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Peril: A Ger Mayes Crime Novel [Kindle Edition]

R. A. Barnes
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)

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Product Description

Product Description

The first novel from Ruby Barnes (author of The Baptist).

A contemporary crime thriller set in Dublin and the medieval Irish city of Kilkenny.

Some readers’ thoughts on Peril by Ruby Barnes

‘Full of sharp wit and realistic characters, this book does exactly what it sets out to do - take readers on an adventure and leave them wondering what could possibly happen next.’

‘Ruby Barnes has taken a characters life and spins a web that keeps you reading until the very end.’’

‘Ger is an anti-hero, the lad all the lads want to be, the guy all the girls love to hate but just can't bring themselves to. Scrape after scrape, he trundles through life with all the awareness of a rock, and yet you just can't help rooting for him...’

‘Like nothing I've ever read before. The story is well written with a fast pace, intriguing plot twists and a good balance of dark humour and human drama.’

‘You won’t want to put it down… it twists and turns like a twisty turny thing.
A fantastic read, one of those rare books that keeps you guessing.’


Gerard Mayes is in a bind. He's committed most of the seven deadly sins and is trying to avoid paying the price.

'I balance on the precipice of life.

Friends and family have turned their backs on me and walked into the shadowland.

Police and thieves are shouting Jump, Ger. Do it.'

Ladies, don't let your man read this book. You don't want him getting ideas on how to misbehave.

Fellas, keep your copy well hidden.

PERIL is the story of Gerard Mayes, an anti-hero. Men want to be him, women want to redeem him. Ger's story is fiction, but his origins are real - everyday folk living and working in a Dublin city center wracked with organized begging, drug addicts, and violent crime. It's not all leprechauns and shillelaghs in Ireland.

Ger is a slacker. A consumer. He thinks life owes him, takes what he can and goes with the flow. His perspective on life, like that of another famous slacker The Big Lebowski, is sometimes humorous, but the story takes a noir turn when Ger kills a mugger and is held to account for it. All things move toward their end, of that you can be sure.

PERIL is a full-length novel of 91,000 words

About the Author

I've pedalled the pushbike of life through the Shires' rolling hills, along the folded rocks of Scotland's lochs and out west to the fractured reaches of North Wales. Love found me in the MacGillycuddy's Reeks of Ireland. The Swiss Alps cured me of obsessive compulsion and yielded progeny. Misfits, rogues and psychopaths take form in PERIL, THE BAPTIST and other works. Their voices, they speak to me. I plead with them, but the demons are real. I've carried them on my back across Scandinavia, through the Mid-West, Eastern Seaboard and Deep South of the USA and to the borders of Argentina, Brazil and Paraguay. We teetered together on the brink of the Iguassu Falls and came back. My writing is dedicated to the memory of my late grandfather Robert 'Ruby' Barnes. Contact me on ruby dot barnes at marblecitypublishing dot com Browse my blog at

Product details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 950 KB
  • Print Length: 369 pages
  • Publisher: Marble City Publishing (20 Dec. 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #281,337 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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More About the Author

I've pedalled the pushbike of life until the chain fell off. Now living in rural Ireland where the natives are friendly and the weather atrocious, I write crime fiction and thrillers.

My writing is dedicated to the memory of my late Scottish grandfather Robert 'Ruby' Aloysius Barnes.

Contact me on ruby dot barnes at marblecitypublishing dot com

Browse my blog at

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Highly recommended 11 April 2011
Format:Kindle Edition
Ger Mayes is one of those types of guys who make some women try to tuck him beneath their wing so they can take care of him. Others will follow along and pray he gets exactly what he deserves. Whichever kind you end up being, you're sure to have a blast following this womanizing idiot as he gets himself into one bad mess after another, each one just slightly worse than the one before it. I didn't know whether to laugh, or groan and slap my forehead, thinking it a good idea to pull him by the ear in to see the shrink and glue him to the chair. It's hard to believe one man can make so many bad decisions and get into so much trouble and yet find a way to talk himself out of it. Or does he? You'll have to read PERIL for yourself to find out. Ladies, you may want to hide this one from your husbands. You wouldn't want to give them any ideas. Don't worry about the slow start in chapter one. Once Ger gets the ball rolling, he sets off an avalanche that no one can stop, not even Lady Luck herself. If you like a fast-paced thriller, PERIL is a fun ride I'm sure you'll enjoy.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars You won't want to put it down. 6 Nov. 2011
Format:Kindle Edition
A slow and slightly confusing start, but it keeps your interest, then the book explodes into one you can't put down. It twists and turns like a twisty turny thing.

A fantastic read, one of those rare books that keeps you guessing.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Urban Noir 15 Oct. 2011
Format:Kindle Edition
This is phenomenal writing. The author has an absolute knack for sketching out characters and pulling the reader into their lives and motivations. As a result the reader finds themselves sympathising with situations and decisions that they normally wouldn't.

