City on Fire: City on Fire, Book 1 Audible Audiobook – Unabridged
From the number one internationally best-selling author of the Cartel Trilogy, The Force, and Broken comes the first novel in an epic crime saga about the Irish and Italian crime syndicates in America during the 1980s and 1990s.
"One of America's greatest storytellers." (Stephen King)
"A masterpiece—wonderfully crafted, beautifully written, and a propulsive, authentic page-turner." (Christian White, best-selling author of The Nowhere Child)
Two criminal empires together control all of New England.
Until a beautiful modern-day Helen of Troy comes between the Irish and the Italians, launching a war that will see them kill each other, destroy an alliance, and set a city on fire.
Danny Ryan yearns for a more "legit" life and a place in the sun. But as the bloody conflict stacks body on body and brother turns against brother, Danny has to rise above himself.
To save the friends he loves like family and the family he has sworn to protect, he becomes a leader, a ruthless strategist, and a master of a treacherous game in which the winners live and the losers die.
From the gritty streets of Providence to the glittering screens of Hollywood to the golden casinos of Las Vegas, Danny Ryan will forge a dynasty.
Exploring the classic themes of loyalty, betrayal, and honor, City on Fire is a contemporary Iliad, a saga that spans generations—a towering achievement of storytelling genius from Don Winslow, "America's greatest living crime writer" (Jon Land, Providence Journal).
"Is there any doubt that Don Winslow's the greatest?" (New York Times)
"One of the best thriller writers on the planet." (Esquire)
"Epic, ambitious, majestic, City on Fire is The Godfather for our generation." (Adrian McKinty, best-selling author of The Chain)
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|Listening Length||8 hours and 54 minutes|
|Whispersync for Voice||Ready|
|Audible.com.au Release Date||04 May 2022|
|Best Sellers Rank|| 4,972 in Audible Books & Originals (See Top 100 in Audible Books & Originals) |
158 in Police Procedural Mysteries
192 in Crime Thrillers (Audible Books & Originals)
345 in Suspense
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Reviewed in Australia on 12 June 2022
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Now, I am a terrible buddy reader, I make no secret of that. I really did try to keep pace on this one but I ended up finishing it in 3 nights. Once I started I couldn't stop reading. I was drawn into 1980's Rhode Island and the world of Danny Ryan. This is a character that I got emotionally attached to quite early on. He becomes the unofficial leader and the pressure of this as well as his family makes him a really interesting character.
The war began over a woman. Pam came into their lives and the work is turned upside down. The Italian's wage war on the Irish and it is violent! Some scenes won't be for everyone, but as a reader of dark and gritty crime books, I was there for it all.
This is a the start of a new trilogy by Don Winslow and I am already wanting more. It was great to chat about the story with my fellow Aussie read a long members. How we all had different takes on characters and situations.
This is a compelling and dark read, right up my alley. A big thanks to Harper Collins Australia and Tandem Global for having me along. Bring on Book 2
This is not my normal genre but I really liked the look of the book when I was invited to take part, this is one of the things I love about these readalongs, it pushes me from my comfort zone every single time.
I really loved this book, it was so well written with a great storyline, I was reading it but it was like I was watching a movie as you could really picture everything going on and everyone in your head.
It started off as a group of friends on their usual annual holiday just enjoying themselves and possibly drinking way to much alcohol. A beautiful lady appears that isn’t part of the group and that is when things change an go really wrong. One group of friends become 2 sides of one war.
The only thing I probably didn’t enjoy was the ending, I feel it ended too abruptly and I would of liked more. However aside from that I found the book very enjoyable and a very quick read, I definitely recommend to everyone.
Reviewed in Australia on 12 June 2022
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Here the Greeks and Trojans are the Irish and Italian Mobsters, but this word is not openly used.
Rhode Island in 1986, the Northwest of the USA is divided by two opposing criminal syndicates. Pam, the modern Helen of Troy is dating a Moretti, but seeks a sweet connection with the opposite part, the Murphy Clan. And soon the bodies start to pile up...
The main character is Danny Ryan, married with a child on the way and soon forced into a role he never wanted. But have a brother-in-arms almost beaten to death, cannot go by without revenge. And a small flash ignites a fire which is worth that of the Fall of Ancient Troy...
But around the epic, eternal themes about family, love, honor, loyalty, hate and treachery we have to wait patiently for the release of the two following books of this Saga. The next book is called "City of Dreams" and the first chapters are there, in my Kindle eBook.
And I personally, am biting my nails!