Antigua Sangre (Charlie Parker #17) — John Connolly / A Book of Bones (Charlie Parker #17) by John Connolly

¡Uno de mis autores favoritos escribiendo sobre uno de mis personajes favoritos de libros! ¿Qué podría salir mal? Respuesta: nada, por supuesto. El decimoséptimo libro de la serie es tan bueno como podría ser. Inusualmente, este libro tiene lugar principalmente en Inglaterra e incluye muchos hechos históricos interesantes como trasfondo de la historia. Una investigación policial también corre paralela a la historia principal, lo que le da al lector más información sobre lo que está sucediendo. Esto lamentablemente da un giro trágico con una muerte inesperada. ¡Eso sí, hay muchas, muchas muertes! Después de todo, estamos hablando de John Connolly. Como de costumbre, el libro es oscuro, espeluznante e involucra lo sobrenatural. Las hijas de Charlie, Sam y Jennifer, desempeñan un papel pequeño pero vital y Louis y Angel se destacan de manera destacada. Estoy bastante seguro de que una de las razones por las que amo tanto esta serie es que estoy tan involucrado con Charlie, su familia (viva y muerta) y sus amigos. Durante el transcurso de 17 libros, Charlie Parker se ha convertido en una fuerza real a tener en cuenta. El investigador privado Charlie Parker sufrió un golpe casi insuperable cuando su esposa y su pequeña hija fueron asesinadas hace años. Desde entonces, Parker se ha enfrentado al perpetrador y ha luchado contra el mal en muchas formas, utilizando sus propias habilidades sobrenaturales para una buena ventaja. La némesis más reciente de Parker, y quizás la más peligrosa, es un hombre que se hace llamar Quayle. Quayle, que aparentemente es inmortal, tiene una cohorte siniestra llamada Pallida Mors, una mujer albina que apesta a descomposición. Juntos, Quayle y Mors están tratando de reensamblar un libro de ocultismo llamado ‘El Atlas Fragmentado’, un tomo mágico que traerá el apocalipsis. Quayle y Mors han estado torturando y matando personas para localizar las páginas perdidas del Atlas, e incluso han organizado asesinatos no relacionados para desviar a la policía. Parker, que es consultor del FBI, está tras la pista del malvado dúo con sus colegas Louis y Angel. La caza lleva a Parker desde su casa en Portland, Maine a Arizona, luego a Ámsterdam y Londres, donde Quayle está escondido en un enclave secreto. La historia es muy complicada. Es un procedimiento policial combinado con escenas de una extraña secta religiosa llamada Congregación de Adán antes de Eva y Eva antes de Adán; incitación al conflicto entre musulmanes y derechistas; una iglesia oculta cuyas vidrieras cobran vida; una relación estudiante-maestro cuestionable; cautivos encarcelados para siempre, con los ojos y los labios cosidos; un sitio arqueológico en Hexhamshire, Inglaterra, que alberga raíces de plantas asesinas demoníacas; y más. También hay un gran elenco de personajes, incluidos agentes del FBI; detectives de policía en Amsterdam y Londres; arqueólogos; coleccionistas y vendedores de libros; asesinos involucrados en los planes de Quayle y Mors; mujeres víctimas y sus familias; figuras históricas de ficción; un granjero y su fiel perro; y así. El libro tiene muchas viñetas de tortura y violencia … La historia también tiene algunos momentos ligeros, como cuando Parker aparece en Arizona y sus colegas novatos del FBI le dicen que sus instrucciones son ‘no dejar que le dispare a nadie’. Los guías de Parker en Europa tienen las mismas instrucciones, mejoradas por regulaciones que prohíben a los extranjeros portar armas. Entonces, está bastante claro que la reputación de Parker lo precede. Muchas personas que leen los primeros libros de la serie de Charlie Parker asumen erróneamente que para la decimoséptima entrega se tambalearán seriamente y perderán fuerza rápidamente, pero creo firmemente que sigue mejorando cada vez más. Es difícil de revisar sin revelar demasiado, así que voy a ser breve. Se trata de una historia intensa en la que la violencia, los personajes sobrenaturales y peligrosos chocan de manera espectacular. Nunca hay un momento aburrido con acción sin parar y muchas sorpresas, esta tumba de una novela pasó rápido, demasiado rápido. Simplemente no podía tener suficiente. Antigua Sangre es la culminación de diferentes tramas de episodios anteriores, es fundamental haber leído las novelas anteriores para comprender la esencia de las cosas. Esto es deliciosamente oscuro, depravado e intenso y ciertamente no es para los débiles de corazón. Connolly crea magistralmente un mundo que es espeluznante, escalofriante y opresivo en su naturaleza claustrofóbica y también hay muchas emociones inesperadas involucradas. Excepcionalmente bien escrito y con un ritmo perfecto, este es un thriller complejo y multifacético que para los aficionados al crimen es imperdible. Como un buen vino, esta serie sigue mejorando.

