[ (The Rook à BOOK) ] author Daniel OMalley – easyaddress.us
Entity meets Johnny English And that may sound like a clusterfuck to end all clusterfucks but somehow it works or maybe my mind is just trying to make it better than it is because I m coming off a massive chain of horrible books Whatever I loved itIf this book were made into a movie I can totally see Tina Fey in the lead roleThe good Witty dry humorous writing A female assassinsecret agent not afraid to ill A fun and interesting secret agency think paranormal MI5 A well executed amnesia premise A racially diverse and fun suporting cast of characters NO ROMANCE CAN I GET A FUCK YEAHThe not so good uestionable character development The length it s a good book but it could stand to be cut by a good 100 pages The infodump It s a fun infodump but it s still an infodumpThe Summary Dear YouThe body you are wearing used to be mine A woman stood shivering in the rain surrounded by a circle of dead bodies She has no idea who she is A letter inside her pocket informed her that she is a Myfanwy Thomas pronounced miff UN nee The letter gives her instructions where to go what to do She checks herself into a hotel as instructed finds letters The next morning she leaves the hotel and is promptly attacked by four people one of them the receptionistMyfanwy s reaction is a little unexpected She almost Claiming His Desert Princess (Hot Arabian Nights kills them When she opened her eyes and took a breath she realized that there was no one holding her Instead the four people were lying on the ground twitching uncontrollably InterestingThese letters will continue for the rest of the book They tell Myfanwy who she was how she grew up most importantly they tell her that Myfanwy now works for a secret agencynown as the Checuy Group They ve been in existence for hundreds of years and Myfanwy is a Rook One of the highest ranking members of the group Once you re in the Checuy Group you don t get out I ve only ever heard of three people who tried to leave the Checuy and I Secret Baby, Surprise Parents know the history inside and outThe first was a powered individual called Brennan the Intransigent who made a break for it in 1679 He was crucified on the cliffs of DoverThe second was a soldier in 1802 He was carefully brought back to the Checuy stronghold and then buried alive in his village s graveyardThe third was a woman who could grow tentacles out of her back and exuded some sort of alarming toxin through her fingertips Her stuffed body is currently displayed above the mantelpiece in one of the London offices The Checuy Agency employs normal loyal people but the epistle of its powers lies in those with special powers such as Myfanwy I gained the power to touch people and possess instant control of their bodies I could make them move however I pleased I could read their physical condition detect pregnancy cancer a full bladder Only instead of being a super secret special agent the old Myfanwy appears to be nothing than a glorified paper pusher albeit a very powerful one So what happened How did she lose her memories Why did the old Myfanwy plan so carefully for such a scenarioLots of uestions Few answers But for now Myfanwy s still got a job to go to She has to step into her former life without a beat while avoiding her colleague s uestions Yes said Myfanwy What do these guyseep tabs on my comings and goings Well Ihad an appointment They regarded her with expectant eyes and she was suddenly filled with a desire to shake up those proprietary stares A gynecologist appointment She smiled triumphantly at the twins To have my vagina checked And it has to be confessed that Myfanwy isn t altogether convincing at times I m sorry Rook Thomas but your car is here she said My car Myfanwy said It s time for your dinner with Lady Farrier Oh crap she sighed then noticed Clovis s shocked expression I mean oh good this should be delightful There s a lot of weird crap thrown at her including horrifying colleagues who wouldn t hesitate to literally rip someone s face off and acuaintances who have been alive for thousands of years past century she is notable for having need Joseph Stalin in the groin during a drinks reception and she played a large part in the South African diamond industry Ingrid went on She also cured one member of our royal family of cancer in the 1950s and infected another with syphilis in the 1960s On her uest to find the truth about her memory loss Myfanwy will face terrifying danger manipulative colleagues plagues vampires werewolves mold monsters and company parties I can t wear this Myfanwy exclaimed in horror You can t wear that the housekeeper exclaimed It s like all the material that s supposed to be on top migrated to the bottom said ValAny wedding in which this dress appeared on the bride would have to be pretty damn open minded thought Myfanwy And might well incorporate the honeymoon on the altar The Setting This book is an infodump I usually hate infodumping but it was done exceedingly well in this book Through a series of letters the old Myfanwy explained the inner workings the history and the stories surrounding the infernal Checuy Agency It s a pretty typical paranormal
