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Black Boat Dancing (Con Maknazpy, #2) by Gerard Cappa

PDF, EPUB, MOBI, TXT, DOC Black Boat Dancing (Con Maknazpy, #2) The new Maknazpy thriller The new cold war is heating up pump primed by oil and the race to control the pipelines Cyber warriors mine the dark side of international finance to destabilize enemy governments .

Their money trail stretches from Macau and New York to Rio de Janeiro Cyprus Beirut and Odessa and the finance lines of governments and gangsters criss cross through Ukraine and Crimea .

When Jorginho the Black Hat hacker goes AWOL in Portugal with the secrets of America s role in the Arab Spring rebellions Maknazpy is enlisted to bring him back dead or alive Maknazpy tracks the runaway through the narrow streets of old Lisbon until he is betrayed and the hunter becomes the hunted Juggling a hot money scam and cold war treachery Maknazpy keeps one step ahead of his own US handlers Chinese Military Intelligence the Russian Mafia and a Brazilian street gang .

But this time he is weak Subjected to scrambled mind games and capricious illusions Maknazpy freefalls into a crisis of identity that threatens to choke his will to go on unless he can scrape enough faith to scourge deep into his dark soul for that rugged core of self belief and self knowledge that has lain dormant for so long Then he might remember what it means to believe to hope even to trust Maknazpy is starting all over again .

Reviews for Maknazpy Blood from a Shadow .

He aims at a diverse readership One that demands a page turning violent saga and another that savors a more polished gloss Prof JL Murphy Los Angeles Amazon Top .

Based on this fast paced intricate thriller Gerard Cappa deserves elevation to the top rank of thriller writers Scott Parsons Ottawa .

This kind of talent is something seen in the great and famous writers around the world and Cappa is a great writer Dragonmount Books Brazil .

Attempts a new approach to the conspiracy action thriller but even read on this surface level alone it s written in a way that delivers thrills without insulting your intelligence Keris Nine Amazon Top .

Very strong characters and beautifully written Conspiracy Thriller Duygo Altinok Istanbul .

Displays a commendable ruthlessness unlike many thrillers this one treats the death of innocents as considerably more than a plot motor and we are never allowed to forget that being injured hurts Con is tough but he never degenerates into a superhero and that redemption comes at a price Philip Challinor London .

Distinctively drawn and interesting characters fast paced with a super abundance of sub plots story line twists and gritty violence to satisfy any aficionado of the genre Joseph Haschka California Amazon Top Reviewe

