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The Ghosts of Belfast | [Stuart Neville]

The Ghosts of Belfast

Fegan has been a "hard man" - an IRA killer in Northern Ireland. Now that peace has come, he is being haunted day and night by 12 ghosts: a mother and infant, a schoolboy, a butcher, an RUC constable, and seven other of his innocent victims. In order to appease them, he's going to have to kill the men who gave him orders. 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.
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Publisher's Summary

Fegan has been a "hard man" - an IRA killer in Northern Ireland. Now that peace has come, he is being haunted day and night by 12 ghosts: a mother and infant, a schoolboy, a butcher, an RUC constable, and seven other of his innocent victims. In order to appease them, he's going to have to kill the men who gave him orders.

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?

©2009 Stuart Neville; (P)2009 Audible, Inc.

What the Critics Say

  • Los Angeles Times Book Prize, Mystery / Thriller, 2010
  • Notable Crime Books of 2009 (Marilyn Stasio, The New York Times)
  • The Year’s Most Mesmerizing Mysteries (Maureen Corrigan, NPR)

"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)

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    Neale X. Trangucci Summit, NJ, US 05-02-13
    Neale X. Trangucci Summit, NJ, US 05-02-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Would have been 5 stars but..."
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    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.


    What did you like best about this story?

    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."


    Have you listened to any of Gerard Doyle’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    lloyd mollymook, Australia 02-27-13
    lloyd mollymook, Australia 02-27-13
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    "Alonzo"

    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

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    Donna North fort Myers, FL, United States 02-04-13
    Donna North fort Myers, FL, United States 02-04-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Read or listen to...The Ghost of Belfast, ASAP"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes because it is a really good story full of reality.


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    Mostly.


    What does Gerard Doyle bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    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.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The end which while realistic, was a hard example of reality.


    Any additional comments?

    I looked and did not find another book with the same characters.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Shelley 01-07-13
    Shelley 01-07-13
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    "Good story however a bit convoluted"
    Would you try another book from Stuart Neville and/or Gerard Doyle?

    This was well written and I will read more by Neville. I found Doyle's accent a bit hard to hear at times.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    C. 12-11-12
    C. 12-11-12
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    "A movie in my head"
    What did you love best about The Ghosts of Belfast?

    The story. The characters and their interactions were captivating.


    Did Gerard Doyle do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    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.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Intrigued by the suffering of the main character, I was just hoping and waiting for redemption and relief.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    kathryn 11-26-12
    kathryn 11-26-12
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    "Anti Heroes of the IRA."

    The legacy of the 30 years of Troubles is the soulless men who ended up surviving.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Amy Plato, MO, United States 11-25-12
    Amy Plato, MO, United States 11-25-12
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    "It was OK"
    Any additional comments?

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Gary Pasadena, CA, United States 09-10-12
    Gary Pasadena, CA, United States 09-10-12
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    "Great Historical Crime Novel"
    What made the experience of listening to The Ghosts of Belfast the most enjoyable?

    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.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    anders Veberod, Sweden 06-17-12
    anders Veberod, Sweden 06-17-12 Member Since 2010
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    "All that blood"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    I would read another story from this author and i can recommend it, thou it is really bloody.


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    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.


    What three words best describe Gerard Doyle’s performance?

    Accent, well read and for an not english speaking person easy to understand.


    Do you think The Ghosts of Belfast needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    No. It ended as it should.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Potter O. 06-13-12
    Potter O. 06-13-12 Member Since 2004
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    "Grows on You"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    The first 30 mins were a bit of a challenge, but it got better and better. The reader was great and did the Irish accents perfectly.


    Would you recommend The Ghosts of Belfast to your friends? Why or why not?

    Yes - I would recommend it. A good story well produced.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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