To Kingdom Come : Barker & Llewelyn Series

  • by Will Thomas
  • Narrated by Antony Ferguson
  • Series: Barker & Llewelyn Series
  • 9 hrs and 1 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

When a bomb destroys the Special Irish Branch of Scotland Yard, all fingers point to the increasingly brazen factions of Irish dissidents seeking liberation from English rule. Volunteering their services to the British government, Cyrus Barker and Thomas Llewelyn set out to infiltrate a secret cell of the Irish Republican Brotherhood known as the Invisibles. Posing as a reclusive German bomb maker and his anarchist apprentice, they are recruited for the group's ultimate plan: to bring London to its knees and end the monarchy forever.
Their adventures take them from an abandoned lighthouse on the craggy coast of Wales to the City of Light, where Llewelyn goes undercover with Maire O'Casey, the alluring sister of an Irish radical. Llewelyn again finds himself put to the test by his enigmatic employer as he is schooled in the deadly science of bomb making. Fraught with explosives, secret initiations, and vicious stick fights, and featuring historical figures such as Charles Parnell and W. B. Yeats, To Kingdom Come is a riveting sequel to Some Danger Involved.

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What the Critics Say

"A successful blend of fiction and fact, this is - as expected - expertly researched and skillfully plotted, with satisfying amounts of emotion (with a growing friendship between Barker and Llewelyn) and suspense." (Library Journal)

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Not bad but I found the Irish accent lacking.

Not just the Irish accent was not up to scratch but one or two of the other voices were a bit lame. Not a major problem but a slight let down. Aside from that it wasn't a bad rendition of a fairly good book. I thought book one was better so I'll be able to judge more when I hear the next one in the series.
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- G. Chandler

Shocking narration and an uninspiring plot

The fist instalment in this series actually promised much more than the sequel delivered. This second book in the Barker and Llewelyn series falls at the first hurdle with the really abominable narration by Anthony Ferguson. There are too many characters from different parts of the country and abroad, and his appalling attempts, specifically at Irish but in virtually all of the other accents required, made listening to this book a joke, and not in a good way. Surely anyone can do the good old stock German villain voice, think Goldfinger? Not Ferguson. A soupçon of French - think Antoine de Caunes from Eurotrash - we can all do that can't we?! Not Ferguson - you get the idea. Admittedly, Irish is hard for a layman (from anywhere but the Emerald Isle) to nail but a paid voice actor...

However, the disappointing nature of this novel can't be solely laid at Ferguson's door (although if I were Will Thomas, I'd want my money back). No, the plot is much more prosaic and predictable than the first book and the denouement is, frankly, patronising. The 'revelation' of the identity of the arch villain may have titillated a Victorian audience but a modern reader knew the outcome of the crime wasn't going to hold any surprises. The love interest bit was also tiresome.

The rest of the plot does jolly you along to a certain extent and it wasn't a total loss but this one only just misses out on being a total clanger.
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- K

Book Details

  • Release Date: 27-12-2016
  • Publisher: Tantor Audio