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)
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.
What a different book! Highly recommend! you really feel for Fegan. This would make a great movie if done well. LOVE LOVE LOVE Gerard Doyle. Looking forward to Collusion.
I loved pretty much everything about the book. The development of all of the characters that needed a backstory was excellent. The story arc was enjoyable. And the historic premise worked well. This book was over before I knew it.
No extreme reaction. This isn't really that kind of book. I just had a really good time being carried by the story
New England born want-to-be Irishman. I love stories set in Boston and Ireland.
The characters were rich and scary. I felt their "madness"
Gerry was a good and evil in a confused mind.
He is AWESOME
No, never finished it, because I found the excessive profanity rather distasteful.
I enjoyed the beginning of the book, and the idea of guilt manifesting in the ghosts of the victims, but I could not continue after the cursing began.
I will listen to this story again. It was fast paced and I don't want to miss any of the story.
The ghost woman's decision near the very end of the book.
Yes. I listen to the Duncan Kincade/Gemma James series by Deborah Crombie. I really like his voice and the accents seem very smooth.
No, I did not have an extreme reaction, but it was sad. Such a terrible time in history...unthinkable, really. It is hard to believe what the Irish had to live with. This book shares memories of those times. My husband and I took a vacation trip to England in 1984. Three days before our trip the IRA set off a bomb in one of the Heathrow terminal walkways...we walked right by the scorch marks. I think that reality made this book more "real" to me.
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