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Larry Flynn is an old man literally dying on his feet. When a new American ambassador arrives in Dublin old wounds are opened that start Larry off on a quest for revenge way beyond his ability. Events sparked by the building of a secret airstrip in Tipperary in 1943, led to tragedy in Larry's early life and forced him to carry a dark secret and a spite filled heart almost ...more
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Published 2014
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Tom Benson
Oct 24, 2014 Tom Benson rated it it was amazing
A dying old man seeking revenge, a pretty young woman, modern Irish gangsters, political intrigue and a dark secret from the 1940’s are the main ingredients of this engrossing tale. Add to the mix some good dialogue, great imagery and a substantial dose of violence and you have the general feel of the story.
This is the second book I’ve read by this author, and while both were thrillers, they were very different in topic and approach. Patrick spins the tale out by using large sections of narrativ
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Joanna Branagan
Sep 01, 2014 Joanna Branagan rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Adult
Even better than Max's first book Darkly Wood. I loved this from start to finish. The characters are pure Dublin and while the language is a bit strong at times it's perfect for the characters . Full of action and sadness I didn't know whether to love the horrible main character, hate him or feel sorry for him. It's full of imagery, and at times you can even smell the people and places. At one part of the story I could have sworn I could smell the river Liffey, well the way it used to smell when ...more
Paul Ruddock
Jul 07, 2015 Paul Ruddock rated it it was amazing
Larry Flynn isn’t your usual doddering old fella but one harbouring a hidden past filled with tragedy, drama, and secrets of epic proportions. He certainly isn’t a nice old man; in fact he comes across as a thoroughly dislikeable and heartless bitter old man without a single redeeming virtue to his name – whether this is due to circumstances, the fact that he’s slowly dying and knows it or simply his nature is for the reader to discover and decide for themselves, but what they will also discover ...more
Grant Leishman
Aug 20, 2016 Grant Leishman rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-2016
This was the second Max Power book that I've read, the first being Little Big Boy. The reason I mention this is that the two books couldn't be more opposite in many ways. I admire Power for his ability to write Little Big Boy from the perspective of a seven-year-old boy and then Larry Flynn from the perspective of a dying, decrepit, rude and curmudgeonly old man.
The character of Larry Flynn was beautifully drawn and managed to evoke both anger, frustration, sympathy and sadness, all at the same
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Anne Scott
May 03, 2015 Anne Scott rated it it was amazing
A Rapid-Paced Thriller with Powerful Characters

“Larry Flynn” by Max Power is an intriguing work of suspense and mystery that builds to a thriller with rapid-paced action. The story plays out in present-day Dublin but has its roots in a sinister secret born of greed and political corruption during World War II. Some will kill to keep this secret under wraps, but Larry Flynn, a bitter, dying old man, has other ideas. His desperate need to expose the truth keeps him hanging on to that last, slim th
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Peg
Sep 26, 2015 Peg rated it it was amazing
Larry Flynn is an intriguing and emotionally charged character driven novel. It’s a story about political corruption, greed, sinister plots and the destruction of innocent lives.

Larry Flynn is a cantankerous old geezer; an irritable, angry man, who has spent most of his life resentful, alone andplotting revenge.

Larry can’t believe his luck. Even though he is dying of cancer, Larry feels a new energy spring up within him. The object of his hate has practically landed on his doorstep, John Steel
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Fiona
Aug 19, 2016 Fiona rated it it was amazing
Wow! I won't be forgetting Larry Flynn for quite some time! I highly recommend to fans of gritty thrillers.
I've read a few of this author's book knowing I'm in for an interesting if sometimes unusual read but this one is my firm favourite by miles. The portrayal of Larry Flynn both as an individual and the universal lessons he learns while facing his own demise was outstanding. One of the best characterisations I've read in a long time.
Add on to this a dark secret from his past and actions that
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Barbara Speake
Dec 07, 2015 Barbara Speake rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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I was amazed at the character portrayal in Power’s, Little Big Boy. In Larry Flynn, Max Power ages his main character by some eight decades. It is a feat to be able to write from the perspective of two such widely divergent age groups. Again you cannot help but see the world through the main character’s eyes. You feel like you are literally taking every struggled-for breath with the terminally ill, egocentric, stubborn man that is Larry Flynn. At times you love him and, at other times, you feel ...more
Sharon Brownlie
Sep 16, 2015 Sharon Brownlie rated it it was amazing
I am already a fan of Max Power but after reading Larry Flynn I am a fan of his to the end.

Larry Flynn is a remarkable read. Power brings Ireland and the ways of the Irish to life, his well developed main character Larry Flynn is believable and written in such a way you can visualise the old guy. At times I felt like coughing for the poor soul myself...readers know what I am talking about.

For those that don't, read this, you will not be disappointed in anyway. The plot and main concept of Larry
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Christoph Fischer
Mar 18, 2015 Christoph Fischer rated it it was amazing
“Larry Flynn” by Max Power is not just your average thriller. The story begins in modern day Dublin but it has links to the 1940s and the World War that creates an interest on a historical level, too. Power established scenes really well in this book and, both, the past and present day settings feel incredibly authentic and real. Great use of dialogue and language help this as much as the wonderful characterisation.
Each of the characters are well chosen and for me their conflicts and how Powers
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Senan Gil Senan
Nov 13, 2014 Senan Gil Senan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The first thing that grabs you about Larry Flynn is the unusual style of narrative. The rich language and colloquial Dublin phrases give you the impression of reading a great Irish classic. The initial main character is 'an auld fella', and the author draws you into his world with a certain flair. The narrative helps you appreciate life from his perspective. However, Larry Flynn introduces you to a cast of new characters, and soon the story has taken an unusual twist. You realize that Larry ...more
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