agency but it is so well presented from the internal politics to the but it is so well presented from the internal politics to the to the little nown details only an insider would now It s an old agency it is resistant to change Paranormal or not some things remain the same Occasionally someone will point out these flaws and attempt to institute a change but that person is slapped down The reasons for this down slappage areIf you re in the Court you have an impressive title and you don t want to change it for something genericTraditionIt s supposed to remind us of the importance of strategy and of rankIt s cool The premise of the superpowers are similar to that of the X Men While most of them lack The premise of the superpowers are similar to that of the X Men While most of them lack extent of the full mutant appearance the players within the Checuy Agency are uite dangerous and abnormal Like the fabulously Children of the Corn Rook Gestalt Three boys and one girl Two of the boys were identical That s not the weirdest thing however The weirdest thing was that when all four pairs of eyes opened only one mind was looking out from behind them This was GestaltGestalt is ind of disconcerting because itheshethey isare spread over four bodies f you wanted people with freakishly awesome powers who aren t afraid to use said power to maim torture and Wild Streak kill you won t do much better than this bookMyfanwyThe good She is hilariously average She is uite plain in appearance and no nobody falls in love with her her body is nothing special She has terrible taste in clothing She likes bunnies She loves Toblerone chocolate She has a tendency to stumble While the old Myfanwy was a wallflower the new Myfanwy is apt to put her foot in her mouth with a preference to run and hide rather than do anything heroic But she can t because she s a powerful person without being able to remember it CrapShe is jealous sometimes while never ever slut shaming or hating another female for her appearance In fact one of the women with whom she works Please let her have slept her way to the top thought Myfanwy No one deserves to be this beautiful and clever too Turns out to be not only beautiful but awesome nice and a great friend She is super super super deadly and isind of a special snowflake at times My God you were the most exciting find in decades All of us P.I. Daddys Personal Mission (The Coltons of Montana, knew about your potential The tutors at the Estate were babbling about you to everyone But it doesn t piss me off because she doesn t really give a fuck The old Myfanwy is scared she chokes she hates using her powers to harm The new Myfanwy doesn t have those reservations but she s still not inclined to get into dangerous situations because 1 She doesn t want to and 2 She really doesn t have a clue what s going on most of the time Blending in When you re an amnesiac trying to get back into the swing of things at your paranormal MI5 workplace isind of hard especially when you have multiple body psychic colleagues I mean what are you supposed to do when they re mentally Say Youll Stay And Marry Me killing something in front of you Finally after a high pitchediYAA they settled back breathing heavily and explained that Eliza had just broken the neck of the leader of the antler cult and that the complex was secured Wow Great said Myfanwy Nicely done Hmm said Tidy Twin absently Eliza has blood on her boots That s lovely Gestalt Myfanwy said trying to eep her cool More coffee Or orange juice No Perhaps I could have Ingrid fetch you a couple of moist towelettes The Not So Good Really there s only one thing Her personality change She has amnesia and as mentioned Myfanwy has trouble trying to get back into things and appearing normal She s clumsy but sometimes she is far far too competent and take charge very early on when she largely hasn t a fucking clue of what s going on Like during her first meeting when things get out of hand Myfanwy decides to take charge Gentlemen she finally shouted and her voice cut through the noise like a scythe through a poodle There was dead silence and everyone stared at her stunned You all need to shut up and stay focused on the task at hand Dr Crisp if you will turn your eyes back toward the interrogation I wonder if you could revive the subject and uestion him This is entirely too confident too much for me to believe I can understand a personality change but I can t accept that Myfanwy can be so utterly silly and incompetent sounding on one page while being competely take charge in the nextThe Writing It was an old room in an old building and was decorated in a very specific style that showed the decorators were lacking both imagination and a second X chromosome It s hilarious but it s not like ha ha hilarious The author is American but he does a damn fine job of replicating dry deprecating British witThe Romance THERE IS NONE HALLELUJA. Aristocratic woman who can enter her dreams a secret training facility where children are transformed into deadly fighters and a conspiracy vast than she ever could have imaginedFilled with characters both fascinating and fantastical THE ROOK is a richly inventive suspenseful and often wry thriller that marks an ambitious debut from a promising young write. ,
