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Summary

Five grand for a couple of hours work? It seems easy money, but the deal ex-mercenary Max Iversson is chasing has gone disastrously wrong. Two of his friends are dead. And now he wants to find out who's behind their killings. 

Detective Sergeant John Gallan is also looking for answers. He's investigating the fatal poisoning of a nightclub doorman. But leads are scarce and, when they do appear, so are bodies. What neither man knows is that they are heading towards a devastating confrontation that will see one of them staring down the wrong end of a gun.

©2003 Simon Kernick (P)2006 W.F. Howes Ltd

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"I love this book! It's hard, fast and tight and blasts through the London underworld like a speed boat on the Thames." (Lee Child)

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let down by narrator

story was great and reading ability of the narrator is not in question.

However his attempts a variable character voices was not to the standard I have come to expect on this application.

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Not his best work

Unfortunately, I think the book was overshadowed by a very week narrator. Conversations were difficult to follow and accents deeply confusing - with one character I thought he was Caribbean, then Welsh, then Somerset only to hear at some point he was from the West Midlands. I don't like to criticise the narrator; its like blaming an actor for a bad play, but I think underneath it maybe the book was ok

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Fantastic

Great book, story well written and narrated. Thoroughly enjoyed the pace and the complexity of the plot.

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fairly action packed

Easy to follow, multiple accents, easy listening. The action scenes were verbalised well. I didn't suspect the the outcome.

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NARRATION KILLED IT

I love Simon Kernick books - sadly, I am returning this as the narration is diabolical... I only got to chapter 5 before giving up....

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this book was superb at the beginning...

...dragged in the middle and lost its way dreadfully only to happily find light at the end of the tunnel, eventually. Overall happy I bought it and persevered...

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Good Story - But

I enjoyed this tale with the exception of the (to me) unnecessary swearing, particularly the use use of the “C” word. I realise it is probably used to make situations more authentic, however when listening I find the constant use of swearing off-putting. That’s just me.

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Not the top of my list...


The storyline was great! However....

The narrator wasn't great but I perseverd, it took me longer than usual to finish this one because the narrators voice was a bit monotonous.

Also I thought there were more than needed with the sex scenes. I mean I don't mind 1/2 pationate moments but this was a bit much for me.

Sorry Simon Kernick, I'm not sure your books are for me.

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Gone downhill

I enjoyed SKs first book or two, they were fast paced and entertaining. This was neither. You don't listen to SK for the quality of his writing - it's light entertainment so when it's missing out on the entertainment piece there's nothing left. My last SK book I am afraid.

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A good read

Love this author. Really gripping. Well worth a read. A good narrator which brings the story to life.