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Danny McGuire doesn't like his job, but he's good at it. Since his brother's murder eight years earlier he has become a professional killer: a hit man for hire, bent on retribution.

The Job: Danny's been contracted to eliminate the 'Thevshi' - the Ghost - the most elusive informant that has ever penetrated the Republican movement in Northern Ireland. But there's a problem: the Thevshi claims to know who's responsible for his brother's death. Danny's never killed someone he needed to talk to first.

The Target: When Finn O'Hanlon (A.K.A. the Thevshi) is attacked in a bar in Alabama he realises that his past has finally caught up with him. Forced to flee, he embarks on a desperate journey to find Danny McGuire before it's too late.

The Complication: But Danny and Finn are up against someone who's spent years hiding a secret, and it's a secret they'll go to any lengths to protect.

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John Gordon Sinclair was born in Glasgow, Scotland. He moved to London in the early Eighties and now lives in Surrey with his wife, Shauna, and their two children. John's first film won him a BAFTA nomination for 'Best Newcomer to a Leading film Role'. His first outing in London's West End won him an Olivier award for 'Best Actor'. Seventy Times Seven is his first novel.

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  • Editor: Faber & Faber Crime; Edición: Main (28 de agosto de 2012)
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HASH(0xa6deb324) de un máximo de 5 estrellas Shows Potential 5 de septiembre de 2012
Por nigel p bird - Publicado en
Formato: Versión Kindle
Seventy Times Seven is billed on the cover as `one of the finest debuts of the decade'. To my mind, it really isn't that. It might be better seen as the debut of a writer who shows a fair amount of potential within the thriller genre.

It tells the story Danny Maguire who has worked in parallel with the IRA in the nineties, but never been one of their ranks. He's a killer and has been since the death of his brother Sean. Danny's resolved to revenge his brother's death and the opportunity arises when information emerges about the identity of the key players from the time. It's a journey that will take him to America, where we've already witnessed a number of attempts on the life of Danny's new target.

The idea of the story is a strong one and it's easy to see why Sinclair was offered a publishing deal on its basis.

The main positive of the book for me is the skeleton of the story; as a storyboard or in synopsis, there's a lot to like about the way Sinclair plays things out. The way it keeps switching location and characters to reveal aspects of the plot is pretty well handled. It has some of the energy and the drive that one would want from such a book and the core issues are left well-disguised right up until the points at which they are revealed.

The book also describes violence in a realistic way and avoids creating any romantic notions of pain and death.
It also has some pleasing humour running through it that provides a good deal of entertaining material.

I get the feeling that there's also been a lot of research involved with this project and that creates a believable foundation to the piece, though at times the insertion of such information might be a little crude.

Where I think the work falls down a little and reveals the author's lack of experience in novel writing is with the pacing, the dialogue and the way the key information is pointed out a little too boldly (at least for my taste).

Essentially the book could be shorter and, with a good edit, leaner and meaner (while still maintaining the warmer elements of the relationships and the very human perspective on `The Troubles).

Some of the description is heavy-handed. There are too many strings of adjectives which slow things down imperceptibly in a similar way that the friction caused by tiny air molecules will eventually bring a moving object to a halt.

Here's a small illustration:

`The bed looked deep and comfortable with large sky-blue satin pillows resting against its tall, pink-velvet button-fronted headrest.'

There's nothing wrong in this, but the bed plays little or no part in the scene and it could be much plainer and slicker.

My thought on the dialogue is that the characters need to be more distinctive. Everyone has a very witty repartee that shows off that talent for humour and this might be worthy of attention. There's also rather a lot
of exposition through the conversation and it's a little clunky in that way:

`God that seems like it was about two weeks ago,' replied Marie. `It's hard to believe that was only two days ago.'

With a little attention Sinclair's dialogue could be a real strength - there's a thin line here that shouldn't take much to get across it.

Here's another example of something that could be ironed out in an edit. It identifies a lot of things that are stated as obvious when they're not - a little show-not-tell might not go amiss:

`It was obvious from her expression that checking people in and out of the Lakeshore Hotel didn't require too many qualifications.'

I wonder what the expression actually was - I've been practising in the mirror, but don't think I've mastered it yet.

