♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ I expected to LOVE this book. I obviously loved it with a four star rating, but it wasn’t the best book of all time to me. I wonder if I’d read the print version, if I’d have loved it even more? Seems like I’ve read a lot of WWII books lately and the difference was that this one was told from a German point of view, and a French one. I loved that. There wasn’t much about the Holocaust, but the story was still a very human one. It definitely didn’t end the way I had longed for it to, but it was so much more realistic. This was not a fairy tale. Not really. A good story though, heartbreaking at times, buoyant at times too. I love books that are like real life. Brutal, honest and, well, you do the best with what you’re dealt. Misery, love, defeat, hate, ugliness and beauty, just like life. Yes. A definite read.
♦ ♦ ♦ ♦ 1/2 Any book that has an army regiment called “Madigan’s Malcontents” wins my vote. I really love the word malcontent and it was quite the fitting name for Madigan’s motley crew. They were an assortment of criminals, lowlifes and bad-asses who ended up, of course, coming together under the leadership of an outcast knight and turning into a group of real soldiers. This book had all kinds of action, fights, gambling, drinking, evil genius’, magic-ish people and huge war robots. My hubby and I listened to the book while we cooked, rode in the car and did chores around the house. We burned right through this one and both agreed on the 4.5 rating. I pretty much love most of what Larry Correia writes. We’ve enjoyed the Monster Hunter Series as well as the Dead Six series. We’ll just keep listening. Keep writing, Larry!
♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ + Just finished the book, and I LOVED it. You must listen to this one. Tim Gerard Reynolds who narrates did a fabulous job. Irish accent with the perfect rhythm and cadence was dead on. Because I’m married to a man from the Belfast area, I enjoyed listening and hearing the plenitude of “Irishisms” that filled this book and gave it a personality of it’s own. I found my inner thoughts bouncing around in my head with the Irish accent — great fun. In the past, this has only happened when we’ve been hanging ’round his family, or returned from a trip to Ireland. So, it was an extra Irish treat.
Great story with enough real life, tough stuff to keep you interested in the story and not just in the language and the lovely accent. I wish I could pull up all the little sayings I wanted to remember to use on my hubby. The language, especially the cursing, was so colorful that it sometimes made me grin out loud, even when it was probably not appropriate to the story-line to do so. So, this was number 3 in the Dublin Murder Squad series, but I just figured that out. Now, I’ll have to check out the others! I can’t wait! I definitely recommend this murder mystery, but especially as an Audible book. I will definitely be looking for more books by Tana French and also those performed by Tim Reynolds.
♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ I didn’t know who to trust and I couldn’t figure out what was going to happen. Our boy Killian, a hired Irish “heavy”, is searching for a runaway ex-wife and children of a millionaire for a huge sum of money. The story seems fairly straight forward, and the next thing you know, it’s a tangled, tattered and twisted tale that has you on the edge. Why did she run in the first place? Oh, don’t worry, you’ll find out and you won’t like it. All kinds of sordid, scandalous tidbits find their way to the surface and people pay. And though it works its way out, I’m not sure I like the way it worked out. Another raw story that doesn’t end up in a package with a bow. Love Gerard Doyle’s performance as narrator. Definitely one to read!
♥♥♥♥ This is a love story. Not your average, run of the mill, boy meets girl story, because this one, especially if you are a dog person, will grab your heart. From the war in Afghanistan to the streets of L.A., our girl fights through PTSD, and the after effects of war and loss. Our boy, stateside, is doing the same but from a completely different set of violent circumstances. Drawn to each other, they learn to trust and love again. They bring out the best in each other and begin to heal. Read their story. You’ll cheer them on and cry, and want to punch the wall sometimes. I think I even uttered the words, “You big dummy! Don’t talk to her like that” at least once. I loved this book. I wanted more.