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The Wrath of Angels

(Charlie Parker #11)

4.18  ·  Rating details ·  5,782 ratings  ·  508 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
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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
I should be clear that this three would be a five for almost anyone else. Unfair, possibly, even probably, but even though I feel like a teacher making a report card, I just expect much more.

It almost feels like all but the last fifth or so is preamble - gorgeously written, evocative and imagination-provoking preamble, but still. It might simply be that carol is right and I should be spacing these out further, but it almost reads like the author was the one in need of a break. We do get some mov
This was such a weird book. I didn't like the ending/resolution at all. And the whole thing about the list didn't even make sense in the end. You are telling me supernatural beings need a list of names? Like come on. And I really wanted to throttle a lot of long time characters in this one like Rabbi Epstein. The whole book read like filler, and it was bad filler at that. And The Collector was the only one whose point I could actually see here. I was sad to see a long time character go, but they ...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
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
Edward Lorn
Aug 24, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Best one since THE UNQUIET.
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
Terence M (Spring is in My Step!)
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
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
Mar 05, 2016 rated it it was amazing
2nd read - Parker's name ends up on a list of baddies that someone is methodically exterminating. He must confront The Collector and the lawyer who represents him to find out why he's on it. The original, more complete list, was last seen on a plane that was lost in the forest years before. Several divergent groups end up at a fort deserted since the 1700s, each with their own deadly agenda.

1st read - The Charlie Parker series is twisted, but this one upped the ante. Up for grabs: a list of nam
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
Scott Rhee
I binge-read an author or book series I like the way some people binge-watch TV shows. The problem with that, I have found, is that binging on anything can be painful and counter-productive. You start to get almost bored or annoyed at the very thing that made you want to binge in the first place.

I have found that, with books at least, I need to pace myself. Some authors just can’t be binged on the way one can binge-watch great TV shows like “The X-Files”, “Lost”, or “Fringe”.

John Connolly is one
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
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
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
Nov 24, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Charlie's Parker is in my top 3 favorite characters ever. I love this character and all of his varied and assorted friends. Unfortunately we lost one in this book which had to happen sometime, but it is hard saying goodbye. The good news is some of the bad guys are dead too and I learned a whole lot more about the collector and Eldritch. I like how Mr. Connolly moves around in his books. Never settling to long on one person, therefore allowing me to gain insight into all the other characters and ...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 muster. ...more
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.
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
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 awaken. John Connoll ...more
J.F. Penn
Sep 09, 2012 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.
This was my first book that I have read of Connolly, and I quite enjoyed it. It is a supernatural thriller with a moderate pacing, good characterization, nice prose, and a thrilling story. It sometimes wandered at places, but kept true to the story. As the title suggests, this contains angels mostly fallen who corrupts the soul of those vulnerable, and those who hunts them. The theme of divine vs evil is brought into play here, but Connolly through the theme reflect upon the frailty of the human ...more
Nov 27, 2019 rated it really liked it
Another thriller! I will say I loved the one before much more. I think I’ve about read them all now! I want to beg author to please please write more and faster. Charlie and his strange wonderful friends again are battling with the unknown. A downed plane with a list of names on it.....not to mention tons of money......
Jul 24, 2014 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
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 horrifyi ...more
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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
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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

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Charlie Parker (1 - 10 of 18 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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