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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 Berkrot Publisher: Macmillan Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: January 2012 ISBN: 9781427221209
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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

  • 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. The Daily Beast
  • Stunningly intricate...like an amped-up twenty-first-century version of Dashiell Hammett's The Glass Key. Los Angeles Review of Books
  • A classic paranoid thriller… In a year of global economic disasters, scandalous political mismanagement and the attempted occupation of various strategic interests by ‘the 99%,' Bloodland is a very timely novel indeed. Declan Burke, January Magazine (A Best Book of the Year)
  • Imagine a first-rate investigative reporter digging into global corruption and turning what he learns into fast-paced fiction, and you have Irish noir star Glynn. Jane Ciabattari, BBC.com (Crime Writers to Read Now)
  • Powerfully engaging...A thriller has to thrill. And Bloodland, an intelligent, often thrilling book, delivers. The Richmond Times-Dispatch
  • 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. The Guardian (London)
  • A tightly woven picture of global corporate influence and corruption. Glynn's work has drawn comparisons to John le Carré… [which] usefully illuminates Bloodland's bold, pointed topicality… From the inauspicious beginnings of a dead reality TV star, Glynn's great novel finds an impressive, surprising scope. The Portland Mercury
  • A cracking conspiracy thriller worthy of le Carré, set in the dark heart of the Congo, Ireland, and New York. Irish Independent (Dublin)
  • 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. The Irish Times (Dublin)
  • Alan Glynn has created enough twists and thrills to keep readers up late--even without resorting to illegal and dangerous substances. The New York Times Book Review on Limitless
  • A compulsive chemical thriller. San Francisco Chronicle on Limitless
  • Timely, topical, and thrilling. John Connolly on Winterland
  • A terrific read . . . completely involving. George Pelecanos on Winterland
  • Winterland sets a dramatically high benchmark for emerald noir. With all the operatic inevitability of Greek tragedy, it anatomises what greed has done to Ireland. A resonant, memorable, and uncomfortable read. Val McDermid on Winterland
  • A heavyweight, grow-up thriller . . . Emotionally truthful, with a plausible cast, and told in wonderfully fluent prose, Winterland is a gripping tale of a world of greed and secrets. The Guardian (London) on Winterland

  • “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

  • “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

  • “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.”

    NPR

  • “Ripped from tomorrow's headlines, Bloodland is irresistible....Exhilarating. Val McDermid

  • 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. NPR
  • 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
  • Nominated for Edgar Allan Poe Award Nominee, 2013
  • Among longlisted titles for Kirkus Reviews Best Books of the Year, 2012

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 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 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 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 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. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Brandon Nagel | 12/16/2013

    " Awesome. I am amazed that I have not heard more about this book. I saw it on Keith Rawson's best of list and picked it up. I agree with Keith. Excellent read and highly recommended! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rena | 12/11/2013

    " I like this author's writing style. The story was fairly simple, but enjoyable. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Lynn | 12/2/2013

    " Just "ok". This would make a better movie than a book. Too many players were introduced in the first 50 pages. It wasn't a very suspenseful story. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Brett Parker | 8/25/2013

    " too open ended, plenty of conspiracy, no resolutions and no closure. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Carly Fall | 6/29/2013

    " I didn't finish this book. This was by no means a problem with the author. I was listening to it while running, and my ipod malfunctioned and I lost my place, became too frustrated and said the hell with it. What I did hear (just about 50-60%) I did enjoy. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 The Meet Cute | 5/29/2013

    " A semi-sequel to WINTERLAND but much more engaging than the first book. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Celeste | 4/13/2013

    " I wanted to keep reading to find out what happened, but essentially it is the book equivalent of TV or a blockbuster action film. I can't help but imagine Ireland's Nobel laureates rolling in their graves at the "Great Irish novel" quote on the cover. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Linnet | 2/25/2013

    " Jimmy Gilroy is an unemployed Irish journalist. He's trying to write a biography of an actress killed in a helicopter crash three years before. Digging into the circumstances of the accident, he finds himself drawn farther and farther into political intrigue from the Congo to the US. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Shafira | 11/24/2012

    " This is the first Alan Glynn book I've ever read. I think this is a really great book. There's a lot of unexpected plot twist in this book. Overall, this is a really gripping, thrilling and terrific book. Absolutely love it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Brad | 9/13/2012

    " Solid page-turned. Burned through it in about 24 hours. One of the few conspiracy thriller type stories that avoid getting bogged down in action scenes and instead focus on characters and story. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Luanne | 7/18/2012

    " Bloodland is a fast paced thriller. A Dublin journalist is writing a biography of a movie star who died in a helicopter crash. The journalist finds there is much more than just Susie's death involved in this accident. This is my first Alan Glynn book and I will be reading this author again. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Chas Newport | 5/25/2012

    " Absolutely superb. Natural dialogue mixed with concise accurate descriptions of places and each character's physical appearance and mental/emotional state. I immediately bought his other two books and will buy all future ones. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Susanne Gulde | 5/1/2012

    " This is not a book I'd normally pick up to read, but really enjoyed it. It's an exciting plot, good characters...I couldn't read fast enough to see how it ended. "

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About the Author

Alan Glynn is a graduate of Trinity College, Dublin. His first novel, The Dark Fields, was released as the movie Limitless in 2011. His other novels include Bloodland, Winterland, and Graveland. Glynn lives in Ireland with his wife and two sons.

About the Narrator

Peter Berkrot, a forty-year veteran of stage and screen, was the director of narration for the Emmy-nominated The Truth about Cancer. He has voiced over three hundred audiobook titles, winning six Earphones Awards, a 2012 Audie Award nomination, and a 2016 Audie Award. He has appeared in Showtime’s Brotherhood and Loosies and played Angie D’Annunzio in Caddyshack.