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The Wrath of Angels

(Charlie Parker #11)

4.17  ·  Rating details ·  5,119 ratings  ·  462 reviews
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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Dec 14, 2018 rated it really liked it
There's a couple of things that keep me coming back to Connolly. One, he hits my prose sweet spot.

"For after Barney Shore had spoken of her, Harlan had become aware of movement in the trees to his right, a roving darkness obscured by the falling snow, as though the mere mention of her existence had somehow drawn the girl to them. He had chosen not to look, though; he feared that was that the girl wanted, because if he looked he might stumble, and if he stumbled, he might break, and if he broke s
Franklin Atherton
Jan 28, 2013 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 story ...more
Jul 08, 2012 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
Sep 05, 2012 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
Μαρία Γεωργοπούλου
Σκοτεινό και υπέροχο! Η συνέχεια των περιπετειών του Τσάρλι Πάρκερ είναι άκρως ενδιαφέρουσα και δεν απογοητεύει! Οι περιγραφές του John Connolly είναι εκπληκτικές όπως πάντα άλλωστε!
Jul 04, 2015 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
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
Γιώργος Δάμτσιος
Η εντέκατη περιπέτεια του Τσάρλι Πάρκερ ξεκινάει όταν τον προσεγγίζουν κάποιοι για να του μιλήσουν για ένα μικρό αεροπλάνο το οποίο έχει πέσει μέσα στα αχανή δάση του βόρειου Μέιν. Είναι πέρα από προφανές ότι το αεροπλάνο αυτό δεν κρύβει τίποτα το φυσιολογικό ενώ ο Πάρκερ αντιλαμβάνεται πολύ εύκολα επίσης ότι αυτή η ιστορία αφορά άμεσα και τον ίδιο.

Το βιβλίο αυτό για πολλοστή φορά είναι αρκετά διαφορετικό σε σχέση με τα αμέσως 1-2 προηγούμενα. Εδώ ο Πάρκερ ουσιαστικά ασχολείται με τα προσωπικά
Kealan Burke
Jan 03, 2013 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 sati ...more
Dec 25, 2012 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
Mar 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Another wonderful, intriguing, extraordinary, out-of-this-world-yet-firmly-within-it Charlie Parker novel from Mr. John Connolly. Loved it!

Charlie gets drawn into a case involving a crashed airplane in Maine's north woods. There's intrigue, lots of questions, a little bit of supernatural (which Charlie more or less disavows, but it's there), along with a lot of weird characters. (Oh, how I love weird, esp. when it's centered around an MC who's strikingly normal.)

When two elderly men find a cras
Terence M
Jul 25, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: will-read-again
4 stars out of 5
Audiobook - 15 hours 25 minutes - Narrator: Jeff Harding
Reading a second time

Another great listen/read from John Connolly. Mixing adventure with mystery and a touch of fantasy, Connolly weaves a pretty violent story that once more exposes Charlie Parker's ability to adapt to life with the evil characters that inhabit his world.

I remember my first attempt to read this novel, I gave up about half-way through and shelved it as a DNF. This surprised me at the time, so I also added
Aug 14, 2012 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 real ...more
Allan M. Mcdonald
Sep 14, 2012 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
Ms. Nikki
Apr 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Everyone is in search of the list. A list with the names of those that have made a deal with the devil.

While I love the paranormal aspect, this read took on a darker horror element which made the stakes seem higher than just a possible bullet wound. Your soul could actually be lost.

While, at times, there seemed to be too many characters to fully get a foothold on their stories, Connolly was still able to write his main characters in at the critical moments, though I would have liked them to be i
Димитър Цолов
Ревю няма да пиша :) Джон Конъли трябва да се усети с ума и сърцето. Ирландец (демек - автор от Острова, а те, творящите в моите жанрове - трилър, хорър и фентъзи - забелязал съм, са СИЛА), избрал да ситуира историите си доста често в любимия щат на Краля - Мейн. Какво повече да говорим? Ще си позволя само едно леко цитатче:

Тук е Север... Тук самолети падат и после потъват в земята. Пристигат убийци и на свой ред умират. Тъмни ангели разтварят криле над земята и биват погубени от своите врагове
Dec 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Кефя се много на чувството за хумор на Конъли... Много ми допадаха кратките разговори между Паркър и секретарката на Елдрич, въображението на автора е страхотно!
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 clu ...more
Metodi Markov
Nov 15, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites, crimy, linz
До тук, за мен това е най-добрата книга от серията за Чарли Паркър, препрочетох я с удоволствие.

В нея има всичко, което един любител на трилърите и мистериите може да желае - загадки, преследвания, убийства, страшни и невероятни истории за Севера на Америка и злите му богове и обитатели, както и чудесно изградени от автора главни и второстепенни герои.

Все пак е препоръчително да бъдат прочетени книгите подред, за да се уловят препратките и нюансите в историята. Тя продължава да е все така силн
Jan 27, 2013 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
Mar 21, 2013 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
Robert Mingee
Jul 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2017
Some authors write really beautiful prose. Some authors tell amazing stories that keep you engaged and turning the pages, anxious to see what's coming next. And some authors populate their stories with unforgettable, 3-dimensional characters that you almost come to know as friends.

And then there's John Connolly, who somehow manages to do all 3 in virtually everything he writes! Even with the Charlie Parker series being as long as it is now, the stories are not getting thin and tired - if anythin
Stoyan Vitekov
Nov 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
След няколко по-бавни приключения в предишните няколко книги, чичо Джони вдига рязко оборотите. Чарли Паркър и ко. се сблъсква със свръхестествения отбор. Брайтуел is back in the game!!! Колекционера също дава най-доброто от себе си.(бая гадове го отнасят). И двата отбора дават жертви, а по средата едно призрачно момиченце си търси дружка за компания. Книгата е sick shit. :)
Донко Найденов
Книгата е много интересна, в която приключенията, екшъна и мистериите вървят рамо до рамо.
Jan 06, 2013 rated it really liked it
To the best of my knowledge, I haven't read any of the previous books in Connolly's Charlie Parker series (if I've got my facts correct, this is the 11th). But because this one is creepy and it's kooky, mysterious and spooky - all those qualities I love in a book - it's quite likely that I'll check out a few of the others. And for the record, I'd give this one a 4.5 if that were possible.

Describing what it's about, though, isn't easy; and with the possible exception of Parker, it's even harder
Apr 08, 2013 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
Jul 18, 2015 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.
Jul 27, 2013 rated it liked it
Personally, I would have enjoyed this more with fewer innocent deaths. Some were unnecessary and did not contribute to the novel in any meaningful way. Nevertheless, this is a mostly interesting novel with the second half stronger than the first. 7 of 10 stars
Michael Robotham
Apr 07, 2014 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.
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John Connolly was born in Dublin, Ireland in 1968 and has, at various points in his life, worked as a journalist, a barman, a local government official, a waiter and a dogsbody at Harrods department store in London. He studied English in Trinity College, Dublin and journalism at Dublin City University, subsequently spending five years working as a freelance journalist for The Irish Times newspaper ...more

Other books in the series

Charlie Parker (1 - 10 of 16 books)
  • Every Dead Thing (Charlie Parker, #1)
  • Dark Hollow (Charlie Parker, #2)
  • The Killing Kind (Charlie Parker, #3)
  • The White Road (Charlie Parker, #4)
  • The Black Angel (Charlie Parker, #5)
  • The Unquiet (Charlie Parker, #6)
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