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The Damage (David Blake Book 2) [Kindle Edition]

Howard Linskey
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (71 customer reviews)

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Book Description

There's a thought that keeps me awake at night; I have to be lucky every time, they only have to get lucky once.' David Blake is a worried man. He should be enjoying the high life now he's Newcastle's 'Top Boy', the man who controls everything in the city that's worth controlling. He lives in exiled luxury, while his brother Danny and trusted right-hand men, Palmer and Kinane, take care of business and make sure no one steps out of line. The money keeps on rolling in and Blake is sharing his life with the girl that he loves, Sarah Mahoney. Shame he had to murder her father to save his own skin but at least she doesn't know anything about that. Blake never wanted to be boss but who else is savvy enough to deal with all of the firm’s problems; like Braddock, the rogue drug dealer, who’s keeping too much of the take, and ‘The Turk’, Blake’s new source of ‘product’ who’s taken a million Euros down-payment on a shipment that never arrives. Newly-crowned Glasgow crime lord, Alan Gladwell, wants to do business with the firm and the deal makes sense but can Blake really trust the man whose brother he brutally murdered. Then there is his obsession with the beautiful but troubled Simone, who chooses to work in one of the firm's massage parlours when she is so much better than that. From the heroin-laced high rises of Newcastle to the seedy back streets of Bangkok, in a world of contract killers, corrupt politicians, bent detectives, coke snorting footballers, fixers, hookers and pimps, Blake is in a race against time to find his potential assassin and discover the truth in The Damage.

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    About the Author

    Howard Linskey has worked as a barman, journalist, catering manager and marketing manager for a celebrity chef, as well as in a variety of sales and account management jobs. He has written for newspapers, magazines and websites on a number of subjects. Howard's debut novel, 'The Drop', was published by No Exit in 2011. 'The Damage' is his follow-up novel, following the fortunes of David Blake, Newcastle gangster. Originally from Ferryhill in County Durham, he now lives in Hertfordshire with his wife Alison and daughter Erin. Howard is a long-suffering Newcastle United fan and Mike Ashley is not on his Christmas card list.

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    • Format: Kindle Edition
    • File Size: 514 KB
    • Print Length: 352 pages
    • Publisher: No Exit Press (21 Mar. 2012)
    • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
    • Language: English
    • ASIN: B007NKMY9A
    • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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    • Enhanced Typesetting: Not Enabled
    • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (71 customer reviews)
    • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #66,660 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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    11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars Just superb! 2 May 2012
    Format:Paperback
    It always helps to have a bent copper in your pocket, but one bent copper is never enough as David Blake finds as he tries to run his north-eastern empire of crime while anonymous enemies are out to kill him and cut in on his turf. Blake has already made himself number one in Newcastle and then relocated to a distant headquarters in Thailand for his health's sake, but as other super-villains have found recently you need to jet in sometimes to take control personally.

    Blake has a brother and a couple of trusted right-hand men. They may not be enough: he also has lost his main heroin supplier and needs to find another source, while the feral underclass who deal and use his scag are so fearsome that he dare not enter the Sunnydale estate, where Braddock lords it from a penthouse constructed from the top floor of a tower block. One day Braddock wants to leave the estate and he does not plan to do it in a hearse.

    If you want to know a bit more about Blake - he has a live-in girlfriend who was the daughter of his former boss. Blake stepped into a dead man's shoes, but Sarah does not know that it was Blake killed her old man. Learning that would surprise her, but Blake's survival depends on his being one jump ahead and on seeing the other side. Who could be on the other side - could it be those right-hand men, those business rivals who offer him a partnership in taking over Edinburgh, the Turkish drug pushers? Or could it be the sweet girl in the Gosforth brothel?

    For one sitting I suspended my disbelief (because Blake is a nasty piece of work) becoming immersed in the tightening skein of his struggles and his victories, and in that one sitting I finished the book. THE DAMAGE is gripping.

