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)
You could feel the dull grey skies and the damp mood throughout the book. The characters were raw to me, sometimes I had to turn my head away from my own visualizations. A strong piece of work..a different kind of look at the struggle Ireland went through. The intertwining pain,guilt and absolute evil in the small cast of characters. The realities are not romanced here. Its worth the read.
I love espionage, legal, and detective thrillers but listen to most genres. Very frequent reviews. No plot spoilers! Please excuse my typos!
Years after the end of the Troubles in Northern Ireland ex-IRA foot soldier and assassin Gerry Fagan is haunted by visions, dreams and memories of 20 innocent people he killed. Rather than take personal responsibility for the murders he committed he decides to kill the people who ordered them. There are no good guys in this very dark and bloody story.
Gerard Doyle narrates as only he can. His accent is smooth and strong and his performance flawless, just like with the Adrian McKinty novels he narrates.
I cannot recommend this novel because it is so dark and violent.
Gripping, real, intense. And the narration only enhances the experience. I rarely write reviews but this book took my breath away. This is not just another horror tale. This is storytelling at its finest. It is an accomplished exploration of one man's journey through a very real hell. The story enlightened my understanding of the conflict endured by generations of Irish men and women. Very powerful.
I agree with most of the reviews here, i.e. that this novel is an amazing debut by Stuart Neville. This author is going to be one of the greats. What I really want to say is that from an audible book point of view Gerard Doyle is a fantastic narrator. It can not be overstated how much a good narrator brings to the experience of an audio book. I enjoy Michael Connelly's books but half of the Audible narrators used for Connellys's books are terrible. *PLEASE* Audible, use more narrators like Gerard Doyle and Peter Giles.
I wasn't expecting what I got from listening to this book. I guess with 12 ghosts following him around, I expected a spooky piece of light-weight literature. Boy, was I pleasantly surprised. This book provoked a real discussion in my head of the moral dilemmas Fegan faced nearly on an hourly basis. It is tightly written, imaginative,and very entertaining. It was nice to see what seemed to be a sure jump into a love story evolve into something that would be more likely to happen.
Strong and likeable characters, gritty with a moderate dose of grisly violence, and top notch writing. It will be read in one fell swoop, I promise you.
A new and real talent.
I can't wait to read more from this author.
If you like Adrian McKinty and Stieg Larsson, you'll love this book. Gerard Doyle is one of the best narrators out there - he really helps make the story great.
This book came up in my audible recommendations, probably because I am a huge Adrian McKinty fan. I was hesitant to buy it, but based on the positive reviews I decided to give it a try. I am so glad I did.
There is no getting around the fact that this book is dark. Some of the material is upsetting. However, I found the character of Gerry so well developed and compelling that the material fit perfectly with his story, instead of just being gratuitous.
The story is both terribly sad and incredibly hopeful in its way. I found it very thought provoking and it touches on themes of guilt, fear, redemption, and profound loss.
The narration by Gerard Doyle is, as always, stellar.
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Thanks to Janice, who reviewed this book and addressed the issue of the violence. I might not have taken a chance on this without her review. I agree that the violence is not gratuitous and that what is there is necessary. This is a suspenseful thriller with a lot of history and a lot of depth. The protagonist is coming to terms with what he did during Ireland's Troubles, trying to put things right so that he can go on with his life. I don't want to say too much about how he goes about this, but it's a great story. Stuart Neville uses the kind of history and emotional depth found in Sebastian Barry's works, and puts them into a thriller worthy of William Boyd's Restless and Ordinary Thunderstorms. The writing is very good and the characters are very much alive, sometimes uncomfortably so.
Gerard Doyle's narration is excellent and he keeps the characters so clear and vivid that I forgot I was listening to one person.
I will definitely look for more by both Stuart Neville and Gerard Doyle.
This story starts off a bit slowly but picks up around mid way. I didn't find find the subject matter as hard to listen to as some of the other reviewers did, but I guess that's a personal thing.
The narrator also took some getting used to, but overall I think he did a good job.
If you like thrillers with a good dose of blood and politics, this is the book for you.
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A friend loves this author and recommended him so I figured I would try this audio based on the positive reviews. I could only listen to the first few hours and then had to stop. It was easy to tell where the story was going, and after all the violence in the beginning I didnt want to listen to many more hours of the same. If you are in a deep dark mood perhaps you might enjoy this book. I'll just listen to some Irish music instead!
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