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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (183 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Alan Glynn Narrator: Peter Berkro Publisher: Macmillan Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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A helicopter crash off the coast of Ireland sends unexpected ripples through the international community in this intricate new thriller from the author of Winterland and Limitless (now a major motion picture). Susie Monaghan was on the cusp of stardom when her life was cut short by a tragic helicopter crash. After a full investigation, her death was ruled an accident: case closed. But a hungry young journalist named Jimmy Gilroy isn't buying the official story. Before dying, Susie's path had crossed with an unlikely gallery of powerful men: an ex-prime minister with a carefully guarded secret; the businessman brother of a U.S. senator angling for the Oval Office; and a billionaire investor with his eye on an extremely rare commodity. Might there also be a link between Susie's death and a deranged security contractor operating in Congo? Piece by piece, Jimmy uncovers a bizarre nexus of coincidence among these disparate people and events, revealing a conspiracy of frightening reach and consequence - one that could cost him his life. Set against a vividly drawn world of corporate and political intrigue, Alan Glynn's Bloodland is a riveting paranoid thriller of uncommon depth and pause-resistant suspense.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Stunningly intricate…Like an amped-up twenty-first-century version of Dashiell Hammett’s The Glass Key.”

    Los Angeles Review of Books

  • “Glynn spins a seamless web of conspiracy spanning three continents…I read Bloodland twice, the second time for the rare pleasure of watching a first-rate investigative reporter—and novelist—at work.”

    Daily Beast

  • “Gripping…Glynn builds up the tension skillfully…He seems at home writing about intrigue on both sides of the Atlantic…[and] utterly at ease whether writing about troubled Dublin businessmen, former private military contractors with post-traumatic stress disorder, bitter politicians, or high-flying corporate masters of the universe…But while Bloodland makes some serious points, it never forgets that a good thriller is there to entertain the reader as well as to make [one] think—and this is a very entertaining book.”

    Irish Times (Dublin)

  • “Scarily plausible in a way that eludes most thriller writers, with an alarmingly authentic cast of control freaks and loose cannons…I’ve not read such a multilayered, expertly plotted portrayal of arrogance, greed, and hubris in a long time. [There are] echoes of John le Carré, 24, and James Ellroy here, but Glynn’s talent is all his own, and his ability to ratchet up the tension is eye-popping.”

    Guardian (London)

  • “Powerfully engaging…A thriller has to thrill. And Bloodland, an intelligent, often thrilling book, delivers.”

    Richmond Times-Dispatch

  • “Glynn plays out these grand themes—the global economic crisis, America’s battle with China for dominance in Africa, the human costs of illegal mining—on a very personal scale, through a group of deeply flawed but compelling characters.”


  • A 2013 Barry Award Nominee for Best Paperback Original
  • Kirkus Reviews’ Best Books, Best Mystery 2012
  • A 2013 Edgar Allan Poe Award Nominee for Best Paperback Original

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Ross Cumming | 2/14/2014

    " I really enjoyed Alan Glynn's novel 'Limitless' and decided to give this, his latest novel, a try. This book is more of a conventional conspiracy thriller and lacked the unique concept that made 'Limitless' such a good read. I found it a bit difficult to get into initially but once the various strands of the story started to come together, I was hooked. I did feel a little shortchanged by the finale however but enjoyed the book nonetheless. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Kerry | 2/5/2014

    " Nothing profound. Another mystery/thriller. But decent enough. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Lila | 1/23/2014

    " I finally finished reading Bloodland: A Novel, by Alan Glynn. Thrillers are not my usual sort of read, so I nursed it a bit at first, though it did prove suspenseful. I found myself in quite a few "oh no, no, no!" spots and had to keep reading, to keep myself from staying awake at night guessing what came next. I was pleasantly surprised to be so involved with the story. There is a lot of movement between characters, but after the first few chapters the story settled into a manageable pace (or maybe that was me falling into sync with the characters). I enjoyed it. I'm glad I bought the book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Bob Mcnicoll | 12/18/2013

    " It took a while to get into the book, but once I was it was great. I will surely be reading more of Alan Glynn. "

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