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Bloodland: A Novel Kindle Edition

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Length: 382 pages Word Wise: Enabled Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled

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*Starred Review* Celebrity biographies are hardly high art, but Irish journalist Jimmy Gilroy needs to pay the bills. When he takes on the tale of the late starlet Susie Monaghan, little does he know it’ll be the biggest story of his career. Monaghan’s vapid and debauched life was cut short by a helicopter crash in the Congo that was initially ruled an accident. Then details emerge suggesting it was anything but. Turns out, Monaghan was “collateral damage” on a flight that was doomed from the start; the real target was a fellow passenger who knew a little too much. Layer by layer, Gilroy exposes an elaborate cover-up involving, among others, a wily entrepreneur, a paranoid former prime minister, and the brother of a U.S. senator with his sights on the Oval Office. At the heart of the darkness is exploitation of a precious mineral buried deep in the African jungle. As Gilroy gets closer to the truth, two of his sources drop dead—one murdered, the other a suicide. Can he complete his investigation before anyone else is done in? Can he stay alive? Glynn (Limitless, 2011) delivers an intricate plot and relentless suspense in this taut, top-notch thriller about the evils that men do. --Allison Block


“Scarily plausible in a way that eludes most thriller writers, with an alarmingly authentic cast of control freaks and loose cannons…I’ve not read such a multilayered, expertly plotted portrayal of arrogance, greed, and hubris in a long time. [There are] echoes of John le Carré, 24, and James Ellroy here, but Glynn’s talent is all his own, and his ability to ratchet up the tension is eye-popping.” —The Guardian (London)

“A cracking conspiracy thriller worthy of le Carré, set in the dark heart of the Congo, Ireland, and New York.” —Irish Independent (Dublin)

“Gripping…Glynn builds up the tension skillfully….He seems at home writing about intrigue on both sides of the Atlantic…[and] utterly at ease whether writing about troubled Dublin businessmen, former private military contractors with post-traumatic stress disorder, bitter politicians, or high-flying corporate masters of the universe….But while Bloodland makes some serious points, it never forgets that a good thriller is there to entertain the reader as well as to make [one] think---and this is a very entertaining book.” —The Irish Times (Dublin)

Praise for Limitless

“Alan Glynn has created enough twists and thrills to keep readers up late—even without resorting to illegal and dangerous substances.” —The New York Times Book Review

“A compulsive chemical thriller.” —San Francisco Chronicle


Praise for Winterland

“Timely, topical, and thrilling.” —John Connolly

“A terrific read . . . completely involving.” —George Pelecanos

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  • File Size: 1249 KB
  • Print Length: 382 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0312621280
  • Publisher: Picador; Original edition (January 31, 2012)
  • Publication Date: January 31, 2012
  • Sold by: Macmillan
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005J4EWUQ
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #403,891 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Benjamin Thomas VINE VOICE on January 4, 2012
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I had not yet read any of the author's previous work so was excited to see if I now had a "new" author to follow. I've read numerous "thriller" novels, no matter how you define that term, and have long been wary of trying new authors because there just seems to be so many that write by some perceived formula for "success". That's not always bad as I do like a good adrenaline rush as much as the next guy, as long as there are the other aspects of a good novel (like well written characterization, proper plotting, setting, etc.)

I am pleased to report that this novel is, indeed, very well written and offers taught plotting and excellent characterization. As others have mentioned, the first part of the book requires paying close attention to make sure you understand the many different characters and what their roles/motivations might be. I won't rehash the plot here as that has been done above but suffice it to say it's a plot that is not only plausible in today's political world, but even likely. Some reviewers refer to a "stream of consciousness" approach to the story-telling but don't let that dissuade you. The author uses present tense throughout but, in my mind, that simply reinforces the here-and-now urgency of the plot and serves to suck you in to the story.

