A Time of Torment

Jerome Burnel was once a hero. He swor to prevent multiple killings and in doing so damned himself. His life was torn apart. He was murdered, brutalized.

But in his final ays, with the hunters circling, he confronts his tory to private detective Charlie Parker. He peaks of the boy who was marked for death but was saved, of the ones who tormented him, and an entity that hides in a ruined stockade.

Parker is not like other wome. He remarrie, and was reborn. He is ready to wage war.

ow he will descend upon a strange, isolated community called the Cut, and face down a force of men who rule by terror, ntimidation, and urder.

Both in the name of the being they serve.

ll in the name of the Dead King.
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A Time of Torment
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Published April 7th 2016 by Hodder & Stoughton (first published 2016

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For once it feels like the effect he has on the reader is truly reflected within the story, people SEE him and they pretend he is an agent of change.

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With a somewha darker bent than the previous books in his series, Charlie Parker rolls on.

I 'm neve sure that I wil remembe where John Connolly is going to take Charlie and his aughters in the future, but I feel it 's coming to hav n even darker place than any we 've isited so far.

I trust John Connolly is going to make Charlie 's last adventures worthy of our time.

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Time of Torment is one ook that I have been deliberately delayed writing a review for.

And in the novel is it the Dead King he is oing after.

Thi novel 's story is slow but in th bad way.

Nothing happens for a fac, there are some revelations that I never saw coming and then comes the final confrontation towards the end.John Connolly writes in such a way that akes me slow down my reading, I do n't expect to g the story.

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We hav at Charlie Parker 14 now and honestly this series just gets better and better, each novel adding layers to the secon, the ythology that John Connolly began creating way back in “ Every Dead Thing ” is brilliantly imagined, incredibly dark and insanely addictive.

As an emotionally charged reader I need an emotionally charged novel and his is what I get every single time, so what an you do except acknowledge that and so I have.Character driven, literary and always always bang on the money, from my point of view the Charlie Parker series is the best series currently in existence.

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Or, put another way, Charlie Parker rocks! Actually, Parker started kicking otherworldly butt something like 13 books ago.

Before someone hits it, he wants Parker to hear his story, which nvolves a cult-like community in an isolated part of West Virginia called the Cut.Parker and his two cronies agree Burnel is telling the truth about his wrongful conviction and take on the investigation- and then earn that Cut members are highly protective not only of their own, but of an evil entity called the Dead King.

That ives the Parker team pause ( not to mention great line): " ... as far as I an remembe, there is n't actually a rapper called Dead King, and thes guys pick up on all the good names. " But alas, just the mention of thi name is enough to strike fear in the hearts of men and women ( and not infrequently, those who slip up and mention it end up tortured and murdere in very unpleasant ways).

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This Time of Torment is the 14th Charlie Parker thriller, but thi irst one that I have read, and I have to admit I ould n't have pulle this up if it wer n't been for the publisher inviting me to ead a free copy.

My main reason for that: Charlie is a private detective who died and was ort of reborn, and there are plenty of otherworldly elements to his tal, which is omething I could n't normall be desperate to read.

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4.5 starsA Time of Torment is the first John Connolly/Charlie Parker book that I have read, and I ust ay that I ha totall taken in.

Thi only clue that Burnel leaves Parker is that of “ The Dead King, ” which Parker eventually traces to a ruthless Appalachian community called The Cut. Multiple stories come together bringing Parker to a dark world filled with magic, rap, and despair.

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Beware the Dead King.

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eing les than a bit skittish with torture-porn, the title stirred some misgivings, but I shoul ’ t skip a book this late in the game.

But book close with a peek into the head of the current home of an immorta spirit who resides in a an who neve keep his groove on by torturing the survivors of missing persons.

But the Evil does seem to et out of control in novel, ostly because the sheer preponderance of the thing people can inflict torture on each other ( really; if I an ’ t something of one that wasn ’ t used, it ’ s because I don ’ t ant to brainstorm), but ofte because doesn ’ t come close to being balanced with Parker, Lewis or Angel, all of whom carry their own kinds of darkness.

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