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Publisher's Summary

In this exciting sequel to the acclaimed Dead I Well May Be, the mercenary Michael Forsythe is forced to infiltrate an Irish terrorist cell, confronting murder, mayhem, and the prospect of his own execution.

Michael is on holiday in Spain when a soccer riot between the Paddies and the Brits escalates out of control and he winds up in a Spanish prison. Enter Samantha, a beautiful British Intelligence agent. She makes Michael an offer he can't refuse: instead of extradition to Mexico to serve time for a prison break, he can infiltrate an IRA sleeper cell in the United States. Thrust into the nightmare world of men known for their distinctive brands of torture and revenge, Michael crosses and double-crosses key players, narrowly escapes his own lies, loses his only ally, and falls for the daughter of his enemy.

Don't miss these other noir thrillers in the Michael Forsythe series: Dead I Well May Be (Unabridged) and The Bloomsday Dead (Unabridged).
©2006 Adrian McKinty; (P)2006 Blackstone Audiobooks

Critic Reviews

  • Winner of Audio Publishers Association 2007 Audie Award, Thriller/Suspense
  • Audie Award Finalist, Solo Narration - Male, 2007

"McKinty's literate, expertly crafted third crime novel...confirms his place as one of his generation's leading talents." (Publishers Weekly)

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I am sometimes a bit concerned that I have stopped reading books. I have not been able to get through one in text format for almost a year. Can audible books truly function as a full-bodied substitute?

Sometime they provide much more. There is no way that my inner voice could duplicate this reading! I have no doubt that experiencing this book in text format would also be a very rich experience. The author has a magical way with words even when describing horrific events.

However, as others have commented, this combination of author and reader may be one of the best to ever come together. Be certain to do the books in sequence by listening to "Dead I Well May Be" before "The Dead Yard."

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  • Ryan
  • Santa Barbara, CA, USA
  • 06-08-06

Killed my appetite.

This is my first McKinty novel and the guy does write well, and the reading definitely enhances the story . . . but I was so overwhelmed by the gore that I lost the ability to get past it into the story itself.

I must have read 20 murder mysteries or espionage novels through audible, and this book easily has the most horrific killing out of any of them. If he had described someone killing and eating a puppy, it would have been easier. And if you think that statement is over the top and ruined your appetite, don't read the book. Me, I'm going to try a find lighter fare . . . like a nice novel about a serial killer or something.

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Gerard Doyle only highlight.

if it wasn't for Gérard Doyle I'd have quit Mckinty along time ago sick of being lectured by despicable characters who are so pathetic they don't have the moral altitude to look down on anyone.

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Michael Forsythe heads back into the darkness

The dark journey of Michael Forsythe continues in this second book of the series. (Read "Dead I Well May Be" before this one ... there are many spoilers for the first book in this one). Michael was definitely an anti-hero in the first book, but switches more into a hero role here as he is pushed into an assignment he only accepts reluctantly. The story get progressively darker, more violent, and at times gruesome as it unfolds. It does push the envelope of credulity at times when Michael/Sean continues to push through against long odds, but it is an exciting and ultimately satisfying read. Gerard Doyle does another fantastic job as narrator in the audio version, and his accents add much to the story.

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An Irish Jack Reacher with poetry in his soul

And a weakness for a pretty face and a conflicted sense of morality. He also reminds me of John Rain.

I have enjoyed Adrian McKinty's Michael Forsyth, with reservations. Gerard Doyle's narration carries the melancholy I have come to expect in his Irish stories. McKinty's language is beautiful and keeps wooing me back in spite of the graphic violence.

Michael has much more self awareness and compassion than we have come to expect from such a violent character, especially for his relative youth. He is a very old soul for a 25-year-old in this book.

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ripping yarn

Great story. Plenty of suspense. Lots of action and a bit of history. Mckinty as his best.

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Awesome narrator; great story

Oh my gosh, the tension! Michael gets himself into such trouble and some of the suspense is almost deadly - so to speak. I was up half the night reading this. Who could sleep??!

Michael is now Sean and doing work for MI6 to avoid a trip back to Mexico and the fate awaiting him there. (Read book 1 for those details.) The story from there is fantastic and McKinty has again written well-developed characters. I personally didn't care for the early peeks at what would happen. And the ending! Quite good. But now I need the next book now!

There were a few factual errors that were tiny distractions for me. One of the many things I enjoy about all of McKinty's books is the descriptions of locations. Here he had Boston PD responding to the bar in Revere, completely different cities. And as Michael and his handlers were leaving the Boston area to head to the North Shore they were stuck in traffic "on 98." Maybe 93 but I don't believe there is a Route 98. But just minor distractions.

As usual, Gerard Doyle is perfection personified. I could listen to him all day. And I have.

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Great narrator, gripping but violent story.

Would you consider the audio edition of The Dead Yard to be better than the print version?

I LOVE Gerard Doyle's narration. However, having read the Sean Duffy series before this (Michael Forsythe) I'm finding that there are a LOT of similarities (MI-6, attractive female operatives, etc.). That said, I was enthralled, and am getting ready to listen to the next one right now!

Any additional comments?

Graphic violence. And sex scenes best listened to with headphones and not in the kitchen with everyone walking through (my experience...)

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Enough Already!!!!!

If you could sum up The Dead Yard in three words, what would they be?

Nonstop Violence once it gets started

Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

No. I had to fast forward through some of the sequences.......I kept saying to myself....ok I get it enough already..........this audio book was about two hours too long.

Which character – as performed by Gerard Doyle – was your favorite?

Michael

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

A violent pulp fiction........

Any additional comments?

Not as good as the first in the series. But because I am invested in what happens to Michael, I wanted to know what happens next. Part two had too many implausible situations and unrelenting violence. If you have a credit or two that you don't mind losing, get the book. If you are saving credits, I would skip this one.

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even better than the first!

the character is no angel , but you cheer for him anyway! Great writing, narrating