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The Malice Box [Kindle Edition]

Martin Langfield
3.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)

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hriller set in New York about a man who goes on a quest to discover the secrets behind a box that responds to psychic energy and is linked to the North American blackout of August 2003.

About the Author

Martin Langfield is the former East Coast Bureau Chief of Reuters in New York. The Malice Box is his first novel.

Product details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1861 KB
  • Print Length: 560 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin (28 Feb 2008)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B002XHNNVG
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #426,270 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
Format:Paperback
First of all, can I make something clear to the negative reviewers (and others): this is NOT a Da Vinci Code clone. What Martin Langfield has written is a fast-paced, intelligent, supernatural thriller, predominantly set in New York with flashbacks to Cambridge and London. It weaves occult philosophy and esoteric religious practices into the narrative of a tightly written novel that will keep you in suspense, forever guessing what will happen next.

The so-called "puzzles" which people have called into question are not meant to be on the same level as the Times cryptic crossword, and they work best when you just accept them for what they are and read on to see them revealed. In any case, the climax of the novel explains why the puzzles themselves are not painfully difficult to unravel; they aren't meant to be.

Langfield successfully blends occultism, history, religion, mythology and a commendable grasp of Manhattan's architecture and geography to produce something very different from the average "race against time to stop the serial killer" plot. Indeed, the ambiguities and continual upsets that run throughout the novel often make it difficult to know whose side you, the reader, are meant to be on from one moment to the next. This all adds up to what makes it so compelling. I read the book over four evenings, but agree with other (positive) reviewers that it would work best if read in one sitting.

For those who claim to have found it "difficult" or even "boring", I can only wonder if they approached the novel with the wrong expectations. Forget how the book may have been marketed, this is not the Da Vinci Code. And it's all the better for it.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hidden truths... 28 May 2008
Format:Paperback
A great book, i cant understand the 1 and 2 star ratings, obviously the reviewers are very 'asleep' and failed to spot the thread of human awakening which the plot carefully brings into play.

Quotes such as 'He opened his eyes. He saw that he was both free and predestined: that he had wanted and chosen everything that had happened to him, that his task was to learn why he had created this life, these events, for himself.' resonate with a great deal of truth for everyone to think about.. The book doesnt aim to preach where we came from or where we may go, but it does help open the eyes of the more alert reader to answers/possibilities beyond religion..

Buy this book you wont be disappointed...

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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars What a ride! 17 Feb 2007
Format:Hardcover
After having experienced a rather long dry spell trying to find intelligent AND entertaining suspense-fiction, I stumbled across The Malice Box. I had a hard time putting it down at night, which I paid for with two extremely groggy days at work. And I found myself preoccupied trying to figure out how the story was going to end. Congratulations to M. Langfield. I finished the book yesterday and it is still resonating! Here's hoping for a follow up!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent REad 25 Jan 2009
Format:Hardcover
I thorougholy enjoyed this book. There is a wealth of detail that, in contrast to what some other reviewers have said, serves to add to the quality of this work, signifying that the author has done his research properly. There is nothing worse than a potentially good book being ruined by sloppy or incomplete research and here, the detail brings the city to life. I have visited New York briefly but this really brought the images of the city to mind.

I liked the plot, I empathised with the characters and particularly liked the drawing together of strands as the story progressed.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fascinating! 1 Aug 2009
Format:Hardcover
A twisting , turning, complex race against time and around Manhattan. It was an engaging read, lots of changes in direction for both the main character, Robert, and the reader. I loved the descriptions of the buildings and the articfacts, despite never having been to Manhattan I finished the book feeling as though i'd just had a personal tour with an authortive guide! I'd recommend it to anyone who enjoys a good mystery and likes to try and solve the puzzle as they read, as I do.. I even enjoyed it when my guesses as to what would happen next were wrong..as the author's direction was always better!
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A rattling good yarn 11 Feb 2007
Format:Hardcover
A rattling good adventure sweeping you through Manhattan on a quest to retrieve 7 keys before they unlock a device which will destroy the world. Classic good versus evil stuff: an unwitting hero asked to step up and follow the Path to help the guardians of the Perfect Light defeat the Brotherhood of Inwn.

Robert Reckliss is an English journo in New York, whose strange and compulsive pastime is collecting scale models of NY buildings. This obsession sets the scene for a tale which uses the architecture and history of New York to drive a fascinating hunt against the clock. But the story has roots in his Cambridge days where he was drawn into the scavenger hunt games of the Unicorn Club by its enigmatic leader who twenty years on sends him a "Boîte à Malice" the Malice Box with the plea "Help me! Time is running out!" along with a cryptic puzzle to launch him on the first of seven trials to challenge him over the next 7 days.

Each trial is accompanied by fascinating puzzles for the reader to solve along with the hero - although he gets the help of the guardians. There is lots of stuff to interest and intrigue: science from Isaac Newton to the Manhattan Project, alchemy and metaphysics, religion and mysticism, all cleverly interwoven in a story where the hero has to find the power of the Light within him before he can defeat the dark powers of the Brotherhood.

And forget Paris and the da Vinci Code, a lot of people will be taking this book on a trip to Manhattan to follow the Path for themselves!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent. Enlightening.
An excellent read. I keep going back to it and re-reading segments. I find it reveals hidden truths, and that is quite scary. Read more
Published on 17 July 2012 by kevsbrook
4.0 out of 5 stars The Malice Box
The book was delivered promptly and as a bonus was in hardback. The condition was very good and I would purchase from this seller again.
Published on 23 Oct 2011 by A. Crisp
2.0 out of 5 stars 5 characters chasing a bomb in power and spirit
This is very disappointing, was rushing to end this read. Quite similar writing style of Neil Gaiman; very deep deep meaning to the plot and scene description. Read more
Published on 23 Dec 2009 by SKYW4LKER
2.0 out of 5 stars Not as good as the sum of its parts
The Malice Box sounds like a novel hanging on the coattails of the recent explosion of religious thrillers. Read more
Published on 14 Jun 2009 by Mr. G. Battle
2.0 out of 5 stars a very poor read
one of the worst books I ever read.
A poor and confused plot. Did not get to the end which is unusual for me. Not to be suggested
Published on 8 May 2009 by Monica Negroni
1.0 out of 5 stars Hunt for the plot
I got to about page 200 and gave up. There is nothing to make you engage with the characters and the dialogue is quite stilted. Read more
Published on 20 Jan 2009 by Mark Mcclelland
3.0 out of 5 stars Da Vinchi code but good
I havent read DaVinchi Code, but after film it feels the same

however i do like the tension and even though im only about 100 pages in it keeps me reading on,... Read more
Published on 8 Aug 2008 by A. Bates
1.0 out of 5 stars good for insomiacs
I am an avid reader but this is undoubtedly HARD HARD WORK. It reads like a geography lesson for New York (I think the author had swallowed the New York A-Z) and at 536 pages is... Read more
Published on 21 Jun 2008 by A. Coombes
1.0 out of 5 stars Even worse than the daVinci Code............
I managed about a third of the book until I got tired of all the mystical twaddle and frankly boring plot. Read more
Published on 24 Mar 2008 by SteveShark
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