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The Dealer and the Dead Audiobook

The Dealer and the Dead

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Publisher's Summary

Eighteen years after the barbarous war with the Serbs that tore their communities apart, a group of Croatian villagers discover the identity of the Englishman who they believe betrayed them by reneging on a deal to supply arms. With revenge in sight at last, they hire a professional killer from London to track him down... but is the story as simple as they think?

©2010 Gerald Seymour (P)2010 WF Howes Ltd

What the Critics Say

"A war crime propels this stellar thriller from Edgar-finalist Seymour.... How Seymour develops these characters and manipulates them until they all end up in Vukovar is a testament to his talent and skill." (Publishers Weekly)

"Seymour loves detail, and The Dealer and the Dead serves it up brilliantly.... [The Bosnian conflict] continues to spur headlines and to provide potent plotlines for novelists. It's fitting that Seymour, one of the finest contemporary espionage novelists, shines his unique light on it." (Booklist)

"Crisp, taut and contemporary, by a stylish writer." (The Observer UK)

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    Richard Oxford, Oxfordshire, United Kingdom 19/01/2011
    Richard Oxford, Oxfordshire, United Kingdom 19/01/2011
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    "Outstanding!"

    Completely engrossing, great character development and a Shakespearian collection of characters and narrative. One of the best thrillers I have listened to in years.

    14 of 17 people found this review helpful
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    Rupert Banbury, United Kingdom 17/08/2011
    Rupert Banbury, United Kingdom 17/08/2011
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    "Almost there"

    Good narration and a great basic story line. Problem was it all fell apart at the end! GS's descriptive powers are undiminished and his knowledge of the 'process' has to be commended. Yes you get into the characters but well the best way I can think is to say that I felt I was in a play and not in real life. OK?

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Peter Findon, West Sussex, United Kingdom 16/02/2011
    Peter Findon, West Sussex, United Kingdom 16/02/2011 Member Since 2016

    Hypnotherapist. Avid reader and lover of audiobooks.

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    "Disappointed"

    Put quite simply I found this to be lacking in any real substance.

    There was almost no character development where it was needed and because of this I felt that I simply didn't care what became of any of them. I expected and hoped for so much more as the story comes from the mind of Gerald Seymour but alas I was left not wanting more but asking myself 'why did I bother sticking it out until the end?'

    The only answer I could come up with was that the tale was narrated by Paul Thornley. I enjoy the way he narrates and it was maybe because of his work on this that I stuck it out until the end.

    The 1 star is harsh but I feel that it may help bring down the overall rating and serve as a warning to anyone who may be unsure about purchasing this book. My advice would be to try something else.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Michael London, United Kingdom 15/02/2011
    Michael London, United Kingdom 15/02/2011 Member Since 2010
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    "Tedious with confusing scene changes"

    While I've enjoyed quite a number of thriller/crime books from Audible, this is not one of them. The story drags a lot, with huge sections where nothing really happens. It has areas of interest but these are lost by the overly slow pace of the whole book.

    The narrator does a good job of bringing out the different characters but fails to differentiate between a new paragraph and scene change. The book jumps quickly between a number of distinct groups of people, constantly changing the scene, and these changes are never indicated by the narrator, resulting in confusion for the listener. In a printed book you can see the large paragraph separations, but in audio book form you have to be constantly ready for something out of place to realise you've changed location.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Neil 18/09/2016
    Neil 18/09/2016 Member Since 2015
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    "dragged on"

    like Gerald Seymour but felt like this was never going to get to the point. Excellent narration as always by Paul Thornley, but if that wasn't enough to hold my attention.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Matthew 26/05/2015
    Matthew 26/05/2015 Member Since 2013
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    "reasonable"

    it was "ok" but at times confusing to follow. still worth a credit though. well read by paul

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Bernd Kassel, Germany 06/04/2012
    Bernd Kassel, Germany 06/04/2012 Member Since 2016

    Berndmusik

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    "more a joke than a thriller"

    The narrater Thomley speaks very good and interesting. It`s fun, to hear his audiobooks!
    But Seymors book is boring andunlocical. I`m a insider and know the szenerie. Seymore hadwritten like an amateur, who never had knowledge about killers, shooting and policeorganisation. His descriping of action and attempt murder is only a bad joke. Never have i read more nonsens!

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    DAMON Frome, United Kingdom 26/12/2011
    DAMON Frome, United Kingdom 26/12/2011 Member Since 2011
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    "Good but getting a bit samey"

    The usual complicated, well crafted book from Gerald Seymour but they are becoming a little obvious eg, flawed anti-hero(es), victims with something to hide, "criminal/villan(s) too obvious, but nevertheless I enjoyed listening to this book whilst working night shift, GS should change the formula for his next book(s) as he is in danger of becoming boring and too predictable.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    G. Myers 24/10/2011
    G. Myers 24/10/2011 Member Since 2015

    A modest genius & all round good bloke!

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    "A long drawn out journey"

    What started out as a good listen, frankly became a chore.

    In my humble opinion there is far too much unnecessary dialogue that adds little more than padding to what could have been a great tale.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Sharon Frater Cheshire England 13/06/2011
    Sharon Frater Cheshire England 13/06/2011 Member Since 2009

    Fr8r

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    "Avoid it unless you want to be bored"

    I will start this review by saying that I hope it gets attached to the correct book as some of my previous reviews have been all mixed up by Audible and offset against incorrect titles. Customer service advise me that they are unable to rectify the problem at all so I am less than impressed and wonder how many other times this has happened to other people and how many other reviews have I read to help me decide on a title without realizing I am not reading the correct one.
    To revert back to the Dealer book. It was a case of "I've started so I'll finish" but I found this boring in the extreme. I was sick and tired of hearing about the Cornfield Road, I found the characters boring and depressing and couldn't find anyone I liked. It has completely put me off ever visiting Croatia as it makes the people sound horrendous and depressing. Capped off by the narration which was irritating all the way through, someone ought to tell him the difference between full stops and commas, I really can't find anything good to say. Not for me at all and wouldn't advise anyone to buy it.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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  • Merle
    Midrand, South Africa
    01/05/12
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    "Distant events brought up close and personal"
    What made the experience of listening to The Dealer and the Dead the most enjoyable?

    Gerald Seymour is a master story teller, his heros and anti-heros so easy to identify with.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The policeman, idealism thwarted by realism, an experience I find heart-wrenching.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes, a cliff-hanger right up to the post-script , but it is too long for that.


    Any additional comments?

    The mob violence scene, and the pre planning of it, extremely chilling. In South Africa we have seen that in action, absolutely realistic.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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