Canned goods or a chocoholic with a secret stash of Toblerone in the back of the freezer not that I m speaking from experience And while I tempered down my five stars to a reasonable four the fact is this was a perfect read the first time through I ll save the detailed summary this is one time when the blurb gets it right It starts rather hard core action movie woman coming to consciousness in a midst of a circle of bodies no memory of self or events dripping from the rain and blood She discovers an envelope in her pocket from the Myfanwy That Was Soon it evolves into a James Bond style government agency spy thriller crunched with identity disorientation of The Bourne Identity Halfway through I realize O Malley is channeling The Hitchhiker s Guide to the Galaxy or at least Men In Black and that the flashbacks felt a lot like X Men I m finding it disturbing that I m describing a book by referencing movies Is that acceptable in a book reviewNarrative shifts between letters from Myfanwy That Was to the current scramble of Myfanwy That Is to solve the mystery of who is trying to ill her While that had the potential to become a tiresome device O Malley uses it well giving context to Newbie just before she needs to use it cuing the reader at the same time Sometimes Senior relates an incident sometimes she lays out structure and organization or gives a dossier on other characters For the most part it was able to maintain pace and tension through the shifts At times O Malley is tongue in cheek right as Myfanwy thinks I suppose I should do some homework on how this organization actually works the next section is from one of the letters under the title of How This Organization Actually Works I actually found it rather delightful highlighting the mental similarities in how they process information As the story develops Myfanwy starts to take on her own personality abrupt and direct than the prior who she now thinks of as Thomas their last name I thought the transition between the two was handled well and as the story developed I cared just as much about what happened to Thomas and wanted to The Boleyn King (The Boleyn Trilogy, know her story even though Inew where it would end here s where my habit of peeking at the end of books comes in handy it s Rascal kind of like the book is a spoiler for it s own self because wenow Thomas is dead or at least gone I enjoyed Myfanwy s character breaks and it set the stage for gentle humor as she responded almost but not uite in character An emergency has emerged and both you and Rook Gestalt have been summoned to an interrogation the secretary replied in an unruffled mannerOh Okay Myfanwy looked down and her desk thought for a moment and then looked up Are we getting interrogated or are we doing the interrogating she askedThen there isIt s time for your dinner with Lady FarrierOh crap she sighed then noticed Clovis s shocked expression I mean oh good this should be delightfulThe humor isn t out front in the beginning which now strikes me as one of the delightful parts about the writing Tightly wound around an action core at the start O Malley sneaks in humor one subtle comment at a time gradually becoming absurd The first hint that we aren t in London any comes about three chapters in when we meet Rook Gestalt really one of the innovative creations in sci fifantasy literature that I ve happened upon One mind four bodies I found myself trying to wrap my head around that one somewhat distracted by comparing it with Zaphod and his two heads and just got rather smacked with the possibilities By the end the absurd veered out of control at a couple of points but for the most part O Malley was able to maintain the balance between chuckles and tension Before too long the American version of the Court comes to call and the subtlety gloves come off when the American Bishop Shantay and Myfanwy take on some fungus after lunch of course That is experience talking said Shantay In these situations the glass is always half empty Always Always confirmed the Bishop Right until it fills up with some sort of spectral blood that grows into a demon entity Or a threat I ll Another Day of Life kill you first promised Myfanwy in a cold voice I llill you twice if I feel like it Truly riveting fun exactly what I needed after an awful start to the week it was the ideal book experience of immersion and diversion Highly recommended to anyone who likes a dose of humor with their surreal action spy mystery thrillerFour out of five stars Or are theyUpdate from Dec 2015 reread I think I nailed it fairly well the first time except that part about humor It s seriously funny almost all the way through in that very British wayCross posted at from September 2019 idk almost all the way through There is a lot of back story Yes Minister it turns out that there was a mysterious force that caused that plane to crash We call it gravity I can t believe no one has recommended or even mentioned this book to me before It s a creative complex urban fantasy with an hilarious and likable protagonist monsters and an intriguing mysteryThe Rook grabbed me immediately Myfanwy Thomas awakes surrounded by bodies with no recollection of who she is or what she s doing there All she has is a letter in her pocket a letter that begins with The body you are wearing used to be mine She soon finds herself caught up in this life she never asked for trying to figure out how she lost her memory who s out to get her and how to manage the basics of Myfanwy s job at the secret agency What Would You Like? known as the Checuy GroupJust so younow there s a lot of infodump I usually don t like That But Was Fun but it was here that I ept sprinting through pages anyway The
