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Bloodland

3.55  ·  Rating details ·  549 ratings  ·  100 reviews
A private security contractor loses it in the Congo, with deadly consequences, while in Ireland the ex-prime minister struggles to write his memoir. A tabloid star is killed in a helicopter crash and three years later a young journalist is warned off the story. As a news story breaks in Paris, a US senator prepares his campaign to run for office.

What links these things and
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Paperback, 432 pages
Published April 5th 2012 by Faber & Faber (first published September 1st 2011)
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Jeanette
Jan 04, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Excellent and complex. 4.5 stars and never more timely. Review to come shortly after some thought. This writing doesn't suffer fools and holds a tense, jumpy and yet difficult to tenuous connection at its chest.

Yes. The present politico world is as corrupt as the layered players in this one. Disgusting hierarchy of the pay to play is not simple, but encapsulated thoroughly within the mighty real.

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This being one of the few I've read that holds "eyes" of nearly all levels of perception- I won
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Marcelo Menezes
I wish I could rate it 3.5. Decent characters, interesting plot, a touch of current affairs. It will not change your life, neither was it meant to achieve that. Perfect reading for your vacation or a long flight. I guess the genre is limited. The author was able to squeeze as much juice as possible.
Sharon
Sep 08, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Alan Glynn's "Bloodland" opens with background about a fatal plane crash that killed the world renowned Susie Monaghan and four others. After a great deal of investigation, Monaghan's death was ruled to be an accident, and the entire case was regarded as simply just another tragic helicopter crash. However, a young journalist named Jimmy Gilroy decides that he believes there is more to Monaghan's death, and takes on the task of doing more research to try and find out what really happened. His in ...more
Celeste
Jan 15, 2012 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: bookclub
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. ...more
Karina
Apr 15, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A really well written thriller which explores the web of corruption and murder that ties together a warlord in the Congo, shady businessmen in New York, and corrupt Irish politicans in hock to dodgy developers post boom. It zips along from one character to the next, yet never loses focus on the main plot - a really gripping book!
Labijose
Jun 20, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
One of the best political thrillers that I have read lately ! A good conspiracy, good character-developement, and a very intriguing plot. Made me enjoy every bit of it! I think this novel would make a very interesting movie too. I haven't read the previous one, "Winterland", nor the sequel to this one "Graveland", but I'm sure I will do it shortly. ...more
Rob Kitchin
May 07, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Bloodland is a political thriller. It’s connected to Glynn’s last novel, Winterland, by a couple of characters – Larry Bolger and James Vaughan, a businessman who also pulls political strings at the highest levels in the US administration. The story is ambitious in its scope, connecting together characters, business deals and incidents on three continents – Congo, Ireland, UK, Italy and the US. The focus on resource extraction, the new scramble for Africa, business and political corruption, and ...more
Benjamin Thomas
I had not yet read any of the author's previous work so was excited to see if I now had a "new" author to follow. I've read numerous "thriller" novels, no matter how you define that term, and have long been wary of trying new authors because there just seems to be so many that write by some perceived formula for "success". That's not always bad as I do like a good adrenaline rush as much as the next guy, as long as there are the other aspects of a good novel (like well written characterization, ...more
David Graham
Mar 01, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed this book immensely.

I loved how the seemingly disparate storylines all came together. One thread deals with an out-work reporter, Jimmy Vaughan who has just been commissioned to do a biography on a C-list celebrity actress who had been killed a few years earlier in a helicopter crash. There’s also a retired politician railing against his irrelevance and worried about a terrible secret, an almost bankrupt post-recession Irish property developer and a powerful US chief of industry under
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Richard Gazala
Feb 01, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Can something as mundane as a hand accidentally slammed in a car door derail an eminent United States senator's promising presidential prospects? In Alan Glynn's new international thriller, "Bloodland," it might do so just as readily as the mysterious helicopter crash off Ireland's coast years earlier that killed a coked-up young Hollywood trollop at the peak of her notoriety. Without a steady job in hand or on the horizon, young journalist Jimmy Gilroy reluctantly finds himself freelancing on s ...more
Labijose
Nov 30, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: political thriller readers
One of the best political thrillers that I have read lately ! A good conspiracy, good character-developement, and a very intriguing plot. Made me enjoy every bit of it! I think this novel would make a very imteresting movie too. I haven't read the previous one, "Winterland", nor the sequel to this one "Graveland", but I'm sure I will do it shortly.
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Susen
Nov 23, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Loved this book. The book has a slightly slow start because there are so many 'players' being introduced.
After the pieces begin to fall together and you think you know how it will all end, the story takes an abrupt turn and spins in an unexpected direction.
The narration was excellent.
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Erik
A bit of a sequel to Winterland, a top-notch thriller that very effectively expands the scale of his Irish noir tales from corporate/criminal chicanery in Dublin to Dublin, Manhattan and the Congo. Which may sound like the Random Setting Grab Bag but is handled very effectively.
Lynn
Aug 31, 2012 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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. ...more
NRH
May 08, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Tight writing, excellent plot. Not my usual genre but a thriller which captured me and forced me to continue reading long after I should have put the book down. What more can you ask for.
Minka Guides
Jul 08, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A semi-sequel to WINTERLAND but much more engaging than the first book.
R P Whitehead
Feb 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great Read fiction or fact ?

