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A gripping story of revenge - the prequel to Cruel Secrets - from the gangland governor, Kerry Barnes!

Bermondsey, London. With an absent father and a penniless mother, Cyril Reardon is determined to be the man of the house. As young as eight, Cyril is a charmer, a planner, and a risk-taker. A rare trip to the country, shows Cyril a completely different world, and it opens his eyes to how the other half lives. 

A young man wants Cyril shot dead but receives a nasty scar and a few injuries that set him on a path of revenge. Little does he know that all the time he was being raised a lord, Cyril Reardon was being raised a gangster. 

Only one of them is a gentleman. Only one of them plays the cards they were dealt.

©2020 Kerry Barnes (P)2020 W F Howes

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Fantastic

Although I’d read the books the wrong way round, I absolutely loved it didn’t want it to finish, fabulous Kerry Barnes and read by the best narrator in my opinion Annie Adlington.

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Born a Gangster

Well from the get go this book spiked my intrigue. It was plain to see young Cyril Reardon was born to be a cheeky chap who would get away with more than he thought. He was raised by his Mother along with his younger brother Howie. His Mother was tough and although he was not as tall as his best friend Frank he was very useful with his fists and had a lovely confident swagger. He seemed to have no fear and his neighbour Mr Bated was a man that his mother checked on and nursed him to health. Little did they know their neighbour had a lot of connections on the wrong side of the law - this appealed to Cyril as he saw himself as the man of the house because their Dad abandoned them. Cyril admired him and he was like a sponge and as Cyril grew into a young man he started to form a crew and this is just the start of things - it turns into a revenge story.... who will make it through....

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Epic

I can honestly say I can't get enough of kerry barnes books, she is absolutely astounding

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Kerry Barnes at her very best

I am a very big kerry Barnes fan but that didn't stop me returning my last two books of hers. This book brings you back to the start of her Cruel Secrets series and is just a brilliant listen, excellent story line and Annie Aldington's narration is as fantastic as ever.

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Brilliant read

Really enjoyed this book heartfelt and down to earth hope there is a follow up book xx

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BRILLIANT

I loved this book. Kerry Barnes does it again. Characters were so well written about and read as always so fantastically by Annie. I’m sad that the book has come to the end as I enjoyed it so much.

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brilliant

You need to read the Kelly Raven trilogy first! really important you do so you understand Cyril . Brilliantly narration , so engrossed. .

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If you only read one book a year this is the one

What a great book could not stopping listening to it great story line. Kerry Barnes who’s a great writer has smashed it with this one and read by Annie Aldington who will alway be my favourite narrator. Looking forward to Kerry’s next book

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Brilliant

Kerry Barnes + Annie Aldington, what’s not to like! The perfect start to an introduction to the brilliant Kelly Raven stories. As gripping as ever and beautifully narrated

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Fantastic

Really loved this book as usual a cracking read So sorry it ended I wanted it to continue

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  • 05-11-20

Loved it

I thoroughly enjoyed it. She brings life to a prior character. I love listening to Annie Aldington as narrator.