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Two weeks of rest and recuperation - that's what the doctor ordered. Detective Sergeant DC Smith could listen to some music, make some of his own, and maybe even catch up on his reading; he is almost looking forward to it. And then there is a knock on the door. It's only his next-door neighbor, but it is the beginning of a sequence of events that will bring him face to face with some of the darkest episodes and the most dangerous people from his own past. This is Smith's fifth investigation, but this time it's personal.

©2016 Peter Grainger (P)2017 Tantor

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Best (so far) of a great series

I have enjoyed this entire series on Audible and was looking forward to this book's release - which was perfectly timed for me being flat on my back for a few days. Alas I finished the book in one day which is the best endorsement I can give. Somewhat different from the rest of the series but an excellent story with usual excellent narration. One of the very few books I gave five stars in each category. Looking forward to the next book.

10 of 10 people found this review helpful

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Best novel in a marvelous detective series!

Detective thrillers do not get better than In the Bright Future! This is Book 5 in the English detective DC Smith series. Smith is on forced leave and he goes to Northern Ireland and deals with people from his past. Gildart Jackson does his usual wonderful job of narration.

If you like the mystery/thriller genre, this is a must listen novel. It's definitely one of the best of the year.

6 of 6 people found this review helpful

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Brilliant series

this is one of my favorite books in the series. I love the writing. lots of background information and character development. I highly recommend this.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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Best yet.

I like the other books in this series that are available on audible but this one, in my opinion, is the best. I was a teen living in the USA during the riots in Northern Ireland and remember (vaguely) children being sent here so that they could get a break from the fighting. Not only was this a great story but it educated me on what was really happening during that time. I hope another D.C. Smith story is available soon.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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A MUST READ

The best yet. D.C. Smith faces old ghosts from his past. This book covers 30 years his early years and his recent life. Woven together in a riveting story. As always in DC Smith stories are multi layered stories and the characters are well developed.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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very captivating

very good character development and p.lot.very worthwhile and we'll worth the investment of time and money

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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Poignancy Artfully Conveyed

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Yes, but I would also warn them that this is not a heart warming story. It is a story of honest, poignant reflection. Although fiction, it is as real as emotional plumbing gets.

Who was your favorite character and why?

As usual, D C Smith. What charm, insight, and courage.

Which character – as performed by Gildart Jackson – was your favorite?

D. C. Smith. Mr. Jackson is no ordinary narrator. He is stellar.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

I don't understand the meaning of tag line? In fact, I think its reference in this context a bit offensive. There is nothing amusing about this story. It is a profound, bitter sweet recounting.

Any additional comments?

I do not ordinarily like fiction. I usually find it, at best, an escape from more important, profound reflection. This entire series is the exception. I will ultimately buy the Kendal editions so that I can more properly note profound reflections.

4 of 5 people found this review helpful

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Best in the series so far

A really gripping and enjoyable story. As with all of Grainger's books, he sets up the ending perfectly and it's completely satisfying, but more than that, this is the narrative that's been continually set up throughout the rest of the series.

Gildart Jackson is the best. I have to say that in a couple of the other books, he's demonstrated that he's only sort of ok at regional English accents, but I thought he really nailed Irish, of which there's quite a lot in this one.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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my favorite book in my favorite series

I read a lot and listen a lot to audible, but rarely rate books or audible. I have thoroughly enjoyed the DC Smith books and this book in particular. A rational hero in an irrational time. I hope Peter Grainger's imagination holds out for a few more years.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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DC Smith is addicting - and this is the best yet!

Peter Grainger's DC Smith series is most similar in feel to Louise Penny's Inspector Gamache's series. Both series are about crimes and detection, but also about issues of politics, family, immigration, love, aging, revenge, death, etc. Both detectives spend time thinking, not just acting or reacting. Both have a strong moral compass. Both are interesting people, and we are compelled to keep reading to know them better.

"In This Bright Future" is the best yet in the series. So good in both performance and story that I just gave up trying to do anything else until I had listened to the end. Hauntingly told entwined stories of life and death in Belfast from the Troubles and today.

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  • lisasarcy
  • 11-06-17

Wonderful series of books

I’ve only ‘read’ these books via audio, but can’t imagine any other way now thanks to the excellent performance by the narrator. The central character is presented with a subtlety and charm that is very engaging.

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  • Minty
  • 10-23-17

Unexpectedly moving

A fascinating view into the complexities of “the troubles” and how they touched families for generations and still do. This a slow burner but the pace is perfect to provoke contemplation. The main character of the series, DC, is a clever thoughtful man and this book gives an insight into the person he has become. He might be a little like Marmite but I sit squarely in the “love it” camp. If you’re looking for a fast-paced thriller then go elsewhere but if you have focus and a little indulgence then you will be roundly rewarded with what I would judge to be the best in this series so far. It is also unexpectedly moving and all the better for it. A final thought on the narration which was very fine indeed. The range of accents must have been daunting but they were handled superbly and the pace and timing were absolutely on point. I wonder if Mr Jackson has met Mr Grainger as there is such empathy in the narrated interpretation. I strongly recommend this book.

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  • Helen
  • 09-25-17

So boring

Would you try another book written by Peter Grainger or narrated by Gildart Jackson?

No.

What could Peter Grainger have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

Taken two thirds out.

What do you think the narrator could have done better?

I like his voice but he couldn't make the story interesting.

What character would you cut from In This Bright Future?

I can't remember any names.

Any additional comments?

Dull and very very long.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful