Galya Petrova travels to Ireland on a promise that she will work for a nice Russian family, teaching their children English. Instead, she is dragged into the world of modern slavery, sold to a Belfast brothel, and held there against her will.
She escapes at a terrible cost - the slaying of one of her captors - and takes refuge with a man who offers his help. As the traffickers she fled scour the city for her, seeking revenge for their fallen comrade, Galya faces an even greater danger: her savior is not what he seems. She is not the first trafficked girl to have crossed his threshold, and she must fight to avoid their fate.
Detective Inspector Jack Lennon wants a quiet Christmas with his daughter, but when an apparent turf war between rival gangs leaves bodies across the city, he knows he won't get it. As he digs deeper into the case, he realizes an escaped prostitute is the cause of the violence, and soon he is locked in a deadly race with two very different killers.
Solve another case with Jack Lennon.
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"Neville slowly ratchets up the tension—and the violence—until each page practically twangs with suspense." (Publishers Weekly)
"Vivid characters and atmosphere.... ‘The gray and the rain and the hate’ of Lennon’s Belfast make these streets among the very meanest in the genre." (Booklist)
Lover of good cops and robbers books, Anne Tyler, Robert Parker, Dennis Lehane, James Lee Burke.
This book had me from the first page. I first heard Doyle read Adrian McKinty's trilogy and he does another fine job with Neville's words. The story is very intense and the main villain is totally creepy. I slept with the bathroom light on for a few nights. The ending is killer and there are seeds planted for book four. Lennon is getting to be a favorite series for me.
This book is just as strong as The Ghosts of Belfast and stronger than Collusion. Unfortunately it isn't a long read and ended before I was ready to say goodbye.
Read all three and you'll enjoy every minute.
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The story itself... it's well written, exciting and keeps your mind dancing!
He is already one of my favorite readers/narrators and does nothing but reconfirm me as a fan. His Irish accent is perfect for these stories.
Sure, if I could....
Like many other reviews, I also listened to The Ghosts of Belfast by Stuart Neville and enjoyed this one as much if not more. I will look for the third book in the series as well. I also recommend Adrian McKinty who is a great writer who writes in the same genre. Highly recommended all the way around!
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Stuart Neville solidified a place in my book loving heart with Ghosts of Belfast & it was a lock with Collusion. There was a point during listening to Stolen Souls where I wasn't happy with the large swing in themes (away from The Troubles, thematically) until I realized that although the overwhelming conflict had come to a close, the characters were still there, & very well developed at that. Times change. Wars, civil or otherwise, run down. Corruption is a different animal. Excellent book, and Gerard Doyle is a stellar performer...amongst the best I've listened to, certainly. Kudos.
Stuart Neville is a very good writer, Gerald Doyle is one of the best narrators, always a bit dark, but moves fast, Stolen Souls moves along at a brisk pace at only 8 hours or so and was hard to stop listening to, always an important aspect when positively reviewing a book.
I like Jack Reacher style characters regardless of setting. Put them in outer space, in modern America, in a military setting, on an alien planet... no worries. Book has non moralistic vigilante-justice? Sign me up! (oh, I read urban fantasy, soft and hard sci-fi, trashy vampire and zombie novels too)
I liked it better than the first Jack Lennon book - this is partly because by reading the earlier book I was more familiar with Jack and could relate to his tribulations a bit better, and it was partly because this story is more realistic. (And, it was partly because I had actually read Collusion because I thought it was about Gerry Fagan and was disappointed that it was not; in Stolen Souls I knew it was about Jack from the outset.)
Okay... maybe this story isn't really more realistic, it is just that there is no character with 'super human' abilities in this one. The bad guys are a bit far-fetched, but the basic premise is believable. It seems as though the author wanted us to like Jack more and tried to make him seem more human here (i.e. he contemplates the moral repercussions of his prostitute visits)... but I think Neville should just stick to writing engaging violent thrillers and give up trying to write 'sappy'. We like these novels because they are dark and to the point, not because we want to know if the main character has an emotional epiphany.
Like the earlier novels, it is set in Ireland, but this time there is no reference to the political turmoil that country has undergone. I think this improves the thriller component of the novel since we North Americans don't have to figure out if the tension is based on religion or politics that are foreign.
It is violent, but not gory, and the underlying theme is dark and unpleasant. There is no sex, and there is some foul language, but it was not excessive. I will read more by this author, and more books about Jack Lennon. The narration is excellent, though it is read with a pretty thick Irish accent throughout which might take some getting used to.
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I had the first book in this series and wasn't terribly impressed. While the characterization was excellent, and continued to be in this second title, I felt the constant focus on the assassin's brutality unnecessary.
In this second go-round, however, the violence, while present, isn't the overwhelming element it was before. Here, the emphasis is on the characters, as it should be, and the pacing is much better for it. Overall, this was a much more engaging story, in my opinion, and makes it more likely I'll be acquiring more of Mr. Neville's work.
Stuart Neville continues to entertain with his third Belfast opus. If you haven't listened to Ghosts Of Belfast or Collusion, check them out as they're also read by the superlative Gerard Doyle. Best series of crime fiction going. Don't miss it.
Stolen Souls is another great book by Stuart Neville. I was immediately hooked and was unable to stop listening. As usual, the narration by Gerald Doyle was fantastic.
A journalist and a screenwriter for 20 years, now a playwright and a reader. I am an audible activist. I try to "enable" new listeners.
Great characters, insider info, story, fabulous narration. Now I have to read Collusion. Love detective stories; this one has oomph.
This started out slowly for me. I like Jack and there was always the overhanging issue of his daughter and whether he would keep his promises to her. This kept me on the edge of my seat more so than the investigation and the stories involved in that.
The synopsis is available elsewhere. I enjoy the author's style and the settings play a big part in this series. The narration is excellent and that helped get me through the slow parts at the beginning.
The end is a bit of a cliffhanger but I think I need something lighter after reading these three books in a row. I'll come back to book 4 shortly.
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