Monday, December 21, 2009

Book Review: The Chopin Manuscript (Audio)

The Chopin Manuscript: A Serial Thriller UNABRIDGED

Publisher's Summary
15 thriller masters. 1 masterful thriller.
Former war crimes investigator Harold Middleton possesses a previously unknown score by Frederic Chopin. But he is unaware that, locked within its handwritten notes, lies a secret that now threatens the lives of thousands of Americans. As he races from Poland to America to uncover the mystery of the manuscript, Middleton will be accused of murder, pursued by federal agents, and targeted by assassins. But the greatest threat will come from a shadowy figure out of his past: the man known only as Faust.
The Chopin Manuscript is a unique collaboration by 15 of the world's greatest thriller writers. Jeffery Deaver conceived the characters and set the plot in motion; the other authors each wrote a chapter in turn. Deaver then completed what he started, bringing The Chopin Manuscript to its explosive conclusion.
The Chopin Manuscript was written by:
Jeffery Deaver (Lincoln Rhyme series)
David Hewson (Nic Costa series)
James Grady (
Six Days of the Condor)
S. J. Rozan (Bill Smith/Lydia Chin series)
Erica Spindler (
Last Known Victim)
John Ramsey Miller (Winter Massey series)
David Corbett (
Blood of Paradise)
John Gilstrap (
Scott Free)
Joseph Finder (
Power Play)
Jim Fusilli (Terry Orr series)
Peter Spiegelman (John March series)
Ralph Pezzullo (
Lisa Scottoline (
Daddy's Girl)
P.J. Parrish (Louis Kincaid, Joe Frye series)
Lee Child (Jack Reacher series)
The Chopin Manuscript includes special bonus material:

  • Behind-the-scenes interview with Jeffery Deaver, Lee Child, and David Hewson

  • Now that alone should stir you curiosity. 'Sure did mine! And that was without knowing it was the 2008 Audie Award Winner Audiobook of the Year. That is why it became my pick.

    Alfred Moline (well known actor) was the narrator. He made following the different character easy with that great nibble voice of his. But I figured he would. It was the writing that intrigued me was how one man could start a story and then another writer picks it up...and then another and another until it comes back to the original author to wrap it up in a nice neat bow and bring it to a conclusion.

    Could it be done? How confusing would it be as the chapter changed to a new author? Could I follow it? Would I like it?

    Yes. Only a little bit. I could. I did!

    So if you like a good thriller that is well written, check it out! And be sure to listen to the after interview for the "How'd they do it?"

    Disclaimer....if I used my membership credit, you know no one had any influence on my review!


    Anonymous said...

    This sounds really interesting! Wow...


    It's and there is another month credit usage.

    Sharon said...

    This sounds good! I read a mystery several years ago written like this. It was called Naked Came the Manatee. It was written by mostly Florida authors and was originally published as a serial novel in the Miami Herald's Tropic magazine.