Green Hell

The best Green Hell By Ken Bruen am Books Ken Bruen born in Galway in is the author of

The best Green Hell By Ken Bruen am Books Ken Bruen, born in Galway in 1951, is the author of The Guards 2001 , the highly acclaimed first Jack Taylor novel He spent twenty five years as an English teacher in Africa, Japan, S.E Asia and South America His novel Her Last Call to Louis Mac Niece 1997 is in production for Pilgrim Pictures, his White Trilogy has been bought by Channel 4, and The Guards is to be filmed in Ireland by De Facto Films.He has won Two Shamus awards by Private Eye Writers of America for the best detective fiction genre novel of the year for The Guards 2004 and The Dramatist 2007 He has also received The Best series Award in February 2007 for the Jack Taylor novels from The Crime Writers Association. The award winning crime writer Ken Bruen, called the best kept literary secret in Ireland by the Independent, is as joyously unapologetic in his writing as he is wickedly poetic, mixing high and low with hypnotic mastery In the previous book in the series, Purgatory, ex cop Jack Taylor had finally turned his life around, only to be taunted back into fighting Galway s coThe award winning crime writer Ken Bruen, called the best kept literary secret in Ireland by the Independent, is as joyously unapologetic in his writing as he is wickedly poetic, mixing high and low with hypnotic mastery In the previous book in the series, Purgatory, ex cop Jack Taylor had finally turned his life around, only to be taunted back into fighting Galway s corruption by a twisted serial killer named C33 In the new novel Green Hell, Bruen s dark angel of a protagonist has again hit rock bottom one of his best friends is dead, the other has stopped speaking to him he has given up battling his addiction to alcohol and pills and his firing from the Irish national police, the Guards, is ancient history But Jack isn t about to embark on a self improvement plan Instead, he has taken up a vigilante case against a respected professor of literature at the University of Galway who has a violent habit his friends in high places are only too happy to ignore And when Jack rescues a preppy American student on a Rhodes Scholarship from a couple of kid thugs, he also unexpectedly gains a new sidekick, who abandons his thesis on Beckett to write a biography of Galway s most magnetic rogue.Between pub crawls and violent outbursts, Jack s vengeful plot against the professor soon spirals toward chaos Enter Emerald, an edgy young Goth who could either be the answer to Jack s problems, or the last ripped stitch in his undoing Ireland may be known as a green Eden, but in Jack Taylor s world, the national color has a decidedly lethal sheen.. A viral Book Green Hell 3.5 Jack Taylor is a wreck of a man, a heavy drinker, blunt to the extent of rudeness, with very few he can call friend, addicted to violence but if there is a miscarriage of justice to right he is the one you want on your side. He reads like there is no tomorrow and has his own moral compass.The novel is written to reflect the personality of Jack, blunt and to the point. There are no wasted words here and the humor is the sarcastic type or dark irony. A very different type of main character, yet something in this series speaks to me. Maybe it shows that there is some good in even the flawed and that there is someone there to right a wrong. In this one he meets his match in a young woman he comes in contact with, a young woman who changes her personalities like a chameleon. There is one part of this one I had a hard time with and if you are a animal lover you will too. A different type of series, one more bold and in your face but I love it. Many quotes from authors in this one which made it even more interesting.ARC from NetGalley.
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  1. Ken Bruen, born in Galway in 1951, is the author of The Guards 2001 , the highly acclaimed first Jack Taylor novel He spent twenty five years as an English teacher in Africa, Japan, S.E Asia and South America His novel Her Last Call to Louis Mac Niece 1997 is in production for Pilgrim Pictures, his White Trilogy has been bought by Channel 4, and The Guards is to be filmed in Ireland by De Facto Films.He has won Two Shamus awards by Private Eye Writers of America for the best detective fiction genre novel of the year for The Guards 2004 and The Dramatist 2007 He has also received The Best series Award in February 2007 for the Jack Taylor novels from The Crime Writers Association

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  1. 3.5 Jack Taylor is a wreck of a man, a heavy drinker, blunt to the extent of rudeness, with very few he can call friend, addicted to violence but if there is a miscarriage of justice to right he is the one you want on your side He reads like there is no tomorrow and has his own moral compass.The novel is written to reflect the personality of Jack, blunt and to the point There are no wasted words here and the humor is the sarcastic type or dark irony A very different type of main character, yet s [...]


  2. The first installment of the Jack Taylor books began back in 2001 with a book called The Guards and if you haven t read the back story this volume may not be the best place to begin the series.With Green Hell Mr Bruen is back in full force telling us the further adventures of Jack Taylor and his adventures in Galway the fourth most populous urban area in the Republic of Ireland In Green Hell American Rhodes scholar Boru Kennedy, who narrates much of this book, has come to Galway to write a treat [...]


