The River of Souls: Matthew Corbett, Book 5 Audible Audiobook – Unabridged
The year is 1703. The place: The Carolina settlement of Charles Town. Matthew Corbett, professional 'problem solver,' has accepted a lucrative, if unusual, commission: Escorting a beautiful woman to a fancy dress ball.
What should be a pleasant assignment takes a darker turn when Matthew becomes involved in a murder investigation. A sixteen-year-old girl has been stabbed to death on the grounds of a local plantation. The suspected killer is a slave who has escaped, with two family members, into the dubious protection of a nearby swamp. Troubled by certain discrepancies and determined to see some sort of justice done, Matthew joins the hunt for the runaway slaves. He embarks on a treacherous journey up the Solstice River, also known as the River of Souls. He discovers that something born of the swamp has joined the hunt...and is stalking the hunters with more than murder in mind.
What follows is a shattering ordeal encompassing snakes, alligators, exiled savages, mythical beasts, and ordinary human treachery. The journey up the River of Souls will test Matthew's courage, commitment, and powers of endurance. It will also lead him to a confrontation with a figure from his recent past, which will alter Matthew's life, setting the stage for the next installment in this compulsively readable series.
Gripping, unsettling, and richly atmospheric, The River of Souls is a masterful historical adventure and a major addition to Robert McCammon's extraordinary body of work. Featuring the continuing exploits of a young hero USA Today has called 'the Early American James Bond.'
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|Listening Length||8 hours and 55 minutes|
|Author||Robert R. McCammon|
|Audible.ca Release Date||May 31 2014|
|Best Sellers Rank|| #9,894 in Audible Books & Originals (See Top 100 in Audible Books & Originals) |
#39 in Historical Thrillers (Audible Books & Originals)
#451 in Historical Thrillers (Books)
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So it was good to see it on the market. The series involved the escapades of a self-professed "problem-solver" in very early 18th century America, chiefly in New York City. The books are well researched and written.
I must add that I have been a fan of this person's writing for decades.
That said, the book once again drops Matthew in life-threatening circumstances that he escapes wounded and confused. The environment in this story....the river, swamp, and forest...are well drawn. Indeed, the river becomes a character, just as much as the humans. As with the earlier volumes, the evil characters are 110 percent evil, and the "good" folks are a real mix, many seeming quite eager to be carried into the ugliest of behaviors. A few new characters are well worth discovering, and will, I hope, be featured in future volumes.
Overall, the book is mostly satisfying, but relies several times on coincidences that seem far-fetched.
At the moment, I am trying to decide whether toured the next volume, as I have already been told that it, too, ends in a cliffhanger. There are so many complete tales to read that I am hesitant to start yet another designed to keep me breathlessly waiting to buy the next book.
PS. Starting from nr 3 these books need to be read in order. There are too many overlapping plots between them to be read as a “stand alone”.