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Prayer [Format Kindle]

Philip Kerr
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PRAYER
“A real page-turner that may just have everyone rethinking the monumental power that faith can provide or…take away in the blink of an eye.” —Suspense Magazine

“Provocative... Evocative phrasing is another plus in this exceptional thriller.” —Publishers Weekly

“Here moral complexity is raised to a new high in a contemporary psychological thriller that is eerily terrifying and disturbing”  
— Library Journal, starred review 
 
“A compelling and unsettling change of pace for the popular Kerr.” 
                                                — Booklist
   
“Tantalizingly creepy.” — The Observer
 
“A rum beast that uses the cosy familiarity of the thriller form to buttress a fantastical supernatural plot...As fans of his Berlin-set Bernie Gunther novels will know, Kerr is a details man. His deep-level research brings Houston and its environs to dusty, sun-bleached life. Martins’ narration, too, is deftly handled –Prayer demands to be read more than once.” —The Guardian
 
“When Kerr goes off-piste, as he does here, the freedom sends his imagination into some very peculiar places. Who else could make a crackling thriller out of the current debate between religion and atheism?...What if the Almighty exists, but is horrible? The story unfolds at a white-knuckle pace, with a sense of the unknown that is genuinely disturbing.”  —  The Sunday Times



A MAN WITHOUT BREATH
 
“This is the most intelligent brand of crime fiction, and there is moral complexity here in spades.”—The Daily Beast

 
“A Man Without Breath is a masterful accomplishment that delivers a gripping mystery wrapped around meticulously researched history…It brings the deadly past to life.”—The Arizona Republic

 
“One of these days World War II will come to an end, and then how will we manage without Bernie Gunther, the cynical Berlin cop who has somehow contrived to stay alive and retain some vestige of personal integrity in Philip Kerr’s harrowing historical thrillers?”—The New York Times Book Review

 
“This ninth Bernie Gunther tale (after Prague Fatale) focuses on two months of 1943, mixing real-life characters with fictional ones. Kerr’s historical knowledge and writing skills merge these elements seamlessly in a gripping story of murder, but it is Bernie who holds it all together even as he questions the absurdity of attempting normalcy during war. Mystery, historical fiction, and military history buffs will join existing Bernie fans in welcoming this latest installment in the series.”—Library Journal

 
“Captivating . . . Kerr makes everything look easy, from blending history with a clever and intricate whodunit plot to powerful descriptions of cruelty.”—Publishers Weekly (starred review)

 
“Kerr’s sketch of Goebbels dazzles. The author pulls the reader down into the dark underground of Der Führer’s rabbit hole of totalitarian horror . . . [A Man Without Breath] masterfully explores morality's shadowy gray edge.”—Kirkus

Présentation de l'éditeur

Special Agent Gil Martins investigates domestic terrorism for the Houston FBI. He is a religious man who is close to losing his faith; the very nature of his job has led him to question the existence of a God who could allow the things that Gil sees every day.

But Gil's wife Ruth doesn't see things the same way and his crisis of faith provokes a fracture in their marriage. Gil's world is breaking apart.

At the same time, Gil starts to investigate a series of unexplained deaths that bring this crisis of faith into uncomfortable focus.

When Esther, a disturbed woman, informs Gil that these men have been killed by prayer, Gil questions her sanity. But as the evidence mounts up that there might be something in what she says, his new-found atheism is severely challenged, more so as he finds his own life is next on the line.

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  • Format : Format Kindle
  • Taille du fichier : 586 KB
  • Nombre de pages de l'édition imprimée : 480 pages
  • Editeur : Quercus (26 septembre 2013)
  • Vendu par : Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Langue : Anglais
  • ASIN: B00D79ESCC
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1.0 étoiles sur 5 philip kerr change de registre 9 mai 2014
Par LRoull
Format:Format Kindle|Achat vérifié
Très mauvaise surprise. Nous sommes loin de la trilogie berlinoise et de sa suite. Philip Kerr, sans doute payé au caractère, nous livre une version du Notre Père, et pas une fois mais plusieurs. Il doit aussi touchr un bonus au nombre de pages: pages blanches ou sur un seule colonne avec des marges largement suffisantes pour faire des annotation ou des corrections. Kerr nous ennuie pendant 500 pages avec des crimes par prière.
Un tel opuscule ne peut se justifier que par des raisons alimentaires: pension ou impôt en retard
tard.
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 Prayer 15 mars 2014
Par M. Tanenbaum - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Relié|Commentaire client Vine pour produit gratuit (De quoi s'agit-il?)
Like many others who have reviewed Prayer, I am a huge fan of Kerr's Bernie Guenther series. This book is quite different, so be forewarned if you are looking for something similar. In Prayer, Kerr brings us a contemporary story of Gil Martins, a Houston based FBI agent who's assigned to domestic terrorism. His marriage is falling apart, partly because he's lost his faith, and his wife, a devout Christian, doesn't want to be married to an atheist. But Gil's faith is challenged at an even deeper level when he becomes involved in two cases--one in which seemingly admirable do-gooders are being murdered by a serial killer, and another in which those who are atheists or who have spoken out against organized religion die under mysterious circumstances. Are these cases linked? Gil becomes obsessed with finding out. Without giving too much away, there is a definite paranormal element to this novel that may not appeal to fans of more conventional thrillers or detective fiction. I found the book a real page-turner and was intrigued by the religious aspect of the story, which delves into the nature of God--does he exist, and if so, is he the God of vengeance and destruction that we see in the Old Testament of the kinder, gentler God we associate with the New Testament? Definitely a thought provoking novel.
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2.0 étoiles sur 5 A disappointment 6 février 2014
Par Frank J. Konopka - Publié sur Amazon.com
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At the outset, I want to make clear that I enjoy tremendously Mr. Kerr's Bernie Gunther series, and always look forward to the next installment. I selected this book because I was hoping that the plot would live up to my expectations but, unfortunately, it did not.

