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It isnt essential but if you are going to read this one, I would recommend that you read The Hanging Shed first Mar 21, Leah rated it it was amazing Shelves: Brodie is now working as a crime journalist in Glasgow when a spate of vigilante attacks hits the city. At the same time, his colleague, senior reporter Wullie McAllister is covering the murder of a councillor and suspects corruption at the heart of Glasgow Corporation. But along the way we are treated to some great humour, much of it very black.

The locations are so accurately described they whisk me back in time, though some of the places still exist today. The Horseshoe Bar, for instance, is still a thriving institution. In my view, Ferris is the most exciting new Scottish crime writer on the scene and in Brodie he has developed an attractive, compelling lead character whose second outing is even better than the first. Mar 11, Fred Shaw rated it really liked it. This book "Douglas Brodie 2" is pure adrenaline.

The build up is a little slower than "The Hanging Shed" but with an amazing finish. I enjoy Gordon Ferris' writing style. He writes the way the locals talk, Scottish brogue and all, and I'm learning a wee bit o' dialect along the way. Highlanders and Lowlanders, and a touch of Glaswegian. There are a few hold over bad guys from the previous novel, which makes things interesting. Soldiers returning from the war are finding no jobs, no homes, wives This book "Douglas Brodie 2" is pure adrenaline.

Soldiers returning from the war are finding no jobs, no homes, wives with new husbands and poverty. No handouts from the government to these men who fought for King and country, because the coffers are empty. One man who had arrived after being released from spending 5 years in a Nazi POW camp, was arrested and convicted for stealing dog food from someone's home. Meantime, Glasgow is preparing to rebuild after Hitler's bombers did their destruction, and new contracts are being offered. Of course the richest people and their companies will go to any length to make more money including payoffs and murder.

The hero and heroine, while still recovering from the previous battle novel , are brought kicking and screaming into the fray. If you liked "The Hanging Shed", you will like this one even better. Jun 26, Shirley Schwartz rated it it was amazing Shelves: I was expecting an edge-of-my-seat thriller with this the second book in the Douglas Brodie series. The first one blew me away, and this one is just as good, if not better.

We open the book about six months after the big bang ending of The Hanging Shed. Douglas is a junior reporter on the Glasgow Gazette. He counts himself lucky to be doing the job he loves when so many of his ex-army buddies are out of work and with no prospects.

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But Brodie being Brodie, he finds himself in some pretty hot wate I was expecting an edge-of-my-seat thriller with this the second book in the Douglas Brodie series. But Brodie being Brodie, he finds himself in some pretty hot water with a local gang of thugs who are taking the law into their own hands. Brodie's stories in the Gazette about this gang are beginning to make a name for himself.

But there is a lot of crime in Glasgow just after WWII, and pretty soon more and more bodies are popping up. Brodie and his friend Sam Samantha are drawn into a political and local governance conspiracy which turns out to be very dangerous for them and the people they know.

The last 8 chapters of the book are filled with more action and mayhem than anyone who is not a Brodie afficiando would be surprised by, but for me it was what I expected - heart-pounding action, fast-moving plot and written so well by Ferris that it all seemed real. You could read this book as a stand-alone book, but you will get more of the Brodie experience if you read The Hanging Shed first.

I love this guy and the wonderful Sam. I highly recommend this series to anyone who is fond of the thriller genre with an historical twist and also anyone who likes books that provide very colourful descriptions of the time and place that the book is set in. Scotland and Glasgow come alive in Ferris's prose, and Douglas Brodie and Samantha Campbell are my new favourite crime fighting team. Jun 17, Joan rated it really liked it Shelves: Brodie can't seem to stay out of trouble. He is working at the paper, Wullie, his mentor is uncovering a big problem with the Council, where councilmen are being kill.

The men are taking money to give a rich man what he wants. Wullie won't tell the whole story yet, but he is working a a giant story. Brodie has been contacted by the Marshalls, a group of men who are attacking criminals and people not doing the right thing. At first the city is with the Marshalls as they attack rapist, wife beater Brodie can't seem to stay out of trouble. At first the city is with the Marshalls as they attack rapist, wife beaters and those who cheat others, but the city turns against them when they kill some gay men poufs who are council members. Brodie is really mad when the Marshalls threaten his mother because he won't publish what they want him to.

With Samantha's help, Brodie is able to solve the crime. Mar 20, Elaine Tomasso rated it really liked it. I have sat up late reading this book - it's one of those "just another chapter" until it's finished. Brodie is a junior crime reporter who gets tangled up in the Glasgow Marshals' vigilante justice to such an extent that they want to recruit him. He also spots a couple of thugs he had dealings with in The Hanging Shed.

