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  • Paperback: 480 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin (28 Oct. 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0141049502
  • ISBN-13: 978-0141049502
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 2.9 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (50 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 9,395 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Chris Mooney is the author of six previous thrillers, of which Remembering Sarah was nominated for the prestigious Edgar Award for Best Novel. The Missing, The Secret Friend and The Dead Room - all Darby McCormick thrillers - are available as Penguin paperbacks. Chris lives in Boston with his wife and son.

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By KarlB on 26 Jan. 2011
Format: Paperback
I was unaware of Chris Mooney until I took a chance on Soul Collectors based on the cover and blurb whilst browsing the book section of the local supermarket. Although not of the usual genre that I read (being mostly horror, something which Mooney may be a fan of too since he name-drops Stephen King at least twice in this book) it appeared gruesome enough for it to sit within my comfort zone - in this regard I was not disappointed. Sticking with the positives; I believe Mooney to be a capable author and the book hurtles along at a fast pace with plenty of action along the way. Although I understand this book to be Darby's fourth outing, to Mooney's credit, the story does stand alone; I never felt bemused by the numerous mentions to her past. Certainly, it was entertaining enough to keep me reading it from beginning to end.

On to the negatives and the reasons for only 3 stars. I appreciate a certain amount of poetic license in order to create a gripping and entertaining story but, just as other reviewers have mentioned, everything about this book is simply unbelievable. From the indestructible female lead who may as well have been a cyborg; to the evil, kidnapping and murderous cult that have operated undetected for decades. Also I fear for the safety of the USA if its Secret Service and FBI are anything like their depiction in the book, apparently not one member is a match to Darby either intellectually or in combat. As for Mooney likening characters to actual movie stars, at best its lazy writing otherwise it could be considered a blatant attempt to solicit a movie option and even going so far as to cast the characters.

Like me, Mooney appears to have had no idea how the story would end so we are left with the final 50-100 pages hurriedly written with no conclusion.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By rhosymynydd VINE VOICE on 4 Nov. 2010
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I had never read Chris Mooney before but followed my Amazon recommendation and took a chance. I was not disappointed. This exciting thriller holds the reader from start to finish - I really must stop beginning to read at midnight.....it was so hard to put down but I managed to finish it the next day. This book is certainly thriling and complex - all the elements for a really good detective novel. I recommend this to anyone who likes a good Deaver thriller! The Soul Collectors
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By R. L. Judd on 31 Jan. 2011
Format: Paperback
Despite a promising start this book (my first - and last - Chris Mooney) quickly descends in to generic computer game rubbish....

The premise was interesting and the first of couple of chapters particually reviting. However, the moment that the lead character 'Darby McCormack' (a doctor, no less) is described as looking like Angelina Jolie the plot sinks to farce. She's a Lara Coft-arse-kicking-sexy-single-white-female-doctor-knowitall-control-mad-expert-on-everything-more-clever-than-any-man-super-hero....(get the picture). She beats up random FBI goons, out-smarts the smartest villians and is generally to clever for her own good. She's completely unbelievable as a character and, consequently, cannot be invested in by the reader.

The timeline is ridiculous - a week? fortnight? month? bi-yearly? who knows. Darby is the ONLY female character in the whole book and the 'demons' (how else do you explain the bad guys who, in fact, are never properly explained - I wonder if a sequel is on the works?) are, initially menacing, but later unchallenging (superhero Darby even manages to dispose of two baddies despite being starved and beaten while locked underground for days while chained to the floor - her amazingness knows no bounds). The reason 'why' is never developed, which was my only hope throughout reading the book and worst of all, despite a story centered on child abduction and torture, the author actually introduces a lovestory!!!! Seriously, kidnap and death is sidelined for pages while Darby invests herself in regenerating an old romance. Tosh!

The book was vaguely enjoyable and a relatively quick read (thankfully) so I've been over generous and given two stars. This however will be my last Chris Mooney and I sincerely hope that I never hear of Darby McCormack again!!!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Michael F. Mc Grath on 26 Nov. 2010
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Very talented writer but this is so overblown that it just loses all credibility and I just flipped through the second half. I loved Mr Mooneys first books but I wish he had never seen CSI.
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By Michael Watson TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 18 Jan. 2011
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This was all going pretty well. I was really looking forward to Darby McCormick's fourth outing, given the quality of the earlier books. Indeed, this one starts well, blasts through about two thirds of the book when it all comes to a dead stop. I can't work out where the author is going with his character.

I did refer to her as being a dead ringer for Kate Beckinsale and lo and behold, we now have Darby fighting off the almost undead in vast numbers. It doesn't work for me. Darby has suddenly become - well, not suddenly because with each book, Darby is more indestructible but she's even more highly thought off by the macho action men and she puts them all to shame. Clearly, this is ridiculous but if we ignore her ability to kill anybody and everybody, she also has the ability to recover from serious damage to her body which I guess would sap the strength of the Termintaor for a time. But, no, Darby is up and running, literally, after having just broken various ribs. Later, having been starved of food and drink for at least a week, she wards off the entire opposing forces with hardly a misplaced step.

Sorry, Mr. Mooney but you gave her too much rope and now she's dangling. I can't say I am particularly interested in her career moves from now on.

This is a thriller which grips you for quite a way through it but then it all goes to pot. The ending is rushed, badly thought out and quite, quite unbelievable. I know we can accept some disbelief but this is too much. And as for her relationship with Coop? The guy's really odd, neither one thing nor another; suddenly appearing, then disappearing, then re....oh, never mind, it's a sad ending to a really promising series.
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