The Ghosts of Belfast is the kind of book that would be a fine movie. It’s about an old former terrorist killing the people who made him kill people when he was an active terrorist. It’s told pretty straightforwardly and is a quick read. It’s more of a gangster story than a mystery as we follow Fegan trying to put his ghosts to rest. There’s a love interest and an undercover cop trying to keep a lid on the politics of these killings. In general that’s the main thrust of the story, doing things right when politics make it much easier to do something else.
It’s short and has a good hook and I wouldn’t be surprised to see a movie version of it someday. It didn’t blow me away with any cool twists or anything. I’m trying to find something really good in that vein that I can recommend to people who love the supermarket authors. This is kind of close.
This was my first Neville book and I loved it!. The setting is tough -- post "The Troubles" in Belfast and the criminal gangs who still run parts of the city. But he writes incredible characters -- they literally pop off the page! And who can resist a redemption story? Not me. I plan to read more of his.
A gripping revenge/redemption tale. I completed it in 24 hours. The Belfast/Northern Ireland setting is fascinatingly depicted. The fuzzy line between possible mental illness and the realm of the paranormal is interesting.
A superb first novel. Anti IRA -The author accurately describes the IRA, stripped of their mythical cloak, for what they truly are.
Also under the title of The Twelve
This first novel by Stuart Neville is a blend of crime, thriller and paranormal that deals with the themes of guilt and redemption. It’s well written and gives the reader many tense moments. Over and above the main story, this book takes a hard look at the violent history of The Troubles and how this history still casts a long shadow. The Ghosts of Belfast is a gritty, emotional and at times brutal story, and an excellent introduction to this promising author.
I was really drawn into this book and found the characters well defined. Suspenseful.
A great read. A different view of "the troubles" . Great neew author, Stuart Neville.
Will read his work when it becomes available.
This first is a series set in Belfast is a find. i heartily recommend it.
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