good as the last. If you like your thrillers written with style and substance, read John Connolly. Now.
Jennifer
I have to say that so far this is my least favorite Parker novel, that's not to say that I didn't enjoy it, but for me at least I thought this story lacked a lot of weight.

The majority of this tale comes in the form of third person accounts of the events that occur by a group of Iraq vets who have smuggled stolen artifacts from the Baghdad museum they raided. Although in the beginning their intentions are good (or somewhat good), as Charlie laments later in the book, "Most of the bad situations
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Brandi ;)
First of all, John connolly is my FAV author & I had yet to read a book he has written and not be consumed by it. I anxiously await each of his books and glow when I recieve a new one. So in my review I will be a little biased cause to me he is my writer God.
I give this book, The Whisperers, 4 stars only because I did not get enough Charlie Parker. Oh he was in it of course, just not to the degree I like to have my Parker. In this story Parker was the lead, but he was also in the background
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Wendy Hines
I've never read anything by John Connolly, but I found I've been missing out. The Whisperers is the newest thriller in the Charlie Parker series. I love thrillers, but I don't like reading a series out of order. However, The Whisperers can be read as a stand alone and I didn't feel like I was missing any back story, as Mr. Connolly did a superb job of giving just enough character information to cover what has happened in the past that was relevant to the current story.

Charlie Parker is a Private
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