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The year is 1703. The place: the Carolina settlement of Charles Town. Matthew Corbett, professional 'problem solver,' has accepted a lucrative, if unusual, commission: escorting a beautiful woman to a fancy dress ball.

What should be a pleasant assignment takes a darker turn when Matthew becomes involved in a murder investigation. A sixteen-year-old girl has been stabbed to death on the grounds of a local plantation. The suspected killer is a ...
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The year is 1703. The place: the Carolina settlement of Charles Town. Matthew Corbett, professional 'problem solver,' has accepted a lucrative, if unusual, commission: escorting a beautiful woman to a fancy dress ball.

What should be a pleasant assignment takes a darker turn when Matthew becomes involved in a murder investigation. A sixteen-year-old girl has been stabbed to death on the grounds of a local plantation. The suspected killer is a slave who has escaped, with two family members, into the dubious protection of a nearby swamp. Troubled by certain discrepancies and determined to see some sort of justice done, Matthew joins the hunt for the runaway slaves. He embarks on a treacherous journey up the Solstice River, also known as the River of Souls. He discovers that something born of the swamp has joined the hunt...and is stalking the hunters with more than murder in mind.

What follows is a shattering ordeal encompassing snakes, alligators, exiled savages, mythical beasts, and ordinary human treachery. The journey up the River of Souls will test Matthew's courage, commitment, and powers of endurance. It will also lead him to a confrontation with a figure from his recent past, which will alter Matthew's life, setting the stage for the next installment in this compulsively readable series.

Gripping, unsettling, and richly atmospheric, The River of Souls is a masterful historical adventure and a major addition to Robert McCammon's extraordinary body of work.featuring the continuing exploits of a young hero USA Today has called 'the Early American James Bond.'
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Publishers Weekly
03/03/2014
Macabre surprises abound in McCammon’s entertaining fifth Matthew Corbett historical (after 2012’s Providence Rider). In the summer of 1703, while on a visit to Charles Town in the Carolina colony, “problem-solver” Matthew and Magnus Muldoon, his “big as a mountain” new friend, join a manhunt for three escaped slaves, one of whom has been accused of murdering a plantation owner’s daughter (though Matthew has uncovered evidence that implicates one of the hunters). Their travel up the River of Solstice—which the locals refer to as “the river of souls”—proves to be a journey into the genuine heart of darkness, replete with ravenous alligators, a tribe of fiercely savage Native Americans, and a seemingly demonic monster known as the Soul Cryer. McCammon resorts to a few credibility-stretching gambits in the closing chapters, but, as usual, he nicely evokes America’s colonial past and deftly straddles the boundary between the explicable and the supernatural. Agent: Cameron McClure, DMLA. (May)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781596066304
  • Publisher: Subterranean Press
  • Publication date: 5/28/2014
  • Edition description: Deluxe
  • Pages: 257
  • Sales rank: 80,253
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.20 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 8, 2014

    I've been reading Robert McCammon for a long time and he is my f

    I've been reading Robert McCammon for a long time and he is my favorite author. River of Souls is another great story, but it's almost a novella compared to his other work.
    Hopefully not a trend.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 8, 2014

    ABSOLUTELY FABULOUS!

    Mr. McCammon is one of my favorite authors. He is the author of two of the best books I have ever read (Swan Song and Boy's Life). His Matthew Corbett series is fantastic, and this latest addition does not disappoint!

    For those familiar with the series, the first thing I noticed was that this book was shorter than the rest in the series. I was worried that it would take away from the richness of the kind of story that McCammon usually puts out. I should not have worried. This is a great story with a lot of action, mystery, and suspence laced through. This may be a tad of a plot spoiler, but there is definitely a cliffhanger at the end. My only complaint is that I have to wait so long between installments!

    If you are unfamiliar with this series, let me say that you could probably read this as a stand-alone piece, but there might be moments of confusion, as McCammon does bring in past villians and friends and references to previous story lines in this book. As such, I would recommend reading in order, starting with Speaks the Nightbird, then Queen of Bedlam, followed by Mr. Slaughter and Providence Rider. Please give them a chance. Matthew Corbett is a wonderful character, almost a goofy Sherlock Holmes. Love him and this series.

    To Mr. McCammon: Thank you so much for another sleepless night! Please hurry with the next! Cannot Wait!!!

    -- SPeeD

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 30, 2014

    Another winner

    Another winner

    This is a wonderful series involving the tenacious young problem solver Matthew Corbett who seems to always find himself involved in the most precarious situations. I cant wait till the next book, as he has certainly found himself in a dangerous situation this time. PLEASE, Mr. McCammon don't make us wait another 2 years.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 19, 2014

    Good read

    Very good story and the end leaves room for a sequel

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