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  • The Mad Mick

  • The Mad Mick Series, Book 1
  • By: Franklin Horton
  • Narrated by: Kevin Pierce
  • Length: 6 hrs and 56 mins
  • 4.4 out of 5 stars (18 ratings)

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The Mad Mick

By: Franklin Horton
Narrated by: Kevin Pierce
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Summary

Conor Maguire nearly lost his daughter Barb when she was three years old, injured by the drunk driver that killed his wife. When the justice system failed him, Conor - the son and grandson of IRA bombers - retaliated against the driver in dramatic and gruesome fashion. While an ironclad alibi prevented the police from pinning the murder on Conor, it did not prevent a covert agency within the US government from recruiting the talented young bomber and machinist.

For over 25 years, Conor designed and built custom weapons of death and destruction at his compound in the mountains of Virginia. Then a series of devastating terror attacks brought down the United States. Conor and Barb assumed they were safe in their secure compound. They had food and a water source. They were armed and highly-trained. Then Barb was kidnapped.

The kidnappers, needing slave labor for their farm, didn’t know why Conor was known as "The Mad Mick". They didn’t know the fear and respect his name invoked in the shadowy world of covert operations. They didn’t know that when it came to protecting his family, he was without conscience, without compassion, and without equal.

But they would soon find out.

©2018 Franklin Horton (P)2018 Franklin Horton

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Great read

Not the beat performance by voice narrator and not the best by F.Horton. However I still thoroughly enjoyed the book and would recommend it though I'm not jumping up and down like I usually am after reading something by Horton. Kevin pearce is my top all time favourite narrator but he definitely cant pull of an irish accent and considering the two main characters are Irish you think this would have been addressed with more thought. Apart from not being so good at the irish accent which was a bug bare throughout the story, kevin nailed the rest with his natural sounding voice over giving a real life perception of characters.

The story was full of swings and roundabouts of course which were great and yes had me on the edge if my seat but there was a lack of emotion in the reader (that's me) due to the insincere and lack of depth character mick. if your daughter is missing you assume the worst and would assume she is being raped several times a day by thr animals who have her so standing around making jokes at dead men saying 'can ya gimme some dorectuons' is far from realistic and a real let down, leaving me detached from the character akd let down by the writer. The lack of urgency and panic in Mick added to severe any way of seeing the character as believable. This writer usually makes it all feel so real but in this case he failed I'm afraid. However it was still a good read and I would still recommend it, it's just not up there with Franklain or Kevin's best. Pull your finger out boys!

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great

so far this series started with a bang! I trashy like this book. moving on to the second one now..

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Explosive!

I loved this book, it was action packed, explosive and full of suspense. I can't wait to start the next book.

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Good story

I enjoyed listening to this book. There was a good amount of action. The actual story didn't seem to progress very much, but maybe it's because the scene is being set for the following books.

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not the worst book

only a couple of things I didn't like Irish characters not great Irish accent and Irish daughters call their fathers daddy well at least my friends and I did

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  • 13-04-19

Done with this Author

I've listened to most of his books I was a big fan, Not new to audio, have 500 plus audio books similar to this and give most a chance.
But am just sick of attacks on Christianity I won't listen to any like this.
You have lost a fan.

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  • Elis Law
  • 08-11-18

Another winner from the dynamic duo

Another winner from the dynamic duo Franklin Horton and Kevin Pierce. The first book in Horton’s new Mad Mick series is another original perspective in post-apocalyptic fiction. As prolific as Horton is, I’m always impressed with his talent for creating unique stories in a genre saturated with derivatives, but he once again proves it’s possible in The Mad Mick.

Book One feels almost like a prequel, as it focuses primarily on character development in preparation for what I anticipate will be a multi-book series. There is certainly enough action to keep it interesting (in fact, most of the book is a chase, as two main characters track the kidnapped third main character), but the action is a slow burn that culminates with the confrontation in the last several chapters. Even without the constant, edge-of-your-seat tension typical of most PA novels, Horton manages to keep the reader’s attention as he reveals the backstories of his characters and lets them unfold. My attention didn’t waver as I listened, and I was surprised when I realized the book was nearing its end, because the hours passed quickly. Of course, Kevin Pierce’s narration was a big factor in maintaining energy and excitement in this character-focused story, and without him, I would not have enjoyed listening as much as I did.

