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Black Boat Dancing (Con Maknazpy #2)

4.35  ·  Rating Details ·  26 Ratings  ·  18 Reviews
Foreword by Jay A Gertzman

Writers from Chandler and Hammett through Willeford, Elroy, and Bret Easton Ellis have shown how the administration of cities is not corrupt, not a distortion of a moral norm, but inherently predatory. The depredation makes individuals themselves paranoiac and desperate. The 20th century industrial city has been replaced as the subject of politica
Kindle Edition, 2nd, 403 pages
Published September 15th 2015 (first published May 12th 2014)
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Steve Keefe
Jul 20, 2014 Steve Keefe rated it it was amazing
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Gerard Cappa
Sep 17, 2015 Gerard Cappa rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)  ·  review of another edition
Black Boat Dancing is available as a Kindle book as of 12th May 2014. It will be available as a paperback, and on all the other usual digital platforms by the end of May.

I am not reviewing my own book here but if I don't write something I will be presented with the 'Want to Read' button every time I go to my home page.
Scott Parsons
Jul 01, 2014 Scott Parsons rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: thriller
Con Maknazpy is back in another fast-paced intricate thriller, Black Boat Dancing, by author Gerard Cappa. Having thoroughly enjoyed Cappa's first book featuring Con, I awaited the second with anticipation but some apprehension that he might not live up to the expectations raised by the first novel. Fear not! Black Boat Dancing picks up the Con Maknazpy story and charges full steam ahead into a maze of cross, double cross and triple cross by various assorted characters we meet along the way.

Jay Gertzman
Dec 25, 2014 Jay Gertzman rated it it was amazing
I read a lot of what might be called “noir thrillers,” and I ask myself where the critique of the 21st century “Chinatown” is going to come from. Writers from Chandler and Hammett through
William Burroughs, Charles Willeford, James Elroy, Bret Easton Ellis and Don deLillo have shown how the administration of cities is not corrupt, but inherently predatory. Speaking directly to supra-national, neo-liberal depredation, Jean-Patrick Manchette, Delillo (in Point Omega), and Richard Godwin (Mr Glamou
Linda Rowland
Jul 10, 2014 Linda Rowland rated it really liked it
There are no good guys, and you never know which bad guys are showing up next. I thought this was going to be easier to follow, and it was for a while. Really like Gerard's writing. Reminds me of James Lee Burke. I admit that I got lost a few times, but just kept plugging along and caught up with the story again. Will we ever get to know Rose??
Sorry to be rambling. Lots of thoughts still going round in my head about this one.
I will keep reading Gerard's books.
Oct 06, 2014 Luisa rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A very fun read! Maknazpy has gotten into more than he can chew this time, or has he? He and his good buddy Ferdia get into a big ol' mess in Portugal. It was fun to see the new characters, to read about places I know and to see him get out of this one. I really enjoyed the female character Yasmin, and also the old man Luis. Great to read, looking forward to the next Maknazpy adventure! :)
Sep 22, 2015 Stacy rated it really liked it
4.5 stars
BLACK BOAT DANCING was the first book I’ve read by this author Gerard Cappa, but I certainly hope it’s not the last. He has a gift for writing descriptive and life-like, action-packed scenes that make us feel like we are really there inside the story, as opposed to it all just being “told” to us, as so many authors make the mistake of doing. I like that this book didn’t feel stale or derivative, but instead like a brilliant new niche of thriller/suspense that serves well to help diversi
Sep 16, 2015 Laura rated it really liked it
4.5 stars
warning…when starting this book make sure you don’t have anywhere you need to be or anything you need to do because you won’t want to stop reading until you’ve finished it all!! Trust me on this! (and it’s a pretty long book). “Black Boat Dancing” starts off with an intriguing beginning and just keeps going from there, with one surprising turn after another… and I don’t say that lightly, as to be honest I feel like I can usually see the “plot twists” coming a mile away in books like thi
Gillian H
Sep 25, 2015 Gillian H rated it it was amazing
I was hooked from the first pages of “Black Boat Dancing” and my interest never faded for a moment! I loved the creative and strong characters and intricate plots that continued to build and shock and surprise. Just when you think you know what’s happening, something comes along to throw a wrench in it. This is good because I HATE books that are super predictable. And this one isn’t. There was great tension throughout, and although there are some familiar themes and tropes at play, the author ...more
Sep 22, 2015 Megan rated it really liked it
I admit I found myself wavering around while reading “Black Boat Dancing” by Gerard Cappa. At first I was immediately grabbed into the story, and became immersed in the intricate world-building and the plot setup…. But there were times I felt the story wasn’t as focused as I’d like, with some conversations and scenes maybe weren’t necessary and perhaps could have been eliminated to tighten the narrative some and have more of a central, unified focus. But at the same time, the pacing was fast; I ...more
Sep 18, 2015 Samantha rated it really liked it
wow, Black Boat Dancing by Gerard Cappa was awesome! I haven’t read anything like that in a long time, if ever. It took me awhile to get through this book, as it is not some easy, breezy beach read, but an intelligent, brilliantly realized and multifaceted game of life and death on a worldwide level. For once it seemed like the characters were anything but the stock, ordinary typical hero/protag guys, but instead all had demons, motivations, secrets- colorful characters and made the scenes more ...more
Jhonni Parker
Sep 14, 2015 Jhonni Parker rated it it was amazing
"Black Boat Dancing” by Gerard Cappa was of the most original, complex, and brilliantly-crafted novels I’ve read in a long time! I was completely drawn in from the opening scene that sets the unique, almost movie-like mood right away, and absolutely loved the author’s style of writing. Very fast-paced, yet really descriptive and with detail and passion and intelligent, multilayered sub plots on a global scale. It is fast paced, and my jaw literally dropped several times as I was shocked by some ...more
Mar 16, 2016 Bella rated it it was amazing
A remarkable thriller about money, technology and geopolitics that manages to feel both timeless and timely. When a hacker in possession of potentially explosive information goes on the run, war hero-turned-bounty hunter Con Maknazpy is recruited to bring him in. If Maknazpy fails, and the United States’ role in the Arab Spring is made public, dire global economic and security implications may ensue...