The beginning of the book was a bit slow, but I determined to read on in the hope that it would improve. It certainly did, for soon the plot began to move forward quickly, and a sense of dread insinuated itself in the mind and heart of the protagonist. I then felt that I was reading the old Philip Kerr.

The problem was, as the book began to wind down to its conclusion, I became more and more disillusioned with the story line, and by the time the book ended I realized that I really didn't like it much at all. The writing was crisp, and the characters stayed true to themselves, but the plot just "turned me off", even though a lot of it was quite exciting. I don't want to spoil the book for future readers, because there may be many who will enjoy this book from beginning to end. I didn't, but perhaps you will. Bring back Bernie Gunther!
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 This book was really entertaining. 22 juin 2014
Par MATTHEW D MYRICK - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Format Kindle|Achat vérifié
Prayer is a well thought out thriller. Most books that have a supernatural element, although sometimes entertaining almost never have a satisfying explanation for the supernatural events. With this book, if you are religious then the explanation is perfect. The catch-22 of that though is that if you are religious, you might be offended by the contents of this book. I am a religious person, but I am also able to recognize that this is a work of fiction. Also, the questions about God that are brought up in this book are questions that anyone who has read the Bible would ask themselves if they are being truly honest. I know I did. Especially when reading the old testament. Philip Kerr does what he does best. He gives us a story that is very entertaining and also makes us think. Well done!
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 A wonderfully told literally thriller that should stir discussion and controversy among those who read it. 29 mai 2014
Par Bookreporter - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Relié
Philip Kerr defies easy categorization. Actually, he defies any categorization whatsoever, aside from the one reserved for the demonstration of sturdy, reliable storytelling shot through with flashes of surprise and artistic brilliance in book after book. He achieved the commercial success that had been deserved for so long with his historical mystery series featuring Bernie Gunther. One can only hope that those who discovered Kerr through the exploits of his police officer treading a moral tightrope in Nazi-era Germany will have searched out his other books, which range from explorations of futuristic, dystopian societies to a highly prized young adult series. We can now add to that list PRAYER, a self-contained thriller that is as complex, questioning and ultimately satisfying as anything he has written to date.

The protagonist is a troubled everyman named Gil Martins, a once devout Catholic whose erosive doubt leaves him literally and figuratively hanging by his torn cuticles on the edge of evangelical Protestantism. He is married, interestingly enough, to a devout Christian woman, who is both his strength and an implicit disturbance for him, a reminder of who he once was. Martins is also (more significantly, for our purposes) a member of the FBI’s Domestic Terrorism Unit. Scottish by birth, and now a United States citizen living in Houston, Texas, Martins learns that he has accidentally helped send an innocent man to death row. His prayers are a far cry removed from what he may have learned in the Baltimore Catechism, but are a cry for divine help nonetheless --- and all the more tragic because it is problematic as to whether or not he expects an answer.

In spite of his doubt (or maybe partly because of it), Martins, at the request of a friend in the clergy, is drawn into the investigation of a man who falls into a coma and dies for no apparent reason. He soon discovers that there have been similar occurrences, targeting both prominent members of the religious community and icons of the humanist movement. Unfortunately, his dubious superiors almost immediately discount his conclusions, leaving him adrift. His biggest problem is that there is no real evidence of any malevolent action toward or against the individuals; while their deaths are sudden and of unknown cause, there is nothing to indicate that an outside force is responsible.

When Martins discovers a list of intended victims, he becomes allied, professionally and personally, with one of them. They learn that they may be up against a new form of spiritual warfare, if you will; to wit, one in which prayer, which historically has been an act of gratitude or, more frequently, a request for intercession, appears to have been turned to a diabolical end. Martins finds that his faith --- and everything he thinks he knows and might believe --- is put to the ultimate test, as he pursues a deranged mastermind who may have found a way to turn the divine to his will.

I don’t recall ever having read a novel quite like PRAYER. It is by turns frightening, disturbing, intriguing and maddening, open to interpretation while pitching between faith and doubt. There is literally something for everyone here, regardless of the degree of your belief (or lack thereof) in the divine, and plenty of fodder for disagreement on both sides. There is also, and perhaps most prominently, a fine mystery at the core of the plot that will keep you up at night, reading and thinking. This is a wonderfully told literally thriller that should stir discussion and controversy among those who read it, as well as a worthy addition to Kerr’s masterful and unacknowledged canon.

Reviewed by Joe Hartlaub.
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1.0 étoiles sur 5 Confused Plot 12 mai 2014
Par DB from DC - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Format Kindle|Achat vérifié
I was so disappointed in this book I went back and re-read Marilyn Stasio's review in NYT. She never did say it was a good book and indeed it is not. It falls somewhere between sci-fi and the dark night of the soul. Too much half-baked theology to be a good mystery. The only thing reasonably good is the description of Houston. Kerr has lost his way with this one!
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