I do not normally read ( listen to) either crime stories or ghost stories, and bought this on a whim as a vacation read ( something different). What a..Show More » compelling story. Notwithstanding there are ghosts, and violence, Neville had me hooked and actually caring about what would happen to the main character, a murderer for the IRA. The language ( clear vivid word-pictures) the story ( how politics replaced the IRA tactics of intimidation) and the plot ( which proceeds in a straight and predictable line but still leaves you interested in how it will play out) were all terrific. Excellent narration by Doyle, whom I did not care for in the beginning but did, significantly, by the end.
I listened to "Angel Time" by Anne Rice, with a (somewhat) similar theme, hit man years later trying to make amends. With respect to Ms Rice, whom I like, " Ghosts of Belfast" is -by far - a much, much better book
In his second outing, Neville proves that his terrific debut novel, The Ghosts of Belfast, was no fluke. This is a well written, carefully constructed..Show More » thriller full of dark and dangerous characters. The storytelling and pacing are near perfect. This is a book that stays with you after you've finished listening to it.
Gerard Doyle's brilliant narration adds immeasurable texture and richness to the reading experience. With his work on the two Neville books, together with his equally outstanding narration of Adrian McKinty's Michael Forsythe trilogy, Doyle has firmly established himself as the narrator of choice for Irish noir.
This book had me from the first page. I first heard Doyle read Adrian McKinty's trilogy and he does another fine job with Neville's words. The story ..Show More »is very intense and the main villain is totally creepy. I slept with the bathroom light on for a few nights. The ending is killer and there are seeds planted for book four. Lennon is getting to be a favorite series for me.
This book is just as strong as The Ghosts of Belfast and stronger than Collusion. Unfortunately it isn't a long read and ended before I was ready to say goodbye.
I thought I would enjoy listening to anything narrated by Gerard Doyle, but this book has convinced me that I was wrong. This is the second Neville b..Show More »ook I've "read" and it will be the last as I find his plot lines predictable and the language unremarkable. I adore Irish noir (I realize now how spoiled I am by Adrian McKinty's work) but am off to find other authors whose writing adheres to Elmore Leonard's most important rule, "If it sounds like writing, I rewrite it."