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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Title:Cardinal Black
Author:Robert R. McCammon
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Cardinal Black Reviews

  • 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.

  • 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!

  • Lance Dale

    Man, Matthew Corbett gets his ass kicked on a daily basis. Come on man! You're going to have so many problems later in life if you don't give up this rambunctious problem solving life-style. Here Matthew takes on the evil Cardinal Black, black, black, black no. 1. If you enjoyed the others in this series, you already know your in for a thrilling page turning adventure. I love this series so much!

  • Bradly Clark

    Another wonderful Matthew Corbett romp spun by the truly gifted Robert McCammon. Now the wait begins for the next one.

  • Lee Gordon

    Entertaining, gruelling, fascinating continuation of problem-solver Corbett's pursuit of justice against villains concocted by the master, Robert McCammon. I can't wait for the saga to continue! Besides fine writing and superb story-telling, McCammon sticks in a few references to modern movies such as The Good, The Bad and the Ugly, Cool Hand Luke, and the Magnificent (Malignant in this case) Seven. The reader must carefully and deliberately chew off every morsel of this de

    Entertaining, gruelling, fascinating continuation of problem-solver Corbett's pursuit of justice against villains concocted by the master, Robert McCammon. I can't wait for the saga to continue! Besides fine writing and superb story-telling, McCammon sticks in a few references to modern movies such as The Good, The Bad and the Ugly, Cool Hand Luke, and the Magnificent (Malignant in this case) Seven. The reader must carefully and deliberately chew off every morsel of this delicious series to appreciate it's depth. Then try to decide what is good and evil. Whew!

  • 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.

  • April

    After 2 years of waiting, the 7th book is out and it did not disappoint! I wasn't too keen on the 6th book, but Robert McCammon redeemed and outdid himself with this installment of the Matthew Corbett series.

    As always, the imagery, description, plot, and characters were on par with everything in the Corbett world. As always, the ending left it open for the next installment, which I assume we'll be waiting another few years for.

  • Greg Strom

    I must admit it had been a while since I listened to Freedom from the Mask (or wasn't paying attention) so I uncharacteristically went back to listen to the end after being completely lost through the beginning. I had forgotten about how Matthew got to London and why as well as how Greathouse and Barry followed and were apprehended. That being said this was a much more violent mission and journey for the gang, unfortunately with much collateral damage to innocent inn keepers and the like. I stil

    I must admit it had been a while since I listened to Freedom from the Mask (or wasn't paying attention) so I uncharacteristically went back to listen to the end after being completely lost through the beginning. I had forgotten about how Matthew got to London and why as well as how Greathouse and Barry followed and were apprehended. That being said this was a much more violent mission and journey for the gang, unfortunately with much collateral damage to innocent inn keepers and the like. I still don't understand why someone couldn't have just copied the contents of that damn potions book if it is sooooo precious, like Matthew himself was tasked with back in the good old days before he was a problem solver. Great characters were introduced, including the crusty sea captain, the crew at the dinner (like an old time Agatha Christie or the movie Murder by Death). Again, quite bloody and with many sad tales told by people that explained what made them the way they are....tough times back then with so few held accountable. Still don't know if Lash made it, expected him with half a face jumping out at any time and of course now we get to go to Italy for another mission of dubious results, but if Hudson Greathouse believes in spooks then I guess I will have to go along!

  • 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.

  • Stephen Snead

    Best since Mr. Slaughter. Only Robert McCammon could draw me into this type series. I'm not one for period pieces. But, this series is really well done and well thought out. The very first one called "Sings the Night Bird" right on up to Cardinal Black is entertaining and puts you in the period and feel of old New York, the early Northeast and jolly old England. You won't be disappointed. I have read Robert McCammon since his day's as a "horror writer." His refusal to be

    Best since Mr. Slaughter. Only Robert McCammon could draw me into this type series. I'm not one for period pieces. But, this series is really well done and well thought out. The very first one called "Sings the Night Bird" right on up to Cardinal Black is entertaining and puts you in the period and feel of old New York, the early Northeast and jolly old England. You won't be disappointed. I have read Robert McCammon since his day's as a "horror writer." His refusal to be labeled and retirement to prove his point was the mark of one who cares about his craft. He has now proven to be a writer no matter the label or genre. I also listened to the audio book while doing my morning walks. Both versions are excellent.

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