Cardinal Black

Cardinal Black

Cardinal Black is the latest installment in Robert McCammon's unique series of historical thrillers featuring Matthew Corbett, professional problem solver, who has been called "the Early American James Bond."December 1703 finds Berry Grigsby living as Mary Lynn Nash in a small English village where she has fallen victim to Professor Fell's involuntary drug experiments. Her...

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Cardinal Black Reviews

  • Richard

    It's always a grand adventure when I jump into a new Matthew Corbett book! I've always called these books the most consistently enjoyable series out there, and this 7th book doesn't break that trend. This picks up right after the end of

    and Matthew is now forced to work for his arch-enemy Professor Fell and track down a valuable book of potions stolen by the even more evil Cardinal Black in order to find an antidote to cure Matthew's poisoned paramour Berry Grigsby.

    I'm consta

    It's always a grand adventure when I jump into a new Matthew Corbett book! I've always called these books the most consistently enjoyable series out there, and this 7th book doesn't break that trend. This picks up right after the end of

    and Matthew is now forced to work for his arch-enemy Professor Fell and track down a valuable book of potions stolen by the even more evil Cardinal Black in order to find an antidote to cure Matthew's poisoned paramour Berry Grigsby.

    I'm constantly blown away by how damned refreshingly modern these books feel, given the fact that they take place during the very formal times of the early 18th century. If you've heard about these books and think that they sound like they would be slow and boring, you couldn't be any more wrong. This book finds Matthew and his murderous traveling partner Julian Devane running headfirst into a dangerously high-stakes undercover operation and they manage to put themselves squarely in the sights of Europe's entire criminal underground.

    I'm always worried that McCammon's long-windedness would ruin things for me, but again, there's so much awesome here that it's easily ignored. McCammon's big strength, what makes his books so enjoyable, is his uncanny talent with characters. All the supporting cast is instantly memorable, from Julian Devane, to Samson Lash, to RakeHell Lizzie, to Miles Merda, and definitely the creepy Satan-worshipping Cardinal Black. And Matthew himself continues to be one of fiction's best heroes, and this time he faces his biggest moral challenges as he tries desperately to cling to his honor, even at the cost of survival.

    Once again, I would recommend these books to anyone, but especially if you've enjoyed the other novels. As usual, this book ends on a great cliffhanger that sets up the next historical adventure. So now begins the long wait until the next installment.

  • Morgannah

    I loved this one so much I painted by nails black and donned my favorite (and only) skull ring.

    This is a first for me, I have never jumped into a series and read an installment without reading all the other books first. Well, at least I haven't intentionally done that before.

    Cardinal Black is book 7 of the Matthew Corbett series and while I have read several of

    I loved this one so much I painted by nails black and donned my favorite (and only) skull ring.

    This is a first for me, I have never jumped into a series and read an installment without reading all the other books first. Well, at least I haven't intentionally done that before.

    Cardinal Black is book 7 of the Matthew Corbett series and while I have read several of Mr. McCammon's stand alone books I have yet to read this particular series.

    A blurb from Mr. McCammon's website says, “Don’t worry if you haven’t read the series yet, this novel is a terrific stand-alone read, too. McCammon really balances the story for both die-hard fans of the series and new readers!”

    I couldn't agree more, I thoroughly enjoyed this book as a stand alone and urge any of you who love Mr. McCammon's work or who love a good historical read to just jump on in. Try it, you'll like it!

    Cardinal Black is a truly enthralling, historical thriller that paints a fascinating picture of London during the early 1700s. The fact that Mr. McCammon is a master of his craft can be seen on every single page and in every sentence and with every word. He knows how to use his gift to describe locations and characters that come to light in the reader’s mind like a spectacle of precise images. London during the 18th century was a mess, there were two very different lifestyles, that of the rich and that of the poor. The Industrial Revolution was just beginning and the rich were getting richer and the poor, poorer.

    The rich made up only a minuscule part of society and lived luxuriously in lavish, elegant mansions and country houses which they furnished with comfortable, upholstered furniture. The poor lived in just two or three rooms, and the poorest families lived in just one room with very simple and plain furniture.

    As we follow Matthew Corbett on his quest to retrieve a “special book” for Professor Fell we see the best and worst of both worlds. Matthew is such a fascinating character, he is a strong, brilliant young man who has seen that evil exists in our world and he does his best to rectify that. Matthew strives to do the right thing in the most chaotic situations.

    Now I must double back and read books 1 – 6 before book 8 is published because I need more of Matthew Corbett and all the other fascinating characters in this world.

    I would like to extend every gratitude to Cemetery Dance Publications for my review copy.

  • J.K. Grice

    Robert McCammon continues to captivate and fascinate with his latest installment of the Matthew Corbett series, CARDINAL BLACK. This time around, Matthew is forced to team up with one of Professor Fell's minions, the assassin Julian Devane. Together, they must delve into the London underworld in a quest to retrieve a valuable book of chemical potions from the evil Cardinal Black. Once again, McCammon delivers a rousing pre-colonial era tale full of colorful characters and intrigue. I also enjoye

    Robert McCammon continues to captivate and fascinate with his latest installment of the Matthew Corbett series, CARDINAL BLACK. This time around, Matthew is forced to team up with one of Professor Fell's minions, the assassin Julian Devane. Together, they must delve into the London underworld in a quest to retrieve a valuable book of chemical potions from the evil Cardinal Black. Once again, McCammon delivers a rousing pre-colonial era tale full of colorful characters and intrigue. I also enjoyed his nods with the use of character names like Dr. Jekyll and Dr. Phibes. Absolutely excellent reading, and this is a series that is not to be missed!

