- Paperback: 352 pages
- Publisher: Headline (5 Aug. 2010)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0755371143
- ISBN-13: 978-0755371143
- Product Dimensions: 13.3 x 2.5 x 19.7 cm
- Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,985,371 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
The Levels Paperback – 5 Aug 2010
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""One of Cregan's great strengths is his unerring gift for architectural description that forces the reader to visualize the sheer horror of it all. . . . Cregan's evocation of The Levels is filmic, the location intensely realized, as much a character as the protagonists themselves . . . his taut prose propels us through to the explosive ending of this gothic-punk thriller." --"Crimeculture" on" The Levels
""One of Cregan s great strengths is his unerring gift for architectural description that forces the reader to visualize the sheer horror of it all. . . . Cregan s evocation of The Levels is filmic, the location intensely realized, as much a character as the protagonists themselves . . . his taut prose propels us through to the explosive ending of this gothic-punk thriller." "Crimeculture" on" The Levels"
""A convincing, engaging and constantly surprising industrial thriller, it marks the arrival of a huge new talent." Steve Mosby, author, " The 50/50 Killer"
The brilliant debut novel from an outstanding new talent to the Headline list, Sean Cregan, THE LEVELS is a high-energy, fast-paced, dark gothic thriller set in the Levels, an abandoned housing project on the outskirts of Newport.See all Product Description
Top Customer Reviews
An engaging blend of creepy gothic atmosphere with the pace and twists of a thriller, this book will keep you hooked til the end. The intertwined stories of teenaged Ghost, suspended cop Kate and ex-CIA operative Turner, all provide nail-biting tension and excitement, but they are also sympathetic characters that pull you into the story.
The scene is set up beautifully, convincing you of the reality of the sinister ruins in which Sorrow works his evil. There's a lot of great action and some gruesome deaths, but the worst kinds of violence done to people are things they have to live with and struggle against - Kate's disease, Ghost's addiction, and the horror of The Levels.
What makes 'The Levels' different than a standard thriller, is the characters who inhabit the dark and dirty world of Newport City. 'Ghost' is a teenage assassin, who is trying to escape the clutches of Sorrow and The Furies, is a complicated character, with many nuances which are explored to a point, leaving you wanting more. An excellent creation, you will find yourself wanting to read more stories featuring this character.
The setting is a real bonus also. Newport City, and by extension The Levels themselves, is a suburban nightmare made real. A grime filled world of despair and corruption.
Cregan writes every word to pack a punch in some way. There are few to none stops to take a breath, as the pace is relentless, leaving you hyperventilating towards the end. In other hands, it could of ended in a convoluted mess, with plot strands being left unresolved and a writer giving up on trying to create an ending which works. But Cregan manages to pull everything together, creating a masterful tale which will stay with you long after reading.
An excellent thriller, 'The Levels' is a must read. With some standout scenes of action and storytelling (read the scene on the rooftop between Turner and Ghost, an example of excellent character writing) 'The Levels' should be on everyones bookshelves. If you like your crime thrillers with something a bit extra, I'd highly recommend you reading the first novel featuring Sean Cregan's Newport City.
It reads more like a directors manual for a for a cheap blood thirsty fight film rather than the authors seeming intention
of the three main characters saving the world.
I cant be the only person to think the whole book is utter drivel. I must admit I only finished it because it was a selected read for a book group. Utter rubbish
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What is truly gripping about this title is the blurb, it feels that it has everything a fan of thrillers would desire. Read morePublished on 23 Aug. 2010 by Gareth Wilson - Falcata Times Blog