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It is violent and not for the faint hearted, but post war Glasgow was violent. The style is easy to read and draws you in with enough action to keep you turning the I have sat up late reading this book - it's one of those "just another chapter" until it's finished. The style is easy to read and draws you in with enough action to keep you turning the pages. I'm not sure, however, that the dialogue will be easily understood by non Scots as it is very authentic but I thoroughly enjoyed it.

Nov 24, Jennifer Gottschalk rated it really liked it. The book's central theme is around justice, retribution and the possibility of salvation. At times thought provoking, I enjoyed this book despite it being a bit slow in places. The characters were well rendered, likeable and realistic.

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It was easy to identify with their struggles and I found myself hoping that things would turn out well for them. Ferris is definitely 'above average' and has delivered a solid tale. I'll be keeping an eye out for other books by this author. C'est un excellent roman policier.

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Sometimes a place in a book is so real you feel like you're right there with the characters - I usually feel that way with Ian Rankin's Rebus books and Rowling's Cormoran Strike books. It's distracting and didn't make me want to read much of this book. Sep 10, Rhonda rated it really liked it Shelves: A great read that captures post-war Glasgow very well, from the poor quality housing, to the returned soldiers and the changing job market.

Our hero as a former police officer, war hero and rookie journalist partnered with Sam the advocate is a good combo. Too a high body count by the very end with a ridiculous final shootout. Apr 04, Nona rated it it was amazing Shelves: An excellent read that keeps you enthralled all the way through. His language, descriptions and actions make us feel we are really there. May 30, Sheila rated it liked it. This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Wherever Douglas Brodie goes there is mayhem, mystery and murder.

Brodie is now a reporter for the Glasgow Gazette and dealing with stories on the Glasgow Marshals and homosexual killings. Adventurous daring-do s style.

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Great fun and characters that one cares about. Feels historically accurate nd even if it is t it makes for a great detective story. Well worth a read. Jun 21, Lady rated it liked it. Apr 26, Lizzie Hayes rated it it was amazing. And he wants Brodie to obtain justice for Johnson.

With rumours of corruption in local government the people of Glasgow are tired of corrupt officials, so the appearance of a group of vigilantes who start to mete out their own brand of justice, is at first welcomed by the people, pleased to hear that those whom the law has failed to put behind bars are getting their comeuppance, but then things go too far.

Unfortunately, the vigilantes have chosen the Glasgow Gazette to air their views of violence against those they think deserve punishment, and soon Brodie is caught up in a web of deception, as he suspects he knows the identity of the leader of the vigilantes. Amazon Giveaway allows you to run promotional giveaways in order to create buzz, reward your audience, and attract new followers and customers.

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Read it as a kid and searched everywhere for it now as a young adult and decided the easiest way was to read it as an eBook. Just as good as I always remember it being! Ascension" is the first in a trilogy concerning sixteen-year old Nia, a mermyd of a prominent clan in the undersea realm of Atlantis.

The City is ruled by squid-like Farworlders, and their Avatars - mermyds that undergo a special bonding ritual that allows them to communicate with the Farworlders and govern Atlantis wisely. To be an Avatar is the highest honour a mermyd can achieve, and it is Nia's dream. She believes she has a good chance at winning the position against other young candidates from other clans, but is devastated when her family instead chooses her cousin Garun instead of her.


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The mystery deepens when Cephan, the young mermyd she likes, shows her a prisoner mermyd and a Farworlder that are kept as secret prisoners deep in the core of Atlantis. Nia is shocked at this, believing her city to be a purely benevolent citadel where things like dungeons and punishments are non-existent. The mystery deepens when Nia begins to suspect that her family is using magic to help Garun win the Seven Trials that each competitor must go through - and even her beloved grandfather Dyonis seems in on the conspiracy. It will appeal most to readers between ten and twelve, as it is quite a slender book but there is quite a lot of exposition put in concerning how the bond between Avatar and Farworlders works, how the city runs and the layout of the Trials.

At times all of this is badly presented to the reader, often being too complicated or too contemporary and with mentions of cloth existing underwater. For instance, there are references to "turtle-taxis" and "kelpaper journals," as well as words such as "biochemical" and "having a crush on someone ".

This would not be so bad if the time-period was assumed to be contemporary, but as it turns out in later books, it's actually set in medieval times. But Atlantis itself is vividly portrayed, from its homes and markets, its meeting places and engineering mechanism and the "dry rooms" where air still exists to preserve documents.

Kara Dalkey also has a gift with names, as all of the mermyds have appropriately aquatic, and somewhat Grecian names: Thalassa, Pelagia, Maru, Pontus and Callimar are just a few examples. Nia herself is a great heroine: She's very easy to relate to, and her motivations are clear and understood. By the end of this particular phase in her life, most will be reaching for the next book. Also, in a completely unrelated statement, I think the cover art on this book and the next two are just beautiful. I know it's wrong to judge a book by its cover, but if you did, this one would be the winner.

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