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**READ AN EXCLUSIVE FREE PREVIEW OF THE NEW THRILLER FROM THE NUMBER ONE BESTSELLING AUTHOR OF THE HARRY HOLE SERIES** **AVAILABLE FOR PRE-ORDER NOW** Jo Nesbo is back with a tense and atmospheric thriller about two brothers bound together by dark secrets. When Roy and Carl's parents die suddenly, sixteen-year-old Roy is left as protector to his impulsive younger brother. But **READ AN EXCLUSIVE FREE PREVIEW OF THE NEW THRILLER FROM THE NUMBER ONE BESTSELLING AUTHOR OF THE HARRY HOLE SERIES** **AVAILABLE FOR PRE-ORDER NOW** Jo Nesbo is back with a tense and atmospheric thriller about two brothers bound together by dark secrets. When Roy and Carl's parents die suddenly, sixteen-year-old Roy is left as protector to his impulsive younger brother. But when Carl decides to travel the world in search of his fortune, Roy stays behind in their sleepy village, satisfied with his peaceful life as a mechanic. Some years later, Carl returns with his charismatic new wife, Shannon - an architect. They are full of exciting plans to build a spa hotel on their family land. Carl wants not only to make the brothers rich but the rest of the village, too. It's only a matter of time before what begins as a jubilant homecoming sparks off a series of events that threaten to derail everything Roy holds dear, as long-buried family secrets begin to rise to the surface... The Kingdom is a simmering and complex thriller full of unexpected twists, devastating family legacies and an ever growing body count. 'The latest stand-alone from the chronicler of Inspector Harry Hole puts all the murky, violent twists on brotherly love that you'd expect from this leading exponent of Nordic noir...The illusions of a family and its close-knit town constructed and demolished on a truly epic scale' Kirkus Reviews (Starred Review)


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**READ AN EXCLUSIVE FREE PREVIEW OF THE NEW THRILLER FROM THE NUMBER ONE BESTSELLING AUTHOR OF THE HARRY HOLE SERIES** **AVAILABLE FOR PRE-ORDER NOW** Jo Nesbo is back with a tense and atmospheric thriller about two brothers bound together by dark secrets. When Roy and Carl's parents die suddenly, sixteen-year-old Roy is left as protector to his impulsive younger brother. But **READ AN EXCLUSIVE FREE PREVIEW OF THE NEW THRILLER FROM THE NUMBER ONE BESTSELLING AUTHOR OF THE HARRY HOLE SERIES** **AVAILABLE FOR PRE-ORDER NOW** Jo Nesbo is back with a tense and atmospheric thriller about two brothers bound together by dark secrets. When Roy and Carl's parents die suddenly, sixteen-year-old Roy is left as protector to his impulsive younger brother. But when Carl decides to travel the world in search of his fortune, Roy stays behind in their sleepy village, satisfied with his peaceful life as a mechanic. Some years later, Carl returns with his charismatic new wife, Shannon - an architect. They are full of exciting plans to build a spa hotel on their family land. Carl wants not only to make the brothers rich but the rest of the village, too. It's only a matter of time before what begins as a jubilant homecoming sparks off a series of events that threaten to derail everything Roy holds dear, as long-buried family secrets begin to rise to the surface... The Kingdom is a simmering and complex thriller full of unexpected twists, devastating family legacies and an ever growing body count. 'The latest stand-alone from the chronicler of Inspector Harry Hole puts all the murky, violent twists on brotherly love that you'd expect from this leading exponent of Nordic noir...The illusions of a family and its close-knit town constructed and demolished on a truly epic scale' Kirkus Reviews (Starred Review)

30 review for New Jo Nesbo Thriller: The Kingdom Free Ebook Sampler

  1. 4 out of 5

    Richard

    This is a long book in terms of pages. Promises much but as a stand-alone it is also a challenge to get into rather than that familiar series with a trusted and much loved character. Firstly, I love the pace. This steady build up, gently setting the scene in this wonderful location of a mountain wilderness homestead. Two brothers inherited the ‘farm’ when their parents died suddenly. Roy stayed on while Carl went abroad to find his way. Not that the land pays its way; it is more the lifestyle it a This is a long book in terms of pages. Promises much but as a stand-alone it is also a challenge to get into rather than that familiar series with a trusted and much loved character. Firstly, I love the pace. This steady build up, gently setting the scene in this wonderful location of a mountain wilderness homestead. Two brothers inherited the ‘farm’ when their parents died suddenly. Roy stayed on while Carl went abroad to find his way. Not that the land pays its way; it is more the lifestyle it allows; like frontier pioneers. Their father called this place ‘The Kingdom’. Roy is a thinker and a longer. Carl is a dreamer and a socialite. Carl returns home after 15 years and throws a party, the townsfolk attend and hug and chat with Carl like old buddies. Roy runs the town’s service station and at best, folk shake his hand. 3 things have the potential to change the status quo. 1. There is talk that a by-pass will finally be built, isolating the community and leaving it effectively cut off from the stream of traffic and visitors the road brings. 2. Carl returns home with plans to build a hotel, spa and cabin accommodation on the family’s land. Bringing the town new sources of income. To raise capital he wants to float a mutual share scheme where all the citizens of the local town have the chance to invest their money, share the profits and losses. 3. Some mystery surrounds the car accident that cost the boys their parents. The sheriff now believes the recovery of the wreak and bodies is now viable and plans to begin the salvage operation. All three plans have the potential to change Roy’s life and have ramifications for the wider population. Why as this sample concludes, (End of Part 1) are we left with the feeling the third action may bring “The Kingdom” crashing down? Certainly it seems to be troubling Roy the most or is this misdirection? Unresolved relationships and bitter family feuds seem to lie beneath this settled township and pleasant neighbourhood The book is primed and ready as a thriller to explode and I can’t wait to read it to the very end.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Mike

