The Ghosts of Belfast

The Ghosts of Belfast Stuart Neville has written not jut a superb thriller but a significant work of literature which explores the themes of sectarian hatred individual responsibility guilt and redemption This is an unf

  • Title: The Ghosts of Belfast
  • Author: Stuart Neville Gerard Doyle
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  • Page: 179
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  • Stuart Neville has written not jut a superb thriller but a significant work of literature which explores the themes of sectarian hatred, individual responsibility, guilt, and redemption This is an unforgettable debut.Fegan has been a hard man, an IRA killer in Northern Ireland who served a dozen years in the Maze Prison Now that peace has come, he is being haunted, dayStuart Neville has written not jut a superb thriller but a significant work of literature which explores the themes of sectarian hatred, individual responsibility, guilt, and redemption This is an unforgettable debut.Fegan has been a hard man, an IRA killer in Northern Ireland who served a dozen years in the Maze Prison Now that peace has come, he is being haunted, day and night, by the ghosts of twelve of his innocent victims a mother and infant, a schoolboy, a butcher, a member of the Royal Ulster Constabulary, and seven others In order to appease them, he s going to have to kill the men who gave him his orders.But for the first time in his life he s fallen in love with Marie McKenna, a woman who has a little girl She had taken an RUC officer as a lover and is still shunned for this act of disloyalty Marie and her daughter offer Fegan the prospect of a new life, and the possibility of redemption But they are also potential hostages, which makes doing what he has to do much harder Is this Fegan s ultimate mistake As the mother of a boy he killed once told him, Sooner or later, everybody pays The best first novel I ve read in years It crackles It grips you by the throat It s a flat out terror trip This is some guy to watch out for in a dark alley James Ellroy Not only one of the finest thriller debuts of the last ten years, but also one of the best Irish novels, in any genre, of recent times John Connolly

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    • Stuart Neville Gerard Doyle

      I have been a musician, a composer, a teacher, a salesman, a film extra, a baker and a hand double for a well known Irish comedian, but I m currently a partner in a successful multimedia design business in the wilds of Northern Ireland.I have published short stories in Thuglit, Electric Spec and Every Day Fiction THE TWELVE is my first novel, and will be published in the UK and Commonwealth by Harvill Secker, an imprint of Random House, on July 2nd 2009 It will be published in the USA as THE GHOSTS OF BELFAST by Soho Press, New York, and by Random House Kodansha in Japan.

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    • As children we’re all told that there are no such thing as ghosts. However, when a former hitman for the IRA starts seeing the victims of his murders and seeking revenge for them, it doesn’t much matter whether they’re real or not because if he decides that someone is responsible for their demise, that person will get a chance to investigate the after-life first hand in the very near future.Gerry Fegan was once a feared and respected killer for the Irish cause, but while serving a long str [...]


    • Τα φαντάσματα του Μπέλφαστ είναι ένα πολύ ιδιαίτερο βιβλίο, για λόγους που θα αναλύσω παρακάτω. Καταρχήν να σας θυμίσω ότι το Μπέλφαστ είναι η πρωτεύουσα της Βορείου Ιρλανδίας, χώρας που υπάγεται στο Ηνωμένο Βασίλειο και από την οποία η Εθνική ποδοσφαίρου μας κατάφερε να χ [...]


    • 'Η δώδεκα φαντάσματα αναζητούν δικαιοσύνη. Ένα πολιτικό θρίλερ θα χαρακτήριζα το βιβλίο. Βέβαια,εδώ γνωρίζουμε από την αρχή ποιος είναι ο δολοφόνος. Ο Τζέρι συνομιλεί με τα φαντάσματα 12 παλιών θυμάτων του, που σκότωσε με εντολές ανωτέρων του. Τα φαντάσματα βρίσκονται συνέχ [...]


    • A very well done debut. With praise from the likes of James Ellroy on the cover you couldn't go wrong.He was right it does hooks you in also it has a twist of supernatural. There are twelve ghosts, there was twelve innocents that died over a number of years at the hands of politicians and group members. There was battles and fighting for independence, but the twelve were innocent bystanders that got caught in the trail of fire. One by one the ghosts of the dead want revenge delivered and the twe [...]


    • This gritty, haunted crime novel is one of the best debuts I've read in a long time. Gerry Fegan, an ace enforcer in the IRA does a 12-stint prison stint before he's released to live with the twelve "ghosts" of his murder victims. What impresses me is the deft way the supernatural element is stitched into the narrative's fabric. Perhaps going mad, Fegan feels driven to serve as the twelve's avenger of the higher ups who ordered their hits. He performs his grisly mission in efficient but violent [...]