    Reviewed in [...] by LJ Hurst
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    17 of 19 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars St James or Sports Direct Arena? 5 July 2012
    By Brooksy
    Format:Paperback
    I read the author's first book 'The Drop' on a recommendation from a friend. What a great read!! Couldn't wait for the second book and I wasn't disappointed.
    Got the book the moment it was published and couldn't put it down.
    The author has a way of drawing you into the book and imagining you are part of the geordie underworld. I'd only just stopped speaking with a geordie accent after the first book and now I'm back to calling the wife 'pet'.
    Can't wait for the next Linsky blockbuster - I'll definitely be in the queue. In fact - when's the movie??
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    2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
    3.0 out of 5 stars I read it all, but not my cup of tea 13 Nov. 2013
    Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
    I seem to buy an awful lot of books at 99p. The reason is that Kindle only gives me a 'read' of a book. I cannot pass it on and it is difficult to leaf backwards to find bits which I might wish to refer to again. This obsession with 99p books is why I found myself reading The Damage. It is well enough written, but I found the self centred main character extremely unattractive. It is the story of one man's rise to great heights in the world of drugs and crime, with its attendant violence, betrayal and corruption. It would appear that a highly organised criminal organisation cannot function without the support of an equally corrupt body of people prepared to support it from the other side of the law. Not a pretty picture. As I said, I read it, but once is enough.
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    5.0 out of 5 stars Gripping and Gritty 7 Jun. 2013
    Format:Paperback
    Having read and enjoyed THE DROP, despite this not being my usual genre of choice, I was not disappointed in the second offering in the David Blake saga. Not only did it paint a dirty visual of the underworlds of the N.E. I liked how layers of Mr Blake are peeled back to expose his humane side which he must keep hidden in order to protect himself and everyone around him. Cannot help falling a little bit in love with him as the stories continue. Action packed and full of twists and turns this story grips you right until the last word....Could someone please pass me the next offering of Mr Linskey - Now where did I put that copy of THE DEAD ?
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    1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent 21 Dec. 2012
    Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
    Thoroughly enjoyed the first David Blake tale 'The Drop' and couldn't wait to get started on this the second instalment. I was slightly concerned that it may go the way of many other sequels and drop in standards but I need not have worried, I was gripped from the first chapter and found it to be a real page turner.
    Finished the book in two sitting which is unusual for me.
    I do hope some TV producer somewhere gets their hands on these books, it's crying out to be turned into a Television series but more than that I hope another book comes out soon, and I mean real soon

    Highly recommended
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    5.0 out of 5 stars How English gangland noir should be written 11 Jun. 2012
    Format:Kindle Edition
    It's fair to say, in terms of writing, I've got some pretty staid opinions. I can't abide adverbs, adjectives, exclamation marks, or prologues. Thankfully, The Damage is brilliantly written, so the first three were thankfully absent. As were the exclamation marks. But there was a prologue. I bristled, but knowing Howard to be an excellent writer, I read on. I read on and on, and I didn't stop till the final chapter brought me to the thrilling end.

    You see, with the best of writers, and Howard Linskey has proved to me with THE DAMAGE he is among them, they teach us other writers stuff. And the use of the prologue for me was a big lesson. That displacement in time and location that is sometimes necessary to set the story up - something to sow a seed in the mind of the reader, that when returned to later in the book, pulls a whole lot of threads tight together. And I must say, this prologue ends with one of the most devestatitng scenes I've had the pleasure to read. I knew from just these few pages, this was going to be quite a read.

    As the pages went by, and I entered the world of David Blake, running his gangland empire from his Thailand compound, returning to the Newcastle underworld to sort out a thing or two, it occurred to me, although I was enjoying the book immensely, it was not my normal kind of reading. I'm very much a noir fan, and my reading, and my writing, tends to lead me in the direction of broken people making their way through the shadows of their broken lives. Don't get me wrong, THE DAMAGE is full of broken people - but it's slick read, a class act. If I had to put my finger on it, I'd say it was almost a thriller. And saying THE DAMAGE is more a thriller than a noir book is not to say the characters are shallow. They're not.
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