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The Crew by [Brimson, Dougie]
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The Crew is Dougie Brimson's first novel, following a series of books on the subject of football hooliganism written with his brother Eddy. Once again, the territory covered relates to the violence that surrounds football. This time, however, things aren't for real--still, the characters and story line seem real enough, especially for those familiar with any of the tales told in the author's factual volumes. Marrying the football violence theme with a well-established genre, Brimson turns his tale into a thriller. Using the master hooligan and the police detective as counterpoints, he weaves a believable and gripping story line, truly guaranteed to keep the pages turning. With the villain of the piece painted black from the word go, the chase is always on. What follows is well thought out, though the ending does not necessarily deliver all the promise of earlier chapters. Perhaps Brimson is just waiting to launch a sequel. Nonetheless, even if a tale of a group of hooligans travelling to watch England in Rome might cut a little close to the bone, The Crew will undoubtedly provide much enjoyment for fans of suspense, albeit in a new context, as well as those whose somewhat more macabre interest has been held by the author's previous books. --Trevor Crowe

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"Offers a captivating history of the outrageous behavior of British fans . . . Too brief, but chockablock with riveting, shocking tales of madness." " --Kirkus Reviews" on "March of the Hooligans"

"A winning goal for Dougie Brimson." --Lynda La Plante, author of "Prime Suspect""Brimson's raw portrait of hooligan culture may shock and amaze American readers." --"Publishers Weekly"

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 922 KB
  • Print Length: 292 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0747263043
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Category C Publishing (1 Aug. 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005GHM820
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars 599 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #796 Free in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Free in Kindle Store)
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The Crew was an unusual book choice for me, being female, not familiar with the football/hooligan scene, not interested in football and not too keen on thrillers and detectives in general - but decided to give it a try as it was free. The book surprised me, and ended up being a page-turner. The beginning wasn't too interesting, but the story built up, and my interest quickly grew, eager to find out what the master plan behind this all was. It turned out to be a clever plot, for which several people were used, unaware of their purpose. This climax was the best part, but the descriptions of the violence are just not my cup of tea, as I found it too descriptional for my taste and I would have liked to learn more about the characters and their underlying thoughts, feelings and motivations. I'm more than happy to have given it a try, and I am convinced that the thriller/detective readers amongst you may like this.
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This was the first book I read on my Kindle, which was delivered as a free download. The book was a page turner and I was surprised by how much I enjoyed it. The characters were well rounded and had depth. Be warned that the violence is graphic but in my opinion necessary. The ending is certainly a surprise (not that I will spoil it) and I felt a little let down that it ended in this manner, however that said overall a very good read.
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First book I've read from Mr Brimsom, and the first ever "hooligan" book. Terrific story, great pace and a disturbing, unexpected ending. Very highly recommended - don't miss out on this little gem!
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This novel follows a desperate attempt by the police to pin down Evans, the assumed leader of one of the country's top firms and the lengths they'll go to, to get him. They convince (read coerce) an arrested hooligan to go in as an informant, hoping to get more evidence on Evans and finally be able to convict him. The police know something huge is going to happen on this trip to Rome but they just can't work out what it is.

This novel is as much as thriller as anything else, with copious amounts of violence (necessary) and expletives (even more necessary), the picture created is bleak and the conclusion is so clever well, I would love to say more but that would ruin the ending for others wouldn't it? This novel may have took its time to convince me but by the end I was desperate to know what happened next and am looking forward to buying the sequel. Despite me obviously enjoying this novel because I'm interested in the subject matter, I think it would appeal to others too.

Awesome novel, appealing subject matter, just great
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this book is not just about football hooligans, its also a shows you how the authorities try to deal with these people
some very strong scenes written brilliantly a fantastic book that gives insight to both sides of the law
excellent read
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By Yve on 26 April 2012
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I downloaded this book because it was free and i thought it might be worth a look. Being female and not hugely into football I wasn't sure it would be my cup of tea but I was instantly carried away with the story. I couldn't stop reading as i had to know what the fate of the characters would be.
Was swept along with a rollercoaster of emotions and my feelings towards the main characters were constantly changing through out. The author had a way of making you care about the fate of these "hooligans" by letting us in their heads to view their true thoughts and emotions . Loved it so much i instantly purchased the sequel "Top Dog"
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Not my usual type of book, but I loved this. The characters were believable and the story was great. The ending wasn't the one I wanted though. I won't go into as don't want to spoil it!!
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Fantastic read gripping and well written. Hard to put down with a great unexpected ending. Cannot wait to read the next one :)
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