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The author spends much of the early book referencing earlier novels in the series. At now time does this the backstory appear to have any relevance to the book. I gave up on it, but unfortunately too late to return the book for a refund
This book disappointed me. It had the action, although this time it almost seemed comical, the intrigue, and the romance.
The romance is where the novel stumbled into a dark pit.
Our fine gentlemen Corbett, after enduring another go round with evil, wild circumstances and assorted outlandish thugs, still decides to push Berry away from him.
Corbett did this before, which made sense. This time he has unburdened himself to Berry yet he still thinks the right recourse is to treat her like a piece of garbage in order to protect her. Berry is better than this nonsense.
This feels wrong on so many levels, wrong to the point where I feel McCammon is loosing his grip on this series. He's cheating Corbett in order to make him into a tragic character. I bet the next novel finds Corbett a drunken tragedy.
Since I am an avid McCammon fan from his horror roots, I have loved this series from the start. This installment stumbles in a serious manner.
I picked up a copy of Robert's Night Boat many years ago to take on a camping trip. I then began to devour every book he has written. And I am beyond pleased with the Matthew Corbett character and have more than thoroughly enjoyed the books concerning him. The Queen Of Bedlam and Mr. Slaughter are outstanding. After finishing the current The Providence Rider i was very disappointed. I think the main reason is Matthew is taken out of colonial New York into a secluded island setting and the story just totally lacked any colonial charm. We finally get to meet Professor Fell and that was ridiculous and again disappointing. The cast of characters seemed to eat dinner more than anything and I felt like I was attending a Batman Villian party each time. Each character really not fitting those that do the bidding of an evil man. But the biggest letdown of all was discovering the reason Professor Fell summoned Matthew to his island.The task he was assigned with is way beyond laughable given the deaths and fights that ensued during it. YUCK. Sorry, Robert. But I will be aboard for Matthew's next adventure..
While initially exciting, the quality of writing is sometimes exceedingly poor. Characters and development are paper thin as well. There is too much unnecessary and predictable dialog. This would make good reading for a 12 year old.