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New York Times bestselling author John Connolly masterfully intertwines mystery, emotion, violence, and the supernatural in this raw and gripping thriller. He has been told the girl's last words, and he feels unaccountably afraid. The dead ones. They were dead, but they had lights. Why do the dead need light? Three hundred years ago, the settlers on the small Maine island of New York Times bestselling author John Connolly masterfully intertwines mystery, emotion, violence, and the supernatural in this raw and gripping thriller. He has been told the girl's last words, and he feels unaccountably afraid. The dead ones. They were dead, but they had lights. Why do the dead need light? Three hundred years ago, the settlers on the small Maine island of Sanctuary were betrayed to their enemies and slaughtered. Since then, the island has known peace. Until now. A gang of four men are descending on Sanctuary, intent on committing a brutal and relentless massacre. All that stands in their way are rookie police officer Sharon Macie and the strange, troubled officer Joe Dupree. But Joe is no ordinary policeman. He knows the island has been steeped in blood once and that it will never again tolerate the shedding of innocent blood. The band of killers who are set to desecrate Sanctuary will unleash the fury of its ghosts upon themselves and all who stand by them. On Sanctuary, all hell is about to break loose ...


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New York Times bestselling author John Connolly masterfully intertwines mystery, emotion, violence, and the supernatural in this raw and gripping thriller. He has been told the girl's last words, and he feels unaccountably afraid. The dead ones. They were dead, but they had lights. Why do the dead need light? Three hundred years ago, the settlers on the small Maine island of New York Times bestselling author John Connolly masterfully intertwines mystery, emotion, violence, and the supernatural in this raw and gripping thriller. He has been told the girl's last words, and he feels unaccountably afraid. The dead ones. They were dead, but they had lights. Why do the dead need light? Three hundred years ago, the settlers on the small Maine island of Sanctuary were betrayed to their enemies and slaughtered. Since then, the island has known peace. Until now. A gang of four men are descending on Sanctuary, intent on committing a brutal and relentless massacre. All that stands in their way are rookie police officer Sharon Macie and the strange, troubled officer Joe Dupree. But Joe is no ordinary policeman. He knows the island has been steeped in blood once and that it will never again tolerate the shedding of innocent blood. The band of killers who are set to desecrate Sanctuary will unleash the fury of its ghosts upon themselves and all who stand by them. On Sanctuary, all hell is about to break loose ...

30 review for Bad Men

  1. 5 out of 5

    Faith

    A lot of murder, rape, torture, spousal abuse and general unpleasantness. I don't enjoy being in the minds or presence of sadistic people. The story jumped around too much and did not progress coherently. Charlie Parker and gang are missing. This book can be skipped since it doesn't advance the series. At 450 pages, it's also too long. Although even 100 pages of this mess would be too much.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Bandit

    Exceptional as one might come to expect from Connolly, this is actually a semi stand alone book, although still set in Maine, it does tie into the Charlie Parker series and features a couple of cameo appearances by Parker himself. This thriller had plenty of action and a fair share of supernatural elements in addition to great writing, as always. I think what sets Connolly's books apart and well above the rest is his ability to write characters, the subtle terrifying evil of the titular ones and Exceptional as one might come to expect from Connolly, this is actually a semi stand alone book, although still set in Maine, it does tie into the Charlie Parker series and features a couple of cameo appearances by Parker himself. This thriller had plenty of action and a fair share of supernatural elements in addition to great writing, as always. I think what sets Connolly's books apart and well above the rest is his ability to write characters, the subtle terrifying evil of the titular ones and the sheer goodness of the good men and women, the quiet grace with which they carry themselves through life. Connolly writes about the subtleties of human kindness and decency that could melt a seasoned misanthrope's heart and make one wish and hope for the world where good can in fact triumph over evil, although at high cost, where ghosts could be given purpose or put to rest and a semblance of justice can and should be expected. Highly recommended.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Ms. Nikki

    Bad Men was thoroughly engaging from the first page until the last. There really weren't very many moments that let up from an unrelenting pace driving us to a final showdown of human vs the supernatural; both equally determined to come out on top. The villain of this read, Moloch, was steadfast in his goal of obtaining his wife and dishing out his brand of vengeance along the way. I felt that things never really varied and that there was no real conflict put in his path to at least make him stumb Bad Men was thoroughly engaging from the first page until the last. There really weren't very many moments that let up from an unrelenting pace driving us to a final showdown of human vs the supernatural; both equally determined to come out on top. The villain of this read, Moloch, was steadfast in his goal of obtaining his wife and dishing out his brand of vengeance along the way. I felt that things never really varied and that there was no real conflict put in his path to at least make him stumble. The author has a way with words and his characters are true to life. Bad Men is a great way to spend an evening or two. Recommended.

