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Which of the kill scenes will YOU find the most disturbing? I am not telling which one was mine. But seriously, I might have nightmares. View all 9 comments. In general I enjoyed the story as much as the previous one's in the series.
I'm still wondering why the FBI was involved since outside of explaining internet terminology his presence was useless and I just saw it as a filler for some pages the author needed. It's ok to be misleaded in a crime novel but I would have liked if the author has giv 3. It's ok to be misleaded in a crime novel but I would have liked if the author has given me some clues and other persons of interest and the chance to figure who it was along with the detectives.
It feels like I'm reading and reading and I'm only waiting for when Hunter will have the epiphany or find a clue as to who it is and then tell me the reader while explaining it also to his colleagues.
I also must confess that it was the first book in the series that I didn't want Hunter to hook up with any female character that came into view since I didn't make much of them.
As always the working relationship and chemistry between Hunter and Garcia is a big plus while reading the story and of course Captain Blake that adds a nice female touch to the duo. The perpetrator in this story is using the internet and the need of people to have an opinion about everything and the pleasure they find in the power they hold by voting even when a human's life is at risk.
We see people daily vote for whatever and whoever in every kind of reality show that makes one wonder what would happen in Chris Carter's imaginary scenario used for his story was suddenly real? I hope that I never have to find out and I still have faith in the good in us! Mar 07, Ami rated it really liked it Shelves: mystery-suspense-thriller , 4-stars-and-more-but-less-than Every single books that he has written just grips me from the get go -- it is so fast paced and intense, I always feel like on edge of my seat or bed, wherever I am when I read.
This latest book again gives a captivating story -- but more so than the previous books, I feel that it also 4. This latest book again gives a captivating story -- but more so than the previous books, I feel that it also has a good message behind all those gruesome and horrific murders. Chris Carter questions society that thrives on voting an outcome of someone else's life Chapter Or in this case on the method of killing people, simply to fill their curiosity. How people enjoy violent things -- the more violent the better.
I can't help thinking that since I love reading this; I'm also part of this 'sick' society. Though in my defense, this is fiction, and only in pages. But at the same time, I know that it could easily happen in real life. And the motivation between the murders sadden me as well. Because again, it taps the question about society and how they're easily giving out vicious comments on Internet on things that they don't completely know or understand.
Simply because it's entertaining. The Internet trolls. So, story wise, this is really, really good. Combined with how it makes me ponder about the era of Internet and social media, it easily makes this latest installment another favorite. I do have complains. I don't really like how Robert solves the case. It's a bit out of the blue. Robert can't find or link any clues related to the murders beforehand.
Then suddenly he view spoiler [sees road signs hide spoiler ] and his mind clicks. It is too " deus ex machina " of a plot for me. I'm rather sad that there is no more information about her in the end. The ending is -- well, not a cliffhanger, but maybe more of an open choice, and I would be waiting on what decision will be taken.
View 2 comments. This series just more and more gruesome as it goes! I love it!. So many sick and twisted ways to kill people. Robert Hunter has to be one of my favourite characters.. Mar 24, Elaine Tomasso rated it really liked it. I have read all the books in the series and loved them but I found One By One a little drab in comparison.
Don't get me wrong this is still a great read which held my attention all the way through but I just felt it lacked something and was a bit lacklustre in comparison with its predecessors. Robert Hunter and Carlos Garcia are great protagonists who work very effectively as a team and are a pleasure to read. The plotting covered by the synopsis is intricate, gruesome and definitely not for t I have read all the books in the series and loved them but I found One By One a little drab in comparison.
The plotting covered by the synopsis is intricate, gruesome and definitely not for the faint hearted but compulsive. What I liked the most about this book was the sense of helplessness the detectives felt when they were outmanoeuvred by the protagonist as I think this is more realistic of police work than many authors would like. Ok, the sudden breakthrough was a bit corny but it moved the plot on.
What the book has to say about reality television is truly revolting but sadly believable and makes me glad I gave up watching years ago.
Chris Carter has quickly carved out a niche for himself in the realm of the psychological serial killer thriller, and One By One marks the fifth outing for his detectives Robert Hunter and Carlos Garcia. Tapping into the fertile world of social networking and the sometimes insidious influence of the Internet, Carter has produced a truly chilling crime read, which most scarily could eventually happen… Robert Hunter of the LAPD Robbery Homicide Division finds himself receiving the very personal att Chris Carter has quickly carved out a niche for himself in the realm of the psychological serial killer thriller, and One By One marks the fifth outing for his detectives Robert Hunter and Carlos Garcia.
Tapping into the fertile world of social networking and the sometimes insidious influence of the Internet, Carter has produced a truly chilling crime read, which most scarily could eventually happen… Robert Hunter of the LAPD Robbery Homicide Division finds himself receiving the very personal attention of a cold calm killer: a killer who posts videos online of his victims on the verge of death, their fate to be decided in a voting system by those who click the link.
