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  • Paperback: 276 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (2 April 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1475017014
  • ISBN-13: 978-1475017014
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 1.8 x 22.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 175,478 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Paul O'Brien is a writer from Wexford, Ireland. In the last fifteen years he has written sixteen plays and two screenplays.

He has been commissioned or produced by The Abbey, Druid, Red Kettle Theatre Company, Town Hall Theatre, Galway and Spare Key Productions in New York.

Blood Red Turns Dollar Green, his debut novel, made it to the #1 Bestselling spot on Amazon's Wrestling and Organized Crime charts in US and UK. The follow-up novel, Blood Red Turns Dollar Green Vol. 2 also made it to the top of the charts - with both novels having now reached #1 in Germany, Canada, UK & Ireland and the U.S.

In late 2013, Paul sold the option for Blood Red Turns Dollar Green Vol. 1 and Vol. 2, and both novels are now being developed as a TV series in the U.S.

In 2014 Paul was chosen alongside the likes of Michael Fassbender, Rory Mcllroy, U2, Chris O'Dowd and Jonathan Rhys Myers as Collegetimes.com 52 Irish Men for 2014.

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About the Author

Paul O'Brien is a writer from Wexford, Ireland. He has been writing professionally for fifteen years and has authored sixteen plays and two screenplays. His work has been commissioned or produced by The National Theatre of Ireland, Druid Theatre Company, Red Kettle Theatre Company, The Gaeity School of Acting, Town Hall Theatre, Galway and Spare Key Productions, New York. This is Paul's debut novel.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Avid Reader on 2 Nov. 2012
Format: Kindle Edition
Paul O'Brien has developed wonderful characters in his debut novel, Blood Red Turns Dollar Green. Opening with a dazed and confused Lenny, who has no idea what caused the accident which left him holding a shoe with someone's foot still inside, far less how he came to be carrying a passenger he really shouldn't have been anywhere near, the novel hits the ground running from the very first paragraph.

Staggering to a payphone, Lenny makes a call that causes the wrestling world to implode and the story then goes back in time, to long before the accident takes place. From that point on, we follow the fortunes of Danno Garland and his various wrestlers and employees, of whom Lenny is one, until we eventually catch up with the accident. The final part of the novel shows the aftermath, with Danno desperately trying to save his disintegrating empire.

Set during the sixties and seventies, when professional wrestling was fixed and run by those with the muscle to keep the ill-gotten gains to themselves, Danno had frequently been promised a share of the top flight rewards, but had always been pushed out.

When he makes a deal with the devil in the form of Proctor King, his fortunes change for the better. But there is always a heavy price to pay for doing business on the sly and Danno soon finds out that the price is higher than he ever dreamed possible.

Blood Red Turns Dollar Green is more than a novel about wrestling and crime. It is a wonderful portrayal of the people - their lives, loves, businesses, losses and heartbreaks. I am not a wrestling fan, but this book held my interest all the way through.

On the negative side, the formatting lets it down and the whole is in need of proofreading to fix the incorrectly facing dialogue marks and other punctuation issues.

I see from the final page that a sequel is in the offing. I'll look forward to finding out what Danno does next.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Paul D Brazill on 26 Nov. 2012
Format: Paperback
Lenny is a `mark' A long time wrestling fan who wants `in'. Paul O' Brian's fantastic debut crime novel opens with Lenny in a more than somewhat dazed and confused state after being involved in a car accident. The smartly woven story then moves backwards and forwards across the US and from the early `70s to the late `60s, and then back again, until it reaches a magnificent adrenaline pumping finale. Blood Turns Dollar Green has a rich cast of characters including a supposedly mute and South African giant, and a colourful cornucopia of gangsters and low - lifes. Brilliant.
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In our first ever novel review, we tackle a tale of deception, double crosses and above all else, money. Irish crime writer Paul O'Brien plunges into the murky waters of the late sixties and early seventies world of professional wrestling and emerges with an instant classic on his hands. Oh, and blood. Lots and lots of blood.

BLOOD RED TURNS DOLLAR GREEN is a book about wrestling. Except it isn't. It's an organised crime novel then, except it's not really one of those either. Perhaps it's a study in how far the human body and mind can be stretched before it reaches some kind of breaking point, yet it's never explicitly clear just how much of the physical and emotional pain is real. It's a character study of three men who are desperately trying to remember where the character ends and the man begins.

Set in the heavily protected wrestling industry of the sixties and seventies, Blood Red Turns Dollar Green is a fascinating portrayal of the lengths two promoters will go to in order to keep the world title in their territory. Danno Garland of New York and Proctor King of Florida form an uneasy alliance that seems doomed from the start, but as with everything else in this novel, nothing is quite as it seems. Caught somewhere in the middle is Lenny Long, an outsider looking for a way in.

The word `Kayfabe' is thrown around a lot in the novel. We all know that word, right? A carny term used in wrestling to mean the protection of reality within the industry. And whilst the wrestlers and promoters huddle together to keep out the `marks' such as Lenny , so too author O'Brien closes ranks around his two key protagonists Danno and Proctor, always leaving the reader second guessing their motives.
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This is a story injected with enough male-testosterone to keep book-reading action junkies on a high from cover to cover. The author has chosen America's pro-wrestling scene of the seventies as the backdrop for Blood Red Turns Dollar Green, a tale that is compelling from start to finish.

The opening scene paves the way for a plunge into the seamier side of the wrestling industry, with guns, hoodlums, and shady dealings pervading a story that pushes the boundaries of realism. It's set in an era when titles were bought, sold and voted on, rather than being won in the ring. With big money at stake, it's hardly surprising the central characters will go to any lengths to `own' the champion.

O'Brien tells it with the conviction of someone who knows his subject and is not afraid to tackle some taboos. As a result he delivers a smart and thought-provoking yarn that will have you rooting for all kinds of outcomes. It deserves a top rating, and is unlikely to disappoint anyone looking to be informed and entertained all at the same time.
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