I appreciate Horton’s originality, but I still enjoy the elements of the tried and true PA story (modern conveniences abruptly disappear; people scavenge; gangs and/or government enslave/terrorize; heroes emerge to fight the bad guys and survive in the new world). I suspect (and hope) this series will move in that direction, but I think it will maintain a fresh perspective.

I gave this book 4 stars, because I reserve my 5 star reviews for books that I can’t put down. Because this one is more character development than edge-of-your-seat action, I wasn’t compelled to stay up all night listening to it; however, I think the next volumes in the series will move in that direction. I also gave Kevin Pierce a rare 4 stars (instead of the usual 5), only because his Irish accent was inconsistent and occasionally absent. Since two of the three main characters have Irish accents, this was a little distracting. I would actually give him a 4.5 if I could, because it was not that big of an issue.

I definitely recommend this book for fans of Horton, Pierce, and apocalyptic fiction in general. I received a copy of the book in exchange for an honest review. Like you, I rely on the reviews of others when selecting books from Audible, so I always give a frank and honest description in every review I write.

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  • Sue
  • 23-08-19

Heroes bad people too

Mad Mick and his family, father, grandfather, daughter, evil people. Culture of Irish murder evil. Stopped listening around the 2 hour to go mark when the murder of an old woman Good Samaritan considered "righteous" when it was EVIL. I am rating this instead of returning for a credit.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 20-05-19

good but feminist elements

Instances of women taking on and beating men in one in one confrontations and some other " girl power" crap... Otherwise, good book.

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  • Darlene
  • 29-10-18

Mad Mick is fierce!

I loved this character in Grace Under Fire and now I know more of his story. His daughter Barb is another of those strong females that Franklin Horton writes that would make any woman want to be her. I hope to hear more from Conor, Barb and Ragus one day. Thank you Kevin Pierce for another wonderful narration!

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  • T
  • 14-12-20

Retire Kevin Pierce please!

Kevin Pierce can make even a good story boring with just the sound of his voice.
This could have been a good book had it not been narrated by Kevin Pierce.
Every book he narrates seems to bore me regardless of how good the story is. It’s a chore to simply finish with his narration. He would be better suited for old slow western cowboy books. His old rasp crackling voice does no justice for a fast paced action book. He ruins it!

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  • Keith & Shari
  • 08-02-21

Not Horton's or Pierce's best.

I am a big fan of both Horton and Peirce but this was bloody awful. could not even get past the the first six chapters. I felt like Horton phoned this one in and Pierce's Irish accent is about as bad as it gets. Very disappointed as I love both of these guys work generally. Save your money on this and go for the Barrowed World Series instead. Or World Made by Hand. I've never taken the time to review one of these before but this was such a let down, I had to say somthing. Mr. Horton needs to get back to the well thought out styal of writing that put him on the map. And Peirce needs to never attempt an Irish accent again.

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  • TonyC-DD12
  • 19-12-18

The Mad Mick is awesome!

I first met The Mad Mick in Grace Under Fire, an excellent sequel to Locker 9. Hortons storytelling keeps you on the edge of your seat with great characters painting the picture.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 15-12-18

I can't wait for the next one!

Wow, what a great start to a series. The book itself was a great story but also laid the foundation for a series with post apocalyptic themes, a rival power, roots in the clandestine services, and the IRA!

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  • Annie The Audible Addict!!!
  • 28-10-18

AMAZING AS USUAL!! I LOVED IT!!!!!!!!!!!

FRANKLIN HORTON WRITES AN AMAZING STORY!! If you have not read this author yet...you are cheating yourself!!! I loved this character from the previous book...so I was super excited to find out this one was coming!! This gives us some good back story and a new struggle...I could not put this one down once again...I need more ASAP!! Kevin and Franklin can do no wrong in my book!! GREAT GREAT GREAT STUFF!!!! I HIGHLY RECOMMEND!!!!!

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