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The Broken Ones Audio CD – Unabridged, 28 October 2011
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Grant Cartwright is an award-winning actor who has performed extensively in Australia with the Melbourne Theatre Company, Sydney Theatre Company, Malthouse Theatre, La Mama Theatre and many others. A 2005 graduate of the Victorian College of the Arts, Grant returned from New York where he performed with the Manhattan Repertory Theatre and the 45th Street Theater. He frequently lends his voice to many international film productions for English Language dubbing, and among his screen credits is the HBO mini-series The Pacific.
- Publisher : Bolinda audio; Unabridged edition (28 October 2011)
- Language : English
- Audio CD : 1 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1743104162
- ISBN-13 : 978-1743104163
- Dimensions : 14.6 x 2.8 x 13.4 cm
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Steven Irwin is also the author of The Darkening one of the most frightening books one can read. One eagerly anticipates his next novel.
Since Gray Wednesday, the survivors of the so-deemed apocalypse have all suffered one unexplainable side-effect; they are consistently visited by a personal ghost. The ghost is usually someone connected to them, maybe someone whose death they may have played a role in. Detective Oscar Mariani is no different. He is haunted by the presence of a young boy he is sure he never met before. So begins Stephen M. Irwin’s, “The Broken Ones,” a post-apocalyptic tale of murder, mystery, and the occult.
In the beginning, the story feels like an apocalyptic tale, but soon segues into a whirlwind murder mystery. Yet Irwin’s writing is poignant and picturesque, with vivid description that paints a perfect picture in the reader’s mind. His writing is fresh, unique, and sharp. The storytelling is precise, consistent, and well-executed. The characters are genuine and unforgettable.
On Gray Wednesday, Oscar’s runaway car caused an accident which left a young girl disabled. His guilt and frequent attempts to atone weigh on his mind throughout the story. Heading up a small task group of investigators, he stumbles upon a grisly murder scene that is too big for his minor department, and too big for him to back away from. A young girl was discovered ripped to shreds in an industrial machine. Oscar notices carvings in the girl’s remaining flesh, signs that lead him to a mystery steeped in the occult, one that goes much deeper than he imagined.
Like all good mystery writers, Irwin leads us in one direction, but soon reveals many other possibilities not considered before. Irwin is an author well-schooled in mystery, one whose books should reach a much wider audience.
The characters were all well-developed and intriguing. I have to say that I grew to admire Oscar, the protagonist, a great deal. His refusal to give up, no matter the horrors that were sent his way is what makes a great hero. When I first began reading the book, I wasn't sure how I felt about him. Or if I felt anything for him. But by the end, his character had bloomed into a full-fledged sympathetic hero.
The ghosts and creatures were also quite engrossing. There were scenes (I won't spoil them) where Oscar was being hunted that I found my muscles literally tight with tension. Very creepy monsters, trust me.
And finally, I'd like to point out the single greatest thing about this book. Sure, there were ghosts. Sure, there were monsters. Sure, there was occultist elements. But through it all beat the heart of a first class murder mystery full of intrigue, conspiracy, and danger. Just a fantastic read over all.
Noir detective fiction with elements of Poe. Beautifully descriptive prose. The twists and turns will keep you guessing and the ghosts will have you glancing over you shoulder. This is the best book I've read in years!