    As often happens with authors who write a standalone novel after producing numerous books with the one character, there are frequently disappointed readers. Whilst it may not be Harry Hole, it is a must-read dark tale of gritty substance. Two brothers in Norway reunite after a dozen years, which is a precursor to monumental change for the small village in the mountains. Family history and events cannot continue to hide truths as the impending change reveals disturbing facts about previous accide As often happens with authors who write a standalone novel after producing numerous books with the one character, there are frequently disappointed readers. Whilst it may not be Harry Hole, it is a must-read dark tale of gritty substance. Two brothers in Norway reunite after a dozen years, which is a precursor to monumental change for the small village in the mountains. Family history and events cannot continue to hide truths as the impending change reveals disturbing facts about previous accidents and the unbreakable bond of brothers. Jo Nesbo’s Kingdom is an engrossing tale with some distressing disclosures with an atmospheric tension that makes it difficult to put down. A slow burner hard crime page turner of a Scandinavian noire, with a five-star rating.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Joseph Bowers

    I had read a couple of his books before and wasn't impressed, but the reviews of this one were so effusive, I thought I would give it a chance. I didn't find any of the suspense or thrills I was looking for. The book just seemed to be about two brothers. One who is searching for a get rich quick scheme and the other who will do anything to protect his sibling including killing people who interfer. The two live in an insular community full of people who all have their own agendas and will do anyt I had read a couple of his books before and wasn't impressed, but the reviews of this one were so effusive, I thought I would give it a chance. I didn't find any of the suspense or thrills I was looking for. The book just seemed to be about two brothers. One who is searching for a get rich quick scheme and the other who will do anything to protect his sibling including killing people who interfer. The two live in an insular community full of people who all have their own agendas and will do anything they can to achieve their goals no matter who they hurt. And none of them take any responsibility for the messes they get themselves into. No exciting revelations, just a lot of jealous greedy people out to hurt each other.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Ronald Watson

    I really enjoyed this book. I've read all the author's Harry Hole books with enjoyment, but this was a class above them. The book has a slow pace and much of it seems to document a rather humdrum situation of country folk living on a mountain top. But gradually little dollops of menace are skillfully inserted by the author and we begin to realise all is not as it seems. In fact it's a horror show. I would say it's not just a "thriller" - it's literature. I really enjoyed this book. I've read all the author's Harry Hole books with enjoyment, but this was a class above them. The book has a slow pace and much of it seems to document a rather humdrum situation of country folk living on a mountain top. But gradually little dollops of menace are skillfully inserted by the author and we begin to realise all is not as it seems. In fact it's a horror show. I would say it's not just a "thriller" - it's literature.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Michael Bellamy

    An intriguing long story of murder, cover-up and betrayal. Roy is a cool calculating killer but I found myself wanting him to get away with it. Big brother Roy " only" kills four people directly but also clears up after at least two people killed by his brother. All Roy wants to do is own his own service station but then becomes involved with his brother's grandiose plans and his sister-in-law. Roy plans to move away, but his brother keeps dragging him back into the " deadly" kingdom. Can he con An intriguing long story of murder, cover-up and betrayal. Roy is a cool calculating killer but I found myself wanting him to get away with it. Big brother Roy " only" kills four people directly but also clears up after at least two people killed by his brother. All Roy wants to do is own his own service station but then becomes involved with his brother's grandiose plans and his sister-in-law. Roy plans to move away, but his brother keeps dragging him back into the " deadly" kingdom. Can he continue to protect his younger brother and stay ahead of the dogged sheriff ?