  • Tony

    Book seven in the Matthew Corbett series did not disappoint! Robert McCammon continues to amaze with the quality of his writing. This book is incredibly gripping and suspenseful. I couldn't put it down. FIVE STARS!

  • Andrea

    I waited three years for this and it did not disappoint! Now I want to go back and reread the rest of them.

    seamlessly picks up right where it left off in

    . Matthew Corbett sets off with Professor Fell’s minion Julian Devane to retrieve the book of potions that can save Berry Grigsby, the girl Matthew loves. I have to start by saying that Julian was a fascinating character study. He’s a self-proclaimed “bad man”, and layer after layer is peeled back to see why he

    I waited three years for this and it did not disappoint! Now I want to go back and reread the rest of them.

    seamlessly picks up right where it left off in

    . Matthew Corbett sets off with Professor Fell’s minion Julian Devane to retrieve the book of potions that can save Berry Grigsby, the girl Matthew loves. I have to start by saying that Julian was a fascinating character study. He’s a self-proclaimed “bad man”, and layer after layer is peeled back to see why he is the way he is. He’s only one of many tragic characters in this story, all of them equally absorbing.

    These are dark and graphic books, and normally, I’m not a fan of gory depravity. But Matthew Corbett is a perfect foil for his enemies. He tries so hard to maintain his sense of integrity and justice in the midst of unspeakable evils. The nail-biting suspense is found not only in the plot, but in the dynamic between Julian and Matthew, because you start to wonder if some of Julian’s “bad man” persona might rub off on him. They are in close quarters on a deadly mission, so be prepared to be sucked in.

    I really hope it doesn’t take three years for the next one because I can already tell from how this one left off that it’s going to be amazing. This remains one of my favorite series of all time.

  • Jason Parent

    I loved this book, but this is my favorite series, so that was to be expected. Didn't let me down.

  • WendyB

    Some good moments, some not so good...

    Not my fav in this series, had the feel of just wrapping up a few loose story lines until the next book in the series come out.

  • Tracy Robinson

    Robert McCammon is a new author…to me. I have previously read Boy’s Life, Swan Song, and The Five. I’ve fallen in love with McCammon’s writing style and his ability to, quite simply, tackle diverse subject matter with finesse. Additionally, the amount of research and scholarship put into these widely varied worlds is just perfection. Coming of age? Check. Post-apocalyptic? Check. A madman hunting a touring rock band? Check. Historical thriller ala James Bond? Check.

    Needless to say, when I found

    Robert McCammon is a new author…to me. I have previously read Boy’s Life, Swan Song, and The Five. I’ve fallen in love with McCammon’s writing style and his ability to, quite simply, tackle diverse subject matter with finesse. Additionally, the amount of research and scholarship put into these widely varied worlds is just perfection. Coming of age? Check. Post-apocalyptic? Check. A madman hunting a touring rock band? Check. Historical thriller ala James Bond? Check.

    Needless to say, when I found myself with an opportunity to read Cardinal Black and make my first journey into the world of Matthew Corbett, I jumped. I was a bit worried that I’d miss out, having not read the other 6 books set in this world, but I am happy to report that everything went swimmingly. McCammon crafted this carefully and I was immersed immediately. There are a few references to past Corbett adventures — this is skillfully done — I’m excited to read the other books that predate this one.

    Additionally, more seasoned readers of the Corbett series are going to relish reacquainting themselves with a few characters they have already come to know and love…or love to hate. There are some new characters that I think will become instant favorites. I don’t want to say too much, but beware of the Owl and RakeHell Lizzie. Cardinal Black himself? Just wait and see.

    The storyline itself starts in medias res – we are placed near the middle of the situation. I think this works well. There are a few moments where I had to really work to understand where we were, why certain events were happening, and what part certain characters had to play. Honestly, this could’ve been a combination of not having read previous Corbett novels as well as my own experience as a reader; it didn’t detract from the story too much. The ending sets up the possibility for more in this world – I’ll definitely show up for that one, too.

    Finally, a note on the edition from Cemetery Dance. This ARC is put together so well; I can only imagine what the finished copies will be like. There are a few surprises within these pages in terms of content and layout by Vincent Chong and Desert Isle Design. They add a richness and a touch of elegance to the reading experience. I’m looking forward to seeing the reactions of readers as they make the same discoveries I made.

  • Todd Glaeser

    A great continuation of the story- but when finished, it hasn't progressed very far. McCammon has an incredible imagination and I wish we didn't have to wait for the next book.

    (I've been reading the last few

    , so when McCammon started an early chapter, "It was a dark and stormy night. Well, it was." I laughed out loud.)

  • Paul

    just over 4 stars.

    I havent read a Matthew Corbett novel since Queen of Bedlam. so I felt I was missing stuff because I was, but that didnt diminish my enjoyment of this book.

    McCammon has still got it.

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