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The Dead Yard Audiobook

The Dead Yard

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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

What the Critics Say

  • 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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    A User Danville, IN, United States 08-20-12
    A User Danville, IN, United States 08-20-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Intense and bloody"

    I enjoyed the Cold Cold Ground by McKinty very much, so I was looking forward to another work by this author in partnership with this excellent reader. However The Dead Yard let me down with shallow, formulaic violent characters who were not believable nor particularly likeable. I am not squeamish about murder and mayhem books as a rule, but in this case I would have enjoyed more character development and less gore.

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    Thomas FARMINGTON, NM, United States 08-13-12
    Thomas FARMINGTON, NM, United States 08-13-12 Member Since 2016

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    "Brilliant plot twists, fresh voice"
    Would you listen to The Dead Yard again? Why?

    I expect I will listen again. The pace of the action is great, and the twists are so unexpected that I spent most of the first listen just following the thread. McKinty has created a couple of really great characters, and this merits a second listen so I can pay closer attention to them.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I found the main character, Michael Forsyth, very interesting. The author took more time drawing Michael in a convincing way than most mystery/thriller heroes. Michael is full of contradictions, but his actions are completely believable. There was never a time I said "Oh, come on." Everything that happened, everything he did, was exactly what a real Michael would have done.


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

    Doyle has a bunch of good characters. His voice is very versatile. Michael is so much the dominant character of the novel that I have to choose him.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    It was hard to take breaks. I found myself listening into the night.


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    Aaron Jones 06-05-12
    Aaron Jones 06-05-12
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    "Accent difficult - good story"

    It took a bit to be able to understand the accent the narrator used.
    This is an interesting series and I've enjoyed them all.

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    Les Mississauga, ON, Canada 05-14-11
    Les Mississauga, ON, Canada 05-14-11 Member Since 2015

    I'm hooked on audible

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    "Great story and listen"

    Being new at this game I was really captured by Adrian McKinty but it was the narration by Gerard Doyle that brought the book to life. Being Irish myself and loving the accent I found the reading of the story riviting.

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    David Houston, TX, United States 04-08-11
    David Houston, TX, United States 04-08-11 Member Since 2008

    Actor/director/teacher. Split my time between Beijing and Seattle now. Listen to Audible on the subway and while driving or riding my bike.

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    "Very satisfying but not McGinty's best"

    If you disliked the leisurely pace at which "Dead I Well..." developed at first, you will probably be somewhat happier with the second book of the trilogy. It moves with unflagging momentum and maintains a high level of suspense and tension throughout. It is, in fact, really a straight ahead undercover thriller.

    For my money, however, it lacks the brilliance of the first book. McKinty writes with the same poetic flair for description, and his plotting is nearly flawless, but the idiosyncratic wildness and unpredictability of the first book is missing here.
    The book also wallows a bit in Michael's willingness to throw good sense to the winds whenever a comely lass gives him an innocent or sultry look.

    Nonetheless, second rate McGinty is superior to the best most authors can muster in this genre, and I'm looking forward to the third book with confident anticipation.

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    D. Landau Toronto, Canada 03-22-11
    D. Landau Toronto, Canada 03-22-11 Member Since 2017
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    "Great writing, quite violent"

    I really like the writing and narration, and it's quite gripping. There are a few passages that are quite gruesome, so it's not for the faint of heart.

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    stephen Atlanta, GA, United States 11-05-10
    stephen Atlanta, GA, United States 11-05-10 Member Since 2015
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    "Better than the first"

    Some of the scenes are hard to listen too in the first two books of this series but it does not take away from a great character and a great story. Some of the most suspenseful books that I have read, you kind of know what is going to happen but it doesn't matter you cannot stop listening. If you like suspense, great narration, root for character, and don't mind some graphic violent scenes you will love this series. I am looking forward to listening to the last installment on vacation with me in the next few weeks

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    D. Greble usa 10-30-10
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    "Smart, sassy, and full of suspense"

    I love Gerard Doyle's narration. His voice is sexy and has great resonance. The story isn't as intriguing as the other two in the trilogy, but it kept me company and awake on many long drives and I may start all over again and listen to the 3 in the trilogy. FYI: each book can be read on its own. I started with book 3.

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    Donna Vergennes, VT, United States 06-28-10
    Donna Vergennes, VT, United States 06-28-10
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    "Excellent listen!"

    I totally enjoyed this book. It was my first by Adrian McKinty; I'll definitely listen to more. Couldn't stop listening-kept me on the edge of my seat more than once. The narrator was right on too. His voice brought Michael/Sean to life for me. A few times I had to remind myself this was fiction. Thanks for the great read!

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    G. Steyn Newton, MA United States 01-27-10
    G. Steyn Newton, MA United States 01-27-10 Member Since 2008
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    "Book and narrator come together perfectly"

    I'm not going to talk about the plot, which was covered in the summaries already. Instead, I'll tell you that the narrator of the book, Michael Forsyth is witty, charming, and mordant, and that Gerard Doyle captures him perfectly in this recording.

    Highly recommended.

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