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The Rook

A Novel
O'Malley, Daniel (Book - 2012 )
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
The Rook


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A high-ranking member of a secret organization that battles supernatural forces wakes up in a London park with no memory, no idea who she is, and with a letter that provides instructions to help her uncover a far-reaching conspiracy.
Authors: O'Malley, Daniel
Title: The rook
a novel
Publisher: New York :, Little, Brown and Co.,, 2012
Edition: 1st ed
Characteristics: 486 p. ;,24 cm
Statement of Responsibility: Daniel O'Malley
Summary: A high-ranking member of a secret organization that battles supernatural forces wakes up in a London park with no memory, no idea who she is, and with a letter that provides instructions to help her uncover a far-reaching conspiracy.
ISBN: 9780316098793
0316098795
Branch Call Number: FICTION OMALLEY 2012
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Report This Apr 18, 2014
  • orange_turtle_146 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

This was a wonderful read. I hope Daniel O'Malley writes more novels.

A woman wakes up in the rain at a park in London, England. She is surrounded by a circle of dead bodies. Her mind is a blank. She doesn't have a single memory to call her own. The only clue is a letter that she finds in her pocket that begins "Dear You. The body you're wearing used to be mine." So begins the adventures of Myfanwy (rhymes with Tiffany) Thomas. Myfanwy discovers that she is a high ranking official called a Rook for an organization that protects England from supernatural threats. Myfanwy must race against time to master her own powers and find out what she knew that was worth killing for. This book is just plain fun - think a combo of intelligence agency caper, mystery and a smattering of ghostbusters.

This book I picked up on a whim and was very pleasantly surprised. It is engaging and unique in its presentation. I can recommend it to those who enjoy modern fantasy/thrillers

Report This May 28, 2013
  • tuttleliz rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

Loved this book, it took me a while to get into but when I did I loved the humor and the paranormal storyline.

"First, a warning: This isn't your standard thriller, blending as it does the fast pacing, conspiracies, and suspense of a thriller and the supernatural elements of a fantasy novel. If you're willing to cross genre boundaries, however, it may very well be worth it. The Rook begins with an unnamed, amnesiac woman regaining consciousness in a London park, battered, bruised, and surrounded by corpses. Worse, she's somehow woken up in the wrong body. Fortunately for our heroine, currently inhabiting the body of one "Myfanwy Thomas," the previous occupant has left her a series of letters informing her that she's a "Rook," a high-level operative of a secret organization that battles supernatural forces, as well as providing instructions on how to survive her new life. And boy will she need them!" April 2013 Thrillers and Suspense newsletter http://www.nextreads.com/Display2.aspx?SID=5acc8fc1-4e91-4ebe-906d-f8fc5e82a8e0&N=620183

Report This Mar 12, 2013
  • ritalatabooks rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Loved this book! Full of surprises, mayhelm, strange monsters (both good, and evil), and a U. K. secret organization that would leave James Bond in the dust. The story gave me new insight to memory loss, and the letters from "Thomas" kept her thoughts, and feelings alive. Death, and distruction abound, while the character grows into her talent, and leaves the baggage (memeries)that helt her back in her old life, and learns who she can really trust. I could not stop reading. I recommend highly.

Report This Feb 15, 2013
  • JCLGreggW rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

An outstanding debut by O'Malley, this novel is a mashup of a half-dozen different genres that results in a dryly funny and completely engaging novel. Myfanwy Thomas has no memory but quickly discovers that she serves as a high-ranking officer of a secret organizaion tasked with protecting the world from supernatural threats. Oh, and she has superpowers, too. Her former self has written letters to guide her through the challenges of her day-to-day job and to find out who is responsible for the attack that threatens the world. Inventive, fun, and always suprising, here's hoping O'Malley delivers more tales from this world.

Report This Jan 30, 2013
  • ShamaBole rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

what a great read! Innovative, humourous and compelling. Been a while since I enjoyed a book quite this much

Report This Jan 28, 2013
  • Suzanne_Library rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Very imaginative and engaging world. O'Malley does a good job of portraying a woman's point of view. He also inserts some delightful Aussie in-jokes (e.g. Doctors Burke, Leichardt and Wills).

Report This Jan 03, 2013
  • rabbiejones rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

THIS! This is a great book! Funny, clever, highly original and wildly entertaining. Its a spy thriller with supernatural underpinnings but also very, very funny. Recommended!

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