  3. I have not previously read this author so it took a bit of getting used to At the beginning, I didn t think I was going to enjoy this audiobook but resigned myself to listening to it as I received it on condition that I give it a fair review.Boy was I mistaken.This particular volume starts out somewhat like the 100th epidode of a television series with American Boru Kennedy forgoing his dissertation on Samuel Beckett to research the life and career of the well lubricated ex Garda officer Jack Ta [...]


  4. If you are new to the series do yourself a favour and start from the beginning Ken Bruen is a fantastic writer with a knack for noir who keeps his descriptions brief and pointed, adds a surprising amount of humour and loves making frequent pop culture references In this Jack Taylor novel we follow him and a new kick ass character named Emerald as they hunt down a College Professor who has been abusing his female students As usual Bruen gives us everything we love in a Jack Taylor novel, looking [...]


  5. Every day is a gift.but does it have to be a pair of socks This kind of sums up things in Taylor land Abandon all hope, ye who enter here And with good cause as Jack s life is hardly infested with rainbows kittens although this instalment does have a puppy But I find myself picking up each book as much for the prose as for a compelling story.First of all, Jack Taylor The man is a train wreck, still walking breathing against all odds In this outing he befriends a young american grad student named [...]


  6. One of the questions above asks if the characters are one dimensional, developed, or complex If there is a complex character in literature, especially noir literature, than Jack Taylor, then i have failed to come across that character This volume starts out in a different manner than the previous ten entries in the series It begins with an introduction from the perspective of one of the characters in the novel I can t say that this is all that different from the other Jack Taylor novels Bruen h [...]


  7. In a departure from the usual, the first half of this book is written from the first person perspective of someone other than Jack I enjoyed this because there are insights to be gained other than from Jack s own inner often twisted dialogue Boru is an American college student whom Jack has rescued from a beating by a group of thugs They become, if not quite friends, certainly drinking buddies Through Boru s eyes I could sense that strangely magnetic effect that Jack seems to have on the people [...]


  8. REVIEW GREEN HELL by Ken BruenSeries protagonist Jack Taylor is a sort of dystopian society all by himself Not only is he a mess personally, but like an interpersonal whirlpool, he magnetizes others into his vortex, and then drags them right down as well I guess I could call him a point man of Galway Dystopian Noir, a category with a flavor all its own and its personification is Jack TaylorEEN HELL is the 11th in the Jack Taylor series from acclaimed Irish author Ken Bruen.


  9. I made my way through the first half of Green Hell thinking that Ken Bruen was going to deliver something truly powerful, memorable and emotionally devastating This book the 11th in Bruen s series about alcoholic private eye Jack Taylor is told from the point of view of a new character, Boru Kennedy He s an American who comes to Ireland on scholarship and winds up befriending Jack and getting involved in his latest case, in which a professor seems to be the culprit in a series of brutal killings [...]


  10. Ken Bruen flips the script on his Jack Taylor series with the 11th instalment focusing on a writer penning a book about the former Guard turned sometime private detective It presents a unique take on Taylor with Jack s life unfolding in the third person by a narrator who slowly evolves into a copycat of Jack to an extent anyway The second half of Green Hell is where things get back to normal with Jack at the forefront of a murder investigation Again, the situation Jack finds himself, much like t [...]


  11. Jack Taylor the king of having one s life spiral out of control no matter how good their intentions are In the previous 10 novels in this series by Bruen, we have witnessed Taylor as he had friends, lost friends, cared for friends, couldn t care less about friends, and every where in between Taylor has become a character that it seems no good can come to, but certainly nothing worse could happen to but oh boy are you wrong if you think that This novel brings us a Taylor who aids a young scholar, [...]


  12. I love this author and was thrilled to get this book for Father s Day The story follows the broken Jack Taylor on his rage and alcohol fueled passage through a few months of life in Galway Anyone familiar with this series knows that his life is full of drink, drugs, and bastards deserving punishment You would also know that Jack is steeped in pain and loss People he cares about end up dead or worse, hating him.Bruen s books are also snapshots of a changing Ireland The once powerful Catholic chur [...]


  13. Got this book from netgalley I Put aside the new stephen king and michael connelly books to read this one first, and wasnt disappointed This was a little different from the rest of the Taylor books, had two parts, two different points of view Didnt know how i felt about that at first, but once Part 2 of the book began i was hooked, second half of book was awesome, pure Jack Tayor loved the new character of Emerald, hope we see of her in the future needless to say i loved the book and want to th [...]



  14. It s amazing how many people who come in contact with Jack Taylor wind up dead most, not by his hand, but somehow because of him Glad to see that Ridge survived, but wowwhat a hardass Also glad to see that Mr Tough Guy has a soft spot for puppies just don t mess with his


  15. I ve been a fan of Ken Bruen s wonderful noir Jack Taylor books since the very first, The Guards, and I doubt that I will ever forget my reaction to the gut wrenching ending of The Dramatist This is not a series to read when you re feeling low and needing a pick me up Jack Taylor may have the soul of a poet, but he has enough flaws for two people, his addictions will always be with him, and he can turn extremely violent in the blink of an eye But there s something about the way Bruen writes this [...]