La Compañia Carenor, Países Bajos, Londres, Newcastle y el acto final en la iglesia de Fairford y sus vidrieras, se dice que si quieres enterrar un libro lo pongas en una biblioteca pero este debe ser leído.

Libros del autor comentados en el blog.

Saga Charlie Parker:

https://weedjee.wordpress.com/2019/06/23/todo-lo-que-muere-john-connolly-every-dead-thing-a-charlie-parker-thriller-1-by-john-connolly/

https://weedjee.wordpress.com/2019/06/24/el-poder-de-las-tinieblas-john-connolly-dark-hollow-a-charlie-parker-thriller-2-by-john-connolly/

https://weedjee.wordpress.com/2019/06/24/perfil-asesino-john-connolly-the-killing-kind-a-charlie-parker-thriller-3-by-john-connolly/

https://weedjee.wordpress.com/2019/06/25/el-camino-blanco-john-connolly-the-white-road-a-charlie-parker-thriller-4-by-john-connolly/

https://weedjee.wordpress.com/2019/06/25/mas-alla-del-espejo-john-connolly-the-reflecting-eye-a-charlie-parker-novella-by-john-connolly/

https://weedjee.wordpress.com/2019/06/27/los-atormentados-john-connolly-the-unquiet-a-charlie-parker-thriller-6-by-john-connolly/

https://weedjee.wordpress.com/2019/06/28/los-hombres-de-la-guadana-john-connolly-the-reapers-a-charlie-parker-thriller-7-by-john-connolly/

https://weedjee.wordpress.com/2019/06/29/los-amantes-john-connolly-the-lovers-a-charlie-parker-thriller-8-by-john-connolly/

https://weedjee.wordpress.com/2019/06/30/voces-que-susurran-john-connolly-the-whisperers-a-charlie-parker-thriller-9-by-john-connolly/

https://weedjee.wordpress.com/2019/07/01/cuervos-john-connolly-the-burning-soul-a-charlie-parker-thriller-10-by-john-connolly/

https://weedjee.wordpress.com/2014/06/10/la-ira-de-los-angeles-john-connolly-the-wrath-of-angels/

https://weedjee.wordpress.com/2015/05/23/el-invierno-del-lobo-the-wolf-in-winter-john-connolly/

https://weedjee.wordpress.com/2017/01/29/la-cancion-de-las-sombras-john-connolly/

https://weedjee.wordpress.com/2018/02/28/tiempos-oscuros-john-connolly-a-time-of-torment-a-charlie-parker-thriller-by-john-connolly/

https://weedjee.wordpress.com/2019/07/01/el-frio-de-la-muerte-john-connolly-a-game-of-ghosts-a-charlie-parker-thriller-15-by-john-connolly/

https://weedjee.wordpress.com/2020/06/27/la-mujer-del-bosque-john-connolly-the-woman-in-the-woods-charlie-parker-16-by-john-connolly/

https://weedjee.wordpress.com/2021/07/10/antigua-sangre-charlie-parker-17-john-connolly-a-book-of-bones-charlie-parker-17-by-john-connolly/

Otros libros del autor comentados en el blog:

https://weedjee.wordpress.com/2013/05/06/un-gran-regalo-a-special-gift-by-john-connolly/

https://weedjee.wordpress.com/2013/04/24/malvados-john-connolly/

https://weedjee.wordpress.com/2013/08/25/las-puertas-del-infierno-john-connolly-the-gates-by-j-connolly/

https://weedjee.wordpress.com/2013/11/12/nocturnos-nocturnes-by-john-connolly/

https://weedjee.wordpress.com/2014/07/21/el-libro-de-las-cosas-perdidas-john-connolly-the-book-of-lost-things/

https://weedjee.wordpress.com/2017/10/13/musica-nocturna-john-connolly-night-music-by-john-connolly/

