This is a terrific listen. Gerard Doyle has a wonderful voice, with accents from various parts of Ireland and from Scotland and England as well. The story describes an attempt at personal redemption on the part of an ex-IRA partisan, a man with considerable blood on his hands, who decides -- partly under the influence of the ghosts of his victims, who haunt him -- to settle accounts with the people who "ran" him. It's an incredibly violent story, at an R-rating level if such things existed for books, and it wouldn't be a good choice for the squeamish. A knockout ending. I wish more of Neville's books were available on Audible.
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If you like Adrian McKinty and Stieg Larsson, you'll love this book. Gerard Doyle is one of the best narrators out there - he really helps make the story great.
I wasn't expecting what I got from listening to this book. I guess with 12 ghosts following him around, I expected a spooky piece of light-weight literature. Boy, was I pleasantly surprised. This book provoked a real discussion in my head of the moral dilemmas Fegan faced nearly on an hourly basis. It is tightly written, imaginative,and very entertaining. It was nice to see what seemed to be a sure jump into a love story evolve into something that would be more likely to happen.
Strong and likeable characters, gritty with a moderate dose of grisly violence, and top notch writing. It will be read in one fell swoop, I promise you.
A new and real talent.
I can't wait to read more from this author.
This book is a realistic peek into the abyss of madness. It is a strange book in that the main character is a madman and murderer, but also a hero in his way. I found myself on his side and pulling for him to prevail. His madness is very believable and the cause so obvious that this seems to be a true story. The story takes place in Belfast and lets just say that Ireland is put in a bad light here. But Belfast is the only place on earth this kind of madness could exist. The narrator is perfect for this novel with his Irish brogue and he does a great job of making the voices and characters believable. This is the best novel I have downloaded in a while and fits neatly into the top ten of thousands in my library. I hope I hear more from this author.
The narrator is excellent, the characters are well developed and the story is engaging.
love it love it, could not stop listenning to it, the narrator set the scene perfectly, highly recomened to everybody, only bad point is it too short
You are pulled into the main character's mind and carry with you a feeling of wanting to save him or hoping he will save himself in a tumultuous Ireland. Wow...a good read.
This is a superb debut novel, featuring an original and gripping story, vivid prose, and finely crafted characters. The atmosphere is much like that in Adrian McKinty's remarkable "Dead" trilogy. Gerard Doyle's nuanced narration is perfectly matched to the book. His rich Irish brogue and his unique rendering of each character make for a truly pleasurable listening experience.
I rarely read fiction, but read the reviews and gave Neville's The Ghosts of Belfast a turn. I was not disappointed. This book takes you to Belfast and the IRA from the perspective of one who carries the "ghosts" of his involvement in the Troubles. If you want to get a feel for what those dark days may have been like - this might be the listen for you. If you enjoy crime fiction this might be of interest as well. The writing is good and the reading is great. Remember the content is "fiction" and not history, per se, and you'll be fine.