All-in-all, it's a mixed bag. Lots to please a reader and enough room for improvement to suggest that Sinclair has what it takes to make it as a thriller writer if he's prepared to work on a thing or two. I know that there's a second novel on its way at some point and do feel that is likely to step up on this. Writing is a craft and those skills can only be learned through the doing and by being well-mentored and with these things in place I think that Sinclair can move on up the ladder at a fair rate.
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HASH(0xa6deb2e8) de un máximo de 5 estrellas A punchy debut... 30 de agosto de 2012
Por Raven - Publicado en
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This is the first in a two book deal secured by actor John Gordon Sinclair and sure to gain him membership of the Tartan Noir pack. With a title taken from a Bible quote in which St Peter says there is no limit to the forgiveness you can have for someone and that it could be seventy times seven, Sinclair has crafted a fast moving and page-turning thriller reminiscent of the brilliant `Michael Forsythe' series by Irish crime writer Adrian McKinty. Sinclair has cleverly adopted the writing style of the creme de la creme of the Irish thriller writing scene, Bruen, Neville et al and melded it with the sure-footed, fast-talking and terse prose prevalent in American crime fiction. Although originally conceived as a potential film script, there is more than enough meat on its bones to make this a highly readable and competent thriller that would indeed translate very well to film if the situation arose. With it's Atlantic hopping setting from Limavady, Northern Ireland to the one horse town of Tuscaloosa, Alabama, there are thrills and spills galore with enough violent shoot-outs and well-drawn central protagonists to keep you hooked; the characters both sides of the Atlantic being convincingly brought to life and driving the central plot along well. The assured characterisation is indeed probably the strongest aspect of the book with some protagonists being very, very, bad indeed (which I particularly liked) and others with blurred boundaries of good and evil in their search for retribution. Nice to see a couple of sassy female characters, although this was clouded somewhat by the inevitable love interests that arise- this always tends to spoil some of the best action movies as well but such is the nature of the genre and only a minor quibble on my part.

Sinclair has recently said in an interview that he would aspire to be as good as someone like Ian Rankin and says in a wonderful self-deprecating way: "It is quite exciting. I am a fan of Ian Rankin. Like the care in the community guys that go on X Factor believing they can sing, I always had this notion that I should have been Rebus. But it is one of those misplaced things where you see it on the telly and think, `What was I thinking?' Well, no John you never got to play Rebus but this could be the start of a great thriller writing career! A good read and one I can thoroughly recommend...
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HASH(0xa6debc54) de un máximo de 5 estrellas Ready for the next one. 11 de noviembre de 2012
Por Kindle ford - Publicado en
Formato: Versión Kindle
Read it in two sittings. The dialogue crackles, several never-saw-that-comings, and the violence makes you wince. Throat lumped up twice at the end, the total pussy I am. A great entertaining read. Looking forward to the ext one.
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HASH(0xa6debb1c) de un máximo de 5 estrellas great holiday read 2 de noviembre de 2012
Por Simon Brooks - Publicado en
Formato: Versión Kindle
No reason why I should download this book but I like gregorys's girl, so let's give it a punt. First book downloaded to my new kindle fire. Read it on holiday in Gran canaria. Loved it. Good use of love able characters and alternate chapters. Interesting settings with the right amount of man stuff. Thoroughly excellent and looking forward to next novel.
HASH(0xa6deb564) de un máximo de 5 estrellas An IRA Assassin Visits Alabama 9 de mayo de 2013
Por James L. Thane - Publicado en
Formato: Versión Kindle
Eight years ago, Danny McGuire's brother, Sean was killed in an explosion when a bomb he intended to plant for the IRA went off prematurely. Sean was probably betrayed by an informer known as the Thevshi (the Ghost) and since then, Danny has dedicated himself to the task of avenging Sean's death. Though not formally a member of the IRA himself, Danny has become an executioner for the organization, assassinating informants.

Danny is now assigned the task of going to Tuscaloosa, Alabama, to kill a man named Finn O'Hanlon who's been identified as the Thevshi and who has escaped to America. Danny is also supposed to deliver some cash to an arms dealer who is going to provide weapons to the IRA. One inept team of assassins has already tried and failed to kill O'Hanlon, so now the IRA is sending in a pro to do the job.

But then, just before he leaves Ireland, Danny gets a message from O'Hanlon through an intermediary. O'Hanlon claims to know who killed Danny's brother, Sean. This means that Danny will have to find O'Hanlon and have a conversation before dispatching him, something that's not in the manual.

The story that unfolds involves any number of interesting characters, most notably Danny and O'Hanlon. It's a fun ride, but for my money it requires a suspension of disbelief at several points that was a bit too much of a stretch for me. My principal concern about the book, though, is that as Danny embarks on his assignment and as O'Hanlon escapes the first attempt to kill him, each of them falls hard for a woman. That in itself is not a problem. The problem is that, as a practical matter, they are virtually the same woman. Each is incredibly beautiful; each is whip-smart, and each is a wicked wise-ass. It's virtually impossible to tell the two women apart, save for their names.

Still, this is a good debut novel. The characters are appealing; there's a lot of action, and it also provides an interesting commentary on the nature of the conflict between Britain and the IRA and the tremendous toll that the struggle has taken.