Michael has survived his infiltration of an IRA splinter cell in Boston, and now, his many near fatal wounds healed, he begins his next adventure as manager of hotel security in Lima, Peru. It is there that he is contacted by Bridget, whose fiancé he killed.
Bridget, calling from Dublin, says that her 11-year-old daughter has been kidnapped. Michael's choice is to fly to Dublin and help her find the girl, or be executed at the hands of Bridget's goons, who are holding him at gunpoint. He agrees to nothing, but is soon on the way to Dublin, leaving the first two of many dead bodies in his wake.
©2007 Adrian McKinty; (P)2007 Blackstone Audio Inc.
"[H]is most visceral, satisfying effort yet....McKinty writes masterful action scenes, and he whips up a frenzy as the bullets begin to fly." (Publishers Weekly)
"[O]utpaces its immediate predecessor, The Dead Yard...with [McKinty's] trademark dark lyricism, one great red herring, and a masterful plot twist that brings Forsythe's character full circle in a lightning flash." (Booklist)
I was anxiously awaiting the release of this book after listening to "Dead I Well May Be" and "The Dead Yard".
It didn't disappoint! As a matter of fact it exceeded all expectations. I couldn't quit listening.
Listen to them in order, it's a great Trilogy!
Very violent and strong language, but if you don't mind it, you'll Love It!!
A man's got to do what a man's got to do..
The Michael Forsyth comes –regrettably- to an end. Hardboiled, dark and with high doses of violence, this is not however the typical “noir” book. The main character (Michael Forsyth) -that sets, so to speak, the tone of the story- is “one of a kind” and a young man of his time : street-smart, instinctive, naïve, at times quasi-poetic, ruthless.
McKinty is a terrific writer . He creates marvelous sense of place and atmosphere and his characters are so amazing and well crafted that first surprise and then stay with you for a while.
I have enjoyed tremendously the book and have read it avidly. However, I must also say that this is the weakest episode of the trilogy. The book is fast-paced, too fast-paced actually, as if the author was in a hurry to get it done.
I need to move on to other McKinty books, hoping that they are as good as these ones.
I love books!
I have now listened to all of two Adrian McKinty trilogies. I loved all six books. I really like his writing style, the narrator is great, he develops great characters, and he tells a good tale. What's not to like? This book ends the Michael Forsythe trilogy and like all the other books it's action packed, interesting, and well told from start to finish. All I can say is I hope you enjoy McKinty as much as I have.
Enjoying one good listen after the next!
It all started with "Dead I May Well Be," followed by "The Dead Yard," McKinty's first two installments of the Michael Forsythe series. This one is the best of all with such amazing thrilling twists and turns. As I've noted before in reviews of McKinty's novels, Gerard Doyle is nothing short of narration-perfection. McKinty's descriptive prose and Doyle's interpretations of characters are stunning. To me, listening to his books is purely poetic.
That is not to suggest that they are without lots of foul language and over the top blood and gore. The crimes and criminals are horrific throughout. Yet, the reader's relationship with Michael keeps us listening, hoping, knowing that somehow, he is going to come out of all this in one way of the other.
Read the series. If you love crime thrillers, these enchanting stories of an Irish lad gone bad will capture your imagination for certain!
Actor/director/teacher. Split my time between Beijing and Seattle now. Listen to Audible on the subway and while driving or riding my bike.
Some readers were put off by the slow and seemingly meandering route McKinty took in "Dead I Well..." I really missed it in this third (and final?) book in the series.
At his best this writer knows how to keep the tension high and draw us steadily onward by feeding our imagination with telling details of his character's inner life along with near poetic observations of a fascinating and always dangerous external setting. His skill at creating convincing and gripping action sequences is unquestionable, but it is what leads us to those moments--the uncertainty, the wry and even painful humor, the ambiguity of relationship, and the constant tension between the wise calculation and the compelling need to ignore it--which keeps us fascinated and completely engaged and which defines McKinty's wonderful talent.
This foray into the deadline-driven, action thriller neutralized those strengths and reduced the whole thing to a long and far less original series of set piece confrontations. By the end they become so predictable and unconvincing that I no longer recognized the writing I had loved so much when it introduced me to this unlikely, conflicted and oh-so-human protagonist.
I'll preface by saying that Dead I Well May Be and The Dead Yard are two of my favorite books of all time. I truly could not say enough about them.
So, the third book of the trilogy had a lot to live up to in my mind. Personally, it didn't come close to matching the personality, story, charisma, or passion of the first two. That being said, if it was a stand alone book, it would have been great. It is great. It's just not as good as the first two.
The entire 11-12 hrs is spent on one day. Some of the sections of Michael's day were tedious. And there were some fantastical elements, while not being a bad thing, that just didn't fit in with the dirty, violent character of the series.
Like I said though... it really was good. I'm just a little disappointed because I expected more.
Having throughly enjoying the first two books, I wanted to take a break and listen to something else, but the magnetism of stories and the fantastic narration were too much temptation.
The three books combine to make my absolute favorite audio book(s) of all time! The books are incredibly well written and the narration could not be better. This is definately a case where the narration enchances the effort. You really would be mission something if you read this book from a rack.
The third time is really a charm in the Dead series by McKinty. Bloomsday takes all the story lines from the previous two books and brings then to a satisfying if a little predictable and trite conclusion. The story line moves quickly to a conclusion not only of this book but of the three book series. Like in the previous books, a co star is Doyle whose narration is simply outstanding. Read the series in order for maximum enjoyment. The first is hardest to get through and all are covered in blood and gore but well worth it.
Immigration lawyer in Kansas City. I like Character driven dramas, fantasy (monsters, magic and witches oh my!) and coming of age stories. Favs include: The Book Thief, The Game of Throne series, Harry Potter Series, Dresden Files, Nightside series, anything by Neil Gaimen, 100 Years of Solitude.
I really liked this series and I loved the narrator. This is the last book and I was sad to see it end. I really had gotten to care about Michael with all of his faults. I would recommend this series, but listen to it in order, First Dead I well May Be, then The Dead Yard, then this book.
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