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This is a collection of writing from members of the Goodreads Ireland Group br All keen readers the members accepted the challenge to contribute to the collection to mark The Gathering Ireland the year long celebration of Ireland its people and all that is great about its connections both at home and abroad br With The Gathering as a broad theme group members were invited to take up the challenge to produce a collection to be published as this e book The only criterion applied was that contributors would not be existing Goodreads Authors so this is a first time publishing experience for all these contributors Some have not produced a creative writing piece since they were at school a long time ago for some not so long for others br The pieces are printed here as they were received and were not edited revised or curated in any way Some contributors communicated over the Goodreads Group exchanging ideas sharing experiences offering encouragement Others opted to work on their own br As well as being a rewarding creative project in its own right the Goodreads Ireland Writing Challenge will deliver an additional tangible benefit all profits from sale of this e book will be donated to the National Adult Literacy Agency an independent charity in the Republic of Ireland committed to supporting people experiencing numeracy and literacy difficulties to access learning opportunities br Bernie Jack Lucia Declan Barbara Cathleen Edmund and Ted all started with a blank page and now see their work published br As well as representing a satisfactory conclusion of this particular challenge for each of the writers the publication of this collection should prove to be an inspiration for our fellow Goodreads Ireland Group members br Why not set your own challenge to write a creative piece this year, We are in the realm of tough guys doing tough guy things against other tough guys There is something about author Gerard Cappa s style as well as his hero Con Maknazpy that carries echoes of Dashiell Hammett and the Continental Op San Francisco Book Review br br FROM THE BACK COVER br br War weary Americans hail the endgame in Iraq and Afghanistan br But the old enemy Iran is more dangerous than ever br br So the war on terror continues but it must be kept in the shadows now The Presidential machines cannot allow a mistake there is an election to be won br br Con Maknazpy is weary too still searching for his own peace A hero in his native New York s famous th Regiment he just wants to retreat into the shadows of the streets he knows so well br br But Maknazpy is no ordinary man he has been anointed with destiny It s in his blood and in the shadows of his soul And the ghosts of the past and the future mark out that destiny in blood Blood that takes him to Ireland Rome and Istanbul before he finds his own truth in the shadows of his Yonkers childhood br Maknazpy s destiny is to be a savior but can he save himself br br br br Blood From A Shadow is an interesting book that attempts an new approach to the conspiracy action thriller but even read on this surface level alone it s written in a way that delivers thrills without insulting your intelligence Con Maznazpy is a New York veteran of the Iraq war still bearing the scars of his experience He s still trying to pull his life together when he s asked to make a trip to Ireland to visit the family of his former best friend Ferdia McErlane whose father has committed suicide apparently after a failed property deal in Turkey Suspicious of the means by which this request is delivered Con nonetheless returns to the old homeland only to find that there is indeed rather more to the request than was admitted and it leads him across Europe and Asia before back to New York on the trail of much a bigger conspiracy br br Cappa however hints that there is a parallel reading to be found here with the book of Irish legends featuring the mythical hero C Chulainn known as the T in Those references aren t obvious or belabored however the novel drawing from them in order to examine wider questions on the need for heroes and on the attributes of bonds of loyalty to friends to a cause or to an ideal that goes beyond consideration of duty or political gain But it also questions whether that is even possible and whether there isn t an overriding genealogical imperative of blood at work that drives these unknowable actions br br Whether it s through this literary subtext or whether it s through the strengths in the writing itself Blood From A Shadow does have an indefinable quality and true originality finding a way to delve into a particularly Irish sensibility that has deep historical and mythological roots in its connection with the United States and it places an unusual spin on a conventional genre that at times gives it an almost otherworldly quality br br br Think Jim Thompson James M Cain Chester Himes and Eric Ambler Reality is warped by confusion and lies and the hero is always the last to know, Bankers on the dark market must be honest must be kept honest or else the whole system will fall apart br br Yakov s Russian money is being rinsed through thousands of bank accounts from Estonia to Cyprus Nauru to Nieu Caymans to Ireland and all points in between laundered until it buys his place at respectable tables br br But now there is a problem Hamilton is the banker from the Vienna operation and now he is missing and so is the encryption key that keeps the dark cash spinning br br Before he was a banker Hamilton was a Military Liaison Officer for the British in Ireland then graduated to MI and freelancing for CIA and he has the secret tapes from all those gigs a blackmail mother lode for an intelligence community under pressure br br Before he was a Russian Mafia Prince Yakov was a Colonel in Russian GRU br br Before he was a dispensable sucker Maknazpy was an expendable nobody br br The tapes are Hamilton s insurance if he goes down he s taking them all with him br br The dirty money brings Maknazpy back to Belfast and the blackmail tapes bring him back years to the dirty war where Gods make their own