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The Copper Bracelet: A Serial Thriller by…

The Copper Bracelet: A Serial Thriller

by Jeffery Deaver

Other authors: Linda Barnes (Contributor), Brett Battles (Contributor), Lee Child (Contributor), David Corbett (Contributor), Joseph Finder (Contributor)10 more, Jim Fusilli (Contributor), John Gilstrap (Contributor), David Hewson (Contributor), Jon Land (Contributor), David Liss (Contributor), Gayle Lynds (Contributor), P.J. Parrish (Contributor), James Phelan (Contributor), Lisa Scottoline (Contributor), Jenny Siler (Contributor)

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Series: Harold Middleton (book 2)

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Harold Middleton returns in this explosive sequel to The Chopin Manuscript as he's drawn into an international terror plot that threatens to send India and Pakistan into full-scale nuclear war. Careening from Nice to London and Moscow to Kashmir to prevent nuclear disaster, Middleton is unaware his prey has changed and the act of terror is far more diabolical than he knows.… (more)



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This book features the same band of war-criminal hunting ‘Volunteers’ who first appeared in [b:Chopin Manuscript|1964791|Chopin Manuscript|Jeffery Deaver|http://photo.goodreads.com/books/1190984220s/1964791.jpg|1967905], which, like this one, featured chapters written by different thriller writers. In the opening sequence Harold Middleton, leader of the Volunteers, and key members of his crew are nearly the victims of a hired assassin but, of course, they turn the tables and instead begin to learn that the copper bracelet which the assassin was wearing is far more than a piece of jewellery. The team must track down someone known as The Scorpion and prevent the world exploding into a new world war when a conflict between India and Pakistan is orchestrated by some nefarious types.

If Frederick Forsythe had written a season of 24 it would, I imagine, have turned out a bit like this book. It’s full of global politics, double-crossing assassins and the implausible high-tech gadgetry that a decent thriller must have. But, probably because each one is written by a different author all trying to leave their mark, the chapters each have their own story arc and cliff-hanger endings so it’s even more action packed than an average thriller. There are undoubtedly more twists and turns in the overall plot than would be the case if the story was written by a single author but it holds together well and there are surprisingly few loose ends left over. It’s not a particularly thought-provoking story but it didn’t lose my attention once.

As tends to be the way with thrillers the characters aren’t particularly well-developed, partly because they’re busy leaping out of the way of thermobaric bombs and partly because there are so darned many of them (that’s probably another side-effect of the multiple authorship). However the notion of a group of people tracking down the world’s war criminals is more clearly defined in this book and some of them were quite engaging in their brief appearances.

As he did with the first book Alfred Molina narrates brilliantly, taking the numerous characters of multiple nationalities in his stride. As someone who is a real fan of audio books I am pleased to see this audio only experiment continue. It’s quite clear the authors have fun collaborating as a change from their solo pursuits and I can’t imagine too many listeners wouldn’t experience a similar sense of fun with this classic roller-coaster of a thriller. ( )
  bsquaredinoz | Mar 31, 2013 |
The follow up was not as good as the first in the series, but still entertaining with a very twisting turning plot. Throughout the story I often found myself wondering about the logitics and creativity behind the project that takes a dozen thriller writers to pass a book around all getting to add a chapter. I really liked the character Wiki - if there's a 3rd installment, I would love to see more of him. ( )
  she_climber | Feb 12, 2010 |
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Author nameRoleType of authorWork?Status
Deaver, Jefferyprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Barnes, LindaContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Battles, BrettContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Child, LeeContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Corbett, DavidContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Finder, JosephContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Fusilli, JimContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Gilstrap, JohnContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Hewson, DavidContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Land, JonContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Liss, DavidContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Lynds, GayleContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Parrish, P.J.Contributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Phelan, JamesContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Scottoline, LisaContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Siler, JennyContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Molina, AlfredNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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