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by Michael Marshall (Author), Jeff Harding (Narrator)
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  • Listening Length: 14 hours and 10 minutes
  • Program Type: Audiobook
  • Version: Unabridged
  • Publisher: Orion Publishing Group
  • Audible.co.uk Release Date: 14 Mar 2013
  • Language: English
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
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It should have been the greatest day of David's life. A trip to New York, wife by his side, to visit his new publisher. Finally, after years of lonely struggle it looks as though the gods of fate are going to lift him from schoolteacher to writer.

But on the way back to Penn station, a chance encounter changes all of that. He bumps into a stranger who covertly follows him, and then, just before they board their train home, passes by him close enough to whisper: 'Remember me'. The stranger follows them back to where they live, and it isn't long before David realises that this man wants something from him... something very personal, that he may have no choice but to surrender.

Meanwhile, back in New York, ex-lawyer John Henderson does his girlfriend Kristina a favour and agrees to talk to Catherine Warren, an acquaintance of hers who believes she's being stalked by en ex-lover. But soon John realizes that Catherine's problem is more complex than anyone realized... There are people out there in the shadows, watching, wanting to be with you. They are the followers. And they're about to turn.

Read by Jeff Harding. A native of New England, Jeff Harding has appeared in television productions as varied as Howard's End, The Fast Show, Father Ted and NCS Manhunt. He has recorded many audiobooks, including Orion's The Last Templar, Robert Ludlum's Bourne Trilogy and the best-selling Dan Brown's The Da Vinci Code.

©2013 Michael Marshall; (P)2013 Orion Publishing Group and Isis Publishing

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Strange and intriguing. 19 Mar 2013
By Liz Wilkins TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I'm a big fan of Michael Marshall's "Straw men" trilogy and since those I have read all his novels. He has an eye to the weird but written in an extremely entertaining way. His books will almost always mess with your head (in a very "what the hecks happening here" good way) and as usual I found myself immersed in the story and desperate to know what was what. David, an author who is about to get his first book published, bumps into a stranger who seems to know him - from then on strange things start happening and David finds himself in all sorts of trouble. Meanwhile, John agrees to help out his girlfriends bookclub pal who believes she is being stalked. However it is not as simple as that. As their two stories intertwine, we begin to discover another world - one that, whilst it is obviously fantasy, is actually quite believable. I have to say that when I wasnt reading this, I found myself often looking over my shoulder half expecting someone to be there! I very much enjoyed this - and whilst the Straw Men trilogy will probably always be my favourite from this author, he has never let me down when it comes to a darn good yarn. Excellent!
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Surreal and intriguing, if a touch unfulfiling 2 Jan 2013
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Michael Marshall's novels tend to fall into the 'reliable entertainment' category, with the honourable exception of Only Forward which was dazzling but which has proved to be a hard act to follow. 'We Are Here' is indeed a solid, well-crafted story which blurs the boundaries between a gritty New York thriller and the supernatural / spiritual world.
If you've read MM's other novels then you'll be familiar with several of the themes - a hidden organisation with a convoluted hierarchy and nomenclature; the equivocal nature of the paranormal; an emerging, unconventional conspiracy which forces the protagonists to face their fears and failings, and so on. The characters are, in the main, well defined and intriguing, although the lawyer-turned-waiter hero felt so familiar that I had to go and check whether he'd been featured in an earlier book - and a couple of the shadowy villains are a little too obscure for comfort. I had to recap now and then to remind myself who they were. The wannabe writer who works in a coffee bar, serving sarcasm along with the cream and sugar, and lives in a double-wide trailer with only felines for friends was a very touching and nuanced creation, though.
At time, 'We Are Here' sparkles with the creativity and clever observation at which MM excels. The core idea (no, I'm not going to reveal it and ruin it for you) is a very witty, intelligent 'what if?' scenario which should strike a chord with most people who recall their childhood friendships.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
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This is a hard book to review because it'd be so easy to spoil it and I don't want to do that.

We Are Here mostly centres around two couples. David and Dawn are a writer and his teacher wife who go into New York for the lunch that seals his first book deal. It's a big day for them but on the way home David accidentally bumps into someone in the street. Someone who then follows him to the station and asks him to "Remember me".

