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Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Born and Bred by Peter Murphy---A Review


Danny Boyle was a born angel.

At least that’s what his granny used to say, and she should know � she raised him after his parents proved incapable. When she becomes ill, Danny is reunited with his parents but they do not get to live happily ever after, as the ghosts of the past haunt their days. And when the old woman dies, all of her secrets come to light and shatter everything Danny believes in.

In the turmoil of 1970’s Ireland, an alienated Danny gets into drugs and is involved in a gangland killing. Duped by the killers into leaving his prints on the gun, Danny needs all the help his friends and family can muster. Calling in favors from bishops and priests, police and paramilitaries, God and the devil, the living and the dead, they do all that they can. But even that might not be enough.

BORN & BRED is the first novel in the Life & Times Trilogy, a cycle of three novels that will chart the course of one star-crossed life. It is a work of vibrant imagination from a poetic novelist of the first order.


Finally, I was able to place my hands on Book one in the Life and Times trilogy.
It baffles me that sometimes there are so many books to read and I can't get to the ones I really want to spend my time with.   Who am I kidding....I want to read them all!

Last January I reviewed book 2 in this Irish series and I  was left somewhat confused by the number of characters and their purposes in Danny Boyles story. Let me state right now that this author, Peter Murphy, is a fabulous storyteller. 
His writing flows smoothly and consistently weaving a tale of growing up and those who influence Danny along the way.   What we do is often not what we envision for our lives or the vision that others have for us.   Sometimes, it just is what it is.

I am seriously interested in how Murphy will bring Danny Boyle's story to a conclusion in book three, All Roads.   Will Danny truly become the angel he was thought to be by some, or will he continue to be sinner/saint?

Stay tuned for the end of the series review!    I rated this a four wink read.

Disclaimer:  I read for my pleasure.   I may receive ARC copies for review purposes, but I am not compensated for my reviews .  I like to read and I like to share my reviews.   I post my thoughts without prejudice or bias.  The words are mine and I write reviews based on my humble opinion.  I will admit, I seldom meet a book I don't like.  I received a copy of this book from the author or their representative in exchange for an honest review.

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