Yes - I love the main character and Gerard Doyle does a wonderful job narrating.
The story, sense of place
Yes and no. Yes it's so enthralling and no, because it can be intense and I needed time to think about it
I'd guess it's difficult to follow up in a series but keep things original. I felt there a bit of repetition here, and the things that went different were a bit over the top. Michael is a bit too lucky for a guy who just bumbles from place to place. I do like the dialog and the narrator does it justice, i just found the story a bit off.
Main characters actions in adverse conditions
Someone is always trying to kill the main character
Gerard has a perfect voice for this story
Smile and laugh
The Dead yard is another great thriller by Adrian McGinty. Good plot, interesting characters, a funny, erudite, and resourceful, if brutal, hero
Say something about yourself!
This book was relentless and exciting. I enjoyed it very much and look forward to the last book in the series. This book was the 2nd of 3 in the series. The first book in the series was, frankly, much too much internal dialog and I panned it. This one was like it was written by a different author. It was interesting and came to a logical, if bloody, end. I am thinking the author was "getting his feet wet" in the first installment. Something like that. My recommendation is to skip the 1st book and start the 3 book series here with the 2nd one. You do not need the 1st book to understand this one, so why bother with it? I wish that I had done just that.
A word to others. The violent parts--and there are several--are very bloody. If this sort of explicit description turns you off, you had better avoid this author.
I look forward to reading more McKinty and I never thought I would say such a thing after reading the first novel in this series, Dead I Well May Be.
I enjoyed the Cold Cold Ground by McKinty very much, so I was looking forward to another work by this author in partnership with this excellent reader. However The Dead Yard let me down with shallow, formulaic violent characters who were not believable nor particularly likeable. I am not squeamish about murder and mayhem books as a rule, but in this case I would have enjoyed more character development and less gore.
I expect I will listen again. The pace of the action is great, and the twists are so unexpected that I spent most of the first listen just following the thread. McKinty has created a couple of really great characters, and this merits a second listen so I can pay closer attention to them.
I found the main character, Michael Forsyth, very interesting. The author took more time drawing Michael in a convincing way than most mystery/thriller heroes. Michael is full of contradictions, but his actions are completely believable. There was never a time I said "Oh, come on." Everything that happened, everything he did, was exactly what a real Michael would have done.
Doyle has a bunch of good characters. His voice is very versatile. Michael is so much the dominant character of the novel that I have to choose him.
It was hard to take breaks. I found myself listening into the night.
I'm hooked on audible
Being new at this game I was really captured by Adrian McKinty but it was the narration by Gerard Doyle that brought the book to life. Being Irish myself and loving the accent I found the reading of the story riviting.