Sunday, August 13, 2017

#SneakPeekSunday - A Game of Ghosts by John Connolly

Title: A Game of Ghosts
Author: John Connolly
Genre: Thriller
Published: July 4, 2017
Publisher: Atria/Emily Bestler Books
Pages: 464


Internationally bestselling author John Connolly returns with another superb fusion of noir and the supernatural (My Bookish Ways) in this latest thriller in his gripping Charlie Parker series. 
It is deep winter and the darkness is unending. A private detective named Jaycob Eklund has vanished and Charlie Parker is assigned to track him down. Parker s employer, Edgar Ross, an agent of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, has his own reasons for wanting Eklund found. Eklund is no ordinary investigator he is obsessively tracking a series of homicides and disappearances, each linked to reports of hauntings. Now Parker is drawn into Eklund s world: a realm in which the monstrous Mother rules a crumbling criminal empire, in which men strike bargains with angels, and in which the innocent and guilty alike are pawns in a game of ghosts..."

Sneak Peek Review

I received a copy of this sneak peek from Atria Books through Netgalley. This is my honest review. 

This sneak peek is very short, especially considering how long the book is. I would have gotten more of the story if I'd simply downloaded the free sample from Amazon, but doing that for the purposes of this review would be counter to the point of me doing these reviews. That being said, this book is the 15th book in a series (I found out as I started to build this blog post), so I can understand why the excerpt provided on Netgalley would be so short. Presumably the people interested in reading it would already be familiar with the characters and whatnot. I am not one of those people. I am also not likely to ever become one of those people because I am just not particularly interested in political thrillers, and from what I read of this story, it seems like a political thriller to me, even if it does have supernatural elements to it (as indicated by Amazon). 

So I went into this sneak peek with a fourteen book disadvantage, and that's on me. I absolutely could have taken the time to look into this book just a little bit to discover that it's the fifteenth book in a series, but I didn't. So at the end of this excerpt, I just felt lost. I don't really know who Charlie Parker is, aside from a guy who finds himself getting shot at a lot, apparently, so I imagine him as sort of a Jason Bourne type character. And aside from a slight curiosity about some of the briefly mentioned shootings, I don't really have any desire to find out more about this guy, and I don't care enough to start reading any of the previous books in this series. I also have no idea what is going on in this story from the brief excerpt I had. The only reason I even know why Ross is even meeting up with Parker in the first place is because the synopsis tells me. But I realize that none of that would likely be important to someone who had been following this series from the beginning. 

In the end, I will not be buying this book myself, or any of the other books in this series. But if you enjoy books like the Bourne series, you will likely enjoy this one as well. - Katie 

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About the Author

I was born in Dublin, Ireland in 1968 and have, at various points in his life, worked as a journalist, a barman, a local government official, a waiter and a "gofer" at Harrods department store in London. I 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, to which I continue to contribute, although not as often as I would like. I still try to interview a few authors every year, mainly writers whose work I like, although I've occasionally interviewed people for the paper simply because I thought they might be quirky or interesting. All of those interviews have been posted to my website,

I was working as a journalist when I began work on my first novel. Like a lot of journalists, I think I entered the trade because I loved to write, and it was one of the few ways I thought I could be paid to do what I loved. But there is a difference between being a writer and a journalist, and I was certainly a poorer journalist than I am a writer (and I make no great claims for myself in either field.) I got quite frustrated with journalism, which probably gave me the impetus to start work on the novel. That book, Every Dead Thing, took about five years to write and was eventually published in 1999. It introduced the character of Charlie Parker, a former policeman hunting the killer of his wife and daughter. Dark Hollow, the second Parker novel, followed in 2000. The third Parker novel, The Killing Kind, was published in 2001, with The White Road following in 2002. In 2003, I published my fifth novel - and first stand-alone book - Bad Men. In 2004, Nocturnes, a collection of novellas and short stories, was added to the list, and 2005 marked the publication of the fifth Charlie Parker novel, The Black Angel. In 2006, The Book of Lost Things, my first non-mystery novel, was published.

Charlie Parker has since appeared in five additional novels: The Unquiet, The Reapers (where he plays a secondary role to his associates, Louis and Angel), The Lovers, The Whisperers, and The Burning Soul. The eleventh Charlie Parker novel, The Wrath of Angels, will be available in the UK in August 2012 and in the US in January 2013.

The Gates launched the Samuel Johnson series for younger readers in 2009, followed by Hell's Bells (UK)/The Infernals (US) in 2011. A third Samuel Johnson novel should be finished in 2013.

I am also the co-editor, with fellow author Declan Burke, of Books to Die For, an anthology of essays from the world's top crime writers in response to the question, "Which book should all lovers of crime fiction read before they die?" Books to Die For is available in the UK as of August 2012, and will be available in the US in October 2012.

I am based in Dublin but divide my time between my native city and the United States, where each of my novels has been set.

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