Carter has a natural knack for tapping in to our worst nightmares and by bringing this storyline so realistically alive, the reader is imbued with a real sense that horrifyingly this plot is all too easily imaginable in a world so influenced by the power, and less than savoury activities, to be found on the medium of the internet.
Perhaps due to the demands of the compressed and quickly moving plot, which Carter unfolds in his normal meticulous style, there is little time for any real further development of the relationship between Hunter and Garcia- a kind of cerebral Batman and Robin.
However, regular and new readers alike will quickly recognise the intrinsic understanding and closeness between them, gleaned from not only this book, but by the careful addition of references to previous investigations. One By One homes in on, not only the natural humour and camararderie between them, but also the strength of their symbiotic relationship, when this killer comes a little too close for comfort to one of the detectives nearest and dearest.
For Cher, although " Walking in Memphis " was chosen as the first single, "One by One" proved to be more successful in the United Kingdom, when it charted at number seven. AllMusic was positive by calling it "irresistible, mid-tempo soul". The original video was released in the United Kingdom, which follows the story of an unhappy couple who struggle with problems, but later make up when they realize how much they actually love each other.
When the video was released in the United States it followed the same concept, but some scenes were added and others removed; the beginning was also much different, including animations that followed the beat of the song. A third video was also released due to the popularity of the single's club remix. Dan Rucks or most famously known as Dan-O-Rama remixed the video by using a combination of both original videos.
The remix used for the video was the Junior Vasquez vocal edit. The recording sessions were considered unsatisfying; Hawkins said that "nobody had their studio chops together",  and Grohl considered that the band was lacking enthusiasm and were too focused on production,   adding that he felt the rough mixes "sucked a lot of the life out of the songs" and "sound[e]d like another band playing our songs.
The band also showed disappointment with the ten songs that emerged from the sessions, as Hawkins described the finished tracks as "million-dollar demos",  and Grohl considered the recordings "far too clean, too tame and boring". In April , the band discarded the recordings and took a break. The musicians decided to at least perform in Coachella before deciding whether to continue playing together or end the band.
After enjoying their performance, the bandmembers decided to remain united and returned to re-recording the album. Grohl decided to take a two-week period before the QOTSA went on tour to work on the Foo Fighters record,  and after consulting Raskulinecz decided to promote him to producer.
The title One by One —taken from a lyric on "All My Life", and for which the spelling 1 X 1 was also considered—was chosen according to Grohl because "it somehow made sense",  and even worked as a reference to relationships—"one person by another person, or one after another". The singer added that the word one is frequently used in the album's lyrics, meaning either loneliness or continuation.
Upon its release, One by One was considered the band's heaviest album,  as Grohl described the sound as a darker and more aggressive approach as opposed to the band's usual work. And then I end up putting this four-part harmony on it, and all of sudden it's beautiful. Like 'wait a second, it was supposed to be gross, and now it's gorgeous'.
While in previous records Grohl tried to not get introspective in his lyrics, for One by One he found himself writing lyrics that matched the "emotional level we were hinting with the music", such as "Come Back", with words "revealing all these dark, shitty sides of myself".
The album artwork was done by Raymond Pettibon , who has worked with punk bands such as Black Flag and Minutemen. Grohl was introduced to Pettibon by ex-Minutemen bassist Mike Watt and, after visiting his house, decided to hire him for the artwork because "we had to somehow pay tribute to Pettibon as a hero, because his stuff, those images just stuck with me my whole life.
An Enhanced CD edition was released with weblinks to their official website and where to download free music. One by One received generally positive reviews from contemporary music critics. At Metacritic , a website that assigns a normalized rating out of to reviews from mainstream critics, the album received an average score of 75, based on 19 reviews.
However, many reviewers felt that the album was not up to the standards of the Foo Fighters' previous work.
AllMusic 's Stephen Thomas Erlewine said that although One by One was well-produced and played, it was too polished to "hit at a gut-level" and that the songs were "not as immediate or memorable" as the band's earlier compositions. Club described One by One as "mostly middling, sticking to slick, pounding, functional rock that doesn't dig much deeper than the usual spleen-venting and loud-quiet brooding-to-bluster formula".
Grohl stated that he was frustrated at himself for rushing on the album: "four of the songs were good, and the other seven I've never played again in my life. One by One was released on October 22, The album debuted at third place on the Billboard , with , copies sold in its first week,  and spent 50 overall weeks on the chart.
The album was also originally released with a limited edition bonus DVD which contains: . Adapted from the liner notes.Official video for One By One by Paul Cardall, featuring Nathan Pacheco, The American Heritage Youth Chorus, and conducted by Kayson Brown. Listen to Paul Ca.