• Veil of Civility

  • A Black Shuck Thriller (Declan McIver Series)
  • By: Ian Graham
  • Narrated by: Steve Marvel
  • Length: 15 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook
  • Release date: 01-10-14
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Kirkgrim Books
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars 4.5 (23 ratings)

Regular price: $24.95

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Publisher's Summary

During the Soviet - Afghan War an elite team of operatives were trained in the mountains of Afghanistan. Loyal to the Provisional Irish Republican Army, they were known only by their codename, Black Shuck.
In the years that followed - betrayed from within by the internal power struggles of the IRA - the team members were hunted down. Three survived, fading into the turbulent streets of Northern Ireland. To this day, their identities remain a mystery - but nothing can stay hidden forever.
For years, Declan McIver has lived under the radar - married to a beautiful woman and operating a successful business - but that life is about to change. When a planned meeting with an old friend goes horribly wrong, Declan finds himself on the run from a shadowy conspiracy that will stop at nothing to keep their evil intentions a closely guarded secret.
To survive, he'll have to rely on long dormant training and reach deep within himself to a place and time he'd hoped to never return. As his past is laid open for the world to see and events spiral further out of control - who will win and at what cost?
Weaving well-documented facts and speculative history, Veil of Civility combines Soviet Special Forces, the Irish Republican Army, American politicians and Chechen terrorists into an explosive modern day thriller! From the countryside of suburban Virginia and the powerful halls of Washington DC to the rocky coast of Wales and the moors of Scotland, Declan McIver struggles to stay one step ahead of the conspiracy that has made him a wanted man!
©2012 Ian Matthew Graham (P)2014 Ian Matthew Graham
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5 out of 5 stars
By AudioBook Reviewer on 03-09-16

gripping but plausible international thriller

Declan McIver is a former member of the IRA who is now living in the US, happily married and running his own real estate business. But when he witnesses the killing of a friend and former employer, he becomes a target for those who carried out the assassination and is set up to be the fall guy. Together with his wife, he finds himself on the run having to reconnect with his past which he thought was buried.

Veil of Civility is an intricate conspiracy thriller dealing with an organized terrorist attack by Chechen Islamists in America. It is a well-crafted mix of politics, religion, history and international terrorism. Because of these topics, it is not the type of book that I would usually choose to read. Therefore, it speaks highly of the author's skill that I was fully engaged with the story from the first minute of listening, and I totally surprised myself when the author didn't lose me once throughout the nearly 16 hours of listening. The plot flows extremely well and there is just the right balance between descriptive passages, background information and character dialogue and action.

Apparently, this is Ian Graham's first full-length novel, which is pretty amazing. Listening to this, it becomes evident that an enormous amount of research must have gone into this book. Mr. Graham did a very good job of mixing fiction with historical events and actual locations, and thus manages to create plausibility. Veil of Civility is an action-filled thriller that takes the listener from the US to Wales, Scotland, and Ireland as well as Russia and the Mexican/US border.

I prefer some plot twists and a bit of humor in my reading, there isn't much of that here. But it is extremely well written and very exciting, with a protagonist who comes off as quite a balanced individual despite his past. Declan McIver becomes pretty likable as the man on the run who takes on a corrupt system, and while many of these good-guy-saves-the-world type of stories are over the top and far-fetched, Mr. Graham succeeded in creating a story that was scarily believable.

The narration was fantastic. Being an international thriller, Steve Marvel certainly had his work cut out with the sheer amount of different accents he had to do. Declan's very heavy drawl was a tad over the top, but Mr. Marvel kept all the characters distinct and clear, so dialogues were always easy to follow. There were no issues with the production.

For any listeners interested in political conspiracies or anybody looking for a gripping but plausible international thriller based on sound research, this should be on your list.

Audiobook was provided for review by the author.

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18 of 22 people found this review helpful

5 out of 5 stars
By Jonathan on 04-03-16

Great Book

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

It has everything I love in a suspense novel. I have listened to it twice.
I heard another one is on its way. Can't wait

What other book might you compare Veil of Civility to and why?

Any Clive Cussler book.

What about Steve Marvel’s performance did you like?

His mastery of the different accents

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