  4. 4 out of 5

    James Adams

    A little while ago I read Ghost Road Blues, a book about a small town with a dark past being visited by both man-made and supernatural evils, with the current ills echoing those of the past. It's a decent read, but I felt it could have been done better. That's where this book comes in. This is the first of Connolly's adult novels I've read, but I expected good things, having enjoyed his short stories and his YA trilogy. The prose is excellent and the book is constructed beautifully, bouncing betwe A little while ago I read Ghost Road Blues, a book about a small town with a dark past being visited by both man-made and supernatural evils, with the current ills echoing those of the past. It's a decent read, but I felt it could have been done better. That's where this book comes in. This is the first of Connolly's adult novels I've read, but I expected good things, having enjoyed his short stories and his YA trilogy. The prose is excellent and the book is constructed beautifully, bouncing between storylines in ways that always felt right. The supernatural aspects are focused on ghosts as opposed to the messy Monster Mash that GRB and others indulge in. It's not perfect. Some of the dialogue clunks, one or two of the criminals could have been taken out of the story with no damage done, but it is very good. Joe Dupree is a great character and the island of Sanctuary is awesome. I'll be reading more Connolly soon, hopefully starting the Parker novels. Looking forward to it.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Rebecca

    Bad Men equals bad plot, bad writing and bad characters. I really wanted to like this book but, halfway through, I started getting uneasy. The story was confusing, head hopping between dozens of different characters, many of whom were so flat out crazy it wasn't possible to believe that people this sick could walk down a street without sending every dog into freak out mode. The paranormal stuff wasn't adding up and made even less sense as the book progressed. Six sociopaths, including one cannibal Bad Men equals bad plot, bad writing and bad characters. I really wanted to like this book but, halfway through, I started getting uneasy. The story was confusing, head hopping between dozens of different characters, many of whom were so flat out crazy it wasn't possible to believe that people this sick could walk down a street without sending every dog into freak out mode. The paranormal stuff wasn't adding up and made even less sense as the book progressed. Six sociopaths, including one cannibal, break their boss Moloch out of prison so he can track down his wife who, they hope, is still holding the money she stole from him. Money worth around three quarters of a million dollars. Money she stole 3 years before. Money they're not even sure she still has. Okay, split that 7 ways and then decide if your share is worth killing two cops and leaving a trail of bodies across several states. Not that the police or FBI seem especially adept in this story. Except for getting killed in a prison break so obvious I bet they teach it in Police work 101, the cops are absent despite running a nationwide man hunt. This allows everyone to get to Sanctuary island in the middle of a blizzard to recreate a slaughter that happened back in 1691 and no, that one isn't well explained either. Basically, this book was a mess. I expected better from John Connolly.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Kimberly

    I can honestly say that I have never read a "bad" or even "mediocre" book by John Connolly, to date. BAD MEN is a stand alone novel (although Charlie Parker does make a couple of cameo appearances). A group of ruthless men are on the hunt for a woman who betrayed her husband, their "leader". Throughout the entire tale is an underlying supernatural story of a massacre that happened on the island centuries before....in fact, the characters brought back to the island now seem to share an uncanny li I can honestly say that I have never read a "bad" or even "mediocre" book by John Connolly, to date. BAD MEN is a stand alone novel (although Charlie Parker does make a couple of cameo appearances). A group of ruthless men are on the hunt for a woman who betrayed her husband, their "leader". Throughout the entire tale is an underlying supernatural story of a massacre that happened on the island centuries before....in fact, the characters brought back to the island now seem to share an uncanny link to those from history.... The isolated island atmosphere scenes are incredibly vivid, and the supernatural link felt especially powerful here. In an area such as that, it's almost too easy to believe that these things could be happening. I found this to be an outstanding, fast-paced novel, cementing John Connolly's status as one of the most consistently best writers in the business. Highly recommended!

