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The Damage (David Blake Book 2) by [Linskey, Howard]
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"Linskey has done for Newcastle what Ian Rankin has done for Edinburgh. . . . The writing is as fast and furious as a well-oiled machine gun. This alone is impressive, but he also possesses a talent for character development that elevates the story to a new level. An impressive and intelligent debut." --"New York Journal of Books" on "The Drop"

"Intense, riveting sequel"-- "Publishers Weekly"

"Top-notch gangster fiction from a writer to watch." -- "Booklist"

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: 969 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
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars 79 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #106,890 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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By BCB & More TOP 500 REVIEWER on 10 April 2012
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After reading Howard Linskey's debut novel The Drop I was really looking forward to the second book featuring David Blake. Even if you haven't read the first book you could easily pick up the second and know what is going on. I admit I was worried that maybe the second wouldn't be as good but I needn't have worried as it was actually better!

We once again meet David Blake but the difference now is that he is now the 'top dog' Gangster boss running Newcastle. He is actually living in Thailand with his girlfriend Sarah and only needs to fly back to the UK to sort out any issues his two right hand men Palmer and Kinnane can't handle. Sure enough very early on, problems start cropping up involving his firm in which he decides he needs to get back to Newcastle to resolve.

We meet characters that reatured in the first book such as David's brother Danny, Palmer and Kinane, the Gladwell's who run Glasgow and some new faces amongst all those too. David Blake is the main reason I loved the first book as he isn't your typical Gangster. He comes across as a really nice bloke who only uses violence when absolutely necessary. In addition to him we see quite a bit more of Palmer and Kinane which I liked as it gives you a real idea of other people involved in David's life.

The story itself kept me gripped from very early on. It seems that there are numerous threads and problems that soon spiral into something much worse and end up with David fearing for his own life. He has to deal with a new supplier named 'The Turk', corrupt politicians and coppers as well as dealers, pimps and celebrity coke addicts. There is quite a lot going on at any one time and it means as the reader you are constantly left wondering what is going to happen next.
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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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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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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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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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