    • Stuart Neville, who formerly worked as a hand double for a "well-known Irish comedian," has written a brilliant, atmospheric first novel set against the continuing "troubles" in Northern Ireland. In the public eye at least, the men who fought the brutal battles of the long struggle have now given way to the politicians and peace is in the wind. But behind the scenes there are still scores to be settled and discipline to be maintained. Additionally, some of the men who might have once been ideali [...]


    • Stewart Neville's The Ghosts of Belfast: One Paddy's Lamentation"I have passed with a nod of the headOr polite meaningless words,Or have lingered awhile and saidPolite meaningless words,And thought before I had doneOf a mocking tale or a gibeTo please a companionAround the fire at the club,Being certain that they and IBut lived where motley is worn:All changed, changed utterly:A terrible beauty is born.From Easter, 1916, William Butler YeatsThe words of Yeats capture the tone of The Ghosts of Be [...]


    • 4.5 Stars Rounded up as a very impressive Debut!Gritty, dark, brutal I think you get the gist of the content AND authentic language too, so not for those wanting a fluffy read they can "Away and shite"Set post Good Friday agreement in Belfast we first come across one Gerry Fegan, an ex-paramilitary released from the Maze prison over a decade before now turned to drink & down the slippery slope for the sins of his past, in a bar, shouting at the ghosts of his past that wont leave him alone, s [...]


    • I have a story about this book. I was visiting NYC recently, and was on my way to dinner in Brooklyn with a comrade. We had parked the car and we were going to walk the couple of blocks to the restaurant. On that walk, I stopped at a brownstone because whoever lived at this particular house had put 3 books outside by the small wrought iron fence that served as a boundary between it and the public sidewalk. In NYC (and probably lots of other cities), when people want to get rid of things -- i.e g [...]


    • What we humans do to one another…. “If there’s peace, if it’s really over, then what use are we?” asks a fellow prisoner of Gerry Fegan, an IRA foot soldier, serving his time in the Maze prison. Both Fegan and the other man know that when all of the political parties agree to a peace process, they will be released, and with that, they’ll have to create new selves and to dissolve whatever their past was.But how do you “un-become” what you had been: a terrorist, a freedom fighter, [...]


    • Audiobook: Finally, a book in which the violence serves the story instead of the opposite.This is the first in a series of novels that portray Belfast and Northern Ireland following the peace accords, which left a lot of violent men with little to do and changing loyalties. Gerry Fegan had been an enforcer for one of the groups of thugs ostensibly battling the British. Now beset by guilt for those he had killed, he’s surrounded by imaginary “followers” representing each of the twelve he ha [...]


    • Some people like to read about travel and some people like to read about violence. Some people like romance and some people like torture. Neville excels in writing about torture and violence and has used the Irish conflict as his rationale. The book doesn’t pretend to deal with the complexities of the Irish situation, nor does it pretend to create characters one cares for (even the most positive reviews on pointed that out). For people who seek non-stop action with lots of blood (teeth taken [...]


    • Πρόκειται μάλλον για ένα θρίλερ (δύσκολα μπορείς να το κατηγοριοποιήσεις) που έχει σα φόντο την πολιτική κατάσταση της Β. Ιρλανδίας. Αν και ξέρεις από την αρχή το δολοφόνο και καταλαβαίνεις πως θα πάει η ιστορία, η αγωνία είναι στο δεις τελικά μέχρι που θα φτάσει και πως και [...]


    • This is a violent, bloody novel where the violence and bloodshed actually serves a purpose, rather than just trying to shock the reader. It's a revenge story, a political thriller, and a tale of redemption, with the main character being a former IRA thug who's now trying to atone for his past crimes. His atonement, however, consists of killing a lot more people, because the ghosts of his former victims won't leave him alone until he does.The question of whether the ghosts are real or only in Ger [...]


    • This debut from Neville is one of the best crime fiction novels I have read in a long time. Smart, tough characters and an interesting premise are handled brilliantly by Neville, who writes dialogue with the best of them. This book had me hooked from beginning to end. The violence was unflinching and added a powerful punch to the narrative. The details of Northern Ireland's social and political struggles never suffocated the story and served as an important backdrop for the motivations of many o [...]


    • Μπορεί να είναι απλοϊκά γραμμένο κ να μην έχουμε να κάνουμε με υψηλή λογοτεχνία αλλά ήταν έναυσμα και αφορμή για να ψάξω κ να μάθω για τις "Ταραχές" στην Ιρλανδία, για την Συμφωνία της Μεγάλης Παρασκευής, για την παρακρατική οργάνωση IRA κ πολλά άλλα. Είναι κατά την γνώμη μου π [...]


    • Having read a couple of Stuart Neville's novels before, I knew what to expect with regards the violent visceral nature of his books. I had been slightly disappointed by 'Ratlines' and 'Collusion' - they went a little over the top with the dark people and dark acts to the extent that I began not to care about what was happening - but having heard that this debut novel was perhaps better than what followed, I wanted to give it a try.I am glad I did - the grim Irish setting and the style of plot wa [...]


