The Cold Calling

  • by Will Kingdom
  • Narrated by Seán Barrett
  • 14 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

When Maiden is revived in hospital after dying in a hit and run incident, his memories are not the familiar ones of bright lights and angelic music, only of a cold, harsh place he has no wish to revisit...ever.
But his experience means that Bobby Maiden may be the only person who can reach The Green Man, a serial murderer who returns to stone circles and burial mounds in the belief that he is defending Britain’s sacred heritage.
Meanwhile, New Age journalist Grayle Underhill arrives from New York to search for her sister. The bloody trail leads to a remote village on the Welsh Border...and to people who know there are more crimes in heaven and earth...

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Have Been Waiting for This Book in Audio for Years

This is the first of the two DI Bobby Maiden books published by Phil Rickman under the name Will Kingdom in the 1990's. I bought and read them in paperback ages ago but was really looking forward to the audio version that has been available in the UK for a couple of years at least. I HATE geo-restrictions. There are in fact a lot of books on the UK site that the authors would have sold to me if it were not for geo-restrictions.

DI Maiden is a reluctant but successful detective, the son of a hard bitten old fashioned copper. He dies after being involved in a car wreck and is brought back to life by the determination of Sister Anderson, a nurse who knew him when he was a young constable.

Another strand of the story involves Marcus Bacton, former schoolmaster and the owner and editor of The Phenomenologist, an old fashioned magazine concentrating on occult knowledge and events, a Celtic Shaman/aging actor and ventriloquist, and a popular television personality/scholar. At the center of this is a tor, an ancient sacred site, which some would hold was sacred to death, others would hold as sacred to life and healing.

Then from America, a New Age columnist comes looking for her sister who was involved with a dream project run by the television personality.

Not as compelling as the Merrily Watkins books, but quite interesting with a host of unique characters. Creepily scary.

Sean Barrett is not as good as Emma Powell who narrates the Merrily books. Powell does a far better American accent than Barrett. Fortunately Barrett pretty much forgets the flat, nasal American accent he gives Grayle in the beginning.

Now let's have the rest including The Man in the Moss and the second DI Maiden book.

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- Sires "I like mysteries (particularly British ones, historical fiction and nonfiction, science fiction and fantasy."

Way too long.

Would you consider the audio edition of The Cold Calling to be better than the print version?

The copy editor needed to use his pencil more drastically. The story was excellent, and excellently written, but could have been cut drastically w/out any ill effect.


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- Book Diva "BD"

Book Details

  • Release Date: 08-22-2013
  • Publisher: ISIS Audio Books