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4.22 out of 54.22 out of 54.22 out of 54.22 out of 54.22 out of 5 4.22 (18 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Stephen Leather Narrator: Ralph Lister Publisher: Brilliance Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Jack Nightingale Series Release Date: November 2012 ISBN: 9781455868254
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The last case of police negotiator Jack Nightingale’s career ended in the death of nine-year-old Sophie Underwood. Since then, he’s saved his own soul from the devil...but now he is haunted by Sophie’s cries for help. When the police drag him to the hospital to meet a supposedly comatose gangbanger who keeps saying Jack’s name, Nightingale realizes that this is Sophie’s desperate attempt to reach him from beyond the grave. Sophie needs Jack, and to save her, he’ll have to face the police, south London gangs, and hell itself — again.

A riveting climax to the Nightingale trilogy, Nightmare is a freight train of action and suspense that pits eternal damnation against the indomitable will of the human soul.

“Authentic...tersely written...exciting stuff with plenty of heart-palpitating action gingered up by mystery and intrigue...” — Daily Mail

“Leather is in the top rank of thriller writers.” — Jack Higgins, New York Times bestselling author

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  • “Written with panache, and a fine ear for dialogue, Leather manages the collision between the real and the occult with exceptional skill, adding a superb time-shift twist at the end.”

    Daily Mail (London)

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ryan | 2/14/2014

    " It was a satisfactory ending to the trilogy. It didn't quite go where I wanted it to go, but a good read nonetheless. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Michael Wasmuth | 2/10/2014

    " Stephen leather has took super-natural to a whole different level, its gripping slightly edgy but i could put it down have to read from the 1st book to truly understand the story AMAZING!! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Diane | 2/8/2014

    " I guessed the ending after reading the first two books, but was still pleased to get the finale and see it through. There were resolutions that could have been really stunning, so in a way this was a bit of a letdown, but overall I found the series wrap-up to be a very good read. The possibilities I thought of would have made the story arc much heavier and perhaps too philosophical. In the first book, Jack Nightingale witnesses the suicide of a young girl. He gets caught up in a series of supernatural events as his life apparently spins out of control. In the second book, these events continue, but just as he thinks he can get back to real life, that little girl returns to haunt him - literally. His final adventure is to see if there is some way to save her, even from beyond the grave. I don't have strong feelings for the protagonist; in the first book, he appeared to be a slacker with a blunted affect. In the second book, he began to develop in a more appealing way, but still wasn't anyone I really cared about. I can't say that he gets better in the third book, but it's a very interesting story and does have a fair amount of suspense. Towards the end, the pace and plot get rather dizzying, but overall I thought it was a fitting conclusion to the series. There is a slight sense of open-endedness, but I'd rather not see the series continue, because the characters didn't hold me. The story arc did, and that is over. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Debbie | 1/9/2014

    " Enjoyed this book v much. Didn't disappoint. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tim Pond | 1/8/2014

    " absolutely gripping...hard to put down...highly recommended.some chilling moments! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sharblynn | 1/4/2014

    " Not sure if I liked the ending, but it did fit the storyline from the previous two novels. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lisa-jane | 12/27/2013

    " a definate must read series. i couldn't put it down! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Antonia Jackson | 12/26/2013

    " Very good, fast paced thriller! The ending was well justified, as good.prevailed over evil. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ellen | 12/15/2013

    " Beyond excellent. The entire Jack Nightingale trilogy is highly recommended. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Tharina | 12/2/2013

    " A book about active Satanists. What bothers, and REALLY bothers me, is: if you are plagued by spells and stuff from Satanists, why do the "hero" turn to the dark side for answers? If he believes in the dark side, he must acknowledge the "light". TURN TO THE LIGHT YOU BLOODY IDIOT!! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Thewitchescat | 11/17/2013

    " Can't wait for Jack #4 "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Darren Keighley | 9/22/2013

    " As addictive as the first two & highly recommended. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 George | 9/21/2013

    " as usual,another excellent nightingale story..despite of some excessive description of so many unwanted details here and there , it was a very good read...fast,action packed...jack's character is a lovable one . in the end the author leaves you wanting more....plz! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Maggie Wilson | 8/27/2013

    " This is the first Stephen Leather that I have read and will now be catching up reading his other work. No plot spoliers here as this book just needs to be read! Safe to say, it certainly is a Nightmare for Jack Nightingale! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Finn | 8/10/2013

    " Holy moly, this series is so creepy. I could read the books only during the day or with someone sitting beside me at night. That's how scary it is. And Jack Nightingale is so cool:) "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Valerie Smith | 8/9/2013

    " Afraid I gave up halfway through, couldn't even be bothered to skip to the end to see what happened. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Paul | 4/9/2013

    " Son of a satanist, soul sold by father, saving the world(ish). Enough said...I'm in! Best of the three 'Jack Nightingale' books so far. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Quintus Giliomee | 2/3/2013

    " Loved it, didn't want the series to stop, but a satisfying end! "

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About the Author
Author Stephen Leather

Stephen Leather was a journalist for more than ten years on newspapers such as The Times, the Daily Mail, and the South China Morning Post in Hong Kong. Before that, he was employed as a biochemist for ICI, shoveled limestone in a quarry, worked as a baker, a gas station attendant, a bartender, and held a position with the Inland Revenue. He began writing full-time in 1992 and his bestsellers have been translated into more than ten languages. He has also written for television shows such as London’s Burning, The Knock, and the BBC’s Murder in Mind series. 

About the Narrator

Ralph Lister is an actor, voice talent, and winner of three AudioFile Earphones Awards. He spent fifteen years in London theater before moving to the United States to focus on film and television. He has held numerous roles in Shakespearean and modern dramas, as well as starring roles in independent films. His voice and character work can be heard in Disney’s Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl and 13 Going On 30.