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Whispers Under Ground (Rivers of London 3) Paperback – 4 Oct 2012

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  • Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Gollancz (4 Oct. 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0575097663
  • ISBN-13: 978-0575097667
  • Product Dimensions: 19.9 x 2.9 x 16.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (516 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 4,227 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Whispers Under Ground is something to get excited about. The prose is witty, the plot clever and the characters incredibly likeable, while the colourful accounts of London's various boroughs will instill a sense of pride in anyone who lives there. A thrilling read that will have you checking corners of London when you're out, to see what may be lurking about. (Danielle Goldstein Time Out)

Whether you are a lover of intelligent fantasy in a modern urban setting, British crime writing, or the history of London, this book, and its predecessors, will hold something for you, and will most likely keep you gripped from first page to last. (Book Zone's Big Brother) --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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A gripping new outing in London for PC Grant in the SUNDAY TIMES bestselling series from Ben Aaronovitch.

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Format: Hardcover
I seem to be using the Line "Best book so far" in a few reviews recently, and when writing this review stopped to consider why, It didn't take long. Why would the latest book not be the best yet. Like all jobs you improve your skill with each year. With the job or writing I think that more and more with authors this is the case. There are very few authors that get so big they can just get complacent and churn out the next book by rote, they need to stress, to struggle to throw much of themselves into the art they love and we the reader benefit, from each improvement they make.

So that said: Whispers Underground...best book in the series so far? Yes very much so.

Ben Aaronovitch seems capable of pulling together Fact, fiction, myth, magic with a sprinkle of horror and a huge dollop of comedy so damn well its ridiculous. Since Rivers of London I have awaited each book with eager anticipation, because of the dry british comedy, the sometimes perverse sense of humour and the fast fast pace of the books delivery. His characters are so easy to relate to you can even find sympathy for the bad guy (see Rivers of London). But mainly you can become part of the story because it all seems so natural so like something you may do or feel yourself, you can easily see how it all might happen (which is a bit nuts when talking about magic and the supernatural) and yet the writing quality is such you just accept it and believe it.
Its authors like Ben that make Fantasy worth reading.

Very very Highly recommended. (one of my favourite books this year)


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Peter Grant is learning magic fast.
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It's three months after MOON OVER SOHO. Peter Grant is still working for ECD9 and learning magic and now he has the company of fellow apprentice Lesley May, who's still recovering from the events in RIVERS OF LONDON and wears a mask to hide her ruined face. When a young man is stabbed to death at Baker Street station, Peter's called to evaluate the scene for magical involvement and gets a big hit of vestigia. But this investigation isn't going to be an easy one. The victim's the son of a US senator, which means that FBI agent Kimberley Reynolds is shadowing the case and her religious beliefs mean that she's not in the mood to hear talk about magic.

Peter's investigation will take him into the tunnels beneath London and deep into London's past as he discovers forgotten crafts, forgotten people and vengeful ghosts ...

The third in Ben Aaronovitch's PETER GRANT SERIES is another fast-paced, witty book with plenty of action and a twisting mystery. I was a little disappointed that it didn't significantly move on the Little Crocodiles storyline, but this does work as a standalone and I was pleased to see Lesley get more page time.

Peter is developing much more as a character. I liked the way Aaronovitch shows his flaws, particularly in his relationship with Lesley because he can't get over his feelings of shock when he sees her uncovered face - equally great is the fact that he gets called on it. Lesley remains my favourite character because she's a woman who just tries to get on with things but she's also trying to come to terms with what happened to her. Nightingale barely features in this book and the Little Crocodile storyline is barely advanced, which I thought was a shame although there's plenty going on in the main plot to keep me entertained.
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By Syriat TOP 500 REVIEWER on 16 Feb. 2013
Format: Paperback
Whispers Underground is the third book in the Peter Grant series and is as good as the previous two. You can't really read this without having read the other two first though.
In this one apprentice wizard/police officer Grant is called in to help the murder squad when the body of the son of a US senator is found dead in the underground. The murder weapon has a magical aura so it's looking a little less than straightforward. Also running alongside the main story is the continuing search for the rogue wizard from the last books and the group of little crocodiles.

The humor, style and characters are the same as previous books. The pace is as quick as ever too. Lesley is involved far more, which is good, and there are more aspects of Londons other side revealed here. However, and this is a minor gripe, the occasional jumping of storyline that has happened previously is here too. Grant occasionally has a flash of inspiration and this is explained pages later. You feel kind of left out of the intervening pages on occasion. However, this is as fun to read as the previous books and not quite so difficult to keep up with the narrative at times.

This series is being quite addictive and the addition of a storyline strand that goes through all the books is a good one. If you liked the other two books then this one is just as good and you will enjoy it. If this is your first book of the series then you are best advised to start at the beginning, Rivers of London, to get the most out of it.
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