From the LA Times Book Award-winning author of The Ghosts of Belfast, Stuart Neville, comes the exciting sequel: Collusion
Collusion returns listeners to Belfast, where a new mystery haunts its underbelly. Jack Lennon is a Detective Inspector trying to track down his former lover, Marie McKenna, and their daughter, but his superiors tell him to back off. Bull O'Kane is a bitter old man who will stop at nothing for vengeance. The Traveller is an assassin without pity or remorse, who stalks Belfast, tying up loose ends. Forced into the center of it all is former IRA paramilitary Gerry Fegan, who must confront his past - and The Traveller - for the fight of his life.
The early reviews for Collusion are just as strong as those for The Ghosts of Belfast. And Gerard Doyle's narration complements Neville's taut, sinister, smart, and suspenseful story perfectly. Collusion is a feast for thriller fans.
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"Irish author Neville follows his stunning debut with an even more powerful tale of revenge, violence, and redemption. Neville rides the perfect Celtic storm in an action-packed, cerebral thriller." (Publishers Weekly)
"James Ellroy and Val McDermid were among admirers of Stuart Neville's corpse-filled debut [The Ghosts of Belfast], and his follow-up Collusion is another mesmerising Belfast blood bath. The Traveller and O'Kane are memorably grotesque creations, and Neville's violent showdowns rival those in Jacobean revenge plays." (Sunday Times)
"Collusion is a gripping thriller that transcends its genre through an unflinching examination of how 40 years of internecine strife has left unhealed scars that resonate in all levels of life in the North today." (Irish Independent)
"As it lurches toward its bloody conclusion, the chapters of Collusion shrink, the world contracts, and, ultimately, all that remains is survival. The question Mr. Neville raises with singularly artful drama is whether survival is enough to keep one going." (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette)
"Doyle’s performance of Lennon’s grit and vulnerabilities gives credibility to both, and his portrayals of the brutal villains are downright terrifying." (AudioFile)
Well written and descriptive, but the plot is much thinner than "Ghosts". This is more a revenge tale with a fairly predictable ending. I love Gerard Doyle's narration - I find myself using much of the slang from the book for days after finishing the listen (sometimes that's dangerous). As a sequel to "Ghosts", I felt it didn't add much to wrapping up the story. I'll miss Gerry Fagan since he was a much more interesting character than Jack Lennon. Buy Gerry's a stud - maybe he'll come back in book three since his "death" was somewhat ambiguous.....
The premise (a Republican assassin killing again to appease ghosts) seemed far fetched, but the story is well crafted and superbly narrated. Well worth the read.
I now have read both of the Gerry Fagan books and enjoyed them both. The main characters were not nice people but Mr. Neville found a way to make the sympathetic. Of course I'm not including the so called love interest. These were different kind of books for me and enjoyed them thoroughly. And the narrator was also good. My first narrator that did it with the Irish accent
My God, this book and terrific reader are a combination made in heaven. It's a terrible sad, violent but beautiful story. The sad case of Northern Ireland teamed with wonderful character development makes the book truely great. The performance is simply outstanding. I've never heard anything like it. Wonderful!
Great listen. Try to read in order author wrote. Character development is complex. Are there any truly good guys. Listen and determine for your self. B
I started the jack Lennon series from the fourth book accidentally. The narrator is really good! He can do all the different accents and dialects and it sounds so real! The story is exciting and you want to know more each time you listen!
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