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Peril (The Ger Mayes Crime Novels Book 1) Kindle Edition
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Top Customer Reviews
I'll admit to varying between 4 & 5 stars on this one, because I've never met a character I disliked so much (Bella from Twilight doesn't come close). The main character in this book, Ger, made me want to reach through the pages and slap him, repeatedly - probably because I've had the misfortune to date similar types in my own life.
My normal response to a character I completely dislike is to close the book. However, Ruby Barnes has a knack for keeping you reading simply with the quality of his writing, and for me, the other characters in the book had me hooked.
A fine look at what people will - and won't - do in extraordinary circumstances, and a great study of living, working and dying in a gritty urban world. For me, the writing trumped the flaws in Ger, who seems to suffer from TSTL (too stupid to live)syndrome and an ego that could sink the Titanic all over again.
However, Ruby Barnes skills are not limited to the creation of a single, well-rounded, character. With the consummate ease of a born story teller, Mr. Barnes weaves a tale that draws the reader in. Through speech patterns and mannerisms, his characters develop distinct lives, while the threat of impending disaster locks the reader until the final page.
Mr Barnes has penned a tale that will stay with the reader long after the last word is read.
A fantastic read, one of those rare books that keeps you guessing.
I love the way the plot expands from an initial moment of drunken idiocy to a web of intrigue and real peril for Ger and his 'loved ones.' Consistent characters with recognisable voices and well-observed office types. I read this in two sessions, only because I started it too near bedtime. Well-written and highly entertaining in a very dark way.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Had me gripped from get go. Disappointed it had to end. Mayes is a weird bloke but likeable and the story is strangely believable. Highly recommended.Published on 26 Jun. 2015 by blue29
Will try again later but didn't really enjoy it as far as I got.Published on 18 Jun. 2015 by The Toff
I was surprised I liked this as much as I did; I don't always enjoy darker stuff. But this was hilarious. Read morePublished on 2 Aug. 2014 by booklover
Ger Mayes is a feckless womaniser stuck in a government clerical job but with aspirations for more and no scruples about the means to get there. Read morePublished on 22 Jun. 2013 by jim williams
Ger is an idiot who digs himself deeper and deeper and pulls others down with him. The dark humour saves him as a character as well as lightening the story. Read morePublished on 8 April 2013 by Eddy Fitzgerald
From the cover, not what I expected. After the initial murder scene, a little slow...
In theory I shouldn't have liked this book quite so much, but I thoroughly enjoyed it on... Read more
Gerard (call me Ger) Mayes fancies himself with the ladies; in fact he embarks upon an affair with his wife's best friend. Read morePublished on 6 Aug. 2012 by Ignite
I am still not sure if I liked Ger or not, I suppose he is a man's man but the story was great, I loved the twists and turns and I kept thinking "how is he going to get out of... Read morePublished on 30 Jun. 2012 by Charlie K
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