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Bad Men: A Thriller by John Connolly
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Bad Men: A Thriller

by John Connolly

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Bad Men was an enjoyable read. I liked that Charlie Parker makes a couple of cameos in the book, tying it into the same universe as the Parker novels. The book had an atmospheric feel to it and the descriptions of the storm and supernatural entities really complimented the story. ( )
  Arkrayder | Jan 3, 2019 |
In the late seventeenth century Indians consistently raided the various islands in the area outside of what is known today as Portland, pushing the white settlers away. But in 1691 thirty individuals arrived to Dutch Island, which at the time was also known as Sanctuary, and decided to give it a try. Bauer, one of the men that formed part of the group, was justly accused of attempting to rape another man's wife. When he asked his own wife for shelter against his pursuers she did not comply and he was captured. However, he was able to escape and he returned years later with renegade Indians as his "hired help" bringing mayhem to the village. After the horrible events that developed in the island, the ghosts of the dead were left behind to cohabitate with the living. Usually, they do not interact much with humans, but now something is growing, and some people in the island can feel it. I don't want to give too much away. So, sit back forget all you know about "what scares you" and delve into a novel that blends the best of everything.....the undead, cannibalism, adultery, compassion, honor and revenge.
As it has been said: "Sanctuary does not always mean safety"! ( )
  Carol420 | May 31, 2016 |
Extraordinarily frightening, tense and grisly read from a master of suspenseful storytelling. Difficult to set aside from the first few paragraphs to the last satisfying word. So beautifully crafted one can hardly accept that the action and riveting story line are merely a work of fiction. A thrilling read! ( )
  Shirley_Moore | May 15, 2014 |
Part crime novel, part mystery/suspense novel & part paranormal novel this story involves an island with a dark past, a past that is now starting to resurface.

This is the first John Connolly novel I've read and it was very enjoyable, the writing is detailed and atmospheric really drawing you into the story and environment.

I've heard some people say that it is too violent however I did not particularly feel this to be the case, and it wasn't at all gory. Whilst there is death and some characters meet their ends in an unfortunate manner it does not delve into the intricate manner of their deaths. I consider this to be a positive as often some otherwise good stories get bogged down in the gore, most times rather pointlessly.

Overall, an excellent crime/mystery/suspense novel. ( )
  HenriMoreaux | May 28, 2013 |
I enjoyed this stand alone novel by John Connolly.

His characters are well drawn and believable. The setting on a small island off the coast of Portland, Maine, gives extra suspense that the bad men are arriving and there is little escape for the innocent.

The protagonist, Joe Dupree, is a giant of a man and the protector of the island's secrets. He's very believable and the kind of character who the reader becomes fond of and wants to see succeed.

There was a massacre on this island many years ago and the spirits of the dead are able to rise up when something of an evil nature is going to happen again.

There are a number of surprises that add to the entertainment and overall I felt the book highly entertaining. ( )
  mikedraper | Feb 18, 2013 |
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On the Maine island once known as Sanctuary, policeman Joe Dupree is the guardian of its secrets, keeper of its memories. He knows that Sanctuary had been steeped in carnage once, centuries ago, when its settlers were betrayed to their enemies and slaughtered. Now, a strange, otherworldly evil is about to descend again....With rookie officer Sharon Macy, Joe stands guard against a bloodthirsty band of men set on murder, robbery, and retribution. But unleashing the fury of the ghosts of the past will have unimaginable consequences for any who spill innocent blood on Sanctuary's shores.
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BAD MEN

On the Maine island once known as Sanctuary, policeman Joe Dupree is the guardian of its secrets, keeper of its memories. He knows that Sanctuary had been steeped in carnage once, centuries ago, when its settlers were betrayed to their enemies and slaughtered. Now, a strange, otherworldly evil is about to descend again....With rookie officer Sharon Macy, Joe stands guard against a bloodthirsty band of men set on murder, robbery, and retribution. But unleashing the fury of the ghosts of the past will have unimaginable consequences for any who spill innocent blood on Sanctuary's shores.

Includes an excerpt from The Black Angel, John Connolly's return to the world of detective Charlie Parker -- coming soon in hardcover from Atria Books.

(retrieved from Amazon Thu, 12 Mar 2015 18:07:35 -0400)

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In 1693, the settlers on the small Maine island of Sanctuary were betrayed to their enemies and slaughtered. Since then, the island has known three hundred years of peace. Until now. For men are descending on Sanctuary, their purpose to hunt down and kill the wife of their leader and retrieve the money that she stole from him. All that stands in their way are a young rookie officer, Sharon Macy, and the island's strange, troubled policeman, the giant known as Melancholy Joe Dupree. But Joe Dupree is no ordinary policeman. He is the guardian of the island's secrets, the repository of its memories. He knows that Sanctuary has been steeped in blood once; it will tolerate the shedding of innocent blood no longer. Now a band of killers is set to desecrate Sanctuary and unleash the fury of ghosts upon themselves and all who stand by them.… (more)

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