Meet Conor McBride. He's even more interesting than the trouble he gets into.
A talented Irish musician reluctantly reinvents himself, disappearing into an undercover identity to search for the man who ruined his career: his own brother. On a journey from the west of Ireland to the tumultuous city of Mumbai, Conor McBride's only goal is to redeem the brother who betrayed him. But he's becoming a virtuoso of a different kind in a dangerous game where the rules keep changing - and where the allies he trusted to help him may be the people he should fear the most.
©2014 Kathryn Guare (P)2016 Kathryn Guare
"This is one of those times when a narrator lifts a good book just that much higher." (Audiothing)
"…sometimes you find a true gem out among the two- and three-star books. A gem just sitting there waiting to be noticed. This book is such a gem and it is worthy of your notice. It is an international thriller with a giant soul and a great deal of introspection. If you are looking for a 'shoot 'em up', this is not your book, even though there is plenty of shooting. It is the story of two brothers, and like all families, this family is complicated. The audiobook was read by Wayne Ferrell and he was amazing. His voice drew me right in and brought this excellent text to life. He demonstrated a mastery of multiple accents and, more importantly, carried the mood of the story in his tone and pacing as he read." (DWD’s Reviews)
"...expertly narrated by Wayne Farrell. His performance brought the characters to life and added the perfect amount of drama and angst to this well-written thriller." (Readers’ Favorite International Book Awards)
It's always great to get just a bit of the Irish brogue for an Irish hero.
The way it made you care deeply about the characters.
The way the hero pushed forward despite his struggles with injury and shock.
Highly recommended! I've read the books in the series, and the audio edition is just as good.
I loved Deceptive Cadence, and am so pleased it is now out as an audio book. The reader is excellent - perfect for this story. Two points about this novel: first, yes, it is a spy novel, and so there are thrilling moments following stretches of suspense. But it is also a beautifully written story, with well-rendered characters that I really cared about. The settings are varied and beautifully conveyed. Just a pleasure all around.
While the idea of an musically gifted Irish farmer becoming a member of Her Majesty's MI6 intelligence service seems fanciful at first, Kathryn Guare's well developed characters andplot makes it plausible. Wayne Farrell's narration brings the characters to life. Their sense of humor is always present in the face of life's stark realities. In this way it is every way an Irish story, even though it is largely set in Imdia. The recurrent references to the lyrical Irish language to the exiled emigrant's experience makes this a novel anyone, Irish or otherwise, will enjoy!
Beautifully crafted thriller. Love all the characters and their complications. Frank is wonderfully drawn.
Connor McBride. He's tough yet sensitive. Perfect man.
Loved the scenes where Connor is talking to his mother, and/or thinking about his mother and his family. There's a lot of depth and backstory to this thriller.
A lot of the Irish slang is humorous. The way they have of saying simple things. Love that.
I'd already read and loved Deceptive Cadence on the page, but I listened to Wayne Farrell read The Spinning Heart and I couldn't resist tuning in for this. So worth it.
So excited that this wonderful thriller is now on Audble. Wayne Farell makes this an exciting, on the edge of your seat listen. Guare is a masterful storyteller and the book kept me enthralled from start to finish. Hope to hear more from this team and the rest of the Virtuosic Spy series
Story, character development, narration.
Edge of the seat...as a visual person, words on a page or in my ear do not rise to that level. Had it been a well produced film, it might have.
The interactions between Conor and Frank were particularly well done
I am hoping Audible will publish other work in this series that are already available in book form
This book has it all mystery, suspense, action and family. I have never ended a book just to hear it again but I did with this one. It is a great story and told well
I review books and audiobooks, mostly mystery, police procedurals, That's about it!
Home on the farm milking cows, living with his mother, when he ought to have been pursuing his career as a concert pianist - and all because he signed stuff without reading it. Conor McBrides brother Thomas had pulled a fast one by deceptively obtaining EU grants, then he just disappears leaving Conor and his mother to pay massive fines and deal with the aftermath.
A few years pass and a rather odd fellow from British Intelligence rolls up, he tells Conor that Thomas is alive and living in India. They need to find him as he may be able to provide them with information. They want to enlist Conor to go to India and help find Thomas. Conor reluctantly embarks on a British Intelligence training programme in preparation for his mission.
From the peace and quiet of rural Ireland to the hustle of the streets of Mumbai, it's quite a ride for the concert violinist turned farmer turned spy. Conor is answerable to an agent who has his own demons, can Conor trust him? The only one he feels safe with is the Indian woman he had met and helped on the journey to Mumbai. She with her Hindu faith and he with his Catholic faith make for an unlikely but very touching alliance.
This has just about everything I want from a novel, OK the plot may be a bit far fetched, but it's fiction, escapism and pure entertainment. The ending is very satisfying, I loved the book and highly recommend it to anyone who loves a good adventure and good writing which flows beautifully.
This is one of those times when a narrator just lifts a good book that much higher. I don't think narrating this book, with all its characters and accents could have been an easy undertaking yet I could fault nothing. I was particularly impressed with his performance towards the end of the book, of how he conveys Conors emotions so well without going over the top. Very realistic. Wayne Farrell became Conor McBride, excellent job.
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