Patty Doyle holds the secret to eternal life, but it may only bring her an early death. Patty is working on a journal of a 14th Century alchemist. But after mentioning it in her blog she gets to the office to find everyone brutally murdered. Now she's on the run pursued by a killer who wants the secret of eternal life it contains. The Concordances of the Red Serpent is a thriller set in the USA, Canada and Scotland and echoes back to the glossy caper movies of Hitchcock. Mix with a bit of Da Vinci Code type musings on alchemical secrets and stir well.
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Not My Kind of Story But Still Superb
This is not my kind of story. I prefer horror and darker the story, the more I like it. That said, yes, I would listen to this story again. It is full of likable characters, beautiful settings and twists and turns throughout.
Alex Seton was my favorite. He's a mysterious Scottish gentleman. What's not to like?
I've listened to almost all of Chris Barnes's other stories. In this one, he doesn't do a lot of different accents and voices, and listeners really get a taste of his true talent as he has to rely strictly on his 'normal' voice to keep his listeners riveted to the story. Of course, he succeeds brilliantly.
This was not a book I wanted to listen to in one sitting, and that's not a bad thing. I spent every evening for almost a week looking forward to the time I could spend listening to this book and found myself making excuses to listen, if only for a few minutes. I really didn't want it to end.
The Concordances of the Red Serpent is a fantastic collaboration of a great author and a great narrator. You can't go wrong with the Meikle/Barnes combination and there are just enough scary moments in this book to give you a thrill without being too scary.
Not just another Dan Brown rip-off
There are a lot of twists and turns that will keep you guessing until the very end. It's a thrilling read.
As always, he does a phenomenal job with the characterization and creating atmosphere with just his voice.
Ended just a wee bit too fast for me, and the epilogue is slightly confusing. Another chapter or two would've really gone a long way towards clearing things up a little better.
- Jeremy Moran