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Poisoned Arrows (The Golden Aces Trilogy Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

Paul M. Berry
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Book Description

PART ONE OF THE GOLDEN ACES TRILOGY

Rob Thomas has spent the last ten years trying to forget all the terrible things he’s done. But when notorious gangster Stephen McSharry is released from prison, determined to reclaim his place at the pinnacle of the Liverpool underworld, Rob is forced to return to a life he’s tried to bury, and kill one last time.

Caught between an ambitious brother and a cop determined to salvage a career making case, Rob finds himself thrust into the midst of a gang war that threatens to rip the entire city apart.

Drawn deeper and deeper into the chaos, they will each have to sacrifice the life they know to satisfy their ambition. But in a world where murder and betrayal are the only currency that count, it might not be enough to see them succeed, or even survive.


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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1015 KB
  • Print Length: 498 pages
  • Publisher: Paul M. Berry (6 Oct. 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005TJXQY4
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #300,679 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Paul M. Berry grew up in Liverpool, England, before moving to Newcastle upon Tyne to study English Literature & History at Northumbria University

He published his first novel Poisoned Arrows in 2011, the first part of The Golden Aces Trilogy. The follow up Shattered Empire was released in November 2012.

For more information visit www.paulmberry.com

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1.0 out of 5 stars Poor writing, half decent story 11 April 2015
By Ferenna
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I will always give a new author a chance and although this was a little slow to start, once you met the complex mix of characters, I did believe the story was going to be worth persevering with. However, what really spoiled the book for me was the non-existent proof reading/editing. Constantly being faced with incorrect/bad grammar and spelling (they're instead of their, Directors instead of Director's to give just a couple of examples) has put me off the sequels once they are published. Surely, if an author is going to the bother of writing a book, then in order to attract and keep readers, you would think that they could go to the trouble of having their work checked. Yes, it is a bit like going back to school but I, for one, strongly object to reading work that has not been checked. Let's face it we all live in a society where quality is important, so why can I not get that in the books I choose to read! (And no I am not an English teacher).
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Just finished this book - as always luv to check in with new authors- and absolutely loved it - intelligent crime fiction for a change.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Poisoned Arrow Review 21 Feb. 2013
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After being recommended this book, from a friend, i was slightly hesitant reading a book based on gangsters, as it is not my usual forte. However i am more then thrilled i persevered with this story. After just a few chapters in i was drawn in by the characters and well developed writing technique of the author. The characters are addictive and it twists enough to keep you wanting to read more! I have just purchased the second book, in the series of three, and i am in no doubt i will soon be sucked in and unable to put it down. Thoroughly recommend.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Masterful Debut Novel 31 Jan. 2012
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Upon reading Paul Berry's début novel one cannot escape the feeling you are having the privilege of enjoying a master at work. Poisoned Arrows is a novel that stands head and shoulders above the usual paint by numbers crime thrillers that too often litter the best sellers lists. It's not only better than anything I've read in recent years, it's now amongst my favourite books ever.

It's characters that drive narrative and Berry excels with his. Wonderfully brought to life, yet without pigeon-holing them into "good guy" "bad guy" territory; it is left to the reader to question the actions, judgement and moral compass of each of them. Such is the beautiful complexity of the anti-heroes, I often found myself admiring yet loathing some characters simultaneously, then a chapter later feeling the complete reverse. This was a wonderful place to be as a reader, identifying with those idiosyncratic traits in the characters that make them, and us, all human. Berry has managed to manifest the unpredictability of people, and that makes his characters uncomfortably identifiable in my real life.

Cleverly entangled amongst the chaos is Britain's paradox city, the gorgeous yet spiky Liverpool. Without alienating people unfamiliar with the city, Berry uses authentic dialogue, locations and history to bring the city to life. Not so much a backdrop, but a character in it's own right, Liverpool leapfrogs from the page complete with all the moodiness of the protagonists themselves.

A wonderfully intricate and multi-layered story, Poisoned Arrows strides purposefully through over-lapping plots and sub plots, all whilst advancing the story without a page being wasted. The violence is vivid and the language legitimately coarse, this is a story that doesn't patronise.
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4.0 out of 5 stars New author to me 13 Feb. 2013
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An enjoyable read with good characterization and pace. The power struggles of the gang bosses and the constant desire to retain face and the respect of their men was well depicted. The author has a gift for dialogue and sense of place. The flawed and conflicted hero was well drawn. The female characters were a bit thinly depicted and some chapters could have benefited from tighter editing to maintain suspense. I am looking forward to the next part of the trilogy and would recommend this to those who enjoy a home grown crime thriller set in an English city.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fabulous! Gripping read! 17 Mar. 2012
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Awesome book! I was hooked from the first chapter! The plot is full of twists and turns that keep your interest more than peeked! A true masterpiece by Berry! The first of many to come I hope!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Gripping portrait of a city 13 Oct. 2011
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'Poisoned Arrows' is a surging, gripping portrait of city being eaten from within by gun and drug culture. Berry's ambitious efforts to convey the intricacies of modern gang culture pay off spectacularly with a layered and throughly believable tale that grips you at the first page and never lets up.

In the finest traditions set by David Simon in 'The Wire', Berry's characters are not black and white but shades of grey; flawed heroes and ambitious villains mean that each and every character is empathetic, believable, and unpredictable. The author never resorts to cliches or predictable tropes that can bog the genre down, and instead his characters' actions and complex interrelationships build and weave their way to a conclusion that is surprising, satisfying, and even moving. Like Ben Affleck's 'The Town', the city itself also plays its role, leaving the reader with a sense of a memorable, unique, yet troubled place.

A phenomenal debut that shows incredible vision from an author that clearly knows his subject and has the power to weave real human drama into an often dehumanised genre. A must read not only for fans of crime fiction, but of any fiction!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Poisoned Arrow.
An enjoyable read, I intend to read all the books of this series and hope you can keep them coming for a long time
Published 19 months ago by Robert Hill
5.0 out of 5 stars Great and gritty story
A really good read with plenty of detail behind the principal characters. Some twists you foresee and others you don't. Read more
Published 19 months ago by Mr D M Payne
5.0 out of 5 stars Bought as a Gift
My father-in-law loved it, he couldn't put it down. Hope Paul Berry does another one in time for next Christmas.
Published on 7 Jan. 2013 by N C BARR
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic !!!!!!!
I was a little sceptical about this book as i don't usually read crime novels but decided to try it as my friend had raved about it. WOW was i pleased i took her advise. Read more
Published on 28 May 2012 by lydia chew
5.0 out of 5 stars Can't put it down:)
I bought this book as the Author is known to me and I was interested as to how he would write his first novel. Well he truly has not disappointed me. Read more
Published on 26 May 2012 by B Letman
5.0 out of 5 stars Great read!
This book was recommended by a friend of mine, normally I stick with what I know but pleased I gave this new author a chance, looking forward to more!
Published on 22 April 2012 by A Georgeson
5.0 out of 5 stars Truly Gripping
Loved it!! The author captures the reader from the very first page as the characters come to life along with the underworld of a city unable to forget the past. Read more
Published on 15 Feb. 2012 by Jason Hall
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