  7. 4 out of 5

    Katie

    I love John Connolly, but I think I might have to stop reading his books. It shouldn't come as a shock to me every time I crack open the pages of a Connolly book and read something so horrifying that my brain can't process it. 80% of the time I am reading one of his books, my heart is racing and, 100% of the time, all of the lights in my apartment are on. This book is similar to Connolly's Charlie Parker books (Parker even makes a cameo appearance), and it had the same dark feel and supernatural I love John Connolly, but I think I might have to stop reading his books. It shouldn't come as a shock to me every time I crack open the pages of a Connolly book and read something so horrifying that my brain can't process it. 80% of the time I am reading one of his books, my heart is racing and, 100% of the time, all of the lights in my apartment are on. This book is similar to Connolly's Charlie Parker books (Parker even makes a cameo appearance), and it had the same dark feel and supernatural elements. My opinion of this book is that Connolly wanted to kill off some characters the readers care about, which he seems reluctant to do in the Parker novels. I was stunned by how ruthless Connolly was in this novel, but I suppose it would be best to keep in mind that readers should expect the unexpected from him.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Ryan

    My copy of this book has the quote "With Bad Men there's no chance of indifference." Unfortunately that's exactly the feeling this one left me with. This is the only John Connolly book I've read that I can say that of and the first I haven't given at least 4 stars. I'll no doubt soon return to the brilliant Charlie Parker series but this one seems equally highly rated and to me was underwhelming.

  9. 5 out of 5

    The Just-About-Cocky Ms M

    The second read of a stand-alone Connolly. which I needed as a respite from crap. One of half-a-dozen authors who, when I read their books, my internal editor/critic takes a long vacation.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Bill

    Moloch dreams. Dreams of a slaughter. Dreams of a Sanctuary, that is anything but. A place with a history of violence. A place with a future of violence. Marianne dreams, as well. Dreams of running. Dreams of being chased by her past. Dreams of escape. It is all going to come together on the island, where there are forces greater than either of them can imagine that have awakened and are hungry. Hungry for vengeance. John Connolly does it again with another excellent supernatural thriller. This one Moloch dreams. Dreams of a slaughter. Dreams of a Sanctuary, that is anything but. A place with a history of violence. A place with a future of violence. Marianne dreams, as well. Dreams of running. Dreams of being chased by her past. Dreams of escape. It is all going to come together on the island, where there are forces greater than either of them can imagine that have awakened and are hungry. Hungry for vengeance. John Connolly does it again with another excellent supernatural thriller. This one is paced very well and has a smooth flow of plot. The characters are thoroughly fleshed out and there is plenty of story to keep you engaged until the last page. Solid 4+ Stars! Highly Recommended.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Anne (Booklady) Molinarolo

    3.50 Stars I have only read one book by John Connolly - the first in his Charlie Parker Series. So I thought I'd revisit Connolly, since his thrillers are on the darker side. And Bad Men is certainly dark, foraying into Horror and the Supernatural. That both pleased and dismayed me. Connolly begins the novel with a dream of actual happenings on the fictional Maine Island called Dutch Island. But 350 years ago the Island was known as Sanctuary. And a former resident leading a pack of bad men slaugh 3.50 Stars I have only read one book by John Connolly - the first in his Charlie Parker Series. So I thought I'd revisit Connolly, since his thrillers are on the darker side. And Bad Men is certainly dark, foraying into Horror and the Supernatural. That both pleased and dismayed me. Connolly begins the novel with a dream of actual happenings on the fictional Maine Island called Dutch Island. But 350 years ago the Island was known as Sanctuary. And a former resident leading a pack of bad men slaughters all of the residents on the island. The dreamer realizes he was actually there. The dream is too real. Are they memories or just a vivid dream? On the Island itself, some strange things are happening. Some deaths, evidence of break-ins, and sightings of a "grey" girl. The moths, too. The melancholy gentle giant, Joe Dupree knows all too much that something is about to happen. He is the law enforcement the island has, besides another rotating officer from the mainland. Dupree is also close to a woman and her son. Marianne Elliot claims she's a widow, but she is hiding something from Dupree and Sanctuary residents. Soon more bad men will arrive and blood will flow on the island once more. The novel begins with a fierce pace and never lets up. Connolly never gives the reader a chance to breathe, and I definitely needed to. The novel is gritty and very dark, maybe a little too much.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Adrienne

