Deceptive Cadence: The Virtuosic Spy
Friday, 17 June 2016
Written by: Kathryn Guare
Narrated by: Wayne Farrell
Length: 11 hrs and 19 mins
Publisher: Kathryn Guare
Meet Conor McBride. He's even more interesting than the trouble he gets into.
A talented Irish musician reluctantly reinvents himself, disappearing into an undercover identity to search for the man who ruined his career: his own brother. On a journey from the west of Ireland to the tumultuous city of Mumbai, Conor McBride's only goal is to redeem the brother who betrayed him. But he's becoming a virtuoso of a different kind in a dangerous game where the rules keep changing - and where the allies he trusted to help him may be the people he should fear the most. ©2014 Kathryn Guare (P)2016 Kathryn Guare
Home on the farm milking cows, living with his mother, when he ought to have been pursuing his career as a concert violinist - and all because he signed stuff without reading it. Conor McBrides brother Thomas had pulled a fast one by deceptively obtaining EU grants, then he just disappears leaving Conor and his mother to pay massive fines and deal with the aftermath.
A few years pass and a rather odd fellow from British Intelligence rolls up, he tells Conor that Thomas is alive and living in India. They need to find him as he may be able to provide them with information. They want to enlist Conor to go to India and help find Thomas. Conor reluctantly embarks on a British Intelligence training programme in preparation for his mission.
From the peace and quiet of rural Ireland to the hustle of the streets of Mumbai, it's quite a ride for the concert violinist turned farmer turned spy. Conor is answerable to an agent who has his own demons, can Conor trust him? The only one he feels safe with is the Indian woman he had met and helped on the journey to Mumbai. She with her Hindu faith and he with his Catholic faith make for an unlikely but very touching alliance.
This has just about everything I want from a novel, OK the plot may be a bit far fetched, but it's fiction, escapism and pure entertainment. The ending is very satisfying, I loved the book and highly recommend it to anyone who loves a good adventure and good writing which flows beautifully.
This is one of those times when a narrator just lifts a good book that much higher. I don't think narrating this book, with all its characters and accents could have been an easy undertaking yet I could fault nothing. I was particularly impressed with his performance towards the end of the book, of how he conveys Conors emotions so well without going over the top. Very realistic. Wayne Farrell became Conor McBride, excellent job.
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