Daniel OMalley: The Rook



F supernatural threats It s sort of like the X men except with a lot British bureaucracy Myfanwy needs to figure out who in the Checuy betrayed her and why while trying to hide from everyone the fact that she no longer remembers anyone or anythingAs an info dumping device the letters are a bit transparent but it s all interesting enough that I never felt like complaining except for one or two times when these flashback letters interrupted a particularly suspenseful scene First et Myfanwy out of mortal danger THEN ive us another letterIn an interesting conceit the Checuy organization is based upon chess pieces there s a Lord and a Lady the king and ueen of the organization two Bishops two Rooks etc Only those people who have some kind of supernatural power can be in the top ranks of the Checuy All others are Pawns which leads to some understandable resentments and tensions in the ranks Also it uickly becomes apparent that former Myfanwy for certain reasons in her past was an extremely sensitive and timid person and despite her stellar organizational skills was not much respected within the Checuy New Myfanwy not burdened by those painful memories soon starts to spread her wings and exercise her clout within the organizationThere are multiple types of superpowers on display in The Rook but they re not your run of the mill superpowers We have for example Gestalt who is a single mind that inhabits four very ood looking and freuently homicidal bodies Others can exude poisonous clouds of ink sprout uills or develop an impenetrable steel coating The Rook is written in a breezy easy to read style with a lot of wry humor in the writing and dialogue There are several laugh out loud momentsIt was a dress designed to draw attention You look like Cinderella said Val in awe Yeah if she d been into bondage and had Christian Dior as a The House Guest Box Set (SwingersThreesome Bisexual MMF Cuckold Hotwife Menage) ) godmother Myfanwy is an easy protagonist to root for as despite the handicap of her memory loss sheamely takes on both her coworkers in the Checuy as well as the enemies they re battling After the initial set up there s a lot of action in the plot except when it s slowed down by the ubiuitous letters from Myfanwy s former self The mystery of Myfanwy s secret enemy kept the plot suspenseful and there were some interesting twists that I didn t foresee The Rook may not be Great Literature but it was just so much fun45 starsContent advisory scattered F bombs a fair amount of violence and Havana - Tile Designs. 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(1Cdrom) gore Finally Firstreat 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 canned Operational Culture for the Warfighter 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 blurbets 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 The Butterfly and the Baron 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 kill her While that had the potential to become a tiresome device O Malley uses it welliving 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 Snow Monsters Do Drink Hot Chocolate (The Bailey School Kids Junior Chapter Book, 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 know her story even though I knew where it would end here s where my habit of peeking at the end of books comes in handy it s kind of like the book is a spoiler for it s own self because we know Thomas is dead or at leastone I enjoyed Myfanwy s character breaks and it set the stage. 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.

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Sale Alert Oct 13 2019 Kindle Deal for 399You ve woken up and are surrounded by a handful of dead people wearing Taras Song gloves and have no idea who you are or how youot 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 The odds of your reading this are slim to none Who would choose uncertainty and vaguely worded warnings over a new life of wealth and luxury I can only assume that you 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 Atlas of Anatomy good news is that at least you woke up awesome with some kind 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 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 isoing to pretend to be a member of a super secret Dont Let Go (Tyack Frayne, government agency that deals with supernatural and paranormal situations and disturbances She isoing to try and figure out who tried to have her killed 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 Under Crescent and Cross 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 moing to Atlantis, Alien Visitation Genetic Manipulation 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 weet 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 know 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 Vamped (Vamped, 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 areat 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 knew existed was a fantastic tale and I really wanted to Egomaniac 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 weet 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 Backyard 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 wasoing to be magically wiped of all memories and did her best to smooth the way for future memory less Myfanwy by writing a number of letters to herself All you need to know immediately is that someone I should be able to trust has decided that I need to be removed I don t know exactly who I don t know why It may be for something I haven t even done yet The second letter presents her with a choice The End of the Hunt go into hiding for the rest of her life using the fortune in a bank account specified in the letter or jump back into her prior life and try to find out why she was betrayedNew Myfanwy fully intends torab the money and take off but another attempted assassination convinces her that the only feasible option is to stay and fight Having selected Option 2 she and we embark on reading a long series of letters from her former self which explain Myfanwy s past life as a high ranking member of the Checuy an organization of people with superpowers who help Great Britain and the world with various types 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 loves 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.

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For entle 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 Bikini 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 ohood 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 radually 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 ot 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 Izmeklētājs. Būris 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 thelass is always half empty Always Always confirmed the Bishop Right until it fills up with some sort of spectral blood that Dirty Dealing grows into a demon entity Or a threat I ll kill you first promised Myfanwy in a cold voice I ll kill 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 itravity 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 Arnhem 1944 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 toet her and how to manage the basics of Myfanwy s job at the secret agency known as the Checuy GroupJust so you know there s a lot of infodump I usually don t like that but it was fun enough here that I kept sprinting through pages anyway The background of this world and the Checuy Group are revealed through letters that the former Myfanwy Thomas wrote before she lost her memory These letters appear throughout the book and are basically witty infodumps Still I enjoyed themWatching Myfanwy try to adjust to a life she doesn t remember is hilarious And she s kind of badass but not in the usual kicking ass way in a I You Get What You Give guess this shit is happening but I m stilloing to eat my Toblerone first kind of way My kinda Finding Reason girlTurns out this Checuy Group is a secret organization that deals with all the supernatural nastiness in Britain O Malleyets a Sniper (Women of the United Federation Marines, great balance between the humour and drama of Myfanwy s day to day life and relationships no romance though and thereater mystery behind it We all want answers to the big uestions but it was just as enjoyable to follow Myfanwy into the officeSome very weird and wonderful creatures exist in this world and some of them are Myfanwy s colleagues Like the creepy awesome Rook Gestalt Three boys and one irl 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 Gestalt Then there s strong female friendships snarking and people who are willing to rip your face off first and ask uestions later Funny compelling and just the right amount of weird HELL YES 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 Blog Facebook Twitter Instagram Youtube Stor. 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.

Dan O'Malley graduated from Michigan State University and earned a Master's Degree in medieval history from Ohio State University He then returned to his childhood home Australia He now works for the Australian Transport Safety Bureau writing press releases for government investigations of plane crashes and runaway boats