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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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    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.


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    LeahJean United States 06-06-12
    LeahJean United States 06-06-12
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    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    The language is not for everyones ears. The use the (F word) all the time and there are other words that will say the same thing with out that one


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    Nora Roberts Because I know she does not ust that langarge.


    What didn’t you like about Gerard Doyle’s performance?

    That wasOK for what I could stand


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Mainly Disappointment because of the Language. The story was a little hard to fallow for me.


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    "Striking look at post-Troubles Northern Ireland"

    I spent four years at Queens University before and during the most recent Troubles in Belfast. This novel is gritty and descriptive. It rings true, at least to me. And it is excellently performed in a voice that captures the accents of Belfast while remaining understandable to an American ear. It also captures the violence and ugliness of the dialect, but this adds to the verisimilitude of the work. Neville tells a powerful story that is hard to put down.

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    Madena Detroit, Michigan, United States 06-02-12
    Madena Detroit, Michigan, United States 06-02-12 Member Since 2015

    My name is Madena Williams, I'm an author of nonfiction publications. I write mostly inspirational advice that will impact people's lives.

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    Would you listen to The Ghosts of Belfast again? Why?

    Yes I would, because it kept you in a state of good listening. The listener will be able to understand what the writer was talking about.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Ghosts of Belfast?

    When the politician was finally killed, and he fell out of power over Belfast.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    When the ghosts finally called for the death of the priest.


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

    No I didn't, but put me in the state of a good suspense movie.


    Any additional comments?

    I hated the dog fighting. Didn't like that at all.

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    Jeni 05-06-12
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    "Intriguing story marred by gratuitous violence"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    The theme of redemption was overwhelmed by a level of brutality that was unnecessary for character of plot development.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    NO


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    Jeni 05-06-12
    Jeni 05-06-12 Member Since 2012

    I'm an avid reader/listener who loves a good yarn, a voice full of character, and a little something to think about. I hate it when a great story is ruined by unnecessary or extreme violence/profanity.

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    The theme of redemption was overwhelmed by a level of brutality that was unnecessary for character of plot development.


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    NO


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    peter Milford, CT, United States 05-01-12
    peter Milford, CT, United States 05-01-12 Member Since 2012

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    "Recommended"

    A highly entertaining (and informative) novel of intrigue and ghostly revenge in modern Belfast. Very well written by the author and expertly read by the narrator.

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    Jeffrey Dame Scottsdale, Az 12-06-09
    Jeffrey Dame Scottsdale, Az 12-06-09 Member Since 2014
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    "A Christmas Carol With Guns and Bombs"

    OK, I guess. Steady Irish/Scots accent from narrator doesn't differentiate between the characters much, but all the characters are pretty much the same so there's not much to distinguish between anyway. The plot gets started and plows ahead at a steady pace like a bulldozer tearing up the land for a road in a slow steady growl. Constant plot, constant narration, little movement; ghosts and guns...somewhat dull like a steady drone. Maybe worth a credit, certainly a little different. Not a keeper.

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    Karen los angeles, CA, United States 03-21-12
    Karen los angeles, CA, United States 03-21-12 Member Since 2013

    living in los angeles I drive a lot, so audio books save me from a lot of frustration!

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    Although the writing and the narration was good, the story just did not hook me. It seemed too predictable, but I have high hopes for this author.

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    Audible is the best thing since sliced bread..

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    It goes on and on.. hard to stay into the book.. atleast for me. I get what the writer is trying to do. And its a good concept.. but the rattling just goes on and on. It bored me to the point of putting it down. I can't finish, I fall asleep listening.

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