  16. The Jack Taylor series by Ken Bruen is one of my favorite s in crime fiction, where the contradictory main character, on one hand broken by drink and addiction and on the other being an omnivorous reader, and consumer of new American television with a ferocious intellect as an off the books private investigator in Galway, Ireland Jack has become obsessed with a college literature professor who has raped several young students, leading to suicides in a couple of cases, yet seems to be above the l [...]


  17. Jack Taylor 11 Devoured in one sitting Cannot remember the last time I did that That is three JTs back to back KB completely wrong footed me at the end of number 10 Learning that in number 11 was something of a relief.This is an avalanche of a book, thudding, staccato paced, page turner in Ken Bruen s sharp prose Jack s friends are gone and he has, once again, given in to his addictions He still maintains a sense of justice takes up a vigilante case against a professor of literature who has a ve [...]


  18. Sometimes I wonder where gets its information Why my copy has 232 pages and they claim over 300 for what appears to be the same book is a mystery.What is not a mystery is the greatness of Ken Bruen He has the knack for noir and the talent for literature.The present volume wraps around his Jack Taylor character in prose hard and tight I am simply awaiting the next book with impatience and the assurance it will be wonderfully done In the mean time he has, as usual, mentioned many authors I admire, [...]


  19. Those of you who know me, know that I do love a well written detective police procedural series Once, I introduced my brother to Adrian McKinty s Sean Duffy series With that in mind, recently, he handed me Green Hell, by Ken Bruen And, I broke one of my cardinal series reading rules I started reading this book, the 11th in the Jack Taylor series Crazy, I know Let me tell you though, it worked out just fine Half of this story is the story of Jack, as seen through an American college student s ey [...]


  20. I was really excited to see a new Jack taylor book that I had not read yet I have liked all the others and is one of my favorite authors But, I did not care for this at all, perhaps was the formatting on the kindle ebook version was reading It had a much different flow and style from the others at the beginning, a very anti climactic conclusion and some very unnecessary gruesomeness involving a puppy that did not really add to the story and could almost guess was coming anyway.There was a middle [...]


  21. There aren t many fictional detectives as broken and battered as Jack Taylor Whether its struggles with sobriety, strained or ruined relationships, serious issues with the Catholic Church, or confrontations with the evil that men do, Jack somehow always manages to carry on Yet it s not all darkness as Bruen s poetic prose and biting wit shine through A great addition to the series.Thank you to Grove Atlantic, Mysterious Press, and NetGalley for an advance copy of this book.


  22. You wouldn t think there could be any levels of misery inflicted on poor Jack Taylor but obviously there are and hopefully Mr Bruen will discover There are elements of this book that are heartbreaking and I don t know why a living being would get close to Mr Taylor because misfortune will find you.


  23. This is one of the strangest books I ve ever read It is a strange mix of bad poetry and prose Didn t have much cohesion as far as I was concerned, but it was readable I ve read 5 other books by him and this one just seemed to be a bad mixture of Charles Bukowski and Kurt Vonnegut If this would have been the 1st book in a series it might have made sense, but it is the 11th.


  24. Devoured this book in two hours after waiting a good long time to get my hands on it As always, few words much said Bruen continues to be a poetic master, pulling emotions, tugging at memories, twisting the life of Jack Taylor further than you think it can ever go It always takes me a while to come down after reading a Taylor book.


  25. Poetic noir, violent, bleak but shot through with humour It always takes a chapter or two to get into the rhythm of a Ken Bruen novel but, once there, especially in the company of Jack Taylor, you re immersed you read with the taste of Jameson s and blood in your mouth The taste of Green Hell will linger


  26. If Hunter S Thompson had written crime fiction, his style might have resembled Bruen s If James Crumley were to say Hell with it and cut out every other word, he might capture the irreverent immediacy of Bruen s style But Bruen is unique His books are peppered with profanity, pop culture, and pathos He is a delight to read if you like your mysteries straight with no filler.


  27. Bruen s writing style is unusual, terse and almost choppy deliberately so in places But his characters are so beautifully drawn, and his plots so darkly compelling, that it works Jack Taylor, ex cop with a drinking problem and a noble but tortured soul, is one of the best characters of this type Novels are best read in order to fully appreciate the changes in Jack s life.


  28. Ken Bruen s 97 page Galway short story disguised as a full price BN e book I get it, Jack Taylor is well read but one of these days I d like originality, a less formulaic plot and endless referencing and sub referencing lists of whatever That said, it s still Jack Taylor


  29. Ken Bruen made me lose another good night s sleep and I m OK with it Another great Jack Taylor novel Looking forward to seeing what s next for Jack, Ridge Em.


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