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The year is 1703. The place: The Carolina settlement of Charles Town. Matthew Corbett, professional 'problem solver,' has accepted a lucrative, if unusual, commission: Escorting a beautiful woman to a fancy dress ball.
What should be a pleasant assignment takes a darker turn when Matthew becomes involved in a murder investigation. A sixteen-year-old girl has been stabbed to death on the grounds of a local plantation. The suspected killer is a slave who has escaped, with two family members, into the dubious protection of a nearby swamp. Troubled by certain discrepancies and determined to see some sort of justice done, Matthew joins the hunt for the runaway slaves. He embarks on a treacherous journey up the Solstice River, also known as the River of Souls. He discovers that something born of the swamp has joined the hunt...and is stalking the hunters with more than murder in mind.
What follows is a shattering ordeal encompassing snakes, alligators, exiled savages, mythical beasts, and ordinary human treachery. The journey up the River of Souls will test Matthew's courage, commitment, and powers of endurance. It will also lead him to a confrontation with a figure from his recent past, which will alter Matthew's life, setting the stage for the next installment in this compulsively readable series.
Gripping, unsettling, and richly atmospheric, The River of Souls is a masterful historical adventure and a major addition to Robert McCammon's extraordinary body of work. Featuring the continuing exploits of a young hero USA Today has called 'the Early American James Bond.'
©2014 The McCammon Corporation (P)2014 Audible, Inc.
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4 out of 5 stars
By Frances on 06-14-14

SPOILERS! Still love Matthew Corbeett

So, this story is around 9 hours long… I checked to see if I'd accidentally bought the abridged version… now, I mention this because I've listened to the whole series (and loved all the stories), and I was kind of surprised at the brevity of this story. Here's the spoiler: I wonder if the author gave us this short book, with the profound cliffhanger, to hook the audience until he finished the whole tale. The first four books in the series were all stand alone stories (15 - 33 hours each!), and in my opinion, this was definitely a prequel to the next story.

Now, all that aside, the story was still suspenseful and it made me wish the commute to and from school every day was a little longer so I could enjoy more of the story.

Eduardo Ballerini was, and is, the best performer in my opinion… male, female, old, young, dialects… he does them all, and does them spectacularly.

Now, had I known this had a cliffhanger, I would have waited for the next in the series to come out, because I hate waiting.

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3 out of 5 stars
By J. Kelly on 06-17-14

Dare I say it - a tad lazy.

Any additional comments?

Been waiting as long as every other Matthew Corbett fan out there for McCammon's latest effort - even preordered it. Wasn't sure I had, by mistake, paid for and downloaded the abridged version of the book. Starts off well and it's great to reacquaint oneself with all the usual characters, but it's just too bloody short. Listening to it, I felt as though whole chapters were being deliberately left out. Ballerini's narration is up to its usual brilliance, but for me it doesn't rescue the book. I hope McCammon's next installment is of better quality and quantity. I'll probably relisten later this year, but for now I feel more than disappointed with The River of Souls. No doubt, you'll probably still purchase the book, but you've been advised.

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5 out of 5 stars
By rossi46 on 06-06-14


Again another great Matthew Corbet novel but not as good as the others because just when the story was really taking off when it finished quite abruptly. Sorry Mr McCammon but it ended all too soon.

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3 out of 5 stars
By Ryan on 06-12-15

A disappointment!

I have enjoyed all of the books in this series, unfortunately this one felt anticlimactic after its predecessor the providence rider. For me it simply isn't of the same standard of the previous Matthew Corbett novels and the whole story seemed pointless, I even felt Ballerinia performance was lacking compared to the previous novels, perhaps he felt the same as me. The conclusion introduced an almost ridiculously tenuous link to Professor Fell, which only came after having to wade through several chapters of an even more absurd proposition of Matthew suffering from memory loss. My advice would be to save your money and skip this book, you won't miss anything believe me and with any luck the next book will be what we have all been waiting for, the end of Professor Fell.

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3 out of 5 stars
By carole on 06-25-14

Great series BUT

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

I really enjoyed everything about this series and was expecting another great listen with The River of souls. But!!!!!

Would you recommend The River of Souls to your friends? Why or why not?

If you've read the other in the series of course you must purchase this book. However the ending is something I did not expect. I actually thought I must not have downloaded the complete book. Terrible ending so quick and left questions unanswered.

What does Edoardo Ballerini bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

What a wonderful narrator. I could picture everything with his voice changes. Brilliant narrator!

Was The River of Souls worth the listening time?

Of course but as I said too short as though the ending was rushed to get to the publisher

Any additional comments?

Just hope the next book is more like his early books in the series. Very dissointed at the end

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