The Prisoner of Heaven

The Prisoner of Heaven

A Novel

eBook - 2012
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Barcelona, 1957. It is Christmas, and Daniel Sempere and his wife, Bea, have much to celebrate. They have a beautiful new baby son named Julián, and their close friend Fermín Romero de Torres is about to be wed. But their joy is eclipsed when a mysterious stranger visits the Sempere bookshop and threatens to divulge a terrible secret that has been buried for two decades in the city's dark past. His appearance plunges Fermín and Daniel into a dangerous adventure that will take them back to the 1940s and the early days of Franco's dictatorship. The terrifying events of that time launch them on a search for the truth that will put into peril everything they love, and will ultimately transform their lives.
Publisher: Toronto : HarperCollins, 2012.
ISBN: 9781443413817
Branch Call Number: E-BOOK
Characteristics: 1 online resource (278 pages)
Alternative Title: Prisionero del cielo. English


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Feb 26, 2020

Though I could sense there were tangential connections among this series of books by Ruiz Zafón, I didn't realize upon previous completion of book two that the plots of all four would be so unexpectedly intertwined. Comparatively brief, 'The Prison of Heaven' focuses on Fermín's surprising and horrifying back story as a political prisoner under Franco's regime, and reveals his connection to the Sempere family. Well done -- I enjoyed it and look forward to the series conclusion, 'The Labyrinth of the Spirits.'

PimaLib_ChristineR Nov 13, 2018

Zafon once again proves himself the master of atmospheric writing. Not really suspense, not quite mystery, not just historical fiction, these books have a dark mysterious quality to them that always draws me in. Again we visit a world of secrets; this time Fermin's. Fermin is about to be married to Bernarda but he has no identification. He finally tells Daniel more of his history, so a good chunk of the novel is flashback.

Even with all that is revealed, Zafon uses this pretty slim-by his standards-volume to create new mysteries and secrets to be answered later. We meet a creepy new villain, but has he already become a victim of his regime? And who is looking for Daniel, a friend or foe? Even with these unanswered questions, we get several more pieces of the puzzle and it's always a pleasure to fill in details in these interlocking books.

Jul 30, 2018

I liked this story better than the second one, this felt more concise and I appreciated it being more linear. I really like how the story line is all coming together, and I'm looking forward to the 4th book.

ArapahoeHannah Aug 21, 2017

Beauty and darkness turn this into a literary wonder!

Jan 26, 2015

Excellent, like the first of the three. I love his humour. Easy and captivating read.

Jan 04, 2015

This book is as well written and as riveting as "Shadow of the Wind". Sadly the author appears to drop the ball towards the end and simply leaves the reader with too many loose ends.

Aug 22, 2014

Wonderful book. Lots of mystery if you like The Count of Monte Cristo you will love this book. I'm usually a slow reader and don't get sucked into books but I couldn't put this book down

hania4987 Jul 21, 2014

"The Prisoner" is an astonishingly quick read. You can't linger -- and you really don't want to -- on any passages. The whole story feels rushed, sloppy and INCOMPLETE. I was expecting something much more engaging.

“I've always thought that anyone who needs to join a herd so badly must be a bit of a sheep himself.”

“A madman is one who considers himself sane and thinks that fools don’t belong in his rank.”
― Carlos Ruiz Zafón, The Prisoner of Heaven

Jun 30, 2013

This is the third book in the
"Shadow of the Wind" series.
while I enjoyed the book and the writing I don't think it is nearly as great as the original book. It gives a lot of backstory on the character Fermin.
You also get a great feel for Barcelona during and after WWII.

Apr 16, 2013

Very intriguing although the ending left me hanging with a lot of questions. I wonder whether there is a sequel coming.

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