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Gun Dealing Audiobook

Gun Dealing: The Ryder Quartet, Book 2

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Publisher's Summary

This sequel to the action-packed Devil Dealing depicts the ongoing search by detectives Jeremy Ryder and Navi Pillay for the evil gangster Skhura Thabethe, dealer in stolen weapons, drugs and murder. The secondary plot shows the detectives uncovering a link between stolen weapons and the local trade in drugs. The two main plots unfold in strictly organized chronological sequence over 10 days, until a climactic ending when the two plot-lines coalesce in a spectacular confrontation between the detectives and the two main villains. Against a background of delicate emotional exchanges between victims of crime and the police, Gun Dealing, like its predecessor, explores the moral and ethical choices made by the detectives in their day-to-day confrontation with rampant and brutal crime in contemporary South Africa.

©2015 Ian Patrick (P)2015 Ian Patrick

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    Isobel Weeks Auckland Park 12-26-15
    Isobel Weeks Auckland Park 12-26-15
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    "Thoroughly enjoyable to listen to in the car"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    Not really. I suppose it would be better to have three or four people reading, because there are quite a few characters.


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    Lovely characters. Especially the women characters. Accents and different dialects were really good. I could hear every word spoken which was good. The sound quality was excellent.


    What about Ian Patrick’s performance did you like?

    Fantastic, really. His voice is good and his speech is clear and it was nicely paced with lots of variety in rhythm and pace and mood.


    Was Gun Dealing worth the listening time?

    Yes. For sure. No question. Highly recommended for a long trip in the car.


    Any additional comments?

    Lots of fun in among the thrilling fights and the action scenes. Very witty. Characters are so interesting. No macho guys. Very intelligent and strong women. Teasing, very funny comments between the cops. Very funny discussion about language and another one about sexism. All nicely balanced. Intelligent mature relationships. Where there are some patriarchal attitudes they are clearly all deliberate and giving insights about that kind of character. Then those same characters get taught a lesson. No thumping of tables to make points. Just lovely underpinning giving us insights into attitudes and relationships, while we get on with the action. I'll definitely get another of his books.

    12 of 12 people found this review helpful
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    Tammy 02-01-16
    Tammy 02-01-16
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    "Wondertful story"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Oh yes. It's very good. I have already recommended it to all my American friends, and those who live in Africa, too.


    What other book might you compare Gun Dealing to and why?

    Well, I have to confess that I read the fourth book, Death Dealing, in the same series before I read this one, which is the second book in the series. That's because I read a blurb that said you can read them in any order, and in addition I was especially interested in the one scene described in the fourth book that was advertised. So, it's like that fourth book. And they're both like The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. Very exciting.


    Have you listened to any of Ian Patrick’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No, but maybe I will now.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    Exciting cop thriller with evil villains and tough heroes.


    Any additional comments?

    There's lots of funny bits, too, and I love the local accents and dialects and slang words. They're very funny.

    9 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    Katherine Durban 01-26-16
    Katherine Durban 01-26-16
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    "Thrills galore"
    Where does Gun Dealing rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    First rank


    What did you like best about this story?

    Nice scary thriller with lots of action and very fast-paced, with some beautiful lyrical moments too


    Would you listen to another book narrated by Ian Patrick?

    Definitely


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The dinner party was fantastic.


    Any additional comments?

    I liked the narrator - nice clear diction and exciting modulations and changes and evil characters - but there could have been a woman narrator with him to do the ladies' voices.

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Patricia Melville Johannesburg 12-20-15
    Patricia Melville Johannesburg 12-20-15

    Actress. Voice over specialist.

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    "Great but more women needed"
    Where does Gun Dealing rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Top class.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Very intriguing story and very real and true to life


    What three words best describe Ian Patrick’s performance?

    Excellent with male voices, but needs actresses to accompany him for the female voices.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Very, very sad in places and very funny in others. Very good characters and dialogue, And accents very good.


    Any additional comments?

    I listened to it on a long car journey. Very absorbing.

