The Rook

The Rook

A Novel

Book - 2012
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Myfanwy Thomas awakes in a London park surrounded by dead bodies. With her memory gone, her only hope of survival is to trust the instructions left in her pocket by her former self. She quickly learns that she is a Rook, a high-level operative in a secret agency that protects the world from supernatural threats. But there is a mole inside the organization and this person wants her dead.

As Myfanwy battles to save herself, she encounters a person with four bodies, a woman who can enter her dreams, children transformed into deadly fighters, and an unimaginably vast conspiracy. Suspenseful and hilarious, THE ROOK is an outrageously inventive debut for readers who like their espionage with a dollop of purple slime.
Publisher: New York : Back Bay Books, [2012]
Edition: 1st Back Bay pbk. ed
Copyright Date: ©2012
ISBN: 9780316098809
Branch Call Number: FIC OMALL D

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CMLReads_Kristin Jun 20, 2017

This will appeal to fans of Dr. Who and/or Jasper Fforde's Tuesday Next titles. Fast paced, funny, supernatural, and British!

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ErikaCh
Feb 26, 2017

I wasn't able to finish the book. I only made it to 200 pages and so. The setting is interesting with this mysterious superpower cope agency. That the main character had amenasia but still able to follow back to her "normal" life is quite fascinating. My problem with the book is that the story is way too slow with loads of unnessisary details packed in the lines. The letters olk myfanny wrote to the new one was long and tedious, which also seems really unrealistic to me. The story was also full of quite wierd mental activity of Myfanny. The character was constantly comparing herself with other person for the appearance. Overall, I like the idea of the story but the type of writing is not my cup of tea.

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ssmartin7
Nov 21, 2016

At first I wasn't sure I was going to like this since I generally like hard SF much better than fantasy but the way this book uses the main character's total amnesia is so amazingly original, funny and at times heartbreaking meant that the occasionally over the top fantastical parts never bothered me.

SFPL_danielay Oct 31, 2016

Complete memory loss has never been more fun. Myfanwy Thomas wakes up in a park surrounded by dead bodies and no idea of who she is or what happened. Luckily she has letters from her former self to guide her as she tries to uncover who wiped her memory without anybody finding out about it - not a small feat when you are a high official in a secret supernatural government agency charged with protecting the country.

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Rubicat
Aug 16, 2016

I am not usually a fan of conspiracy theory stories, I really liked this story. I loved the slow building of Myfanwy's knowledge of her life & memory. A remarkable story, unlike anything I've read before. The characters were well filled out for the most part. In short, I am now a fan and will search out more O'Malley works.

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 there but she does find a note in her coat pocket telling her the body she inhabits is hers now and she is in danger.
Filled with fantastic writing, humor, conspiracies, action and adventure The Rook is one of my favorite books and I'm really looking forward to book 2 due out late 2016.

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Cal_Cifer
Mar 16, 2016

I really enjoyed this book.

Myfanwy Thomas (pronounced as Miffany, like Tiffany) is a supernatural secret agent working for a classified organization that deals with the abnormal, supernatural, and the paranormal.

One day, she wakes up in the middle of a park with dead bodies around her. She reaches out into her pocket and finds a letter that says: "Dear you, that body you are wearing used to be mine."

Anyone who likes conspiracies, supernatural creatures, magical powers, and a little bit of humor I highly recommend you read this book!

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Rav3nclaw
Feb 08, 2016

This book was a lot of fun to read. It took a few chapters for it to pick up but once you begin to understand this world, you will wish you were a part of it.

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rahmmie
Aug 12, 2015

I normally don't read this genre but the subject matter of this particular book appealed to me. I thought it was very interesting and a lot of fun. Definitely enjoyed reading this book

JCLJoshN Aug 01, 2015

I absolutely adore this book! Clever, witty people with uncanny powers involved in weird conspiracies? What's not to love?

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

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