Michael is on holiday in Spain when a soccer riot between the Paddies and the Brits escalates out of control and he winds up in a Spanish prison. Enter Samantha, a beautiful British Intelligence agent. She makes Michael an offer he can't refuse: instead of extradition to Mexico to serve time for a prison break, he can infiltrate an IRA sleeper cell in the United States. Thrust into the nightmare world of men known for their distinctive brands of torture and revenge, Michael crosses and double-crosses key players, narrowly escapes his own lies, loses his only ally, and falls for the daughter of his enemy.
©2006 Adrian McKinty; (P)2006 Blackstone Audiobooks
"McKinty's literate, expertly crafted third crime novel...confirms his place as one of his generation's leading talents." (Publishers Weekly)
A man's got to do what a man's got to do..
Episode two of the Michael Forsythe saga : hardboiled, dark, humorous and at times poetic, this book is addictive and a pleasure to read. Great characters , a reasonably credible plot and an underpinning suspense all along the 9 hours .
Gerald Doyle is as good as it gets and brings truly added value to the book.
Here's my short story. I read all Sean Duffy 3-book series by this author first. Took a break. Read the first of the Michael Forsythe books (Dead I may well be), and thought it was just ok. I didn't think I was going to continue with the series. But, I decided to give this second book in the forsythe series a go and I'm glad I did. This is the best book I've read by this author yet. I really thought this was a superb book and superb narration. If there were a hundred books by this author and narrator combo, I'd buy every single one of them!
This is my second McKinty book and I have no idea how I missed him until now. But that error is now corrected. This is a great story, tight writing and a great performance - Bravo - S
Great writing and very entertaining. Very violent. Adrian McKinty is a very accomplished writer. I have listened to all of his books and loved them all.
I must admit that that this great book caught me totally by surprise. I am a died-in-the-wool Michael Conelly fan who has been repreatedly disappointed in my efforts to find another crime-mystery novelist who is the equal. Well my wait is onver. Adrian McKinty is the real thing He is a captivating author and the narration is over the top spell-binding. If I could have rated this a "10" instad of a "5", I would have done so. I am now going to listen the other two books in this trilogy!!
As soon as I was done with this book I downloaded everything I could from Adrian McKinty. The action was fast the use of language was fantastic, the characters were believeable, the suspense was taut. This was one of the best finds I have stumbled accross in quite a while. Hit 'add to cart' and you will not be sorry with this download.
I am sometimes a bit concerned that I have stopped reading books. I have not been able to get through one in text format for almost a year. Can audible books truly function as a full-bodied substitute?
Sometime they provide much more. There is no way that my inner voice could duplicate this reading! I have no doubt that experiencing this book in text format would also be a very rich experience. The author has a magical way with words even when describing horrific events.
However, as others have commented, this combination of author and reader may be one of the best to ever come together. Be certain to do the books in sequence by listening to "Dead I Well May Be" before "The Dead Yard."
Don't know what I want to be when I grow up. Trip's cool though. Use Audible to make gym-training sane... And rip my imagination.
I wish McKinty would stay in Ireland. This series has Michael Forsythe here in the U.S. and while still immersed in an ersatz Irish culture its exploration is not as compelling to me as his travels around 80s Belfast in "The Troubles Trilogy" nor his exploration of different Irish subcultures in "Falling Glass". McKinty is dark... a strength of his. However this Foresythe series pours more blood into, or tortures it out of, the darkness of this series' plotting. Sometimes less is more, and frequently... as in this series, more brutality is less impactful. I'm thinking of taking a rest from Michael Forsythe after this second in the series. Perhaps after some months my spirits will have healed much like Michael Forsythe's amazingly (and a tad unbelievably) resuscitative body.
Once again, Gerard Doyle's Irish-filled mouth zapped me into a sense of powerful place.
This is my first McKinty novel and the guy does write well, and the reading definitely enhances the story . . . but I was so overwhelmed by the gore that I lost the ability to get past it into the story itself.
I must have read 20 murder mysteries or espionage novels through audible, and this book easily has the most horrific killing out of any of them. If he had described someone killing and eating a puppy, it would have been easier. And if you think that statement is over the top and ruined your appetite, don't read the book. Me, I'm going to try a find lighter fare . . . like a nice novel about a serial killer or something.
it hardly matters that this plot is not his strongest. He is still So Way Better than most people writing crime today, that picking holes really feels like quibbling. And in Gerard Doyle, he has found the perfect narrator. When that match happens, it's bliss. On the whole, I don't love Michael, the protagonist of this trilogy as much as I love Sean Duffy; and McKinty isn't quite as sharp outside of Northern Ireland as he is writing about The Troubles. But again, he is so gifted as a writer, and his work is so strong, that those are churlish comments. Listening to, and reading him is always a joy (with the exception of the one about the Sun, which was - well, everybody gets a miss now and again.) The writing here is as sharp, and loaded as usual. McKinty understands something absolutely visceral about violence, about the compelling, seductive nature of it. He also understands a great deal about love, and the dangers and intoxication of sentimentality. Mostly though, he's a cracking story teller with a gorgeous ear for language. And why not? He's Irish. His books are always worth it.
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