I enjoyed this as much as the Dead series. Killian is a fantastically complex and well rounded protagonist. As good as Forsythe.
Frankly, I read (listen) for the sake of a darn good story. This isn't it. This is an author who can't decide what he wants to be. He's trying to combine hard-boiled bad guys with the convoluted navel-gazing of Salinger. By the time I reached the Bananafish reference, I just groaned. Stop slapping me in the face with your literary pretensions. Tell me a believable story.
I stumbled upon the "Dead" trilogy by Adrian McKinty and now I can hardly wait until he writes another book. Falling Glass upholds the standard the author has set with his earlier novels. Killian is at least as sympathetic a character as Michael Forsythe, and more intellectual and humorous. There's also a softer side to him that never gets in the way of what needs to be done, but occasionally stays his hand in a life or death confrontation.
The action is pretty much non-stop but there's lots of introspection as well. This is one terrific read and after the unexpected final scene, I look forward to seeing if Killian's adventures continue. Also, as other reviewers have noted, Gerard Doyle's narration is impeccable.
I came across this writer and this series purely by accident whle browsing and reading reviews, and I wasnt so sure that it was my cup of tea. But the excellent narration by Gerard Doyle and the plain spoken prose of Mckinty drew me in to the lives of the characters. Indeed, Mckinty tells some pretty gritty stories, and the Michael Forsythe character is by turns smart, reckless, and just plain lucky that he makes it through so many near death experiences...it can become unbelievable that this guy continues to ge tout of jams the way he does.... but then Mckinty's descriptive passages take my breath away and set a scene so swell; they are not fancy or over the top, but vivid in a way that offsets the harsh reality of the lives he is tracking. There is also an intelligence and insight here that is rather rare.
I consider McKinty to be among one of the great writers...and I have read the canon and then some, including much contemporary lit....this is above and beyond, and I strongly suggest it to anyone (adult...there are some pretty serious themes and also some pretty strong violent images)
I've been thrilled to find that there are more books in this series and some other books that he has written (though I am unsure about the series for the younger set, I will listen to it) and I love this narrator to the point that I have searched out other books that he has narrated.
I could listen to Gerard Doyle read a book on Macroeconomics and be entertained. McKinty can make you like the bad guy even though you know you really shouldn't. Another book I found myself listening to in the car even though I was at my destination.
This was my first McKinty book and maybe I should have read an earlier one first. It took a quarter of the story for me to get use to the slow style and understand the characters. I ended up enjoying the book but had to go back several times to follow the characters. I will try another.
The characters in this were all surface, even the main character wasn't well thought out or explained and that made the story always seem a beat off center. I found it easily forgettable.
I loved the Michael Forsythe books and was so excited to find Falling Glass! The combination of McKinty's beautiful writing and Gerard Doyle's expressive narration kept me awake a day and a night until I had finished listening to the entire story. In Killian, McKinty has created a multi-dimensional hero - a thinker, a "doer, and a dangerous but honourable tinker. From Boston to Macau to Belfast and Ballymena - the water and the stars - the dancing and the dying - this book is a must listen.
No one does Irish noir like Adrian McKinty (though Stuart Neville is a very close second). McKinty's Michael Forsythe trilogy (Dead I Well May Be, The Dead Yard, The Bloomsday Dead) cannot be beat for gripping story-telling. Though Forsythe plays only a small role in Falling Glass, McKinty proves once again his mastery of the genre, this time with a protagonist who considers Forsythe his mentor. Falling Glass is not quite as thrilling or satisfying as the Forsythe trilogy, but it's still a great read. And Gerard Doyle, who also narrated the Forsythe trilogy and both of Stuart Neville's books, is born to read Irish noir. His brogue is pitch perfect and adds enormous value to the listening experience.