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Publisher's Summary

The new start...
Fin Macleod, now head of security on a privately owned Lewis estate, is charged with investigating a spate of illegal-game hunting taking place on the island.
The Old Friend...
This mission reunites him with Whistler Macaskill - a local poacher, Fin's teenage intimate, and possessor of a long-buried secret.
The Final Chapter...
But when this reunion takes a violent, sinister turn and Fin puts together the fractured pieces of the past, he realizes that revealing the truth could destroy the future.
©2013 Peter May (P)2013 Quercus Publishing Plc
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"Peter May is a writer I'd follow to the ends of the earth" ( New York Times)
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4 out of 5 stars
By Jeanette on 01-29-13

check mate

Where does The Chessmen rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

top 20%

Would you recommend The Chessmen to your friends? Why or why not?

yes - but only after reading the first two - the endfing needs to be told

Which scene was your favorite?

none in particular

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

no - not as much as the first two

Any additional comments?

I felt slightly disappointed - it was a good enough ending but ,,, something didn't gel as much as tghe first two for me

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5 out of 5 stars
By K. on 03-10-18

Picks up where The Lewis Man ends

I have now listened to all three books in the series (to include The Lewis Man and The Chessmen) and each are excellent. I think it helps to listen to them in order because the relationships grow with each book. This book explains what happens after the dramatic climax of The Lewis Man.

I highly recommend the entire series--but listen to them in order or you might be lost.

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5 out of 5 stars
By MISS E J BIRD on 02-19-13

A Masterclass in Storytelling

This is the third of the Lewis trilogy by Peter May. I read the first two but, after starting a job which involved a long drive, decided to listen to this one. This was very much the right choice.



The story is wonderful, dark and brooding, realistic about life and love and evoking the bleak environment of the islands. It’s tension never lets up and it’s very difficult to stop listening.



For me, however, this story was improved a hundredfold by Peter Forbes’s excellent narration. His accents are superb, his delivery is pitch perfect, adding a real dynamism to the tale. He is at no point over dramatic, which I find a lot on Audible, but managed to convey real emotion without sounding hammy.



Five stars aren’t quite enough for such excellent story telling.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Linda on 02-09-13

Riveting conclusion to 1st rate trilogy

Whilst you could undoubtedly enjoy each part of this trilogy as a stand alone story - listen in the correct order and you will gradually absorb the complete tapestry of Fin's life as well as pick up sub-plots, stories and clues that weave their way throughout the 3 books. Rarely have I come across a trilogy that has been so cleverly constructed. Well written and well read The Blackhouse, The Lewis Man and now The Chessmen are thoroughly absorbing and I would have thought enjoyable for men and women alike.

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5 out of 5 stars
By carolyn gladwin on 03-07-18

great finish to the series

Have really enjoyed this series. I didn't want it to end and never meet the characters again! Great story, great characters and set in the wild and windswept Hebrides.

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4 out of 5 stars
By Christine M Walker on 09-07-17

Easy Listening

I didn't find this as spell binding as some of his other books. I found my mind kept wandering and I could come back to the story and I hadn't missed anything.

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