Item description for The Malice Box by Martin Langfield...
"One of the best novels I have read in a very long time. A thrilling journey of self discovery. . . . Splendidly rewarding."---Shots Magazine (London)
When Robert is sent what seems to be a simple copper puzzle box, he has no idea his life is about to undergo a violent transformation. That night, an acquaintance kills himself in curious circumstances; the following day, an old friend reveals the existence of an arcane weapon that could endanger the fate of the Western world.
The responsibility for hunting down and destroying this weapon, this Malice Box, lies with Robert. The weapon is primed to explode in seven days, and Robert must undergo a spiritual and physical quest---a series of trials around Manhattan---in order to track down the keys that will prevent detonation. In a desperate race against the clock, Robert scours the streets of Manhattan under the constant gaze of a sinister figure known as the Watchman. He has only Teri, a beautiful and mysterious psychic, to guide him.
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 9.1" Width: 6.1" Height: 1.4" Weight: 1.6 lbs.
Release Date Sep 1, 2007
Publisher Pegasus Books
ISBN 1933648481 ISBN13 9781933648484
Availability 0 units.
More About Martin Langfield
Martin Langfield headed Reuters New York for seven years, most recently as East Coast bureau chief, and has worked as a foreign correspondent and bureau chief in Miami, Mexico, and El Salvador. Langfield currently heads Reuters' journalism training programs. He lives in New York.
Reviews - What do customers think about The Malice Box?
Fun, If Not Perfect Dec 22, 2007
I was surprised by how much I liked this book because it really isn't the kind of thing to which I'm usually drawn. In general, this sort of psychic/spiritual quest story doesn't really appeal to me. In fact, if I'm being honest, the only reason I started reading it is because it is set so closely in Manhattan and, having lived on the island for about six years now, I am interested in reading about it--it's history, legends and mysteries.
In any case, that got me going; however, the excellence of the writing is what kept me going. The characters here are quite well-drawn and interesting--Robert, our hero; his wife, Katherine; Adam; Terri; Horace, the Watchman; and Tariq, the maker of the Ma'rifat--the Malice Box--are all memorable. The weaving of Tariq's story into the story of the others is particularly subtle and well done.
As for the plot, the first two-thirds of the book play very well. I ripped through these pages quickly and enjoyed them immensely. The moving between different times worked, sustained mainly by the precision with which Langfield takes us through the days in 2004, using events of the time to ground his supernatural story in realism. The last third of book were a bit harder going for me. Things became less grounded and it was more difficult for me to suspend my disbelief. Still, overall, this is an enjoyable book and well worth the read.
Excellent! A thrilling and engaging read Nov 23, 2007
While many people may critique Langfield for jumping on the "DaVinci bandwagon," it is clear from the depth and the sheer amount of research in this book that he had already begun the creative process long before the DaVinci phenomenon. It is a thrilling read and the way Langfield weaves the mystical elements of "the malice box" within the cityscape of New York is incredible--it will make one wish there was a walking tour of New York based off this book. A gripping adventure complete with a rich cast of characters that the London Times was right to compare to "Brideshead Revisted." I can only hope there will be a sequel!
Not what I expected.. Nov 18, 2007
I was excited to read this book, but it took me 200 pages to get into it, and even then I embraced every distraction. Supposed to be a supernatural thriller, but turned out to be a garbled mess. Langfield's characters go through a intricately woven web of puzzles and riddles, which really...are not that exciting. Over all, I would not recommend this book.
Engaging and thought-provoking Sep 3, 2007
A supernatural thriller that transcends the genre, "The Malice Box" combines compelling drama with well-rounded & likeable characters and thought-provoking discussions. There's also a superb feeling for setting (Manhattan, NYC and Cambridge, England) and the dialogue is often witty. Langfield spins a journey of discovery that operates on several levels: a murder-mystery tale; a series of intellectual puzzles; the protagonist's quest for truth about his friend, his wife and himself; and a growing realization that recent historical events, such as 9/11, have a significance beyond the headlines. All interwoven within a well-paced, forces-of-light-and-darkness narrative. A good read.