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My Name Is Hardly: Book Two of the My Temporary Life Trilogy: Volume 2 Paperback – 14 Dec 2012
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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant!
"The writing is once again pitch perfect and the characterisation is superb, so good the characters practically leap off the pages. Hardly's story is dark and complex, but at all times truly human and believable. I highly recommend this page-turner, an excellent sequel, can't wait for the third book!"
Another Excellent Read by Martin Crosbie.
"His use of words is incredible. He is an excellent wordsmith with believable and likable characters. He is an author that will be remembered for excelling at his craft."
From the Author
Thanks for taking the time to read about MY NAME IS HARDLY. Hardly was a character from my first novel, the first book in the MY TEMPORARY LIFE Trilogy. My original intention was to continue the story of Malcolm and Heather, the main characters from the first book, but readers wanted to know more about Hardly. I received countless emails, instant messages on Facebook, and even Tweets asking me about Hardly. On more than one occassion I was told "there has to be more to say about this guy".
So, I wrote about Hardly. And, in hindsight, I'm very happy that I did.
This is the story of Hardly's life after he left the care of his surrogate father, Alex, and entered the army. It details his experiences in Northern Ireland during the time of the troubles. Hardly became a loft-sitter. There's very little documentation in terms of information on the soldiers who were given these assignments. Their mission was to sit in lofts above the homes of ordinary Irish citizens and eavesdrop on conversations below, and monitor the neighbourhood. Quite often they didn't know whose home they were sitting above and often ended up just a few feet away from the IRA soldiers they were fighting against. In later years the IRA claimed they knew the soldiers were there the whole time. The fact that so little has been said about this practice and almost nothing has been reported on it fascinated me. I hope you enjoy Hardly's story.
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I wasn't surprised to find it was a fascinating life he'd led - the tiniest soldier in the army, battling the demons of drink and his own past to discover a vocation both unlikely and terrifying.
Like the first book, this one reads as a tale of two halves - the first, a tense recounting of Hardly's most frightening night, interspersed with his memories of his life so far. This section tells the story of Hardly's life since we left him to it in the first book - and it also sets up the second part of this book, a fast, gripping tale of an ill-advised rescue - where everything that can go wrong, does go wrong! I really enjoyed getting to know Hardly more thoroughly - he's one of the least likely characters I've come across, and all the more fascinating because of it - and by the end of the book, my heart was racing with the danger, so real and so claustrophobic that I really couldn't see a way out.
Well done Mr. Crosbie! A worthy follow-up indeed. Now I'm wondering, will the third book carry on from where the first two left off? In which case, what new adventures can we expect from Hardly and Malcolm? I'm looking forward to them!
I learnt a lot about the troubles in Ireland, and found myself holding my breath during some of the terrifying action. There was some light relief too, and I loved the exploits that Hardly got up to when with his mates in Glasgow.
Very engrossing, and hard to put down. Another great novel & I eagerly await the 3rd of the series.
So, Hardly came free.
The review: I have purchased the other books in the trilogy and will continue to follow Martin Crosbie's work.