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Redemption Song (Jack O'Neill Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

Derick Parsons
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (129 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Who is murdering black men in Dublin, and why? Is it a racist, anti-immigrant group or are there other, hidden reasons for the killings? These are some of the questions that washed-up detective Jack O'Neill must answer in order to stop the carnage and salvage his ruined career. As the pressure -and the body count- mounts Jack finds that he must solve the case to save not just his job but his life as he becomes the killer's next target.
But Jack also has inner demons of his own to contend with, and a past that may yet destroy his last shot at redemption.

Product Details

  • File Size: 1077 KB
  • Print Length: 186 pages
  • Publisher: XTL Publishing; 1 edition (December 5, 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00A0OK4ES
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #408,188 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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42 of 44 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant read November 14, 2012
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I bought this book a couple of days ago and I could not put it down!! I really enjoyed it.
I loved the way way you got to know the characters in the book, I really liked the way it was written. I am hoping that this book is the start of a long line of books with 'Chief Inspector'Jack O'Neill featuring in them all, I love him. but he better stay off the bottle!!! Frank Carr has great potential too.
This was a really good read, great characters and I am looking forward to a whole series of books from this author.
I thoroughly enjoyed the ending I thought it was a good twist and was well thought out. It all tied in really well.
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24 of 28 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This author has done it again! November 7, 2012
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Having looked forward to this author's second book, I was delighted to see it out so soon and bought it without hesitation and with high expectation. It did not disappoint.

I also see that his first book Hidden is now out in paperback which is great and it's now on my Xmas shopping list. Here's hoping Redemption Song isn't too long following in paperback and maybe I can put this one on my Xmas shopping list too.

While not a sequel to the author's fist book Hidden, it was nice to hear from Kate Bennett again.

He has done it second time around. Will there be a hat trick?
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Redemption Song December 15, 2012
By ruth
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Enjoyed Hidden so I thought I would read this one. Completely different and in my opinion a lot better. Great characters, good plot and well written. Would recommend it to anyone who enjoys a good read. Agree with other reviews that it is nice to see an Irish male author and hope he has more to come.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Had Me Guessing 'Til The End December 26, 2013
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I had a feeling that I would like this book, considering it is set in Dublin, I am Irish, and I love a good thriller. I didn't know I would get quite as wrapped up in it as I did, primarily because from the very first pages, Parsons grabs a reader by the throat and never lets go. Mixing murder and mystery always gets my blood pumping in a book, but there was something particularly good about this author's approach to the genre. The hard-nosed O'Neill isn't the standard idea of a protagonist or heroic character, and he is definitely flawed. However, he develops as the story goes on and becomes more human, and less of a stereotypical character as he appeared at first. I had a feeling that the killer would eventually turn his eye on O'Neill, and I suppose that common trend in these sorts of books can be expected to a certain degree. That didn't put me off the plot though, and I feel that Parsons really understands the genre, both the failings and the potential areas for improvement where other authors stumble. All in all, I will certainly read more by Parsons, particularly if they are of the same caliber. In fact, I wouldn't be surprised if Chief Inspector O'Neill became a regular character in his writing. He is a deep and intriguing character that has a lot to offer the reader. There is enough of ourselves (flawed humanity) in him that makes him very accessible, but also enough bravado and swagger to make him an ideal fictional hero. Very well done. 5 Stars!
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars excellent! November 25, 2012
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I bought this thinking it must be a sequel to Hidden by the same author which i really enjoyed. I was disapponted to discover that it isnt a follow up at all, though Kate Bennet ( who i loved in hidden) did show up briefly, but my disappointment didnt last long as i was very quickly drawn into this brilliant story. If anything, Redempion Song is even better than hidden, Jack o neill is a great character, very believable. Be warned though, once you pick this book up you won't want to put it down, the plot really kept me guessing and theres a terrific twist at the end. Excellent!
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Magnificent Mystery/Thriller January 22, 2013
By Tracy
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Redemption Song is a great thriller and mystery. I love the way this author writes. Mr. Parsons knows how to tell a story with a twist!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Main Character May 7, 2014
By Terry
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I got the second book in the series for free. As soon as I finished it, I purchased "Redemption Song" and hope I will soon have the opportunity to buy a third. The books are well written and the plots are interesting but what sets them apart (and earned my 5 star rating) is the main character. Jack O'Neill has no extraordinary abilities but solves his cases through attention to detail and doggedness. He's definitely not politically correct, but nonetheless likable and completely believable. The way in which he and his younger partner work together despite their obvious differences adds another dimension to the stories. Very happy that I found this author.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Irish Police Procedural December 21, 2013
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'Redemption Song' is a worthy sophomore effort from Irish write Derick Parsons, who takes his time introducing us to Jack O'Neill, a down-on-his luck alcoholic homicide investigator in Dublin. Saddled with a wet behind the ears rookie partner, Jack has to drag himself out of the bottle while solving a politically charged murder that may be his last chance to save his career. If you're a fan of crime drama - or in love with Ireland - you'll enjoy this tense thriller. I'm hoping to read more about Jack O'Neill in the future!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Sad Jack
Excellently written, great characters, not a big surprise at the end, but all very well laid out. I look forward to reading the sequels.
Published 9 days ago by JW
5.0 out of 5 stars Very Interesting and Entertaining
There was a good mystery, why was Akima murdered? You didn't know until the very end. There were no sex scenes, although there was some vulgar language. Read more
Published 16 days ago by Guy A. Hess
3.0 out of 5 stars Good to fill in time.
The detective was similar in character to the British Inspector Danziel. Storyline held my attention although the outcome was fairly predictable as there were a few too many heavy... Read more
Published 1 month ago by I.K.
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Published 1 month ago by Ed Hess
3.0 out of 5 stars Good Read
I enjoyed the booked. I would try another book by this author. I was a good read and the ending was quite surprising. I just not willing to give it a 5 star. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Gerri
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
This was a quick read with an unexpected ending.
Published 1 month ago by M. Owings
4.0 out of 5 stars enjoyed this book
Love Jack O'Neill with all his faults and gruff exterior. Good read except for the grammatical errors and lousy proofreading.
Published 2 months ago by tobydunkin
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Published 2 months ago by Karen Lutes
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
enjoy reading the book
Published 2 months ago by Cyrill WEbb
5.0 out of 5 stars Redemption Song
Jack O'Neill is an alcoholic Detective Inspector who is handed a throw away case by an old friend on the force. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Mary L
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I was born in Dublin, Ireland, on the 27-03-1966, which makes me both old and an Aries; I do not believe in either but I seem to be stuck with the former at least.

I have travelled extensively and as well as living in various parts of Ireland I lived for years in London, Holland, Germany, Poland and the USA.

I returned to Dublin and married Eimear (a top litigation lawyer but a good person nonetheless, I swear) in 2001, which effectively ended the travelling, though we still like to roam the world on holidays.

We have three magnificent (if mental) boys whom I wouldn't swap for eternal life and shares in Apple.

I don't remember deciding to be a writer; ever since I can remember I have considered myself one, and after writing various poems and short stories I completed my first full-length novel at the ripe old age of 10. Alas, I no longer have that story, which I would dearly love to read again, if only for a good laugh.

HIDDEN is the first novel I have written for the public, with all my previous writing being intensely personal and for me alone. A second, REDEMPTION SONG, is now also for sale on Kindle.

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