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. dnf. Once I realised this book was about ghosts I stopped reading. No problem with that, it's just not my reading taste.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Patrick Gibson

    This is my first Connolly novel. I know he is a popular mystery writer—just look at his wall of books at Borders—but I didn’t know what to expect. To my surprise I found his writing to be articulate and beautifully detailed. I was also surprised at the intense level of violence. Not shocked, mind you, Chuck Palahniuk is one of my favorite writers, so this has a long way to go before ever reaching ‘shock’ level. It was just the sheer bravura of death and destruction that caught me off guard. I hav This is my first Connolly novel. I know he is a popular mystery writer—just look at his wall of books at Borders—but I didn’t know what to expect. To my surprise I found his writing to be articulate and beautifully detailed. I was also surprised at the intense level of violence. Not shocked, mind you, Chuck Palahniuk is one of my favorite writers, so this has a long way to go before ever reaching ‘shock’ level. It was just the sheer bravura of death and destruction that caught me off guard. I have to give the author credit. He is not afraid to kill characters off. And there are a lot of them. So many, in fact, for the first few dozen chapters you’re not sure just what the hell is going on. Just when you get to know the small isolated Maine island Sanctuary (with copious details of its deadly history) the story switches to Florida, then the Carolinas, then all over the place and every character has a back story. The author, to a fault, doesn’t introduce anyone without immediately expounding their history which is usually brutal—even if the character is killed in the same chapter. I didn’t do a body count as I read along, but it was in the dozens. I have to say I got a little annoyed with story after story, death after death. But he ties it all together and finally, when about two dozen of the main characters finally meet on the creepy island there is a big ‘ah-hah’ moment and the story kicks into high gear. Connolly is pretty good with the sinister detail as the story turns supernatural. You are waiting for it to happen—and when it does, he is at his best. I am not sure if his other novels have the ‘Dean Koontz’ effect or not but I picked up a couple more at the flea market and am willing to try some others. If you put up with a lot of extraneous wasted character development the end is worth getting too. Well, isn’t it always? No, maybe not always.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Selvianty Selvianty

    omg how do I put this? There's too many characters in this book and John Connolly talked about them all. And it was intense! I wasn't bored at all with his descriptions on each characters and their backgrounds. And he managed to make a story where everything looks or sounds so dark and gloomy. How did you do it Mr Connolly? Ok, a lot of people probably would disagree with me because the story walks so slow. Yes, I said walks. Connolly built the story slowly to create an atmosphere of something s omg how do I put this? There's too many characters in this book and John Connolly talked about them all. And it was intense! I wasn't bored at all with his descriptions on each characters and their backgrounds. And he managed to make a story where everything looks or sounds so dark and gloomy. How did you do it Mr Connolly? Ok, a lot of people probably would disagree with me because the story walks so slow. Yes, I said walks. Connolly built the story slowly to create an atmosphere of something sinister and cruel. It's a story about Bad Men. Men. As in plural. And a mysterious island with a dark past. Can't talk about it more because it might contain spoilers. When these Bad Men came to the island to seek something, the intensity rose. The Past and Present entwined to each other and set in motion to clear the pathway for Future. With many sacrifices. If you happen to visit the island, don't go to the Sanctuary. P.S.: The island is a fiction sadly. But you'll want to believe it's there. Because Connolly describe it so well with the terrain and its history.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Dyah

