Speaks the Nightbird

Speaks the Nightbird The Carolinas The citizens of Fount Royal believe a witch has cursed their town with inexplicable tragedies and they demand that beautiful widow Rachel Howarth be tried and executed for witchcr

The Carolinas, 1699 The citizens of Fount Royal believe a witch has cursed their town with inexplicable tragedies, and they demand that beautiful widow Rachel Howarth be tried and executed for witchcraft Presiding over the trial is traveling magistrate Issac Woodward, aided by his astute young clerk, Matthew Corbett Believing in Rachel s innocence, Matthew will soon conThe Carolinas, 1699 The citizens of Fount Royal believe a witch has cursed their town with inexplicable tragedies, and they demand that beautiful widow Rachel Howarth be tried and executed for witchcraft Presiding over the trial is traveling magistrate Issac Woodward, aided by his astute young clerk, Matthew Corbett Believing in Rachel s innocence, Matthew will soon confront the true evil at work in Fount Royal.After hearing damning testimony, magistrate Woodward sentences the accused witch to death by burning Desperate to exonerate the woman he has come to love, Matthew begins his own investigation among the townspeople Piecing together the truth, he has no choice but to vanquish a force malevolent than witchcraft in order to save his beloved Rachel and free Fount Royal from the menace claiming innocent lives.

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  1. Robert Rick McCammon was a full time horror writer for many years After taking a hiatus for his family, he returned to writing with an interest in historical fiction.The sixth book in his Matthew Corbett historical fiction series, Freedom of the Mask, was published in May 2016.The second book in the Trevor Lawson I Travel by Night series, Last Train from Perdition, was published in October 2016.His next novel, a standalone book called The Listener, will be published in February 2018 by Cemetery Dance.McCammon resides in Birmingham, Alabama He is currently working on the seventh Matthew Corbett novel, Cardinal Black.

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  1. Somehow McCammon slipped through the mass popularity cracks back in the horror heyday of the 80 s Despite writing many of the best genre novels of that era and certainly the definitive werewolf novel ever written, The Wolf s Hour , he never achieved the cult status of King, Koontz, or Rice Those who read him were avid fans and I remember the early 90 s word of mouth buzz that passed from devotees in used bookstores If you like horror, you gotta read McCammon Then came Boy s Life , a book with ho [...]

  2. My name is Robert McCammon, and I m a writer As Jonathan Janz said after reading THE WOLF S HOUR, I don t write novels I write masterpieces We need to talk, you and I You re preparing to read a book called SPEAKS THE NIGHTBIRD, and we need to get a couple of matters straightened out before you proceed First of all, there ll be no need for other books while you read mine That s right I expect you to be monogamous You don t like that Not ready to make that commitment Forgive my grin I suppose I sh [...]

  3. This first rate murder mystery is damned near perfect McCammon conjures an imaginary village that lives and breathes and seethes with a fear of supernatural forces His characters, even the minor players, are richly drawn, complicated souls, many holding secret identities and unusual peccadilloes Bombastic preacher, Exodus Jerusalem, a lecherous holy crusader who seeks to cure witches with his mighty sword and a laying on of hands is a new favorite character for me It is hinted that he may return [...]

  4. The interview with the accused witch is intense Wow The author knows how to make a story compellingge This book was extremely well written and professional Clearly this is writing in the hands of a master Matthew Corbin, a young scribe, accompanies a magistrate to a settlement in North America that is barely getting on its feet and is dealing with a woman accused of satanism and witchcraft Matthew quickly decides she is innocent, but there may be another witch in town The suspense is great and t [...]

  5. People who sometimes pay attention to my humble opinions here on might guess that Robert McCammon s Matthew Corbett series is possibly my favorite detective series But, sadly it seems like it s still a bit underrated I think it s one of the most consistently enjoyable book series and full of fantastic entertainment.This book is where it all begins, originally conceived as a historical mystery standalone in two parts It takes place in 1699, and introduces one of my favorite book characters, Matth [...]

  6. The year is 1699 and something wicked is afoot in the town of Fount Royal, a cunning evil with Satan s fingermarks all over it We journey back to the days of witch trials, rat catchers, bloodletting, heated blister cups, and crude colonics Only three books into Robert McCammon s repertoire, I am amazed at his versatility This foray into historical fiction with a dark mystery brewing is fantastic Top 10 shelf material.