Trilogía Crónicas de los Invasores de Jennifer Ridyard & John Connolly:

https://weedjee.wordpress.com/2019/12/26/conquista-cronica-de-los-invasores-i-jennifer-ridyard-john-connolly-conquest-1-3-chronicles-of-the-invaders-1-by-jennifer-ridyard-john-connolly/

https://weedjee.wordpress.com/2019/12/27/imperio-cronica-de-los-invasores-ii-jennifer-ridyard-john-connolly-empire-chronicles-of-the-invaders-book-2-by-jennifer-ridyard-john-connolly/

https://weedjee.wordpress.com/2019/12/27/dominio-cronica-de-los-invasores-iii-jennifer-ridyard-john-connolly-dominion-chronicles-of-the-invaders-book-3-by-jennifer-ridyard-john-connolly/

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One of my favourite authors writing about one of my favourite book characters! What could possibly go wrong? Answer – nothing of course. The seventeenth book in the series is every bit as good as it could be.
Unusually this book takes place mostly in England and includes a lot of interesting historical fact as background for the story. A police investigation also runs parallel to the main story giving the reader more of an insight into what is happening. This sadly takes a tragic turn with an unexpected death. Mind you there are many, many deaths! This is John Connolly we are talking about after all.
As usual the book is dark, creepy and involves the supernatural. Charlie’s daughters, Sam and Jennifer, play a small but vital role and Louis and Angel are featured prominently. I am pretty sure one of the reasons I love this series so much is that I am so involved with Charlie, his family (both alive and dead) and his friends.
During the course of 17 books Charlie Parker has grown into a real force to be reckoned with.

Private investigator Charlie Parker suffered an almost insurmountable blow when his wife and young daughter were murdered years ago. Since then Parker has dealt with the perpetrator and gone on to fight evil in many forms, using his own supernatural abilities to good advantage.
Parker’s most recent, and perhaps most dangerous, nemesis is a man who calls himself Quayle. Quayle, who’s seemingly immortal, has a sinister cohort called Pallida Mors – an albino woman who stinks of decay. Together, Quayle and Mors are trying to reassemble an occult book called ‘The Fractured Atlas’, a magical tome that will bring on the apocalypse. Quayle and Mors have been torturing and killing people to locate the Atlas’s missing pages, and have even arranged for unrelated murders to throw the police off their trail.
Parker, who’s a consultant for the FBI, is on the trail of the evil duo with his colleagues Louis and Angel.
The hunt takes Parker from his home in Portland, Maine to Arizona, then on to Amsterdam and London – where Quayle is holed up in a secret enclave.
The story is very complicated. It’s a police procedural combined with scenes of a bizarre religious sect called the Congregation of Adam Before Eve, Eve Before Adam; incitation of conflict between Muslims and right wingers; an occult church whose stained glass windows come to life; a questionable student-teacher relationship; captives imprisoned forever, with their eyes and lips sewn shut; an archaeological site in Hexhamshire, England that harbors demonic murderous plant roots; and more.
There’s also a large cast of characters, including FBI agents; police detectives in Amsterdam and London; archaeologists; book collectors and sellers; murderers drawn into Quayle and Mors’ schemes; female victims and their families; fictional historic figures; a farmer and his loyal dog; and so on.
The book has many vignettes of torture and violence…
The story also has some light moments, like when Parker shows up in Arizona and his novice FBI handlers tell him their instructions are ‘not to let him shoot anybody.’ Parker’s guides in Europe have the same instructions, enhanced by regulations that forbid foreigners to carry weapons. So it’s pretty clear that Parker’s reputation precedes him.

Many people who read the first books in the Charlie Parker series wrongly assume that by the seventeenth instalment it would be seriously floundering and quickly running out of steam, but I feel strongly that it just keeps getting better and better. It’s a difficult one to review without giving too much away, so I’m going to keep it short. This is an intense story in which violence, the supernatural and dangerous characters collide in spectacular fashion. There’s never a dull moment with nonstop action and plenty of surprises this tomb of a novel passed quickly, much too quickly. I just couldn’t get enough.
As A Book of Bones is the culmination of different plot strands from previous episodes it’s pretty much essential to have read the preceding novels to get the gist of things. This is deliciously dark, depraved and intense and is certainly not for the faint of heart. Connolly masterfully crafts a world that is creepy, chilling and oppressive in its claustrophobic nature and there is plenty of unexpected emotion involved too. Exceptionally well written and perfectly paced this is a complex, multifaceted thriller which for crime aficionados is unmissable.
Like a fine wine this series just keeps on getting better.

The Carenor Company, the Netherlands, London, Newcastle and the final act in Fairford church and its stained glass windows, it is said that if you want to bury a book you put it in a library but it must be read.