    • Ένα καλό δείγμα για το πως έχουν χτιστεί οι δημοκρατίεςΌπως πάντα δηλαδή.Το στήσιμο του Neville απλά εκπληκτικό, αν και αφελές λίγο το τελείωμα. Να δούμε πότε θα βρεθεί χρόνος να πάμε και στο Μπέλφαστ!!


    • One of the many benefits of membership is that you are free to discover authors and books that take you outside of your comfort zone, if you so choose. Reading Stuart Neville's first thriller/crime novel certainly does that in spades! I chose this book for a variety of reasons. It has multiple award nominations for a first novel, glowing reviews from authors I admire and Goodread friends whose opinions I respect. Plus, I needed a book set in Ireland for a challenge. This is set in post 9-11 Bel [...]


    • Neville, Stuart. THE GHOSTS OF BELFAST. (2009). ****1/2. Here’s a first novel that grabs you by the throat and doesn’t let go until the end. It’s a thriller from Irish writer Neville that is being widely hailed as the “best first novel in ten years.” I don’t know about that, but it is very good indeed. The author has a grasp of how best to plot to keep the reader turning the pages, but not in the mindless ways of most thrillers. It’s the story of Fegen, an IRA killer in Northern Ir [...]


    • Gerry Fegan, a former IRA hit man, has finally been paroled but drinks heavily because he is haunted by the ghosts of the 12 people he killed. He finally embarks on a mission to kill the men who gave him his orders to escape his demons; the book is cleverly separated into chapters, starting with 12 and reducing as he kills off those in the militant IRA underworld, who believe he is a babbling, useless drunk and a liability to their movement. Somewhat incongruent with the rest of the story, Fegan [...]


    • I had written a nice little review for this one but it got swallowed by the etherAnyway, what I wanted to say was this was a good story about a killer for the IRA and how he tries to make it up to the people he killed. Great noir, recommended!I just noticed that this is called "Jack Lennon Investigations #1" but I have no clue who Jack Lennon is. He wasn't really part of this story at all. I can't even place him. Hmmm



    • Μου άρεσε πάρα πολύ το στυλ του Ιρλανδού συγγραφέα - σχεδόν όσο μου άρεσε κι ο ίδιος, από όσο τον παρακολούθησα στην κουβέντα του με την Χίλντα και την Βάσια στο Πάμπλικ. Ζωντανές περιγραφές, καλοστημένοι χαρακτήρες, συναρπαστική ιστορία. Θα διαβάσω σίγουρα και τα υπόλοιπα!



    • A Grim Story of War and Betrayal in Northern IrelandYou may never have read a murder mystery like this one. The protagonist, Gerry Fegan, is a former hit man for the IRA responsible for the deaths of twelve people (the “ghosts” of the title), and it’s never much of a mystery when he begins killing again. The mystery lies deeper, somewhere in the vicinity of his stunted family life and the treacherous relationships among the others in his violence-prone faction.As Fegan reflects, “You can [...]


    • The "Troubles" in Northern Ireland have spawned many novels, but none as intense and different as Ghosts. Based on the past efforts of Republicans to force unification with Eire and the conflicts between Catholics and Protestants in the North, the novel focuses on the torment of Gerry Fegan who has, as an assassin on orders from above, killed a dozen victims, some of whom were innocent, two of whom he liquidated while on a furlough from prison to attend his mother's funeral.After serving his pri [...]


    • Fegan was a hit man for the IRA. During the height of The Troubles he killed a dozen people including women and children. Now out of prison, he drinks to try to get peace, but the spirits of the 12 people he killed follow him night and day, and will not allow him a moments peace. Are they only in his mind, or do they really walk beside him? He comes to realize that there is only one way to make these ghosts stop tormenting him: by taking revenge on the leaders of the movement that ordered the ki [...]


    • I'm not entirely sure how I've gone so long without reading this book or knowing about this author. This is wonderful noir fiction set in post-Troubles Ireland and it will quietly remind you again and again how awful things were before the Good Friday peace accord. No one's hands are clean. We so often think only of Muslim extremists when we think of terrorism and forget Oklahoma City and the IRA and the white supremacist movements. We don't have a clue about colonialism (neo- or not). Imperiali [...]


    • This is easily the best crime novel debut i have read in years. Brutal, emotional strong and very believable story. The Northern Ireland setting, troubles was well used. Gerry Fegan was a very strong character, he was fascinating to read about in a mad, scary way. The real world darkness, evil of many of the shady characters in the novel is much darker read than gory, not too real serial murder novels.On the minus side i would say the action or violent scenes could have been written better excep [...]


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