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.
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"[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 love espionage, legal, and detective thrillers but listen to most genres. Very frequent reviews. No plot spoilers! Please excuse my typos!
The Bloomsday Dead is the third and final book in Adrian McKinty's wonderful Michael Forsythe thriller series. It is definitely best read after Dead I Well May Be and The Dead Yard, but it can also stand on its own. Forsythe in the earlier books quit the Irish mafia, testified against some of them, and was placed in the US witness protection. Rather than give away the plot, I'll just say that this book ends the story of gangster Micheal Forsythe perfectly and his future is bright indeed.
For those not accustomed to Adrian McKinty the Forsythe novels are a great introduction. McKinty is among the best thriller writers living today. Every one of his books is superb. This series is over a decade old. His current novels are mostly in his Sean Duffy series. I recommend all of them.
McKinty is one of those authors who found an outstanding narrator for his audiobooks and stayed with him. Gerard Doyle is one of the best.
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!!
This final Michael Forsythe book was just as exciting and action packed as the previous two books. I have thoroughly enjoyed this series and, as always, McKinty has done an excellent job with the character development and pacing of this book. This was an exciting listen and I couldn't wait to reach the final climax of the story. I enjoyed it immensely and definitely recommend it. The narration by Gerard Doyle is excellent.
I am not giving it 5 stars because I found the ending (the last few pages) rather ridiculous. It was very tidy and didn't seem true to what I knew of the characters McKinty had developed up until this point. It wasn't terrible, it just didn't fit for me.
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.
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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.
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.
Despite being predictable in parts, the book is a very good listen because of the interesting characters and the narrator who brings them alive. This guy could make the phone book sound like fun.
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.
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