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)
I will listen to Gerard Doyle read the phone book. I found Stuart Neville by searching for more performances by Doyle. I liked this book, but admittedly it has a lot to do with the reader. I do recommend all of Neville's books.
Wow. Amazing. Left me exhausted.
Harsh, yet beautiful. This is a powerful narrative of sin and redemption. The characters are brilliant. The lead character is haunting - honestly defined. The author does not waiver.
The city of Belfast is graphically depicted - the crushing despair and the threads of new hope are so beautifully illustrated. The writer effortlessly pull you in.
This is a powerful, at times violent, story; beautifully written. It is thought provoking and troubling. The narration could not have been better.
This is not a "beach" read, but I absolutely recommend it. When I rest up - as one reviewer suggested - I will get the sequel.
Fagen is one hard man. It was hard to really understand what was going on in the beginning of the book, but once I caught on the the twelve followers and really understood them, I found it quite interesting.
The story never really stops moving. I did find it hard to believe that Fagen was still very agile and "with it" even when he was near unconscious from drinking.
I would recommend this if you like a good Irish mystery that is rather gory at times.
Anyone reading this needs to be able to take frequent strong language. That aside it is a well written story that looks at the violence and politics of Northern Ireland in a different light. Anyone wanting to acquaint themselves with this area could do worse than listening to the book.
My reviews are rather simple but only because I want to convey my impressions of a story. I leave summaries to the publisher. LOVE Audible!
I don't know if I'd have continued listening to the end of this novel had it not been narrated so well. The story was good but not at all what I was expecting I suppose. I have another title in my library from this author so I haven't given up on him. This story just didn't do it for me.
I accidentally started reading the jack Lennon series with the fourth book and then started from the beginning of the series. The narrator is excellent! Speaks clearly and can really change between Irish, Scottish and English accents. The story is great, it actually made me do some research about Ireland to understand the background which fascinated me. Great read.
There was definitely a lot of action in this story and it was well written by Stuart Neville. What began to annoy me, however, were the ghosts that kept appearing. The ghosts lead the way for Gerry Fegan's revenge and, even though he and others stated Fegan was crazy, I found the ghosts hovering around and guiding him a bit stupid.
I doubt I will get the next book in the series because I really don't care whether Fegan gets over his guilt of killing innocent people or not. I could also care less whether the ghosts are still hanging out with him!
I've got to say that Stuart Neville is the only mystery writer I've ever read that can hold a candle to Adrian McGinty. Both writers are GREAT.
I love to listen to his books. Love it!!!
I hated it when it was over. I really empathized with everyone in the story.
I got this hoping it would resemble the Adrian McKinty novels. While the setting is more or less the same, fast forward a couple decades, the plot and the prose in general just don't come anywhere near McKinty's level. Rather disappointing.
I like to weed and read at the same time.
I bought this as part of a two for one. I thought it would be a break from the rather serious biography,history that I usually listen to.It was riveting; the premise and construction worked well. I read until I fell asleep on several nights and had to re-wind. I lived in London near Kentish town (IRA stronghold) throughout the early IRA bombings and the narrator's voices were spot on and chilling. Have bought the next one for a train trip.
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