The Dead yard is another great thriller by Adrian McGinty. Good plot, interesting characters, a funny, erudite, and resourceful, if brutal, hero
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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.
Actor/director/teacher. Split my time between Beijing and Seattle now. Listen to Audible on the subway and while driving or riding my bike.
If you disliked the leisurely pace at which "Dead I Well..." developed at first, you will probably be somewhat happier with the second book of the trilogy. It moves with unflagging momentum and maintains a high level of suspense and tension throughout. It is, in fact, really a straight ahead undercover thriller.
For my money, however, it lacks the brilliance of the first book. McKinty writes with the same poetic flair for description, and his plotting is nearly flawless, but the idiosyncratic wildness and unpredictability of the first book is missing here.
The book also wallows a bit in Michael's willingness to throw good sense to the winds whenever a comely lass gives him an innocent or sultry look.
Nonetheless, second rate McGinty is superior to the best most authors can muster in this genre, and I'm looking forward to the third book with confident anticipation.
I really like the writing and narration, and it's quite gripping. There are a few passages that are quite gruesome, so it's not for the faint of heart.
Some of the scenes are hard to listen too in the first two books of this series but it does not take away from a great character and a great story. Some of the most suspenseful books that I have read, you kind of know what is going to happen but it doesn't matter you cannot stop listening. If you like suspense, great narration, root for character, and don't mind some graphic violent scenes you will love this series. I am looking forward to listening to the last installment on vacation with me in the next few weeks
I love Gerard Doyle's narration. His voice is sexy and has great resonance. The story isn't as intriguing as the other two in the trilogy, but it kept me company and awake on many long drives and I may start all over again and listen to the 3 in the trilogy. FYI: each book can be read on its own. I started with book 3.