background of I mean I loved this book Myfanwy Thomas wakes up with a note that says This body used toof I mean I loved this book Myfanwy Thomas wakes up with a note that says This body used to mine YEAH I LOVE AMNESIA PLOTS Except this is a bit than that Secret societies are ind of my fave and this book builds a GREAT one The secret Cheuey I love all the chess terms battle supernatural forces in the world and this new amnesiac is now fully immersed in it I definitely felt like this could be a TV show the richness of the world is so good The tone is a bit hard to grasp but it s classic British serious but also cheeky so once you get on the tricycle you re golden It s just FUN like Dr WhoThe pacing of this book was the only part I can uibble with a bit erratic at times but the world building was rich and the characters super fun I loved it and would like to see in the world page turner page turner lady wakes in park with no memory battered bruised bloody surrounded by dead people that she illed with her bare hands cause she has special powers the same special powers that i have often imagined myself having if dreams came true uelle coincidencethe narrative is propulsive the ideas are automatically right up my alley the whole thing is clearly built for fun i gave it to a colleague and he immediately halted the book he was reading because the jacket description alone was enough to give him a massive boner same here but i could have been challenged or surprised a bit the narrative goes back and forth between the present day actions of the woman before us and past letters that the woman she used to be wrote to her which could have opened up many interesting possibilities not even necessarily literary possibilities but maybe something along the lines of a potboiler cum meditation on memory like Memento but nope all those letters from the past serve a very straightforward function infodumps hella infodumps entertaining and intriguing infodumps and nothing but page turner page turner young woman is named Miffanwy rhymes with Tiffany she works for a secret government agency that is staffed by people with super powers and whose goal is to protect the world from super powered and supernatural threats including the evil Belgian Grafters the high level administrators have titles named after chess pieces cool my favorite is one who lives in multiple bodies and whose name is Gestalt Miffanwy is in charge of domestic operations and her title is The Rookyou now what i hate well many things but in this instance the answer would be cheap snarkiness ugh i even hate the word snarky such an ugly word like it was made up by a 12 year old the only cheap snarkiness i appreciate is the Friend Foe kind that pops out of my mouth or from myeyboard otherwise it needs to be good or the eye rolling will commence Good as in the films of Howard Hawks or Joss Whedon some of the time unfortunately most snark is of the CW or SyFy networks variety which to me is just lazy shallow writing unfortunately this novel is full of cheap snarky dialogue that comes out of nearly every character that is when they are not sounding like The Lord and Lady of The Masterpiece Theater Manor and so characters end up sounding just like each other and as if they just stepped out of one of the Scream films it grew tedious and hey Daniel O Malley listen high level government administrators in both the US and the UK particularly ones who are women probably do not refer to other women as chicks on a regular basis now that was just intolerable to readbut page turner page turner ignore the bitching above this book was all The Longevity Diet kinds of fun and i read it like reading was going to be declared illegal at the end of the night pure pleasure i can t wait for the seuel plus no tedious romance to speak of yay woot win This is ridiculous she thought I m possessed of terrifying powers Why am I relying on a ridiculous little gun that I picked because I thought it was cute I don t need this thing She threw it contemptuously over her shoulderThere s something foul wandering the underground tunnels beneath my office something that s invisible to my vaunted powersCrapWhere s my gun This book is X Men meets X Files meets The Bourne Id. That she is a Rook a high ranking member of a secret organization called the Cheuy that battles the many supernatural forces at work in Britain She also discovers that she possesses a rare potentially deadly supernatural ability of her own In her uest to