The other couple are John and Kristina. A waiter and bar-maid at an Italian restaurant who've been together about 6 months and are at the stage where they are about to either get more committed or possibly split up. Kristina's new friend from her book club has seemingly acquired a stalker and asks John and Kris for help.

Both these stories concern people who live in a kind of parallel world. They are there in the background of our lives but often go unseen or unnoticed. But something is changing. They are coming out of the shadows...

I could talk more - vaguely and circuitously so as not to spoil - about the plot but I won't. Let me talk instead about tone and themes. This is a book about regret, about loss of friendship and the way we forget people. It's also about what it means to really live in a place and be part of someone's life. In that sense it deals with some universal and weighty themes and does so well I think.

However it's not a ponderous literary novel. It's a thriller. It reminded me of Stephen King in places, which is a compliment. I enjoyed several of the characters. The author writes a middle-aged lady with nine cats who lives in a trailer - and he manages to make me really like her :)

It's not perfect. I think it could have been shorter.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars He's behind you! 1 Feb 2013
By Freckles VINE VOICE
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This book had a name change before it arrived at my door. Now called "The Forgotten,"which is a better title in my opinion, it is both interesting and slightly whacky as we have come to expect from Michael Marshall aka Michael Marshall Smith. He has a rare talent of allowing the reader to calmly follow his storyline and then punching them in the face with a line or two...lines you have to read and reread several times....making sure you read it right!

David is a struggling author and has arrived in New York, with his wife Dawn, to visit the publisher who has happily taken him on board at long last. As they are returning to the station he becomes aware of a man following him. Just as he boards the train, the man whispers in David's ear..just two words...."Remember Me." That is weird enough, but when the stranger appears in his home town, David becomes very concerned. What does this guy want? Does it have something to do with his past? Something he has forgotten?

John Henderson and his wife Kristina live back in New York and when Kristina asks him to help a woman she has met at her book club, he reluctantly agrees. Catherine is also being followed and John believes it is just an ex-lover trying to spook her. Of course, things are not what they appear, and we find ourselves being introduced to a whole otherworldly group of characters who live along side the residents of New York. Not happily either anymore and things are about to get very scary.

I don't want to spoil the plot here, but suffice it to say that Michael Marshall has worked his magic again and his descriptive prose and characterisation are spot on. I love his writing and believe he challenges his readers, making the unlikly seem completely plausible.

Loved it.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars Good , but not great
Did enjoy this but not as much as his other books that I have read, at times it seemed to get a little bogged down whilst at others the story raced along.
Published 1 month ago by Mr Wm McAdam
1.0 out of 5 stars Is this the same Michael Marshall Smith?
Here's a chap who wrote one of the greatest horror stories I've ever read, that being Spares. Other exceptional works were Only Forward and One of Us. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Keith
1.0 out of 5 stars Nonplussed
Not sure what has happened here. An author I've followed avidly since the Straw Men who churned out some original and thought provoking (and not to forget thrilling) work has... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Gramercy Riff
5.0 out of 5 stars Compelling, loved it.
I have read all of Michael Marshall's books and loved this one as much as any other. I found the characters well rounded and I really cared about them, particularly the lead... Read more
Published 5 months ago by AvidReader
2.0 out of 5 stars We are here...
I had great hopes for this book after reading the great "Strawmen". However, I was very disappointed with this book. I felt it left me with lots of questions unanswered. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Roseann MacDonald
1.0 out of 5 stars DONT BOTHER
What a waste of money read all his books this one has neither staying power or even a good basic story. In fact you would never think it was written by Michael Marshall.
Published 7 months ago by Jill Thompson
4.0 out of 5 stars Love this writer
Only just started reading and seems good. Was really impressed with the delivery time and excellent condition upon arrival. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Rosebud
5.0 out of 5 stars Micheal Marshall
Time and again this author amazes me just when you think you have a plot figured out or you can see what's coming next he surprises you yet again. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Jimmy
3.0 out of 5 stars not his best
I did enjoy this but not a patch on killer move or some others. Still, worth a pop if you've read all his others.
Published 9 months ago by Mr. B. G. Cops
5.0 out of 5 stars We are Here
I love a good spooky book, and this one certainly looked promising. I've been lucky enough to have found some stunningly good reads lately (The Demonologist by Andrew Pyper, Wool... Read more
Published 10 months ago by Keen Reader
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