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5.0 out of 5 stars Gordon Ferris strikes again, 26 May 2011
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This review is from: The Unquiet Heart (DANNY MCRAE SERIES Book 2) (Kindle Edition)
Whilst not a prerequisite, I would highly recommend reading "Truth Dare Kill" prior to this sequel . Although the two books are not as intertwined as some multi part series, part one does lay some useful foundations about the main character Danny McRae. In particular how he turned from nation's finest to private detective and how he sustained, and the implications of, the oft mentioned "scar" that runs down his temple. Every hero has a weakness that endears him to us and what makes this tale so realistic is his weakness is simply his love for Eva, a journalist turned client who wants to follow Danny out on some of his "private detective work". This book should come with a health warning, you will suffer from lack of sleep as this is where it starts to get very interesting and it is difficult to adjourn. Why is she so interested in his line of work? After all he has detached himself from any public involvement, nowadays his line of work is following a few people around and roughing a few up here and there at most. I would highly recommend reading the short 300 odd pages to find out, it is certainly worth it as Gordon Ferris takes you through European borders and nationalities post war.

Danny McRae, the protagonist, is no typical superhero as you will no doubt be aware from part one. He is just a normal guy like you and I, savagely damaged by the effects of the war but with a steely determination like no other. Gordon Ferris repeats the trick again in this fantastic sequel, succinctly taking you on a tale spanning three separate war savaged areas but also covering factions between at least four or five groups. I gave Truth Dare Kill 5 stars and to be frank this betters it. A lot of the focus was on London in the first book, the focus cleverly shifts towards Germany this time to create a fine balance between the two parts and actually brought home the reality of what it must have been like in Iraq after the most recent war, namely a picture of looting and more crudely, chaos.

Whilst part two is not as bloody and gruesome as the first the plot is certainly more drawn out and has more twists and turns to it. You feel as if you know Danny by now and I must admit it is pleasing that Gordon has finally given him a real woman to contend for, as oppose to a figment of his imagination, although this brings its own problems with it!

Finally, without giving anything away, I am glad the author has left it open for another sequel Danny McRae's days are certainly not numbered yet - a fitting end.

Enjoy!
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