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Author: Daniel O’Malley Narrator: Susan Duerden Publisher: Hachette Book Group Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Series: The Rook Files Release Date: February 2012 ISBN: 9781619693623
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A quick-witted, genre-bending, and wildly imaginative thriller about the secret organization keeping England--and the world--safe from supernatural threats (one staff meeting at a time).


"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 that she is a Rook, a high-ranking member of a secret organization called the Chequy 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 quest to uncover which member of the Chequy betrayed her and why, Myfanwy encounters a person with four bodies, an aristocratic woman who can enter her dreams, a secret training facility where children are transformed into deadly fighters, and a conspiracy more vast than she ever could have imagined.

Filled 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 writer.
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Quotes & Awards

  • “Utterly convincing and engrossing—totally thought through and frequently hilarious. The writing is confident and fully fledged. Even this aging, jaded, attention-deficit-disordered critic was blown away.”

    Lev Grossman, #1 New York Times bestselling author

  • “Exquisitely clever, inventive, and entertaining.”

    Barnes & Noble, editorial review

  • “O’Malley’s impressive debut [is] a supernatural detective thriller distinguished by its adept use of humor…Dry wit, surprising reversals of fortune, and a clever if offbeat plot make this a winner. Dr. Who fans will find a lot to like.”

    Publishers Weekly (starred review)

  • “The pace never lets up in this entertaining high-action read…O’Malley has fashioned a near-perfect supernatural thriller. The heroine is appealing, the villains all monsters or freaks, and something unexpected happens on almost every page. Don’t start this book unless you’ve got lots of time, because you won’t want to put it down. It’s that good.”

    Library Journal

  • “Adroitly straddles the thin line between fantasy, thriller, and spoof…O’Malley is a nimble writer, effortlessly leaping back and forth between comedy and action.”

    Booklist

  • “Peppered with sly humor, referential social commentary, and the ironic, double-layered self-awareness that will have genre fans believing Buffy the Vampire Slayer has joined Ghostbusters.”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • Winner of the 2012 Aurealis Award for Best Science Fiction Novel

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jackie | 2/10/2014

    " Definitely strange and maybe a tad long-winded in places but it was amazingly creative and really funny at times. It was a nice departure from the more girly things I've been ready lately. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 anguinea | 2/3/2014

    " Fun book along the clever humor along the lines of Eoin Colfer's Artemis Fowl or Douglas Adams. I liked it a lot! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Michael | 2/3/2014

    " Story about a Secret British Agency that protects the world from the supernatural. I enjoyed it and I felt that while the idea of a secret agency protecting us from the supernatural seems cliched, this book was extremely fresh and original. The supernatural threats were some I have never seen before. The super powers that the good and the bad guys have are also very original. Hopefully this becomes a BBC TV show. "

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    " Awesome. Very well written. Waiting for the second one! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rob | 1/24/2014

    " Really enjoyed this book. I would say it's kind of like Harry Potter on steroids. Highly recommend. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Thomas | 1/23/2014

    " Kind of a slow, confusing start but it gelled nicely as it went along. British paranormal fiction, with a nice feminine slant. Nice stuff. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jenn | 1/18/2014

    " Please, please, please, please, PLEASE let the author write a sequel! I LOVED this book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Keith | 1/15/2014

    " Supernatural secret service mystery set in UK. A little formulaic but I had to know what happened... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rekesh | 12/26/2013

    " The narrative in this book pulls you in and then keeps you there. I was hoping to read this book on my commute to and from work, but that resolve quickly faded. Excellent modern fantasy. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Paul | 12/25/2013

    " This was a fantastic read that was difficult to put down. The characters, plot, and world were engaging and I look forward stories in this universe. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Scott | 12/25/2013

    " Really enjoyed this one a lot. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Erica | 11/23/2013

    " What a story! I was initially a little skeptical, but the characters and plot quickly got under my skin (pun totally intended). I wish there were a sequel so I know how the merger goes. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Suzanne | 8/2/2013

    " I adore this book. It was amusing and the characters were wonderful. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jake | 7/20/2013

    " This book goes fun to boring quickly and it keeps doing that over and over and over. I found my mind wondering all over the place while trying to read this. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Marta | 6/19/2013

    " I did not finish the book. It sounded like it was going to be good, but I was partly bored and partly confused. I need to connect with a character and I did not in this book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Catherine | 4/8/2013

    " Thoroughly enjoyable action story. A little too much "before I kill you at the end of the story, I will tell you all about my evil plan". But still, quite a fun read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sarah | 3/23/2013

    " This was a really good book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jessica | 12/9/2012

    " So far it's different. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tiffany | 10/11/2012

    " This book was odd to me. Interesting and not really my style as it's more about monsters and sci fi then Im used to. Overall it was ok if you're into that genre. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Michelle | 9/21/2012

    " I really enjoyed this book, however there is quite a bit of swearing in it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Donna | 9/7/2012

    " I found that two thirds of the book held my interest with hopes for exciting twists and turns ... However, from that point on it became disappointing. "

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    " An intriguing and fun read. This was a self-chosen Christmas present and made a great holiday read. "

About the Author

Author Daniel O’Malley

Daniel 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.

About the Narrator

Susan Duerden is an actress and an Earphones Award–winning audiobook narrator. Her reading of The Tiger’s Wife by Téa Obreht earned her an AudioFile Best Voice Award and a Booklist Editors’ Choice Award. She has won ten AudioFile Earphones Awards. Here career spans film, television, theater, voice-overs, and animation. She has played critically acclaimed and award-winning theatrical roles on London’s West End and Off Broadway; acted in the features Lovewrecked and Flushed Away; and held a recurring role on ABC’s Lost.