Whom do I praise first, the author or the reader? This is a first rate collaboration. Adrian McKinty provided a wonderful, literary tale of betrayal..Show More » and revenge, more betrayal, more revenge and more again. Gerard Doyle took that tale, personalized the character of worldly-wise, 19-year-old Michael, and related the story as if it were his own. Thanks to his spot-on delivery, we feel Michael's joy and despair and everything in between. It's not edge-of-your seat suspense and there's not a lot of mystery. The description implies more action than there really is, but it's a doggone good story read extremely well. I hope there's more coming down the pike from these two.
I listened to this book immediately after the first, and prefer this one-- the protagonist is seven years older and has indeed matured, his motivation..Show More »s are clearer, the contrasts in his behavior (savage) and his intellect/sensitivity (intense) are less stark, which results in a more nuanced and intelligent novel, though still very much of a piece with the first. Although I could admire some things about Michael Forsythe in the first novel (his bravery, his poetry, his intelligence), in this novel I came to like him, the author gives him more internal conflict, more of a chance for redemption. As with the first book I found the read intense, but blood and gore don't stream through the book for shock's sake, it's not a book where the violence repulses though it certainly sounds as a constant in the novel and the protaganist's life. As with the first novel, the male characters are much more compelling and three-dimensional than the females, but...this particular world is a very ugly male world so far, so no real surpise. Nice to have two consistent, high caliber novels - I'm ready to read the third and hope for the same!
Adrian McKinty has fast become one of my favorite authors and Gerard Doyle is a spectacular narrator. This third installment of the Michael Forsythe ..Show More »series is tremendous. It would be useful to have listened/read to the two prior installments, and absolutely essential to have read Dead I May Well Be before Bloomsday Dead. I will be in serious withdrawal until McKinty comes out with his next book.