  7. 5 Stars Speaks the Nightbird is another near masterpiece from one of today s greatest authors Confessions I normally do not venture into the historical fiction genre.I normally find giant novels tedious and difficult to finish.I do not read much mystery.I do however worship Robert McCammon.That being said, this book is a testament to the writing genius that is McCammon that I not only loved this book, I could not put it down McCammon who normally writes humanized horror novels wrote this histori [...]

  8. ALL THE STARS This is is only my second Robert McCammon novel and I have to confess I didn t love Swan Song However I have been known to have a bit of a penchant for the historical fiction detective mash up and thought I d give this a go.Some one should have warned me I would get nothing else done in the 5 days I ve been reading this It was so good I didn t even commit my worst personal reading crime of book hopping well mostly Now I ve read some others reviews I realise the warnings were there [...]

  9. A historical mystery suspense set in British America, South Carolina, 1699.Magistrate Isaac Woodward and his young charge and clerk our protagonist Matthew Corbett, are sent for from Charleston to preside over a witch trial in the fledgling frontier settlement of Fount Royal Matthew, with an unusually keen mind, soon discerns that not all is as it seems as he asks questions nobody seems able or willing to answer Driven by insatiable curiosity and tenacious inquisitiveness, coupled with an infatu [...]

  10. 9 10 Came the time when the two travelers knew night would catch them, and shelter must be found It had been a joyful day for frogs and mudhens For the human breed, however, the low gray clouds and chill rain coiled chains around the soul By the calendar the month of May should by all rights and predictions be charitable if not merry, but this May had entered like a grim lipped miser pinching out candles in church Does anybody else like to read the opening paragraph of a novel and try to make hi [...]

  11. The Carolinas, 1699 The citizens of Fount Royal believe a witch has cursed their town with inexplicable tragedies and they demand that beautiful widow Rachel Howarth be tried and executed for witchcraft Presiding over the trial is traveling magistrate Issac Woodward, aided by his astute young clerk, Matthew Corbett Believing in Rachel s innocence, Matthew will soon confront the true evil at work in Fount Royal I absolutely loved this book A suspenseful mystery that really brings the time frame t [...]

  12. I am new to the author, Robert McCammon, but he came highly recommended from another blog I follow so I thought it worthwhile to give him a shot The results Speaks the Nightbird will be a very strong competitor for my best of the year list and now that I think about it, will probably make my best of all time reading list.Yes, it s that good.This is an historical novel set in the Carolina territory in 1699 Mathew Corbett is a clerk to a magestrate judge based in Charles Town and together they tra [...]

  13. Only Robert McCammon could have written such a wonderful tale McCammon portrays an extremely intriguing mystery involving a witch trial in 1699 Carolinas It would infuriate you towards the superstition and ignorance of the times Should I have been a time traveler, I doubt if I would have ventured into the 17th century world No, thank you.Matthew Corbett the protagonist is the clerk of magistrate Woodward who is conducting the trial of Rachel Howarth accused of being a witch Only Matthew believes [...]

  14. Robert McCammon is a great story teller This was a long novel, but it kept me entertained throughout.Spoiler AlertBook I in a historical series, this book had a little of everything witches or supposed witches , devils or supposed devils , pirates treasure, Indians, a crazed, one eyed bear, circus freaks, murder and even a jaw dropping dose of beastiality I m sure the horror genre will come to mind when anyone sees McCammons name attached to the novel, but this was actually a classic mystery nov [...]

  15. Best book I have read in the past few years Unputdownable I kept saying to myself just one chapter To top it all off I normally don t read books that are 800 pages long This story just whizzed by and I couldn t believe it was over so quickly It didn t feel long at all, in fact, I was sad it ended and really look forward to reading stories of Matthew Corbett If this book were a movie I could see Benedict Cumberbatch playing the role of Matthew Also, I enjoyed the historical setting of 1699 Caro [...]

  16. Ok I made it to p 404 so I m calling this read At times I loved this book It became obvious early on that the author is a man having a midlife crisis who clearly isn t getting his bedroom needs met Sadly, I ve seen this enough in books that wound up being salvageable that I d decided to look past it, because the pages kept turning However, at some point, one has to draw a line I m very disappointed with this author s choice to include view spoiler sex with a horse what the freaking heck hide spo [...]

  17. Robert McCammon is better known as a horror author, and he brings his horror novelist sensibility to this big, thick historical novel it s gritty and dark and full of bloodshed and perversion, kind of schlocky and gratuitous in places like the almost irrelevant subplot about the dude who really, really loves his horse , and yet entertaining enough to keep me going through the entire massive length of it.Matthew Corbett, our protagonist, is accompanying his employer, Magistrate Isaac Woodward, to [...]

