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.
"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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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.
I read all the time, or nearly. I always have, I guess, since I was very young ... and now, getting older, more audio than any other medium.
This is a very well written and exremely well read book. It is also a very dark book, full of pain. Not the best choice for your light summer reading list .... or, for that matter, for keeping busy during that final week before your double mastectomy (mine, in this case). The author has a dim view of humankind in general, the IRA in particular, thinks politicians are all scum and that ALL politics is evil and is the root of much of what ails the human race. While I cannot fault most of his opinions, I reached a point with this book where I just couldn't read any more, even though I was very close to the end. It isn't that I don't (mostly) agree with the author. I just couldn't handle any more misery. AND there's a SEQUEL. Not, however, for me.
This book was extremely slow to start. So much so, it took me nearly two weeks to push through the first half. It simply would not grab my attention for anything.
As soon as the second half hit though, the book became interesting and intriguing.
I do recommend this book. Though do realize that unless you push through the first half to the second half, you will be bored and frustrated with your purchase.
If I had realized this was narrated by Gerard Doyle, I wouldn't have gotten it. He does great voices but the repetitive rhythm during long narration makes me crazy. The book was interesting but I could barely finish it without snoring.
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This book was "almost good" a good tale but I could never really engage with the characters. I kept thinking what a good movie it would make and trying to cast the characters.
Can there be any better pasttime than reading? Audiobook, regular book, e-book - I have 1 of each going at all times.
There is no mystery to this book - the idea of it winning a mystery award astounds me. Lots of killing, maiming, and guilt is what you'll find here. The main character tries to redeem himself - perhaps the mystery is whether he succeeds. I found my mind wandering, and when it returned to the story, it was only to hear another bout of torture. I found myself wishing to learn more about the characters' motivations, but just when I thought that was coming, you guessed it-more killing.
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