uncover which member of the Cheuy betrayed her and why Myfanwy encounters a person with four bodies an. Honest to god I m both confused that I m still reading this book and appalled at how highly rated it seems to be everywhere The praise this book has been getting got me interested in reading it and within a few chapters I had to wonder if there was some massive conspiracyTo put it uite simply the book has an intriguing premise that s destroyed by a hackneyed writing style a juvenile approach to character and a narrative that is grossly overshadowed by the writer s apparently high opinion of his own talents The main character is not even remotely likeable When she s not being a high school prom ueen regularly calling technical people nerds repeatedly criticizing the dress sense of the former occupant of her body she s delivering oh snap wisecracks She s just strong enough to take command of a situation when a story needs it but also nicely feminine enough to need to be rescued She confronts the leader of the enemy forces and her primary concern is the gross goop getting on her clothes She appears commanding and independent and in the next scene is naked in front of a stranger for laughs and then subjected to intrusive and demeaning physical exams for comedy She s strong willed enough to be attractive but not so much that she s truly an independent character Her sexuality is regularly and offensively used as a tool to humiliate her for laughs and that makes her non threatening In short she s not a character so much as she s a collection of tropes designed to make her the perfect female character for the male audienceTo make matters worse none of the secondary characters are anything than one to two word tropes Ingrid motherly secretary Shantay sassy friend Alrich mysterious vampire etc None of these characters develop from these descriptions into anything memorableSetting aside the issue with characters is the issue with plot Myfanwy goes fromnowing absolutely nothing to be a confident and controlled leader of a powerful government organization How much time has passed between her waking up and her turning into this bombshell in a suit We re told it s been several weeks and it s here that we arrive at the crux of the problem with the narrative we re told too much We re told everything We re not left to learn anything Practically overnight she turns from this terrified mouse whose every third thought is DO THEY KNOW MY SECRET to this confident administrator When her sister appears we re told suddenly that she is lonely and wants friends and family There s no buildup There s no sense of this given to the reader through dialogue and emotional description I had no idea this was coming We re told that she suddenly wants to be with friends and family just as we re told that she becomes confident in her new role These are just two examples of manyThis goes further than just the author hamfistedly handing us important facts about the characters as though we re moving our way down a checklist The book redefines what it means to infodump Nearly every chapter is interrupted by what is essentially an encyclopedia entry giving us the history of the character Myfanwy just met or the term she just encountered When it s not an infodump about a character it s a letter written by the pre amnesia Myfanwy telling the current Myfanwy some story that is rarely connected with the plot at hand and it s usually written in such exacting narrative detail that violates the nature of the epistolary format that these sections are written in Finally there are just so many parts of the plot that make ABSOLUTELY NO SENSE you re hunted by the same person who made you lose your memory and just Grassroots Innovation killed a bunch of your friends and you decide to go out clubbing and then the author spends four pages talking about how ruined her clothes were and her struggles to get her car back from a hotel garage In what world would this be even slightly logical An uneuivocally awful book Avoid unless you re looking for something forindling I tried to like this book I really did I have disliked so many books lately that I am afraid of becoming a book curmudgeon But this book deserved my dislike it ASKED for my dislike This book reads like the beloved project of the geeky high school junior who has been told by too many English teachers that he has talent and should be a WRITER What little action takes place does so between enormous wads of italic description You now how you ve read books in which a character finds letters left behind that help her figure out what s going on Imagine a suitcase full of letters Imagine a fictional world that is so weak and spindly it needs pages of explanation to eep it going Imagine an amnesiac taking the helm of a major international organization and nobody being the wiser Imagine high school humor masuerading as clever Imagine an interesting premise bludgeoned to death by its own ego Imagine yourself reading a different book I did and put this one down before the halfway point Gosh this is a bit negative isn t it Audio reread so I can carry on with the next book There are too many next books I need to get readI freaking loved this book I can t believe this was the author s first book It s got all Architecture and Utopia kinds of cray some ewww some funny parts Well I almost peed my pants at times but I digressMyfanwy Thomasnown as Rook