  6. 4 out of 5

    Martin Blakebrough

    Family tragedy with Shakespearian undertones makes for a great read. This book asks lots of questions about loyalty and what is important in relationships. There is always an undertone of menace but the characters are vivid. The book works as it is kept simple with relatively few characters all good f who are flawed.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Judy Eaton

    I have loved the Harry Hole books, and Nesbo's writing for years. His comments on music, movies and books in the course of his stories delight me, too. This book was different, but had some of those references. The book was unusual in that in the end, the characters were ALL unlikable! What a tale!! Corruption, sex, family loyalty and violence in a small Norwegian mountain town.. I have loved the Harry Hole books, and Nesbo's writing for years. His comments on music, movies and books in the course of his stories delight me, too. This book was different, but had some of those references. The book was unusual in that in the end, the characters were ALL unlikable! What a tale!! Corruption, sex, family loyalty and violence in a small Norwegian mountain town..

  8. 5 out of 5

    Studvet

    A 4.5. Loved it as so different and complex. Engrossing. A half off as virtually no redeeming factors for anybody and I felt I was in a world of psychopaths. So a bit OTT in that way. Otherwise great characters.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Debra

    This was not what I expected from a Jo Nesbo book. But like the others has me doing a lot of thinking after the fact. Two brothers and a terrible father use their co-dependency to right wrong that may ruin their plans.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Carol

    I wasn’t expecting a thriller but I do like Jo Nesbos writing. I found the book dark with unlikable self centred characters, the end it just became an unpleasant read. I ended up skimming the last couple of chapters to finish it then gave the book away.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Liv

    There's so many layers to this book, lies and most importantly truths. The importance of family coursing through the narrative bonds you with the protagonist. You share their blood word for word. This book teaches you of unconditional love, and it's ugly. There's so many layers to this book, lies and most importantly truths. The importance of family coursing through the narrative bonds you with the protagonist. You share their blood word for word. This book teaches you of unconditional love, and it's ugly.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Jane Walker

    3 1/2 stars

  13. 5 out of 5

    Munish

    I wanted this book to be so much more than it was. Love all the other Jo Nesbo stuff, but could not get into this one.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Yazeed Mujahed

    A good book, but a long one. Not the best of jo nesbo

  15. 5 out of 5

    Mmfniteowl

    Great book. Read over 500 pages in three days(nights). Just a good read for cold, winter, dreary days.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Bryan Schmidt

    Very good book. Not as macabre as is usual with Jo Nesbo. Very good plot but does get ' wordy' at times. Talk about dysfunctional families!! Very good book. Not as macabre as is usual with Jo Nesbo. Very good plot but does get ' wordy' at times. Talk about dysfunctional families!!

  17. 5 out of 5

    Owen Mattias Manuel

    Not as good as the Harry Hole thrillers but still gripping and unique storyline.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Jennifer Bennett

    Took so lying to get into that I almost gave up. Not one of his best.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Daleen Botha

    I

  20. 5 out of 5

    David

    Yes it is clever and well written but the plot is very dark and twisted with an evil protagonist, and the book is far too long. My Scandinavian ancestors may have enjoyed it, but I didn't. Yes it is clever and well written but the plot is very dark and twisted with an evil protagonist, and the book is far too long. My Scandinavian ancestors may have enjoyed it, but I didn't.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Susan Lawrence

    Very good read. Would make a great scandi series

  22. 5 out of 5

    Karen L48

    Did not finish

  23. 4 out of 5

    Regi Harris

    Super great book!

  24. 4 out of 5

    Brian Harris

    Bit disappointed after all the Jo Nesbo hype. Will try a Harry Hole book

  25. 4 out of 5

    Margaret Parker

    The best Jo Nebo yet

  26. 5 out of 5

    Helena Bosnjak

    I am a huge fan of Nesbø and have read all of his novels so far, and I can say I am bit disappointed with this one. It's too much of everything. I can't say it's not worth reading, it's just not A+. I am a huge fan of Nesbø and have read all of his novels so far, and I can say I am bit disappointed with this one. It's too much of everything. I can't say it's not worth reading, it's just not A+.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Mary Rounds

    Astoundingly good book! One of his best.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Helen Kettle

    Really enjoyed this! My first jo nesbo book. Well written, interesting characters. I didn't like the ending though! Really enjoyed this! My first jo nesbo book. Well written, interesting characters. I didn't like the ending though!

  29. 5 out of 5

    Bessie

    I enjoyed the Harry Hole books but this one is very boring - a thick book with not much going on.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Chris Salayka

    So far maybe a 3. Characters are not likeable but that is not the main reason for being lukewarm about this Nesbo. Hard to explain but seems like he is working hard to make a story. Perhaps it is also comparing the quality of this story to Phillip Pullman's 'His Dark Material.' Perhaps it is covid which makes one long for a better world. Nothing good about the world The Kingdom is set in. So far maybe a 3. Characters are not likeable but that is not the main reason for being lukewarm about this Nesbo. Hard to explain but seems like he is working hard to make a story. Perhaps it is also comparing the quality of this story to Phillip Pullman's 'His Dark Material.' Perhaps it is covid which makes one long for a better world. Nothing good about the world The Kingdom is set in.

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