    The main reason I wanted to read this book is because I'm curious about Sharon Macy; the police woman sometimes mentioned in Charlie Parker books and it seems that they have history. In Bad Men, Macy is a rookie cop, and I get to know a little about her past and family. And it is enough for me to say "No, she's not a suitable partner for Parker." Bad Men tells a story about a haunted island named Sanctuary/Dutch Island. Long time ago, all of its residents are slaughtered, and their ghosts are rest The main reason I wanted to read this book is because I'm curious about Sharon Macy; the police woman sometimes mentioned in Charlie Parker books and it seems that they have history. In Bad Men, Macy is a rookie cop, and I get to know a little about her past and family. And it is enough for me to say "No, she's not a suitable partner for Parker." Bad Men tells a story about a haunted island named Sanctuary/Dutch Island. Long time ago, all of its residents are slaughtered, and their ghosts are restless because the culprit got away. Now every time there's an evil/corrupt man in the island, the ghosts get rid of him/her one way or another. Then a group of killers arrive on the island...going after someone who betrayed their leader and took their money. They have no idea what's waiting for them... Rather than Macy, Bad Men focuses more on Joe Dupree or Melancholy Joe, the main policeman on Sanctuary. The Dupree family has always been the guardian of the island since a long time ago. I like Joe. Really like him. And my heart breaks for him, because what happens to him is not fair :( No, I don't need to read more stories about Sanctuary. It's enough to know that when you got some bad men chasing you, just go to Sanctuary and it will take care of them for you :p **Thank you Mas Jun for securing this book for me at Big Bad Wolf :)**

  16. 5 out of 5

    Emi

    So, I was thinking about having a quiet evening in home, with a book, some tea, and silence. Good and enjoyable silence... Well, that was the plan. Until sun came down and I get to the last chapters in this book. In that moment, the silence became something creepy. So, so creepy. This book literally made my skin crawl and sent shivers down my spine. The ghosts... John Connolly invokes a trully scary scenario here and, at the same time, he has an unique way to evoke something scary and tender at So, I was thinking about having a quiet evening in home, with a book, some tea, and silence. Good and enjoyable silence... Well, that was the plan. Until sun came down and I get to the last chapters in this book. In that moment, the silence became something creepy. So, so creepy. This book literally made my skin crawl and sent shivers down my spine. The ghosts... John Connolly invokes a trully scary scenario here and, at the same time, he has an unique way to evoke something scary and tender at the same time. John's ghosts are scary, and even terrifying, but they all have this sad and melancholic side that can be even tender. This can be considered a Charlie Parker's book. He appears there, makes some cameos, but it's an amazing story anyway. I loved this book. Is one of the best of John, I think. It has tension, an interesting story and very good characters. The end broke my heart a little, but I recommend this. It's an amazing book.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Deanna

    I only made it to page 123 of this book before finally giving up. I just didn't care about the story. I found it rambled on and on about stuff I didn't care about, and my mind would wander while reading so I didn't know what was going on. I don't feel I'm missing out on anything by not finishing this one.

  18. 4 out of 5

    J.F. Penn

    An island with a bloody history that echoes in the present. As violent men come closer to the Sanctuary, supernatural forces start to emerge on the island. A woman with a child, defended by a giant with his own roots in the past. On the edge of horror, I love John Connolly :)

  19. 4 out of 5

    KATHLEEN

    This book has only a couple cameo appearances by Charlie Parker. I really missed him. "Bad Men" as a title is pretty simplistic, but they are words uttered by a child to describe those who are invading the island where he lives (Dutch Island f/k/a Sanctuary.) There are also good people in this book. As we swing over the United States collecting our bad guys, we meet a few of the good people. At least, until they're murdered. A man named Edward Moloch is getting bonded out of jail courtesy of his l This book has only a couple cameo appearances by Charlie Parker. I really missed him. "Bad Men" as a title is pretty simplistic, but they are words uttered by a child to describe those who are invading the island where he lives (Dutch Island f/k/a Sanctuary.) There are also good people in this book. As we swing over the United States collecting our bad guys, we meet a few of the good people. At least, until they're murdered. A man named Edward Moloch is getting bonded out of jail courtesy of his lawyer. It has taken a few years to achieve this. But Moloch wants to do more than disappear from the sight of the law. He wants his revenge on the wife who had the guts to leave their abusive relationship, steal money he got illegally, and tip the authorities off about him. As he lies in jail he dreams about his violent revenge upon her, except it seems, it already happened, in a previous life. But where? When he knows where his wife is, that question will be answered. The island of Sanctuary has a long memory, too. Massacres far in the past are not forgotten by the spirits which inhabit the island. Something besides blood soaked into the ground. The island has taken its revenge before. Mrs. Moloch has hidden there with Moloch's son. Moloch is going to track her down. The island is waiting for them. In this book there's a hero cop who suffers from gigantism and a sensitivity to the ghosts of the island, sometimes represented by something no more frightening than moths who fly amongst the snow. A female rookie cop has been sent over from Portland to work with him, but neither possesses the firepower they will need for this fight. This book might have been better written by Stephen King. I know I have said that about Connolly before. King would have carefully described the small-town sort of place that is Sanctuary. He would have eased into the supernatural part instead of beginning with it on page one. He might have spent less time bouncing all over the country picking up hitmen and just had them waiting for Moloch when he got out. And I hope he would have spent more time on the actual attack on the island. Still, I feel like I'm nitpicking too much. Let's just say I will really be glad to get back to Charlie Parker.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Soo

