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The Order of the Phoenix Park Paperback – 18 Feb 2008

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  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Hachette Books Ireland (18 Feb. 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0340952873
  • ISBN-13: 978-0340952870
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 1.8 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
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'Endlessly surrealy and brilliantly offensive ... the anti-Ross O'Carroll Kelly. A crude comic genius.' (Sunday Tribune)

Brendan Behan for the internet generation (The Sunday Times)

'The child of Wodehouse, Python and, especially, Flann O'Brien.' (The Dubliner)

'Wickedly funny ... gleefully silly ... highly entertaining.' (Hot Press)

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Twenty Major - still smoking in Irish bars

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Blurb.........

For three years Twenty Major has written a daily blog. Now though comes a tale so bizarre and abominable that mere words on a computer screen wouldnt have been able to do it justice. These words need to be on paper ...

When Twenty Major's friend, record-shop-owner Tom OFarrell is brutally shot in the stomach, his dying act was to scrawl the number 60 in blood on his chest and dial Twenty's number into his phone. When Twenty is called to the scene of the crime he hasnt a clue why Tom was trying to contact him or what the hell the number 60 means. But himself and Tom go back a long way and he vows to find Tom's killer.

Then things take a turn for the worse: Folkapalooza is announced - a massive free concert due to take place in the Phoenix Park with headlining acts Damien Rice, James Blunt and David Gray.

Something is wrong, really wrong. Why are people obsessed with Folkapalooza? What has turned the Goths outside the Central Bank into acoustic loving drips? Who is the ginger albino and how does it all link to Tom?

Can Twenty, Jimmy the Bollix, Stinking Pete, Dirty Dave, Lucky and even Ron himself, save the people of Dublin and, less importantly, the rest of Ireland, from a fate that is, quite literally, worse than death? And solve a murder along the way?

Well, this started off in promising fashion - entertaining and amusing in places.

Unfortunately, by about a third of the way through this turned to irritation as to why there was still so much of the book left to read. The plot was unbelievable, the characters one-dimensional and the sprinkling of one-liners that took a page or two to set up before delivery was frankly annoying.

The resolution of the murder/Folkapalooza palaver..........
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Do you want to laugh? Do you enjoy complex comic characters? Like your music? Then this is the book for you.

Twenty Major is a politically incorrect tag for a politically incorrect writer who hits the funny bone time and again.

I am a 'read it in one go if it is any good' type, and was up all night reading this. The test of a book I think is much like a favourite film. Would you go through it again? I would, and I have.

Well done Mr Major, whoever you are.
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Twenty Major's first book, based on the characters from his blog, pulls no punches from the first page. A twisted story about brainwashing the Irish populace into becoming acoustic loving drips, it's up to Twenty, Jimmy the Bollix, Stinking Pete, Dirty Dave, Lucky Luciano and Ron the barman to save everyone - will they be able to?

The writing style is easy to read, although the multiple tangents can make it hard to follow at times - and anyone offended by swearing should stay well clear. That said, for those that know Dublin and it's inhabitants, the raw language and local settings will make the book come to life as it accurately reflects daily life there.

A strong storyline twists through the book and keeps the reader interested. Surprisingly, for a first novel set over a short period of time, very little of the dialogue seems drawn out, except for when the author drops in his long-winded 80's song title puns. While I feel that they work very well on his blog, in the book they seemed a little contrived and stole attention from the main storyline.

Overall, a great read and a fantastic first novel - I can't wait for the next one to come along. In the next few years we might just realise that Twenty could be Ireland's answer to Terry Pratchett!
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