importance br br Two graves One Bishop br br br Maknazpy is more complete more blissfully anarchistic than the nation loving type of hero Jay A Gertzman, Foreword by Jay A Gertzman br br 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 th century industrial city has been replaced as the subject of political thrillers by corporate forces and international monetary policies to which nations their spy agencies military bureaucracies and fossil fuel oligarchies are subservient Jean Patrick Manchette The Prone Gunman Don DeLillo Point Omega John Le Carr The Constant Gardener and Richard Godwin Confessions of a Hit Man write about these forces and the various forms of isolation and anxiety people suffer due to their influence br br They are transgressive for the same reason writers about the urban streets of no return were There is no return to order at the end of these stories for there is no moral consensus possible There cannot be any return to innocence for it did not exist in the first place Beyond the glitter of upscale consumerism the billions of dollars lost and found in the fog of war the complex struggles for advantage between American Chinese Russian and Eurozone operatives the texture of life is sinister br br It is especially so in Gerard Cappa s Black Boat Dancing and Blood from a Shadow Like both groups of writers just mentioned Cappa produces noir pictures of people their motivations their fates in the grip of a vast machine The results are expressions of a world turned upside down a movement from nation and its people to an international golden hand invisible and lethal every bit as harrowing as that of the enemies of spirituality the prophets of the messianic religions once spoke of Cappa is very good at setting forth the intricate games the agents of the American Chinese and Russian militant states play with each other and the ordinary people who pay for their weird symbiosis br br In Confessions of a Hit Man the top of the tree as the hit man the Royal Marine trained Jack put it is blistered the national and multinational networks the CIAs and MI s the Irguns and the KGBs This kind of organization its deceptions and the money it siphons off from the people is delineated in all its power So is Jack who acquired a double who seems to absorb him Watch for that as a problem Cappa s Con Maknazpy has to solve or begin to br br The Constant Gardener shows how the international pharmaceutical industry uses people living in poverty countries which benefit from its profits and sociopathic hit men to deliver its products The Prone Gunman is about an agent serving his country by killing opponents of its own supra national brand of international terrorism It ends with his writing his memoir actually his employers write it for him That becomes his identity Assuming in his sleep the prone position he is himself become a kind of drone If Con read this memoir or Manchette s yarn he would probably go mad in recognition if that is possible br br That might also happen if he read Point Omega Even terrorism drones suicide bombers mall shootings shock and awe takes a back seat to the kind of torture which the victim is made to inflict on himself Point Omega is about a moment when humanity reaches a will not to evolve but to regress into the pure death instinct that drives modern weapons and surveillance systems as well as psychological immersion in cant terrorism counter insurgency extremism Delillo s Richard Elster is an earlier version like Burroughs Dr Benway of Cappa s st century mad scientist Dr Blake br br The ultimate st century heroism is to struggle for the control of one s own destiny Con Maknazpy s struggle is an example He is not destroyed but potentially redeemed by his own sin and suffering With some kind of inner spiritual voice inside his head he forces his humanity to come to life He is a kind of Hercules who back in Shakespeare s time as Coriolanus was admired as a ubermensch like natural force proud without any desire other than to survive honorably without compromise Con is modeled on the Irish hero C Chulainn a kind of Golem when he cannot know friend from foe in his battle frenzy Con is intensely human however and on a search for his father The conversation when he finds him is a kind of denouement br br Cappa s originality in comparison to the masters of the political noir is his adopting the conventions of the classic pulp crime novels of the s and s One of those is the use of violence as a defining characteristic of noir The first chapter describes a man Cora has blown into mist on the last page a still bleeding corpse has a welcoming post card attached with a knife between its shoulder blades In between Con makes enemies bleed on two continents Maknazpy is a skilled warrior which is why he like many soldiers have been forced to re up in order to get the money needed so that his own son can manage his inner furies inherited from Con His Herculean quality is the reason he is needed and made offers he cannot refuse He is an amoral and paraphrasing Nietzsche a harsh heartedly noble archaic force He must scour half the known world in search of a computer genius whose hacking skills attract super powers who need to sanctify their missions br br It isn t Cora Con s CIA contact and order giver who is immersed in blood letting which is one of the reasons Cappa contrasts her seductive powers of argument and personal glamor with the violence Con is so good at Another contrast that makes her coercion fascinating is how essential it is made to seem br br Cappa uses what seem to be realities on the ground pernicious phrase see Point Omega on defending lies as a condition for warfare China and America confront one another in an era of cyber warfare Depicted with pin point accuracy is how Con and a Chinese colonel handcuffed together after being kidnapped by a Brazilian gang regard each other as separate species Con sees Colonel Liu s lizard eyes tast es the sick juice from his guts and feels a primal fear America says the latter is a business while China is a civilization Watch out Con Cora and her masters are just as assured in their imposition of