    Notes: Not as engaging as the Charlie Parker stories but a cool mix of history, supernatural & crazy people.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Dawn Hutchings-walsh

    Despite having to restart it 3 times to get all the characters' names straight in my head after a little time away from it, I became enraptured with the story and really liked the bittersweet end. Great book.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Gmaharriet

    John Connolly does it again! Who else could combine murder mystery, romance, small town ambience and the supernatural? I could hardly stand to put this down, and when I finished, I wanted more. I was saddened by the ending, but he tied it up in a satisfying way.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Andrew

    Ok I will put my hand up and admit that this was a real page turner for me. I started it yesterday and rapidly was drawn in to the story so much so that I wound up reading it to the very end and I would not stop till I had - and it's been a while since I have felt that way about a book. Ok the story is quite a simple one - historic tragedy - restless souls - modern day repeat of events - restless souls rise once more. Ok so why the high praise if that is basically it - well I think this book was Ok I will put my hand up and admit that this was a real page turner for me. I started it yesterday and rapidly was drawn in to the story so much so that I wound up reading it to the very end and I would not stop till I had - and it's been a while since I have felt that way about a book. Ok the story is quite a simple one - historic tragedy - restless souls - modern day repeat of events - restless souls rise once more. Ok so why the high praise if that is basically it - well I think this book was not about the creativity of the storyline as you can see, but how it was delivered. The sheer build up to it, the anticipation - especially of the delivery of the "bad men" of the title just drew you in. There was no doubt no ambiguity over who or what was going to happen but still you wanted to see how far it would all go. There are books you can quickly see where they are heading and it spoils it for you - this book, well from reading the rear cover you can pretty much guess it all, but you don't care you just want to see how it happens rather what or if it will happen. And this is where the praise comes from, I think it is hard to write a book where you have to keep the readers interest and connection to the book, its harder still when that said reader knows where the book is going and thinks they know what will happen.

  24. 4 out of 5

    LJ

    THE BAD MEN – G+ John Connolly – stand alone Three hundred years ago, the settlers on the small Maine island of Sanctuary were betrayed by one of their own, and slaughtered. Now a band of killers has returned to Sanctuary to seek revenge on a young woman and her son, and the only people who stand in their way are a young rookie officer and the island's resident policeman, the troubled giant known as Melancholy Joe Dupree, guardian of the island's secrets, the repository of its memories. He knows t THE BAD MEN – G+ John Connolly – stand alone Three hundred years ago, the settlers on the small Maine island of Sanctuary were betrayed by one of their own, and slaughtered. Now a band of killers has returned to Sanctuary to seek revenge on a young woman and her son, and the only people who stand in their way are a young rookie officer and the island's resident policeman, the troubled giant known as Melancholy Joe Dupree, guardian of the island's secrets, the repository of its memories. He knows that Sanctuary has been steeped in violence, and that its ghosts will tolerate the shedding of innocent blood no longer. While Connolly’s books are always dark, there has been a lyric quality to his writing and real appeal in the main character that I have loved, While still very good, this book seemed more horror than mystery and lacked that lyricism. He’s still an excellent writer, but this was, to me, a bit of a disappointment.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Buck Weiss

