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Summary

The severed head of Micky Crounan, local baker, is grinning gruesomely up from the bottom tier of his own cake. Katie Maguire of the Irish Garda is baffled--until another local businessman goes missing in horrific circumstances. Soon Katie is on the trail of a debt-collecting gang calling themselves the Kings of Erin. But these are very dangerous men. And they will stop at nothing to throw Katie off the trail....

©2015 Graham Masterton (P)2015 W F Howes Ltd

Critic reviews

"One of the most original and frightening storytellers of our time." (Peter James)
"A natural storyteller with a unique gift for turning the mundane into the terrifyingly real." ( New York Journal of Books)

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Not as good the others, terrible narration

Book 4 in the Katie Maguire series and the first one that isn't up to the 4 stars I've given for the others. This one deals with cases of kidnapping. Local businessmen are being kidnapped by a group called The Kings of Erin. I still enjoy the mix of history and mythology that Masterton inserts into these books and the sense of the Irish setting was excellent again. But Katie's 'development' in this one was terrible. I am referring to her decision making regarding her new next door neighbor. I don't mind a protagonist with some flaws but that took stupidity to a new level. Then there's the now standard cringe worthy sex scene. Masterton is fantastic when it comes to gory horror scenes, but the relationship and love aspects of this series are starting to be a tad formulaic.

I started off listening to the audio version, but had to abandon it because, 4 books into the series, there was suddenly a new narrator. I don't give up easily, but a potential 13 hours of monotonous, school-like reading out loud was more than I could bear.

The book ends in a bit of a cliffhanger, and I look forward to reading the next part, hoping that Katie will return to be the strong female protagonist we saw in the previous installments.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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The narrator ruined this for me

I've really enjoyed this series of books and was looking forward to this one but they have changed the narrator from the previous books. The new narrator made the whole story a bit dull. She didn't have a good range of voices and I struggled to keep up with conversations between different characters as all the voices sounded the same. Shame really. I may just read the next book and not bother with the audiobook.

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Series continues to be great

Any additional comments?

Thoroughly enjoyed this latest edition to the Katie Maquire series. Whilst the narrator did her best to make this as an enjoyable listen, her narration often became rather emotionless and grey. Hopefully this will improve in the next instalment.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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Could have been faster paced

What disappointed you about Taken for Dead?

The narrator - extremely monosyllabic.

What was most disappointing about Graham Masterton’s story?

the pace of the story and the constant mention of 'The Kings of.......' - too much

Would you be willing to try another one of Louise Fitzpatrick’s performances?

no

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

disappointment

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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Poor narration

This would have been a really good listen - it had all the ingredients - if it were not for the poor narration.

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  • Brian
  • Glasgow, United Kingdom
  • 11-06-15

Brilliant from start to finish

Tell me there's another in the series. Masterful crime writing. Gruesome and exciting in equal very good measure with the odd little piece of Irish humour thrown in.

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Horrible narration

Would you try another book written by Graham Masterton or narrated by Louise Fitzpatrick?

NO NO NO NO, not by Louise Fitzpatrick. I have been looking forward to listen to Kate Maguire solving yet another crime, and listen to the wonderful narrating of Caroline Lennon. I love listening to the irish accent and how well she seperates the different characters by the use of her voice. To my surprise (didn't notice it when I bought the book via Audible), there is a new narrator, Louise Fitzpatrick, and she absolutely ruin the listening experience for me. I've been listening to the first six chapters and can hardly stay with the story because of the monotonus, bland and bored reading. There is also something about where she puts the pressure and pause in the scentences that makes it sound like she is reading off a shoppinglist, in a faiedl american accent. I really hope I can get used to the voice, but I seriously doubt it. Since I listen to the books when running etc. I can 't just go out and buy the book. I'm good, but I can't run and read at the same time.

How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

A new narrator

How could the performance have been better?

To read with a a whole lot more enthusiasm for starters.

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How to turn a great book into a lousy audiobook...

I was so looking forward to the new Katie Maguire novel, as I have thoroughly enjoyed the first three books in the series (all on Audible), but it has turned out to be such a disappointment. Not by any means because of the story! I am 17 chapters in, and the story so far is intrigueing and I really want to know more. I simply cannot bear to listen any more to this new narrator - she is reading the book as if she is standing up in class in primary school. Very monotonous, hardly any emotions, and even a redfaced, clearly angry Brian Molloy sounds like a schoolgirl. Even the woman finding her husbands teeth in a jug on her doorstep sounds like it is an everyday occurrence like picking up her milk, when clearly - listening to the actual words used - she should sound very upset. No work has been done at all to differentiate in voices of characters, no use of silence for suspense, one sentence rattled off after another.

I really have to stop listening because the story gets spoiled for me, and I will buy the actual book instead and wait to finish it in the holiday when I have time for a real book. If this woman is contracted for the next Katie Maguire book, please have her retrained - she doesn't have to do it exactly like Caroline Lennon of course, but have her listen to other great readers at least.

6 of 8 people found this review helpful

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monotone narration

How could the performance have been better?

better narrator, it was if a child was standing up in class and reading. Monotone and boring, Im afraid I couldnt listen to the full book

6 of 8 people found this review helpful

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Emotionless narration

What did you like best about Taken for Dead? What did you like least?

Unfortunately, I could only bare to listen to this narrator for two hours and had to give up in frustration.

Would you be willing to try another book from Graham Masterton? Why or why not?

Yes and I am sorry, but only with another narrator.

How did the narrator detract from the book?

Emotionless and flat with no identifiable characters. This sounded like someone reading at a school lesson.

Do you think Taken for Dead needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

Sadly, I dont know. Having listened to the previous books read by Caroline Lennon I was really looking forward to this follow up but had to give up in frustration at this new narrator.

6 of 8 people found this review helpful