realities br br If Cora is the femme fatale in Black Boat Dancing the Brazilian Yasmin is her opposite although also sultry She is a mother a faithful lover and imbued with the nurturing healing instincts that make for an interesting set of contrasts to Cora almost as if they were doppelgangers of each other br br Two other conventions of pulp are bringing the setting into sharp focus and how cities are run Chandler s phrase for Marlowe s political education Cappa s writing skills the kind one hopes gets excerpts from his work anthologized are at their height in his descriptions of the toughest bar in Hell s Kitchen Lisbon and its downscale generous inhabitants and with cool irony relaxing Montauk Long Island where the novel ends with that final bleeding corpse br br As for how cities are run that has evolved for us today into how nation states confront each other What has not changed is the power lust We are not in Hammett s Poisonville or Jack Nicolson s Chinatown anymore The global neo liberal emperors are just as uncanny br br Finally Con has much in common with the protagonist of the pulp crime novel He is tough but tender That was a plot device that aimed at intensifying sympathy for the hero It was introduced by Fanny Ellsworth the editor who succeeded Cap Shaw at Black Mask An example of what tender might mean is as follows a two fisted hard boiled approach of the hero to attacking sociopaths or coldly calculating criminals existed alongside of loyalty to victims if they deserved it or if that loyalty could possibly bring justice It also means submersion in vulnerability and a Hemingwayesque grace under pressure br br Con s vulnerability lies in his greatest strength his berserker skills They are useful and bring him to the attention of the authorities That is dangerous as Kafka showed in The Trial K had come to their attention and he could not but acknowledge its agents lawyers judges and executioners Part of Cappa s skill as a thriller writer is his ability to keep his protagonist safe from K s fate It is his adaptability his ability to push shame aside to observe incisively and even his detachment from panic that brings him through br br Despite everything Con still believes in America That is one of his most enduring and tough but tender traits It does not mean that the reader should conclude that he is right What his opponents say carry more intellectual than factual weight in fact And Con s replies are often full of f you spitefulness But in the absurd abstract Kafkaesque universe of diplomatic thrust and counterthrust Con s faith in the future of his family and his land is his most endearing and in a way tough minded characteristic Maybe he s just hard headed in the tradition of Philip Marlowe The Continental Op Sam Spade or Willeford s Hoke Mosely Jay A Gertzman br br Jay A Gerztman Prof Emeritus from Mansfield University has published Samuel Roth Infamous Modernist with the U Press of Florida and is currently working on a new book Pulp According to David Goodis a study of the paperback and pulp magazine n ir fiction of one of the best writers of the classic period Dark Passage Down There Nightfall Cassidy s Girl The Blonde on the Street Corner Street of No Return br br br br We are in the realm of tough guys doing tough guy things against other tough guys There is something about author Gerard Cappa s style as well as his hero Con Maknazpy that carries echoes of Dashiell Hammett and the Continental Op All the classic elements of the detective crime thriller are there the smart mouthed dame nightclubs les femmes fatale and bodies scattered across the pages like raspberries on your morning cornflakes A cracking good tale Manhattan Book Review br br Cappa s perspective is similar to that presented in Max Friedman s book Rethinking Anti Americanism Specifically international actors sometimes characterized as innately anti American change their positions as America s policies change And the same holds for the position of the U S with regard to Russia China and the broad span of Middle Eastern nations if their policies are consistent with ours we can work together or at least not be at each others throats Loaded with action stabs in the back heart felt loss tense standoffs and even a hint of mysticism Complex indeed Bob Bickel br br Mix of subtle allusion rapidly paced violent set pieces and character reflection I like the conversations his characters engage in about politics capitalism greed JL Murphy br br br You come out of the novel knowing like Maknazpy that whatever the truth today especially if it is truth as defined by the CIA it will be different tomorrow The action is non stop and the sound of the jigsaw continual This can lead to a dizzying experience for the reader Take your time over each chapter savor the dialog and enjoy the pieces coming together John J Gaynard br br The new cold war is heating up pump primed by oil and the race to control the pipelines Cyber warriors mine the dark side of international finance to destabilize the enemy The money trail stretches from Macau and New York to Rio de Janeiro Cyprus Beirut and Odessa and the finance lines of governments and gangsters criss cross through Ukraine and Crimea br br When Jorginho the Black Hat hacker goes AWOL in Portugal with the secrets of America s role in the Arab Spring rebellions Maknazpy is enlisted to bring him back dead or alive br Maknazpy tracks the runaway through the narrow streets of old Lisbon until he is betrayed and the hunter becomes the hunted br Juggling a hot money scam and cold war treachery Maknazpy keeps one step ahead of his own US handlers Chinese Military Intelligence the Russian Mafia and a Brazilian street gang But this time he is weak br Subjected to scrambled mind games and capricious illusions Maknazpy freefalls into a crisis of identity that threatens to choke his will to go on unless he can scrape enough faith to scourge deep into his dark soul for that rugged core of self belief and self knowledge that has lain dormant for so long br br Then he might remember what it means to believe to hope even to trust Maknazpy is starting all over again