    Connonlly is a poet in the body of a damn good crime writer. This is one of the best books I've read in a long time and I think I'm going to dedicate the first part of 2011 to reading everything of his I can get my hands on. Hi characters are fleshed out with just the right mix of action and backstory that the whole book feels like an ensemble piece. His "Bad Men" reminded me of the those low-down bastards that makes Brian Azzarello's 100 Bullets such an kick in the pants series. Their quick wit Connonlly is a poet in the body of a damn good crime writer. This is one of the best books I've read in a long time and I think I'm going to dedicate the first part of 2011 to reading everything of his I can get my hands on. Hi characters are fleshed out with just the right mix of action and backstory that the whole book feels like an ensemble piece. His "Bad Men" reminded me of the those low-down bastards that makes Brian Azzarello's 100 Bullets such an kick in the pants series. Their quick with a joke or a gun. A comparison to Azzarello is high praise from me. All this and I haven't even mentioned the supernatural element yet. Connolly brings in just enough that it never feels forced. The grey people are just a part of this world, the island is caught up in reliving its past and the reader is caught up in the killer connections that Connelly makes between a modern story and history. Check Connolly out as soon as you can.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Amanda

    I didn't really care for this book. Something about this present tense style just sets me off. Plus there was just too much mystery enshrouding everything. I feel like each character should slowly unwrap themselves as the book goes along, and the constant enigma thing annoyed me after a while. Sure, their backstories developed, but I had no sense of the characters themselves...only what they came from, which is not the same at all. Plus, I find this theme of disconnectedness disturbing. I feel l I didn't really care for this book. Something about this present tense style just sets me off. Plus there was just too much mystery enshrouding everything. I feel like each character should slowly unwrap themselves as the book goes along, and the constant enigma thing annoyed me after a while. Sure, their backstories developed, but I had no sense of the characters themselves...only what they came from, which is not the same at all. Plus, I find this theme of disconnectedness disturbing. I feel like everyone was marked by a sense of remoteness and he makes constant mention of disconnecting in moments of violence. Or feeling disconnected which lead to violence. I just didn't find this book appetizing. But I did like the character of Melancholy Joe, honestly, who couldn't love a giant named Melancholy Joe?

  27. 4 out of 5

    martin

    Connolly's books often inspire very visual images and at times I feel like I have somehow seem a film of the book (or am reading the book of the film). This is one example where he delights in descriptive passages that bring the story alive. As with some of his other novels, he entwines the supernatural with the unnaturally evil. Calling the chief bad guy Molloch is another of the biblical / devil references he seems to love. The ending (or most of it) is never much in doubt. In fact it's fairly Connolly's books often inspire very visual images and at times I feel like I have somehow seem a film of the book (or am reading the book of the film). This is one example where he delights in descriptive passages that bring the story alive. As with some of his other novels, he entwines the supernatural with the unnaturally evil. Calling the chief bad guy Molloch is another of the biblical / devil references he seems to love. The ending (or most of it) is never much in doubt. In fact it's fairly obvious from the get go, but knowing what will happen seems to build the tension rather than destroy it. All nicely juxtaposed with the bad weather building eerily to a similar climax. His sense of humour flashes in a few times - not least when his PI Charlie Parker makes a brief non-speaking cameo!

  28. 4 out of 5

    Scribal

    Although I've read most of the Charlie Parker novels, I think this book is my favorite by John Connolly so far. Perhaps because the story is bounded by the island. Perhaps because it's bounded by time. I mean it's a story with a beginning, middle and end. If you've read the Charlie Parker novels you know they all kind of start somewhere else and never quite resolve. If you'd like to sample a stand-alone John Connolly that's less brutal than some others, I recommend this one.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Dot

    The amazon reviews were pretty positive for this and warned of its violence and how it's not for the faint of heart. I didn't think it was all that violent. In fact I thought it would abruptly change scenes when something bad was about to go down and that was frustrating. Not that I want tons of gore but it felt like a cop out. I picked this up for light summer reading and it was that for sure.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Trimilawn Farm

    For me, this is the best JC novel. I love the marriage of turbulent history meets modern times. The hero Joe really evokes compassion and sadness. A must read!

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