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)
Just good stories with great characters told very well. An effortless listen, but far from formulaic.
The pace of the story and the clear development of Forsythe as a character.
Doyle and McKinty have the kind of author/narrator chemistry one looks for in a classic audiobook!
Trouble will find him. He will be waiting.
Forsythe is a warrior poet who denies his conscience, but we all know he has one.
Irish Crime Story.
Other Adrian McKinty titles, especially the prequels.
He's masterly when it comes to portraying different characters in the story with changes in his voice, accent and inflection. I believe I care for or dislike the characters the more for this. He's among the very best narrators I have ever heard.
Good for those who like crime stories and who aren't going to be turned off by a morally ambiguous protagonist. The narration is first class. And who doesn't love to listen to an Irish brogue?
The third installment of the tale is another good book along the same lines as the previous two. I liked it and am glad to have listened to it but I don't think I would be up for a 4th book as it is getting a "been there/ done that" feel to it. As usual, the narration was excellent.
I'm always looking for a new author and series and settled on the 3 books about Michael, ending with this one. I was hooked from the beginning, and although I planned to leave a gap between each novel to read other things, I couldn't. I was completely taken in by wonderful language, intelligence, plot and characters. My husband asked me, "What is it about this series?" as he began the first book, but soon he was hooked as well. I highly recommend this "Dead" series, and I will next try different Adrian McKinty titles hoping to be drawn in equally. These were an excellent find.
I just finished this Michael Forsythe trilogy and am now into "Falling Glass". This is my first experience with Adrian McKinty and I have to say he has become one of my favorite authors. These books are incredibly fast-paced with enthralling story lines and well-developed characters. I am a big fan of James Lee Burke and although an entirely different writer than McKinty, the novels contain many similarities - the evil of humankind, the prevalence of shocking sectarian violence, and heroes who possess great strengths as well as great faults, who struggle with personal demons as well as societal demons. One other point about the narration which is critical in audio books; Gerard Doyle is to Adrian McKinty as Will Patton is to James Lee Burke. Splendid combinations.
I've been blown away with Irish writers lately. From Declan Hughes, Stuart Neville, Ken Bruen, and now Adrian McKinty. After reading "The Ghost of Belfast", I tried to find anything and everything that resembled Irish crime fiction. The Dead series really set the bar for me. Adrian McKinty is a fantastic writer. His hero Michael Forsythe is indeed memorable. Very different from your usual protagonist. The way McKinty tells the stories that engulf Forsythe is amazing. Add Gerard Doyle's narration and you have 3 perfect listens. I highly recommend all of these books. Start from the beginning "Dead I May Well Be" and work your way to the end "Bloomsday Dead". Fantastic!
I held my breath so often listening to Bloomsday, I'm surprised I didn't turn blue. I had just returned from visiting Dublin and Belfast and wished I had listened to this before going. The narrator was wonderful and really brought the character to life for me. I am anxious now to listen to the first two in the series.
I stumbled upon this action packed book with a fabulous narrator. I'm downloading his other books now. It's really fun and passes the time quickly. And it doesn't put you to sleep in the car!!!!!!!!
The story was spellbinding and the reader was perfect. I haven't enjoyed an audio book this much for a long time. I'm going to buy others by this author and hope it's with the same reader.
It's violent, but the main character is charming, the plot moves, and the well-crafted Irish language is conveyed adeptly by the narrator.
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