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Carol Faulds Centurion 12-19-15
    Carol Faulds Centurion 12-19-15

    Voice-over actress, JOhannesburg-based, interested in drama and crime thrillers and suspense movies

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    "Great story: needs a full cast of actors"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Gun Dealing to be better than the print version?

    Not really. Good, but I really liked the book.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The villain, Mr Tabethe. Very evil man. Horrible. The worst kind of criminal you can imagine.


    Would you listen to another book narrated by Ian Patrick?

    Yes. He does it very well. But there are too many characters here for one voice, I think. He is really very good with the villain and the neutral-voice narration and the main male detectives. But he's not so good on the women characters. Should have had an actress working with him. Don't get me wrong: he's very good, but it's too much for one male voice to do all the characters.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Oh yes, I cried and I laughed. And I shuddered, too, at the villainy.


    Any additional comments?

    Very, very nice characters. I loved the grandmother of the twins. And the grandmother of the young murdered constable. And the Afrikaaner detectives (so sweet). Oh, yes. I should also say: I thought the studio sound was really good. I've done voice overs myself, in a studio, and the quality here is better than I have experienced myself. No popping microphones, etc. No faults at all.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Deborah Durban 04-11-16
    Deborah Durban 04-11-16
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    "Compelling story telling"
    What made the experience of listening to Gun Dealing the most enjoyable?

    The accents and the deep dark mysterious voice of the narrator were very compelling


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    Yes. The chase after the criminal was great. I really liked the young cop Mavis growing in leaps and bounds. The forensics woman was simply marvelous


    Which character – as performed by Ian Patrick – was your favorite?

    Thabethe the villain,. No question. Although I also liked the Afrikaner detectives


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes, actually.


    Any additional comments?

    I loved the detail of the geography, the layouts, etc. Looked like a documentary, almost.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Peter Bishop New York 03-01-16
    Peter Bishop New York 03-01-16
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    "Better than the text"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Gun Dealing to be better than the print version?

    Yes. The reader brings all those accents into perspective. The slang and the dialect words are all very clear and make sense in context. You don't even have to look them up in the glossary because the sense is clear from the context.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The women characters are great. Lovely teasing relationships and some fine wit, set against the startling action.


    What does Ian Patrick bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Intriguing dark voice with lots of character nuances. Very clear speech.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    There is some really heart-wrenching stuff, given the awful crime around the city, but it is strangely uplifting too.


    Any additional comments?

    Only because I read these out of sequence and found the third book so absolutely brilliant - at five stars - am I giving this one four stars. It's great but the third book is even better.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Robbie Denvil Durban 05-11-16
    Robbie Denvil Durban 05-11-16
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    "Nice crime thriller"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Gun Dealing to be better than the print version?

    Yes, but the text is good, too.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Gun Dealing?

    The dinner party was great. I loved it. Better than Jack Reacher in action.


    Have you listened to any of Ian Patrick’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Yep. Listened to the first book in the series, too. I think this one is better, actually.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Tough scene with the parents and grandmother of the murdered constable. Very sad.


    Any additional comments?

    This is really good stuff. New and original and exciting. Better than a lot of the American audio thrillers I have heard.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Anton Leftwich Oneonta 08-24-16
    Anton Leftwich Oneonta 08-24-16
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    "Very compelling thriller"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I recommend this most definitely. It is a lovely thriller, well structured, totally believable characters, and a villain and a hero convincingly matched to each other.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Gun Dealing?

    The opening scene is amazing, but there's a dinner party scene that is a top-of-the-pops humdinger for both fun and excitement.


    Which character – as performed by Ian Patrick – was your favorite?

    I like Jeremy Ryder. He's as good as Jack Reacher, in my view. Maybe more realistic, because he's not superman.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I have to admit that there's a lot to shed a tear about. There are such great scenes with believable people in traumatic situations. And lots of action.


    Any additional comments?

    Maybe a woman's voice could be used for the female characters, as some reviewers have said. I think that would be a good thing. But he does all the characters very well.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Charlene Berea, Durban 07-23-16
    Charlene Berea, Durban 07-23-16
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    "Lovely thriller"
    What made the experience of listening to Gun Dealing the most enjoyable?

