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The Wrath of Angels: A Charlie Parker Thriller (Charlie Parker #11)

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Published January 1st 2013 by Atria/Emily Bestler Books (first published 2012)
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Franklin Atherton
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
Brandon
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
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Phrynne
Jul 04, 2015 Phrynne rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Raven
Jul 08, 2012 Raven rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Oscar
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
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Mihir
Dec 25, 2012 Mihir rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

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
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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
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Kealan Burke
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
Bill
Aug 14, 2012 Bill rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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 Allan M. Mcdonald rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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Ms. Nikki
Apr 20, 2017 Ms. Nikki rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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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
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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
Bandit
Jan 27, 2013 Bandit 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
Metodi Markov
Nov 15, 2015 Metodi Markov rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crimy, favorites, 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 може да желае - загадки, преследвания, убийства, страшни и невероятни истории за Севера на Америка и злите му богове, 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 силна и вълнуваща и след 11 кн
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Neil
Apr 08, 2013 Neil rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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 Inti Ruiz cruz 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.
Michael Robotham
Apr 07, 2014 Michael Robotham rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
J.F. Penn
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.
Jules
Un búsqueda llena de suspense, asesinatos y algún fenómeno extraño. Novela policíaca en la que viejos conocidos se cruzan luchando contra seres malvados, en un final vertiginoso y tenebroso. En estas sagas el protagonista siempre sale indemne y exitoso.
Albert
Jul 24, 2014 Albert rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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Kristin  (MyBookishWays Reviews)
You may also read my review here: http://www.mybookishways.com/2013/01/...

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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Mark Tully
Aug 30, 2012 Mark Tully rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
*Minor Spoilers throughout*

Before giving my review of this book I first have to say that I am a massive fan of John Connolly and especially his Charlie Parker series, of which this book is among. I have read every installment in the series and therefore I think my views on The Wrath of Angels may differ somewhat from a somebody for whom this book is the first of Connolly's or indeed the Parker series.
That is not to say however that you cannot enjoy The Wrath of Angels unless you have read previ
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Amy Lignor
Jan 22, 2013 Amy Lignor rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Through ten novels, fans have come to love the character of Charlie Parker. In this, Connolly’s eleventh offering, he proves that not only is Charlie still in top form, but that he is still one of the true masters when it comes to the world of suspense!

Pure and utter evil from the first page to the last is what Angels is all about, beginning with the death of Harlan Vetters, a man who has spent his entire life living in the stark loneliness of Northern Maine where he raised his family and led a
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Paul Pessolano
Jan 17, 2013 Paul Pessolano rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
“The Wrath of Angels” by John Connolly, published by Emily Bestler Books.

Category – Mystery/Thriller/ Fantasy

“The Wrath of Angels” is a Charlie Parker thriller. This is the thirteenth book in the series. The books can be read separately but would be enjoyed more if read in order.

If you have not read any of these it is best to know that Charlie Parker is a detective whose wife and child were murdered. In his search for the killers Charlie finds that he may be searching for beings that inhabit a h
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Cheryl
Jan 20, 2013 Cheryl rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Harlan Vetters is on his death bed. Before he goes he has a tale to tell. A while back, Harlan and his friend, Paul were out hunting. They came upon an airplane. The airplane is abandoned however it looks like the forest has claimed the airplane and is trying to hide it away. Harlan and Paul investigate the airplane. They find tons of money and a list with names on it. This list is very valuable. The list is so valuable that it will wage a war between evil and good.

I have seen Mr. Connolly’s bo
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Carole Barrowman
Feb 09, 2013 Carole Barrowman rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: dark-deadly
Because of the recurring themes of temptation and damnation, redemption and revenge in the series' narrative arc, I've had a hunch that Connolly was re-imagining Milton's epic "Paradise Lost." After reading this installment in Parker's quest for grace, I may be right. The novel opens with the discovery of a crashed plane, its wreckage shrouded in "rotting vegetation," looking as though "the forest were absorbing" it. Inside, hunters discover money and a list. They steal the money and leave the l ...more
Richard Wright
Sep 16, 2012 Richard Wright rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2012
Where the previous Charlie Parker mystery felt like a story to which Parker himself took a relatively minor role, The Wrath of Angels is a slice of Parker to which a story has been appended. It's a rewarding read if you've been following these novels, but too problematically entrenched in the mythos that's built up around Parker for the newbie. As I've been following the novels for years though, I'm well rewarded. As ever, Connolly holds back from offering conclusive revelations, but he enriches ...more
Ann Davis
Oct 04, 2012 Ann Davis rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
John Connolly is one of my favourite authors and although I'm not a fan of supernatural stories, I always love his Charlie Parker books. He manages to combine thriller and supernatural with a poetic flair. His characters are wonderful and he captures their characteristics with humour which alleviates the darkness of his stories. I have read all his books and have been hooked ever since the first one called Every Dead Thing where Charlie Parker loses his wife and daughter in a horrific murder. I ...more
Mattsoubala
Jul 30, 2012 Mattsoubala rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Got an early copy at my local bookstore, a month before its official release... Yay!!! Finished it hours ago and as an avid Charlie Parker reader, I am excited about Connolly's latest Parker installment.

Overall I have to say I have mixed feelings for this book. Some parts are gratuitous and others are exhilarating. bad things first: I was not a fan of Connolly's info dumping and will not be, and I have found various chapters quite tedious because of this. But there are moments I have been jumpi
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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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  • The Killing Kind (Charlie Parker, #3)
  • The White Road (Charlie Parker, #4)
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