  18. DNF at 8 % that s four full chapters in this inflated thing Due to the overwhelming number of positive reviews for this book, I can only assume that the story within is quite something Unfortunately, I won t be finding out about it, since I found the faux old style writing to render it utterly unreadable First, I would need the thesaurus that McCammon used during writing if I wanted to learn some of the massive amounts of words herein which I don t, for two reasons I won t ever find any use for [...]

  19. I loved this book I do not think I d call it horror though of a murder mystery, though it does have elements of horror Excellent prose, beautiful description a work of art.Highest recommendation for any fan of well crafted storytelling, though perhaps a bit slow for fans of high speed gore fests though I like both this and also high speed gore fests

  20. What a great story This is the second book by Robert McCammon I m reading listening this year Swan Song 5 stars being the first and I can now say he s becoming one of my favorite writers The mystery itself may not have been all that complex I had or less guessed what was going on somewhere halfway but that didn t prevent me from enjoying it till the very end, McCammon throwing in some twists and turns to keep the reader entertained For me, the real strength of the book was the hero, Matthew Cor [...]

  21. This is my third book by Mr McCammon and again I am in awe of him Like the other two this one too is written beautifully.Magistrate Isaac Woodward and his clerk Matthew are called for to investigate the charges of witchcraft and murder against Rachel Howarth in small town of Fount Royal During the trial witnesses told Isaac and Woodward about how they d seen many sexual encounters including Rachel and her master, Satan And how Satan was commanding them not to hurt Rachel or there would be dire c [...]

  22. Ever since I first read The Alienist by Caleb Carr way back as a twenty year old in 1995 it has been my favorite piece of historical fiction As of today I may have to rethink that honor Speaks the Nightbird has been a joy to read from beginning to end I liked it so much I admire the spaces in between the words And while there is so much going on and so many different story lines EVERY question gets answered and everything ends up being connected, it s a beautiful thing to behold There was also t [...]

  23. Speaks the Nightbird was Robert McCammon s return to publishing after a decade long hiatus that ended in 2003, a period in which the author struggled to break free of the horror genre and find a publisher to go to bat on a different sort of novel The first in a series of colonial mysteries following inquisitive law clerk Matthew Corbett, it takes place in 1699, with Corbett a twenty year old ward to Magistrate Isaac Woodward The magistrate and his young clerk are en route to Fount Royal in the C [...]

  24. I read this with two of my GR friends We all gave up before finishing it We all dumped it One of us read over 400 pages and even at that point decided it had to be heaved I read 7 chapters and the other friend read 6 chapters I think this gives a clear message as to the value of this book We have discussed the book in the comments below Let me make a quick summary The writing and the events that the author lines up are extremely crude, salacious and incredible Incredible in two ways 1 The detail [...]

  25. I really enjoyed this first book in a series of adventures of Matthew Corbett, a magistrate s clerk in early colonial America In this case he was confronted with a case of an accused witch whom he believed to be innocent despite mountains of evidence and even public opinion against her Being a descendant of a woman hanged as a witch I was naturally disposed to see her side of the matter If this book has a downside it is that it could use a bit of trimming by a skilled editor It s an exciting ta [...]

  26. Robert McCammon has some serious skills The dude can flat out write a fantastic story Vivid characters, solid plotting and elegant and at times vulgar prose make this one shine I did not read a single word about this one before I started and even went as far as to avoid the synopsis OK, I did see quite a few 5 star ratings from my GR friends, but avoided reading the reviews I thought the 1699 setting was going to bog me down, but even with the language of the time period, McCammon somehow manage [...]

  27. Heads up Available for 4.95 on audible until February 7th as part of their Discover a New Series sale seemed like a good deal, given the rave reviews.

  28. Speaks the Nightbird is McCammon s first book after a ten year layoff from writing He was fed up with the publishing industry and how they handled his previous two novels, Boy s Life and Gone South McCammon was a horror writer He helped found the organization, Horror Writers of America, and his publisher didn t want him straying from the genre It made them money and so they resisted when Bob wanted to write about something else Anyone that has had the pleasure of hearing McCammon speak quickly r [...]

  29. Just once I would like to see a man fight to save an ugly woman Even a sort of average, non mysterious woman would be nice He doesn t even have to fall in love with her If I had known that Robert McCammon was typically grouped with Steven King, Dean Koontz, and the rest of that gang, I probably would never have read this book I love historical fiction, especially about witch trials, but this feels like a modern thriller plopped in the middle of 1699 There were anachronisms galore and try as I mi [...]

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