    Nice characters and accents, and lots of action and thrills


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Mavis, the young constable. She was great (I liked her especially because I've already listened to the next audiobook in this series and I know what she develops into: it's good to see her here at an earlier stage).


    What about Ian Patrick’s performance did you like?

    Very nice and easy and confident with no tricksiness.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The funeral scenes was touching and the scene where the parents and grandmother visit the captain was so, so beautiful.


    Any additional comments?

    Maybe it could have worked better with female voices adding to the male voice. I don't know, really.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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  • Lorraine Motsepe
    London
    2/1/16
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    "Sensational opening"
    If you could sum up Gun Dealing in three words, what would they be?

    True to life


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Gun Dealing?

    The opening is sensational. I love it. Calm, happy, menacing. Then a shattering outbreak of violence. As anyone who knows this country will see, it's unfortunately just like real life. There's also an amazing dinner party where things happen that happen every night all over the country. Better not say what it is. Don't want to spoil it for others. Very exciting, though.


    Have you listened to any of Ian Patrick’s other performances? How does this one compare?

    No. Not yet. But have read the first book, and loved it.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Not really. It's exciting, but good to listen to in the car or later at night, in big bits.


    Any additional comments?

    Nice voice. Nice speech. Nice sound.

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Suzie Whyte
    Amanzimtoti
    1/26/16
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    "Very nice series"
    What made the experience of listening to Gun Dealing the most enjoyable?

    It was nice to have all the characters and accents, and the reading is very clear and distinct. The recording was nice and resonant and strong


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Gun Dealing?

    There was such a sad moment when the parents of the murdered constable come to see the Captain. The Captain is such a nice guy.


    Which character – as performed by Ian Patrick – was your favourite?

    I liked Spikes. Before I heard his voice in the recording I liked Thebethe best of all. Well, I don't mean 'liked', you know? He is so evil. But what nice acting. Like a devil's voice.


    Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Yes, I cried at the parents and grandmother seeing the Captain. And I laughed a lotg at the Afrikaans detectives. Such nice men.


    Any additional comments?

    I'm really enjoying the whole series.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Dianne Coultridge
    Abingdon
    12/29/15
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    "Very good and different from the norm"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes. Good voice and diction and very pacy thriller with lots of atmosphere created.


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    Excellent ending. Brings you full circle and is loaded with lyrical beauty after breathtaking action.


    Have you listened to any of Ian Patrick’s other performances? How does this one compare?

    No. Has he done others? He certainly should. This was good quality.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Oh yes. Definitely. There's an old couple - in fact three old people - who visit the captain to make a donation to support the police. So beautiful. Then there's a funeral scene which is so touching. The lyricism of the writing in both these scenes - balanced by realism and lovely touches of humor - is outstanding.


    Any additional comments?

    I read that other people think the narrator should include more than one male voice - have actresses to play the female voices. I think that's right, although it didn't strike me at the time. Another thing: this is really good sound quality, too. I thought that the story itself was really interesting, but that it meandered a little in the scene where they were tracking the telephones. Then it came together again in an exciting clash in the final chapter.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Kevin Humphrey
    London and Johannesburg
    12/21/15
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    "Captivating evil"
    If you could sum up Gun Dealing in three words, what would they be?

    Heart-stopping action


    What other book might you compare Gun Dealing to, and why?

    The Bourne Identity


    What does Ian Patrick bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

    Clear, articulate, dark characters that draw you in. The men characters are the best. Evil and scary.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes, but only because I was travelling. I would prefer to take two or three days. Nice detail that keeps one rivetted.


    Any additional comments?

    Good studio production. Sound is great. I read the fourth book in the series because the dust cover spoke volumes to me because of personal experience, so I hadn't got to the earlier books. I decided to do this one as audio. It's not quite as good as number four, but excellent all the same.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Mark Jacobzyck
    London
    3/19/16
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    "Almost faultless"
    What did you like most about Gun Dealing?

    Superb story, gripping and exciting all the way, with lovely characters and interactions


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Gun Dealing?

