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- Listening Length: 30 hours and 42 minutes
- Program Type: Audiobook
- Version: Unabridged
- Publisher: Audible Studios
- Audible.co.uk Release Date: 29 May 2012
- Language: English, English
- ASIN: B008737BIG
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Speaks the Nightbird Audiobook – Unabridged
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There are gruesome murders, hidden treasure and a cast of shady well drawn suspects. It's a tale of greed, lost innocence and the search for truth and justice conducted almost single handedly by the main protagonist, Matthew the clerk. As a reader I changed my mind about who the real culprit or culprits at the heart of the many strange and disturbing events in the settlement might be but I was, pleasingly, kept guessing throughout.
I really enjoyed reading this. A really well written page turner and happy to recommend to anyone who likes a good tale.
Our hero Matthew Corbett is a young cleric and off to the Florida marshes with his Magistrate (surrogate father, teacher and friend) to preside over a witchcraft trial. In 1699, all witches are considered guilty despite any contrary evidence. The fact that this witch stirs the blood of the young cleric makes for some tortured soul-searching on Matthew's part.
The novel is constructed beautifully: the search for evidence, the threat of the Spanish; the indigenous natives; strong characterisation and the introduction of a new sleuth in our eponymous hero. All build superbly to a final sequence which leaves the reader very satisfied. A master story-teller at work and much welcomed back into the fold.
Luckily for us he's back and this massive doorstop which launches a new series is pure McCammon magic in the best Southern Gothic tradition.
Whatever the reason for his return, be grateful for it.