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Viva La Madness Kindle ✓ Viva La  PDF/EPUB or Now Connolly is back with a sequel that sees him on the same stunning form, with his trademark razor sharp dialogue and quick fire violence, but also finding dark humor and pathos in the lives of violent men From the London underworld, Viva la Madness moves to international crime with trans Atlantic drug deals, money laundering, and high tech electronic fraud, portrayed with the same uncanny believability The anonymous hero of Layer Cake is pulled back into the drug game before he can escape to a sunny retirement In a dazzling combination of London low life, Caribbean high life, and Venezuelan drug cartels toting machine guns in Mayfair, our hero s voice and mission are authentic, thrilling, and whiplash inducing in equal shares Better than Layer Cake, so many twists and turns, Read it What a riot I finally found an author who might be the equal of El Leonard at whose feet I worship J.J knows how to spin a plot, writes richly developed characters who are at times the victims of their own hilarious foibles, and dialogue that absolutely delights in it s inventiveness and smacks of authenticity Forget the dictionary, just enjoy the wonderful phrases and jargon and the unique narrative voice I ll be tracking down his first book Layer Cake to read ASAP. I enjoyed layer Cake way back when, but this time around I found it pointless It really is pitched at the pure entertainment level, and I probably wasn t in the mood, but I just found the whole geezer crim thing boring repetitive and didn t want to go there again I enjoyed layer Cake way back when, but this time around I found it pointless It really is pitched at the pure entertainment level, and I probably wasn t in the mood, but I just found the whole geezer crim thing boring repetitive and didn t want to go there again Not a particularly enticing follow up to Layer Cake and somewhat of a repetition of what went before I still read it though Here I felt Connolly ran out of plot and the characters broke down a little I felt rather like I was re reading Layer Cake with some changes I happened to stumble across some discussions in a forum that suggest a great deal of authenticity in Connolly s writing Put another way, he knows his characters and knows the scene he is writing about.It is a bit of a tome and Not a particularly enticing follow up to Layer Cake and somewhat of a repetition of what went before I still read it though Here I felt Connolly ran out of plot and the characters broke down a little I felt rather like I was re reading Layer Cake with some changes I happened to stumble across some discussions in a forum that suggest a great deal of authenticity in Connolly s writing Put another way, he knows his characters and knows the scene he is writing about.It is a bit of a tome and continuing with the pace and plot for 445 pages took some doing Perhaps if it was cut by about 1 3rdHowever, at the end of the day Connolly is one of the few British writers accomplished in this genre and able to blend in large doses of peculiar and idiosyncratic humor and his work is always worth reading for that alone but there isto it.Damn, now I m talking myself into liking this book and had to up the rating by one star It must be alright much preferred this to Layer Cake..seems the author has matured as a writer Wow, what a terrible book The unnamed protagonist has very little agency for the first two thirds of the book The plot relies on peripheral characters to push the plot forward, whilst the protagonist largely sits on the sidelines.The plot is derailed further by an abundance of expositional flashback chapters devoted to the deranged gangster Jesus Zambrano We are lazily told everything by the narrator, with Connolly rarely bothering to write full scenes where the characters actually interact Wow, what a terrible book The unnamed protagonist has very little agency for the first two thirds of the book The plot relies on peripheral characters to push the plot forward, whilst the protagonist largely sits on the sidelines.The plot is derailed further by an abundance of expositional flashback chapters devoted to the deranged gangster Jesus Zambrano We are lazily told everything by the narrator, with Connolly rarely bothering to write full scenes where the characters actually interact.But nothing, I mean NOTHING compares to the ending that is so breathtakingly bad and in such spectacularly poor taste I d almost recommend reading it for that alone Almost At 445 pages the book is overlong for something that aspires to be littlethan a throwaway gangster romp I kept wishing I was reading something by Ted Lewis instead This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers To view it, click here 3.5 stars This would have scored higher for me but for the fact the POV protagonist doesn t actually do anything for the whole book He goes where he s told Does what he s told Says and even wears what he s told He has no agency He exists purely to be a witness to and report back on other characters snappy dialogue and shenanigans.Also the 9 11 ending seemed entirely unnecessary. I had no idea there was a sequel to Layer Cake.I d rate the film in my top 50 It s cool, sleek, fast paced and has some killer set pieces and one liners If I catch it on TV, its one of those I ll just wait up until such and such scene A bit like Get Carter.I read the book after the film and found it as enjoyable As you would expect with the author being the screenwriter, it was an accurate representation.So I stumbled across this in the library Its bigger on scale than Layer Cake but stil I had no idea there was a sequel to Layer Cake.I d rate the film in my top 50 It s cool, sleek, fast paced and has some killer set pieces and one liners If I catch it on TV, its one of those I ll just wait up until such and such scene A bit like Get Carter.I read the book after the film and found it as enjoyable As you would expect with the author being the screenwriter, it was an accurate representation.So I stumbled across this in the library Its bigger on scale than Layer Cake but still has several of the same characters The unnamed narrator obviously and Morty make a welcome return Throw in some ultra twitchy london lowlifes who quickly get out of their depth and South American drugs cartels and you have a fine story.First half of the book is superb Fast paced, almost believable for an over the top crime caper The black humour remains Especially what they get Roy to do to return the key missing part of the story a memory stick which is rather obviously signposted earlier in the book.As the 2nd half continues, things get out of control The body count increases massively, things get too frantic and control of the story is lost a little At 448 pages, its overlong for this type of caper.That said, its a worthy successor and a decent read I doubt we ll get a cinematic sequel, which is a real shame.And it would have got an extra half mark if the memory stick hadn t been 128MB With all those photos A bit too long and unnecessary complicated.

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