The Twelve

  • by Stuart Neville
  • Narrated by Gerard Doyle
  • 11 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Former paramilitary killer Gerry Fegan is haunted by his victims, 12 souls who shadow his every waking day and scream through every drunken night. Just as he reaches the edge of sanity, they reveal their desire: vengeance on those who engineered their deaths. From the greedy politicians to the corrupt security forces, the street thugs to the complacent bystanders who let it happen, all must pay the price.When Fegan's vendetta threatens to derail Northern Ireland's peace process and destabilise its fledgling government, old comrades, and enemies alike want him gone. David Campbell, a double agent lost between the forces of law and terror, takes the job. But he has his own reasons for eliminating Fegan; the secrets of a dirty war should stay buried, even if its ghosts do not. Set against the backdrop of a post-conflict Northern Ireland struggling with its past, The Twelve takes the reader from the back streets of the city, where violence and politics go hand-in-hand, to the country's darkest heart. Stuart Neville's gripping thriller marks the emergence of a brilliant new voice.

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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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- Mr

Story OK, Narration awful

The story is a good,suspense filled tale. The narration is awful and sounds like a schoolboy reading out loud to a classroom.
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- John

Book Details

  • Release Date: 13-10-2009
  • Publisher: Audible, Inc.