The Rook

The Rook

Book - 2012
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A high-ranking member of a secret organization that battles supernatural forces wakes up in a London park with no memory, no idea who she is, and with a letter that provides instructions to help her uncover a far-reaching conspiracy.
Publisher: Sydney : 2012. HarperCollins,
ISBN: 9780732295394
Branch Call Number: AF O'MAL

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LoganLib_Bryony Jun 03, 2016

Amnesia!
Secret government society!
Supernatural powers!
Supernatural monsters!
The Rook has it all!
Written by Australian author Daniel O'Malley, The Rook begins with Myfanwy Thomas waking in a park surrounded by dead men all wearing latex gloves. She has no idea who she is or how she got t... Read More »


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Tigard_AnnmarieA Jul 09, 2019

A very fun, tongue-in-cheek, suspenseful novel about a British woman who comes to consciousness in a deserted park, who realizes she has no memory, and is surrounded by corpses wearing latex gloves. The novel has a bit of superhero flavor harnessed to James Bond action adventure. She finds a note ostensibly from herself before memory loss warning her of danger from unknown foes, and eventually finds she has supernatural abilities and works for a secret organization fighting supernaturals on behalf of the British government.

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Number10Horse
May 26, 2019

I love, love, LOVE this book! It is a great read, one that I pick up at least once a year. Daniel O'Malley is excellent at creating characters, atmosphere, suspense, and action. I recommend it.

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WoodneathReads
Sep 21, 2018

"The body you are wearing used to be mine." So reads the letter Myfanwy Thomas discovers in her pocket when she wakes up surrounded by a circle of dead bodies wearing latex gloves.
From the first line, this book drew me in with its intriguing premise (Myfanwy works at the British equivalent of the CIA - but for magic!) and snarky heroine. It reads a bit like Harry Potter for adults, if Harry was a mid-level bureaucrat who periodically had to deal with issues like a house full of man-eating purple fungus in Bath. --Rachel (See more of my picks by following WoodneathRachel)

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Aug 18, 2018

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WoodneathRachel
Jul 07, 2018

"The body you are wearing used to be mine." So reads the letter Myfanwy Thomas discovers in her pocket when she wakes up surrounded by a circle of dead bodies wearing latex gloves.
From the first line, this book drew me in with its intriguing premise (Myfanwy works at the British equivalent of the CIA - but for magic!) and snarky heroine. It reads a bit like Harry Potter for adults, if Harry was a mid-level bureaucrat who periodically had to deal with issues like a house full of man-eating purple fungus in Bath.

katbee Jul 06, 2018

This is an awesome mystery adventure story. It made me think of Nightvale because of all the crazy random things happening. I can't wait to read the next one. The narrator for the audiobook is amazing.

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chunsicker
Jun 21, 2018

One of the most unique stories I've ever read, O'Malley has written a wildly entertaining tale of the paranormal. Myfawny Thomas' journey from timid amnesiac to powerful Rook is filled with suspense and a very colorful cast of supporting characters. From a being who controls 3 bodies simultaneously with one brain to a man who can contort his body into almost any shape, this book offers both humor and suspense to go along with an engaging story

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catherineband
Jun 20, 2018

This was just a super fun read! The characters are colorful (think of Myfanwy's journal as a character itself!), and the book doesn't take itself too seriously. It's funny (actually funny!), a bit ridiculous, and this might not seem to make sense, but it comes together so well. It's a little supernatural, weird spy thriller, part comedy. I really enjoyed reading this, and look forward to more from this author!

JCLMaryanaK Jun 05, 2018

'The Bourne Identity' meets 'X-Men'

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ScorchingSun
Apr 22, 2018

Far out and imaginative. A real magical treat to read.

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Jul 30, 2015

"...observing the unbelievably magical amazingness of the United Kingdom's only oracular duck."

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