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Tiago Gonçalves
Aug 07, 2014 Tiago Gonçalves rated it it was amazing
A surprise! I was not expecting so many twists... And I congratulate and give credit to the author for it! I saw myself going back and forth to keep up with the great plot and story. And this book goes fast! A great thriller that makes us love the genre (even those how are not fans of thrillers, like me). I recommend reading it with open-mind and full attention to get envolved in the story and really enjoy...oh and the description of Lisbon, capital of my home country, is very accurate!
Mar 28, 2015 Randy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
What author Gerard Cappa gives us is an intricate thriller with many levels. One is never quite sure where he's headed or how he intends to get there.

Con Maknazpy is the man caught in the middle with his own government, the Chinese, Russian mobsters, a brazilian gang, and who knows else all wanting his hide. He's not sure why, but methodically goes toward figuring it all out.

That is, until his long absent father puts in an appearance.

Not a bad thriller

Luis Portas
Jun 01, 2014 Luis Portas rated it it was amazing
I was lucky enough to review the 'Black Boat Dancing' thriller before release. Not only we are presented with Maknazpy's temper in full throttle, it also gives us a rather accurate view of the city of Lisbon. To everyone that loves a good thriller, I highly recommend it.
Oct 04, 2014 Mark marked it as to-read
Shelves: 2014, irish-writer
Who is not thrilled to enter the undiscovered country that is a unknown writer and his book?
Jun 29, 2014 Irene rated it it was ok
Shelves: first-reads
I was excited to win this book because of the description on the back cover. My cup of tea and my favorite genre and subject matters! I read to page 172 of 276 and just ran out of patience to continue. So I'm giving two stars instead of one hoping that the remainder of the book would tie together all the loose ends.

Some issues...

First, the typeface is too small and too light. I showed several people to make sure it wasn't me and got the same result... OMG! Can't see it! Second, don't know if Eng
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May 23, 2014 Gerard Cappa rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)  ·  review of another edition
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“A couple of minutes later, and the tram started to climb up from Alfama, the streets widened, heavy traffic and Lisboetas about their normal hum-drum business. We skipped off at a busy triangle where three roads converged. A handful of shoppers and workers waited in the small yellow bus shelters, or smoked against the trees that would fringe the diamond with shade when summer came again. Taxi drivers drank coffee from paper cups and ribbed an old guy shaving in his cab. Just another normal day rolling around; no problem, and life trips along no matter who dies in the night.” 1 likes
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