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By Mr on 11-02-10
Good yarn, poorly told
Stuart Neville has produced a creditable first novel set in 'post conflict' Ulster. It is a gritty plot with moralistic overtones as the main character Gerry Fagan comes to terms with his past terrorist deeds pushed on by the ghostly apparitions of those he has killed. Those who are familiar with the political and terrorist characters in Northern Ireland will quickly recognise the thinly disguised characterisations and backdrops.
Unfortunately what is a reasonable story, is spoiled by very poor and inappropriate narration. The narrator (Gerard Doyle) cannot carry the accents of Northern Ireland (and elsewhere) in anything like a credible way and narrates the story in a voice that is more suited to Darby O'Gill than the back streets of West Belfast! This is a real shame because the story deserves better.
If you can overcome this (as I eventually did) then it is worth a listen. However, if poor accents annoy you give it a miss.
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