Thomas Wakes Up Notwakes up not who she is There are dead bodies all around There is a note in her pocket and lots of instructions and letters through out the book Rook Thomas has powers along with all inds of creatures do t Sale Alert Oct 13 2019 Kindle Deal for 399You ve woken up and are surrounded by a handful of dead people wearing gloves and have no idea who you are or how you got there But luckily there is a note and with this note and a few others you learn about a world you had no idea even existed Dear You note and a few others you learn about a world you had no idea even existed Dear You odds of your reading this are slim to none Who would choose uncertainty and vaguely worded warnings over a new life wealth and luxury I can only assume that were put under a massive amount of stress touched someone s skin and they were paralyzed Or blinded Or lost the ability to speak Or befouled themselves Or one of several other effects that I won t outline right now Well the good news is that at least you woke up awesome with some ind of superpower The bad news is that you now have to impersonate someone you have never met figure out what happened to you and who is probably trying to Prometheus Wired kill yousince whoever they are they don t seem to have any idea that you are no longer herConfusing Nah not really What it is IS a wonderful set up to a completely interesting idea Myfanwy the W is silent Thomas is going to pretend to be a member of a super secret government agency that deals with supernatural and paranormal situations and disturbances She is going to try and figure out who tried to have herilled and why just as soon as she figures out how to be Myfanwy ThomasI enjoyed a very large section of the story because I found it fascinating on uite a few levels But since I read this in a group there were varied opinions on the layout of the story and I will say that while it didn t bother me it did bother a few of them See there is a lot of infodumping But I m going to give it a pass because of the way it was presented Thomas wrote letters to herself after a psychic told her she would lose all her memories and in those is where we get a lot of history to the Checuy Her Majesty s Supernatural Secret Service and Thomas s position in it Not every letter ends up being pertinent to the story because how was Thomas supposed to now and sometimes I think it reads a lot like a journal of someone s day So while I liked this aspect of the story because of the extra details and such I think others got bored with it since some of it had nothing to do with the story I was completely entertained and so I will allow it For me this is a great blend of humor and Urban Fantasy Myfanwy is easy to like and I enjoyed even the times she is fumbling through her life Seeing this world around her as she discovers everything that you never new existed was a fantastic tale and I really wanted to get to the bottom of who on the inside is trying to bring it all down This should be a pleasant little interview All I have to do is put on my scary faceYou have a scary face Ingrid sounded skepticalYes said Myfanwy indignantly I have a very scary faceIngrid surveyed her for a moment You may wish to take off the cardigan then Rook Thomas she advised tactfully The flowers on the pocket detract somewhat from your menace SO IN CONCLUSION If you are looking for something with a solid premise the has some new takes on lore mythology and such and doesn t really have any romance looming in the wings than this might be for you I enjoyed all the extras we get from Thomas as she tried to lead her new self after the amnesia creates a new person in her body and I m pretty interested in seeing what becomes of Myfanwy in the future 299 Kindle sale July 14 2019 Loved it Review posted at wwwfantasyliteraturecomAs Daniel O Malley s supernatural thriller The Rook book one of THE CHECUY FILES begins Myfanwy Thomas comes to herself with complete amnesia She s standing in a London park at night Surrounding her is a ring of motionless bodies They are all wearing latex glovesMyfanwy rhymes with Tiffany finds two letters in her jacket pocket from her former self Dear You The body you are wearing used to be mine I m writing this letter for you to read in the future Myfanwy s former self was aware that in some way her brain was going to be magically wiped of all memorie Finally First great read of the year Admittedly that s because I m hoarding Days of Blood Starlight and The Girl Who Fell Beneath Fairyland and Led the Revels There like a survivalist with. The body you are wearing used to be mine So begins the letter Myfanwy Thomas is holding when she awakes in a London park surrounded by bodies all wearing latex gloves With no recollection of who she is Myfanwy must follow the instructions her former self left behind to discover her identity and track down the agents who want to destroy her She soon learns. .