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Released: May 2015
ISBN: 9781311460622
ASIN: B00USBGLJU
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THE BROTHERHOOD
Series: The Tadhg Sullivan Series, #2
Author: Daithi Kavanagh
Length: Novel
Genre: Mystery
Price: $3.99

Detective Tadhg Sullivan’s life seems to be falling apart, since being shifted to Clare from Dublin after falling out with the Minister for Justice and the Garda Commissioner. His partner (Journalist Helen Carty) has moved out, unable to live with his bouts of depression and periodic alcoholism. He finds himself once again alone in a world that doesn’t understand him.

Suddenly Sullivan is knocked out of his lethargy when a teenage girl goes missing not far from Ennis where he has been stationed. Sullivan is asked to lead the hunt by the local Superintendent and is catapulted into a world of unimaginable horror. He is confronted by Lord Charles Cromwell the leader of a sadistic cult (The Brotherhood) that derives its pleasures from the torture and murder of young women.

Sullivan’s investigation is once again hampered by political interference. As he fights his way through one bureaucratic obstacle after another he discovers that The Brotherhoods tentacles have not only reached into corridors of power in Ireland but, they are being protected by powerful politicians worldwide.

To cut through this protective ring of steel Sullivan finds himself having to engage with some strange bed fellows. Which included an ex CIA agent (Simon Horowitz) who had saved his partners life during his last investigation and an IRA leader (Rory O’Connor) who has recently been released from prison.

Will this strange combination be able to destroy The Brotherhood before their murderous reign takes another young life or will Lord Cromwell destroy Sullivan and everything he loves?

Excerpt
She knew nothing of the white van that pulled up behind her, until the two men grabbed her and bundled her into the back of it. She’d been jogging along the road, with her headphones on listening to Mumford and Sons. At first she’d thought it was a prank being carried out by some of her friends. But, as the van tore along the narrow road at top speed and she found herself being tossed from side to side, she knew something much more sinister was unfolding and started to scream. Suddenly the van took a sharp left. She fell and smashed her face against the side panelling. Then she could feel it being driven down a long pebbled lane. She stared at her headphones, the music still blaring, lying on the floor of the van. She cursed herself for not listening to her parents who had begged her to bring her mobile phone.

The van jolted to a halt. She heard the men get out. She heard their feet crunch on the pebble drive as they walked to the back of the van and opened the doors. She cried with terror as the two middle aged men dragged her out and carried her across the forecourt towards a huge wooden door.

One of them rang the bell and seconds later she heard the door creak as it inched open. A tall man of about sixty with a nose like a beak moved to the side as the two men carried her in. As they brought her along the dark hallway, she tried to struggle but to no avail, they were too strong. She screamed and screamed but her screams seemed to be swallowed up by the old house.

When they reached the back of the house, they made her stand up. She begged them to let her go home. Tears ran down her face. They ignored her pleas, opened another door and pushed her through. She found herself in an old church. They prodded her up along the aisle towards an altar. One of them went over to the wall and pulled down a handle disguised as a candlestick. The altar started to move slowly across, revealing a stairway into a dungeon. The two men pushed her down the stairs into the dark hole below. The altar started to move back across. She tried to climb up the stairs, but they forced her back down. She screamed one last scream. Then the darkness folded in around her, as the marble altar ground itself into place, eventually drowning out her pleas.

What the reviewers are saying
Dathi Kavanagh does it again!!
Another excellent read in this series...I'm really looking forward to part 3. ~ Roger McGuire, Amazon

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Political Abduction!
The Brotherhood… is superb crime/adventure fiction. Daithi Kavanagh has crafted a wild, tension-riddled plot that will keep the reader flipping the pages and unable to put down the novel. While the characters may be stereotypical, the story line certainly isn’t and is riveting, well-paced, thrilling fiction. Great job, Daithi Kavanagh! ~ Viviane Crystal, Amazon

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A chilling new case for Tadhg Sullivan!
With The Brotherhood, Daithi Kavanagh has created another fast-paced thriller with local flair. The story comprises a variety of nicely elaborated characters with sufficient depth and interesting interactions to solve this politically influenced gruesome case. I had a great time reading The Brotherhood – it is a very thrilling read with a great flow; it drives you head-first into the Irish life and into the horrors induced by powerful politicians. I was drawn into the story right away - nearly too close for comfort. Tadhg, Helen, Pat, Simon, and Rory are likeable characters – I am looking forward to reading more of this series. This is for you if you like European political thrillers, likeable and interesting characters, series and – Ireland. ~ Karen O, Amazon

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Like the previous book, The Gun, The Brotherhood moves right along and has all the elements of a great mystery, flawed people, interfering bureaucrats, and a secret society that will do anything, including murder to remain secret. But with a persistent detective on the case the bad guys will get theirs. I enjoyed the story and like I said before, look forward to the next in the series. I give this 5 stars because it is definitely worth it! ~Kathleen Kelly, Amazon

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It 's a dark and gripping thriller, full of suspense, intrigue and mystery
It's an excting and fast paced thriller, quite realistic and well written.~ Veronica Marzini, Amazon

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The writing flows quite nicely and the story it fast paced
I didn't realise it was the second book of an series so on that ground if you start with it doesn't matter that you haven't read the first book. The writing flows quite nicely and the story it fast paced . . . if you love conspiracies and secret societies than you might like this one. I like the main character . . . ~ Dagmar, Amazon

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Tadhg Sullivan is (not) like all detectives
The plot is intense, the suspense grows with every page, there are violent scenes with a lot of gore and details, the characters are likeable, the writing is great, but there's a couple of repetitions that were a little annoying, overall it's a fantastic thriller, with high amounts of mystery and suspense. This is a four solid stars book, I enjoyed reading it. Recommended to all fans of the genre! ~ Romorror Hafn Girl (Julia), Amazon

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Great New Novel!
This is a well-written suspense story that keeps the reader on the edge of their seat. It is nearly impossible to set this novel down until the last page is turned, it is that electrifying. Tadhg is a deep character with a dark side that includes heavy drinking, but he is the best man for the job. The characters, no matter how insignificant their role, have pasts and a rich depth. One can imagine all the scenes they are so precisely written. This is a fast-paced story that contains loads of action in every chapter. The plot gets more complicated as the story moves on, drawing the reader deeper into the darkness of the story. This is a wonderful story about the inner darkness of humanity and how good can triumph over evil. Although the second in a series, it works beautifully as a stand-alone novel. ~ Belinda Wilson, Amazon

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Fast-paced Thriller
I felt the story hung together quite nicely. If you’re the type that's into conspiracies and secret societies, this definitely might interest you. The sequencing of events was good as was the inclusion of the IRA leader Rory O’Connor. I especially liked this character as it added a level of wondering exactly what is good or evil, and whether fighting for a cause we believe in justifies the means. I can recommend the book for those liking an action-driven thrilling adventure that is replete with political intrigue and forces that are sometimes beyond our control. ~ Trulia Smith, Amazon

 

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