I'll admit to varying between 4 & 5 stars on this one, because I've never met a character I disliked so much (Bella from Twilight doesn't come close). The main character in this book, Ger, made me want to reach through the pages and slap him, repeatedly - probably because I've had the misfortune to date similar types in my own life.

My normal response to a character I completely dislike is to close the book. However, Ruby Barnes has a knack for keeping you reading simply with the quality of his writing, and for me, the other characters in the book had me hooked.

A fine look at what people will - and won't - do in extraordinary circumstances, and a great study of living, working and dying in a gritty urban world. For me, the writing trumped the flaws in Ger, who seems to suffer from TSTL (too stupid to live)syndrome and an ego that could sink the Titanic all over again.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The importance of being honest. 20 Jan. 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
I loved this book. The main character is a bit of a bhoy but unlike a lot of leading men, he's not all bad, or all good. He's an inveterate womaniser and is constantly looking for easy ways to make a living. He's quite self-obsessed, as his friends seem to be able to surprise him quite a bit.
I love the way the plot expands from an initial moment of drunken idiocy to a web of intrigue and real peril for Ger and his 'loved ones.' Consistent characters with recognisable voices and well-observed office types. I read this in two sessions, only because I started it too near bedtime. Well-written and highly entertaining in a very dark way.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable! 12 Sept. 2011
Format:Kindle Edition
I loved this book. Had a great time reading it. Ger Mayes is the type of guy who appeals to my nature. Just the other side of being a good boy. He's an amusing character, a real lady's man, who never really sets off to do any harm, but once the ball starts rolling he can't seem to control things.I'm not doing a big spoiler here, you'll have to buy and read it for yourself. But buy it, do. You won't regret it. Looking forward to the next book by Ruby Barnes. :-)
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Must read 3 Sept. 2011
By Franz
Format:Kindle Edition
I had little idea what to expect when I opened this book. From the teaser I suspected that it would probably be a suspense noir using Dublin as a setting and, in all honesty, there is a bit of that. But Ruby Barnes' writing style and story telling skills were a pleasant surprise. In Ger Mayes he has created complete scoundrel, with few redeeming qualities, that nonetheless steals the reader's heart. Ger is a person hopelessly self-centered who makes all the wrong moves and yet I found myself constantly hoping that he would extricate himself from the hopeless situations he instigates.

However, Ruby Barnes skills are not limited to the creation of a single, well-rounded, character. With the consummate ease of a born story teller, Mr. Barnes weaves a tale that draws the reader in. Through speech patterns and mannerisms, his characters develop distinct lives, while the threat of impending disaster locks the reader until the final page.

Mr Barnes has penned a tale that will stay with the reader long after the last word is read.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Ger..What everyman pretends he's not 16 Jun. 2011
Format:Kindle Edition
He's not the standard hero, he's not the typical male lead; he's a real man; about half as clever as he thinks he is, where thinking is a reaction, not an action.
One part of me thought he's too stupid for words, whereas the other part thought - there but for the grace of God....
A clever story, well told, with a good supporting cast round a character that defies pigeon-holing.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Peril - A great read 15 April 2011
Format:Kindle Edition
Ruby Barnes is a great narrator. His writing is very fluid and makes for an easy read. One would not expect to empathize with the main character Ger Mayes, but I actually found myself rooting for him and hoping things would work out. This is down to how real an insight Barnes manages to give into his character. Barnes' descriptions of Ger and his inflated ego are really amusing. This is a great read, I'd highly recommend it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Top-rate dark humor
I was surprised I liked this as much as I did; I don't always enjoy darker stuff. But this was hilarious. Read more
Published 6 months ago by booklover
5.0 out of 5 stars A Psycopath as Hero
Ger Mayes is a feckless womaniser stuck in a government clerical job but with aspirations for more and no scruples about the means to get there. Read more
Published 19 months ago by jim williams
4.0 out of 5 stars Pacey narrative and dialogue which kept this reader involved
Ger is an idiot who digs himself deeper and deeper and pulls others down with him. The dark humour saves him as a character as well as lightening the story. Read more
Published 22 months ago by Eddy Fitzgerald
5.0 out of 5 stars The Perils of being an Anti-Hero.
From the cover, not what I expected. After the initial murder scene, a little slow...
In theory I shouldn't have liked this book quite so much, but I thoroughly enjoyed it on... Read more
Published on 18 Sept. 2012 by BOOKWORM
4.0 out of 5 stars A darned good read
Gerard (call me Ger) Mayes fancies himself with the ladies; in fact he embarks upon an affair with his wife's best friend. Read more
Published on 6 Aug. 2012 by Ignite
5.0 out of 5 stars Very good :)
I am still not sure if I liked Ger or not, I suppose he is a man's man but the story was great, I loved the twists and turns and I kept thinking "how is he going to get out of... Read more
Published on 30 Jun. 2012 by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars Something a bit different
Love him or hate him Ger Mayes is a great character. If there's any trouble going he'll find it and fall straight in. Read more
Published on 19 Jun. 2012 by LondonReader
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