As he's working his way down the list, he encounters a woman who may offer him redemption; she has borne a child to an RUC officer and is an outsider too. Now he has given Fate - and his quarry - a hostage. Is this Fegan's ultimate mistake?
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"Stuart Neville's debut novel about the 'Troubles' in Northern Ireland is harsh, brutal, and unrelentingly grim. With spare, crisp dialogue, and a gift for turning an Irish phrase, Neville plants himself firmly in Adrian McKinty territory. And who better to narrate than Gerard Doyle? Doyle gets it—and so do we. His whine; his growl; his rough yet sensitive, always-passionate performance gives everything a listener could want from an audiobook." (AudioFile)
"With this stunning debut, Neville joins a select group of Irish writers, including Ken Bruen, Declan Hughes, and Adrian McKinty, who have reinvigorated the noir tradition with a Celtic edge." (Publishers Weekly)
Violence, loads of it. A story about a former enforcer who's victims haunt him and demand justice. As this is extracted we are introduced to a world where the motivations behind a lot of the violence and the characters running things is brilliantly fleshed out. The same goes for the main character, Gerry Fegan, The story is very powerful, well written and convincingly narrated in a very understated style.
Yes. The language, writing, perfomance of the reader were all worthy of a 5 star review. Couldn't wait to get my car for my daily commute to listen to this audiobook. The story was very, very compelling and interesting. I was just short of giving it 5 stars for overall, performance and story but thought the story let me down at the end. Won't give details as it might spoil the ending.
Language, writing, perfomance of the reader. The story was great all the way up until the last few chapters. Then I thought the outcome got a little too "convenient."
A stimulating book, well written, and very well narrated, The book is uncomprimsingly violent, but then these are violent times, and one feels the author has captured the time. The characters are well drawn and the lead character evokes sympathy, but on reflection one wonders why, he has few redeeming features for the main, and his "haunting" seems to be entirely justified. The politicians on both sides of the conflict demonstrate a complete lack of social morals, the combatents are mindlessly violent . This book I feel is thought provoking but at the same time disturbing and well worth the listen
Yes because it is a really good story full of reality.
He was lucid and easy to understand. I could experience the ghost while driving, at night.
This is when I use CD books and, of course, as a sleep tool since I hit the beddy buy around 4:30 in the afternoon when sleep does not come easily.
Good books, well spoken, are my salvation owing to my opinion that to remain alert listening to something that gets my attention is far better than dozing as I drive off the freeway at 74 mph.
The end which while realistic, was a hard example of reality.
I looked and did not find another book with the same characters.
This was well written and I will read more by Neville. I found Doyle's accent a bit hard to hear at times.
The story. The characters and their interactions were captivating.
I wanted more variety between character voices, because there were times when I wouldn't have known who was speaking if the book hadn't stated it. There were several male characters at a time, and it got quite confusing.
Intrigued by the suffering of the main character, I was just hoping and waiting for redemption and relief.
The story was a little slow and since it takes place in Belfast I had a hard time keeping up the accents. It did pick up more at the end - I enjoyed the second half of the book a little better.
Stuart Neville's plot is engaging and easy to follow. I started this book while painting the house and it kept me wanting to paint - something I rarely ever want to do.
I would read another story from this author and i can recommend it, thou it is really bloody.
This was one of the first book I have read from that war. It was very interresting and it seems that the author was up to date on the history facts.
Accent, well read and for an not english speaking person easy to understand.
No. It ended as it should.
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