    The very sad moment when the parents and the grandmother come to the captain with a proposal about their daughter


    What does Ian Patrick bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

    Really nice voice and speech that is not your usual mid-Atlantic American or nowhere England


    If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    "Have gun will be found"


    Any additional comments?

    Maybe an additional (female) actor could have been used to play the women's roles

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Joy Wags
    London
    2/16/16
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    "Better than the first book"
    What made the experience of listening to Gun Dealing the most enjoyable?

    I liked the narration very much. The accents were good and the speech was clear and distinct. There were some really scary moments, and I enjoyed the banter between spouses, colleagues, and even criminals (however vile the latter were)


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Gun Dealing?

    When the old couple, with their mother, come to see the Captain and try and give him money for a bursary. That was so sad. Beautifully done.


    What about Ian Patrick’s performance did you like?

    Straight, direct, no-nonsense narration, with nice hints at characters without trying to do the full radio drama stuff.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    As above, the visit of the old couple to the Captain.


    Any additional comments?

    The dinner party in the suburbs was a gem. Very funny and then very exciting, too.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Roxanne Grenville
    3/15/16
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    "Lovely, although I preferred the book"
    What did you like about this audiobook?

    The story is wonderful. The tension is unbearable at times and keeps one captivated. I thought there were too many women characters for the male voice, although his voice is really nice to listen to, distinct and clear and intriguing. Like a couple of other reviewers, I think this is brilliant stuff but could be done with a male narrator as well as a femal one, so that they could share out the characters (male and female).


    How has the book increased your interest in the subject matter?

    I think everyone interested in crime escalating out of control should listen to this. really interesting themes about law and justice and retribution.


    Does the author present information in a way that is interesting and insightful, and if so, how does he achieve this?

    He bangs no drums, but you can see he is sensitive to all the important issues: race, gender, sexism, macho men being put down, etc. He doesn't allow any of those things to get in the way of a rip-roaring story, though, and this is really a good read.


    What did you find wrong about the narrator's performance?

    Like I said, I think he doesn't crack the women characters as well as he does the men.


    Do you have any additional comments?

    Can't wait for the next one in this series.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Greg Riveau
    Hunsonby
    7/6/16
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    "Nice thriller"
    What did you like most about Gun Dealing?

    Down-to-earth, lovely flow to the narration, lots of action and convincing characterisation


    What did you like best about this story?

    Structured in an exciting way, totally convincing, no "hang on a moment" bits.


    Which character – as performed by Ian Patrick – was your favourite?

    Tabethe the villai n is a really bad, bad feller


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes, although I took a couple of sittings because of work


    Any additional comments?

    Really different and very exciting

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Sally Hornby
    Devon
    7/31/16
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    "Exciting thriller; women's voices needed"
    Where does Gun Dealing rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Excellent, I have to say. Thrilling and exciting and some lovely characters, especially the women.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Gun Dealing?

    The dinner party scene was brilliant. Everyone's nightmare: having a lovely sociable dinner at home and then... something happens. Wild. Wonderful.


    Have you listened to any of Ian Patrick’s other performances? How does this one compare?

    No I haven't. But this was good.


    Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Very sad bits in it. Very, very sad. Then uplifting. So I was OK with it.


    Any additional comments?

    I wouldn't want to be too critical - the performance is lovely, with a nice husky voice doing the narration. But I think it would have been nice to have a woman doing the women's voices. Two narrators? I don't know if they do that, normally, but it would be good.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Nigel Hennessy
    Christow, Exeter
    7/23/16
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    "Great story, powerful narration"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Gun Dealing to be better than the print version?

    No


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Gun Dealing?

    The dinner party was great. Lots of fun and lots of action


    Which character – as performed by Ian Patrick – was your favourite?

    The narrator, really. Nice voice. But also Ryder. He obviously knows the guy inside out.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The opening scene is pretty rough and horrific. Terrible violence described in a matter-of-fact way to show the context. Then the follow-up from that after a couple of days with the grandmother and the parents was hard to take. Good. But very sad. Heart-breaking, really.


    Any additional comments?

    Lots of characters. Maybe two narrators should have taken them on and shared them.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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