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I listened to this book immediately after the first, and prefer this one-- the protagonist is seven years older and has indeed matured, his motivations 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!
10 of 10 people found this review helpful
A friend of mine recommended this series of books to me, and I loved every minute of them. Michael Forsythe is an interesting, captivating character. The narration is a perfect mate to these stories as it is very well done with Irish brogue and various other accents done to perfection.
I don't know why Adrian McKinty hasn't made best seller lists all over the place. I was blown away by his writing style - a thriller writer who puts his more popular contemporaries to shame (James Patterson eat your heart out!).
Start with this book and dive into the world of Michael Forsythe. Let him take you to places and thrilling situations to make you forget everything else. I know you'll quickly be getting the other two books when you're done with this one. Only a wee ijit would miss out on such fantastic storytelling.
9 of 9 people found this review helpful
Love the accents, the storyline and excellent characters. I loved the Sean Duffy books and now these.. Only one to go - what a shame!
Would you consider the audio edition of The Dead Yard to be better than the print version?
I have not read the book but the narration is so good I don't think the book could be better.
What was one of the most memorable moments of The Dead Yard?
The final scenes at the Dead Yard itself were riveting. Had to listen right to the end. Can't wait to read the third book in the series now.
Have you listened to any of Gerard Doyle’s other performances? How does this one compare?
This is my sixth Gerard Doyle book performance.. They are all excellent and this is up with them all.
Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?
There was never a dull moment.
Any additional comments?
A most enjoyable book. You have to be prepared for a bit of swearing and violence of course.