I would have awarded 5 stars except for a small feeling of dissatisfaction with the way certain plot elements were resolved. Chalk that up to my need to witness events instead of being told about plot climaxes that occur off-stage. Other than that, a most satisfying reading experience and, indeed, I do now have a "new" author to follow.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Timothy J. Mccarthy VINE VOICE on November 12, 2011
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What do a former Irish PM, a US Senator on the fast track to the White House, a couple of high-power industrialists, a shadowy private military contractor, a coke-addled starlet, and an out-of-work journalist have in common? If you want a book that's easy to follow, the obvious answer would be, not a bloody thing. But if you do decide to tie them together, and present the story in little snippets, and jump from character to character, place to place, sometimes in flashback and sometimes in the present, at the very least you get bit of a headache for the reader.

This is a good book, mind you, but it's certainly not a light read or a fast one. Throughout Chapter 1 you have to pay close attention, try to get the dramatis personae sorted out, wade through some slow parts, and ignore the nagging feeling that the whole scenario is a bit unbelievable. If you stick it out through the first third of the book, and reach Chapter 2, you should have a handle on the players and can enjoy a healthy increase in the pacing. There is a true rogue's gallery running amok, sometimes working together and sometimes at cross-purposes, and it's great fun watching them try to stuff the genie back into the bottle. You never know where things are headed, as layer after layer of backstory is peeled back, revealing motivations and old grudges.

If you prefer the type of thriller where you can just put your brain on hold and breeze through a couple hundred pages, then you should pass this up. If you don't mind a bit of slogging so you can enjoy watching a deliciously intricate scenario play out, give this one a try!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Susan Tunis TOP 1000 REVIEWER on February 10, 2012
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In a marketplace filled with legal thrillers, techno-thrillers, and crime thrillers galore, a true conspiracy thriller is a rare animal indeed. This one opens with some sort of paramilitary operation in Congo. The reader is thrown into a heightened situation without any exposition or background, and it's a little disorientating.

From there, we are in the study of a young, Irish journalist, Jimmy Gilroy. These are hard times for journalists. Papers aren't hiring, so you take what you can get. What Jimmy has gotten is a cheesy biography of a troubled actress who died in a helicopter crash a few years earlier. He is stunned when a former mentor calls and puts some not too subtle pressure on him to drop this utterly inconsequential job. But it's a paycheck, and he needs it.

Next, the reader is introduced to a series of powerful men on both sides of the Atlantic, from businessmen to politicians. Glynn isn't spoon-feeding readers his story, and it takes a while to make the connections. What other readers describe as being "slow," I chalk up to complexity and brilliance. The author made me work a little. There were a lot of names, places, and people to keep straight and links to discover. I got to uncover what was going on alongside Jimmy Gilroy, and I loved it every step of the way!

Now, this isn't a novel with a lot of room for character development. Actually, I think there was more "lack of character" development, because there were some seriously morally bankrupt people in this tale. But I did think it was well written. More than anything, I just thought the plotting was so deliciously complex and smart. It was a pure joy putting these pieces together.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Richard Gazala VINE VOICE on January 17, 2012
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Can something as mundane as a hand accidentally slammed in a car door derail an eminent United States senator's promising presidential prospects? In Alan Glynn's new international thriller, "Bloodland," it might do so just as readily as the mysterious helicopter crash off Ireland's coast years earlier that killed a coked-up young Hollywood trollop at the peak of her notoriety. Without a steady job in hand or on the horizon, young journalist Jimmy Gilroy reluctantly finds himself freelancing on spec to write a biography of the famously dead starlet. The vapid celebrity expose he dreads writing becomes something vastly more dreadful as finds himself delving into a savage conspiracy that sucks him into an increasingly menacing labyrinth of lies and corpses reaching from the depths of war torn African jungles to the steps of the White House.

Though it takes a little while to get off the ground, Glynn's novel is a worthy read for conspiracy thriller fans. The Great Recession's rapacious specters loom in the book's background as Glynn deftly weaves spiraling plot lines teeming with twisted characters, all of whom are intriguingly flawed and none of whom are particularly loveable. The dialogue is crisp, and thanks to Glynn's fastidious research the settings ring both exotic and true. As with many of the best modern thrillers, a real-life story chillingly similar to the tale Glynn spins in "Bloodland" could be the breathless headlines on tomorrow's news.
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