A cracking read but you have to concentrate on the character and parallel stories , stick with it for a roller coaster which is fiction which could just as easily be true.
Jack Heath
Synopsis: a ferocious thriller that moves from Dublin to New York via West Africa, and expolores corruption in big business, China and online news.
Deb O rah
3.5 not very thrilling but overall a good listen.
Ann Collette
Mar 04, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Laid off from his newspaper job, journalist Jimmy Gilroy is glad to pick up work of any kind, even if it's as trivial as writing the biography of a popular reality TV star killed in a helicopter crash. But he's puzzled when he gets a call from his late father's former business partner, Phil Sweeney, who tries to discourage him from writing the book. Sweeney and Gilroy's father ran a PR firm together, and Jimmy can't understand why Phil, who still works with big name clients, would be concerned a ...more
Susan Tunis
Mar 22, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The connections beneath the surface

In a marketplace filled with legal thrillers, techno-thrillers, and crime thrillers galore, a true conspiracy thriller is a rare animal indeed. This one opens with some sort of paramilitary operation in Congo. The reader is thrown into a heightened situation without any exposition or background, and it’s a little disorientating.

From there, we are in the study of a young, Irish journalist, Jimmy Gilroy. These are hard times for journalists. Papers aren’t hiring
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Janebbooks
Jun 14, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"An interesting and timely piece of globilization noir..."

Alan Glynn's third novel BLOODLAND won the 2011 Irish Book Award in the Crime Fiction category and is, according to a LOS ANGELES TIMES reviewer, "an interesting and timely piece of globilization noir" with an ensemble cast of characters from three continents. At the heart of the story is an out-of-work Dublin journalist named Jimmy Gilroy who has just picked up a fluff assignment of writing a biography of a soap opera star who died in a
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Nicholas Miller
Mar 19, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: tree-books
I found this gem at a music store that sells books too. It wasn't that expensive so I thought that I would give it a chance. Boy, was I glad I did.

The opening chapter grabs you for the ride. We are introduced to a convoy of ex-military who work for the private sector. They are escorting a "package" to an airstrip so said "package" could return home. Of course, things don't go as planned and what happens next isn't pretty.

We pick up around the same time or so in Ireland with a journalist named
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Matt
Jan 06, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
If you’re a fan of ‘70’s-style paranoid thrillers like the Parallax View or The French Connection—average man caught up in forces greater in scope and influence than he can imagine; shadowy conspiracies with machinations at the intersection of business and government—then you will enjoy Alan Glynn’s Bloodland.

An effective, timely and fast-moving thriller, Bloodland entertainingly weaves together many of the greatest current social, economic and geopolitical factors—e.g., the Chinese Industrial
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Tess Mertens-Johnson
WOW - This book was non stop action - Loved it!
Out of work journalist Jimmy Gilroy picks up a job writing the biography of a popular reality TV star killed in a helicopter crash. He gets a call from his late father's former business partner, Phil Sweeney, who tries to discourage him from writing the book. Sweeney and Gilroy's father ran a PR firm together, and Jimmy can't understand why Phil, who still works with big name clients, would be concerned about a relatively unimportant person such as
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Nicole R
Wow! This was a non-stop conspiracy thrill ride from start to finish! I have to admit that intricate plots with lots of interconnected details are often not my cup of tea. Tom Clancy and Robert Ludlum often give me a headache and leave me Googling the connection that I obviously missed. However, I wanted something more than the typical summer novel laden with descriptions of violent hand-to-hand combat and out-of-breath chase scenes that fill the gaps between the semblance of a plot line. Bloodl ...more
Kelly Rice
Feb 05, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
This is not the kind of book I'd normally read and if it hadn't been for the fact that I absolutely LOVED 'The Dark Fields' I probably never would have given Bloodland a second thought. Having said that, Alan Glyn rocks the house and makes this story of a washed up train wreck of a celebrity involved in political and corporate sabotage and, ultimately, murder immensely readable, if a bit hard to follow in places. But I think the trouble in following the rather complicated storyline lies more wit ...more
Seana
Jul 25, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The basic idea of the story is that Jimmy Gilroy, a talented but unemployed young reporter who's lost his job in the moribund newspaper industry, has landed a little gig writing a combination bio and exposé of a scandal ridden celebrity, including her tragic death in a helicopter crash. Unwittingly, by taking the assignment, he has just pulled the small thread by which a very large web is going to unravel. His first glimpse of this result is when he's called by Phil Sweeney, an old friend of his ...more
Michael Griswold
Jun 21, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Bloodland by Alan Glynn is a first rate political thriller for modern times.

Everything a fan of political thrillers could possibly want is here. The stream of consciousness approach taken by Glynn may disorient the reader at first, but I feel that it provides a unique window into the minds and thought patterns of the character involved in each section that really brings the action of the novel to life and keeps the reader wanting to turn the page. The story in itself is compelling because of how
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Alan Glynn is a graduate of Trinity College. His first novel, The Dark Fields, was released in March 2011 as the movie Limitless by Relativity Media. He is also the author of Graveland, Winterland and Bloodland, for which he won the 2011 Irish Book Award.

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