Books from the author commented in the blog:

Charlie Parker Books.

https://weedjee.wordpress.com/2019/06/23/todo-lo-que-muere-john-connolly-every-dead-thing-a-charlie-parker-thriller-1-by-john-connolly/

https://weedjee.wordpress.com/2019/06/24/el-poder-de-las-tinieblas-john-connolly-dark-hollow-a-charlie-parker-thriller-2-by-john-connolly/

https://weedjee.wordpress.com/2019/06/24/perfil-asesino-john-connolly-the-killing-kind-a-charlie-parker-thriller-3-by-john-connolly/

https://weedjee.wordpress.com/2019/06/25/el-camino-blanco-john-connolly-the-white-road-a-charlie-parker-thriller-4-by-john-connolly/

https://weedjee.wordpress.com/2019/06/25/mas-alla-del-espejo-john-connolly-the-reflecting-eye-a-charlie-parker-novella-by-john-connolly/

https://weedjee.wordpress.com/2019/06/27/los-atormentados-john-connolly-the-unquiet-a-charlie-parker-thriller-6-by-john-connolly/

https://weedjee.wordpress.com/2019/06/28/los-hombres-de-la-guadana-john-connolly-the-reapers-a-charlie-parker-thriller-7-by-john-connolly/

https://weedjee.wordpress.com/2019/06/29/los-amantes-john-connolly-the-lovers-a-charlie-parker-thriller-8-by-john-connolly/

https://weedjee.wordpress.com/2019/06/30/voces-que-susurran-john-connolly-the-whisperers-a-charlie-parker-thriller-9-by-john-connolly/

https://weedjee.wordpress.com/2019/07/01/cuervos-john-connolly-the-burning-soul-a-charlie-parker-thriller-10-by-john-connolly/

https://weedjee.wordpress.com/2014/06/10/la-ira-de-los-angeles-john-connolly-the-wrath-of-angels/

https://weedjee.wordpress.com/2015/05/23/el-invierno-del-lobo-the-wolf-in-winter-john-connolly/

https://weedjee.wordpress.com/2017/01/29/la-cancion-de-las-sombras-john-connolly/

https://weedjee.wordpress.com/2018/02/28/tiempos-oscuros-john-connolly-a-time-of-torment-a-charlie-parker-thriller-by-john-connolly/

https://weedjee.wordpress.com/2019/07/01/el-frio-de-la-muerte-john-connolly-a-game-of-ghosts-a-charlie-parker-thriller-15-by-john-connolly/

https://weedjee.wordpress.com/2020/06/27/la-mujer-del-bosque-john-connolly-the-woman-in-the-woods-charlie-parker-16-by-john-connolly/

https://weedjee.wordpress.com/2021/07/10/antigua-sangre-charlie-parker-17-john-connolly-a-book-of-bones-charlie-parker-17-by-john-connolly/

Many other books by John Connolly commented in the blog:

https://weedjee.wordpress.com/2013/05/06/un-gran-regalo-a-special-gift-by-john-connolly/

https://weedjee.wordpress.com/2013/04/24/malvados-john-connolly/

https://weedjee.wordpress.com/2013/08/25/las-puertas-del-infierno-john-connolly-the-gates-by-j-connolly/

https://weedjee.wordpress.com/2013/11/12/nocturnos-nocturnes-by-john-connolly/

https://weedjee.wordpress.com/2014/07/21/el-libro-de-las-cosas-perdidas-john-connolly-the-book-of-lost-things/

https://weedjee.wordpress.com/2017/10/13/musica-nocturna-john-connolly-night-music-by-john-connolly/

Chronicle of the Invaders Trilogy by Jennifer Ridyard & John Connolly:

https://weedjee.wordpress.com/2019/12/26/conquista-cronica-de-los-invasores-i-jennifer-ridyard-john-connolly-conquest-1-3-chronicles-of-the-invaders-1-by-jennifer-ridyard-john-connolly/

https://weedjee.wordpress.com/2019/12/27/imperio-cronica-de-los-invasores-ii-jennifer-ridyard-john-connolly-empire-chronicles-of-the-invaders-book-2-by-jennifer-ridyard-john-connolly/

https://weedjee.wordpress.com/2019/12/27/dominio-cronica-de-los-invasores-iii-jennifer-ridyard-john-connolly-dominion-chronicles-of-the-invaders-book-3-by-jennifer-ridyard-john-connolly/

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