Peril: A Ger Mayes Thriller

Rated 4.20/5 based on 18 reviews
His choices. Their lives. A moment of madness.

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About Ruby Barnes

I've pedalled the pushbike of life until the chain fell off. Now living in rural Ireland where the natives are friendly and the weather atrocious, I write crime fiction and thrillers.

My writing is dedicated to the memory of my late Scottish grandfather Robert 'Ruby' Barnes.

Contact me on ruby dot barnes at marblecitypublishing dot com

Browse my blog at www.rubybarnes.blogspot.com

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Reviews

Review by: Novel Reveries on June 09, 2012 :
This entire book played out like a film noire in my head, for some reason. It starts in medias res, then slowly develops it's characters and plot before going headstrong into the book's pinnacle. It's probably because of the beginning slowness of the story line, as well as the lack of descriptive visual traits of the characters that made me a little apprehensive of giving this five stars, but the thriller did just as it promised, it thrilled. I was surprised with how the book started to shock and hurl me throughout the next chapters, as the suspense built up. This story is definitely unique in it's plot, and I love the different twists and turns it makes.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: TAMMY CUEVAS on June 02, 2012 :
Gerard Mayes is a terrible person in a terrible mess. He's on the verge of being fired and really doesn't care; he's really just counting the days until Aunt Mary dies and leaves his wife a sizeable inheritance; and he's playing a balancing act with his wife, mistress, and possible future mistress. And now, he's being blackmailed by a gang of drug dealers. And the fun is just beginning...

In Ruby Barnes' novel "Peril", he has created a character who most readers will love to hate. Gerard is every woman's nightmare. An unfaithful husband and an all-around goof-off, he has a talent for landing himself in a mess. When he is attacked by a beggar wielding a crutch, he defends himself. Not a crime in itself, but Gerard panics, dumps the body, and runs. Unfortunately, he has been seen. From this point on, whenever there is a decision to make, Gerard always makes the wrong decision. While not a lovable character, he is certainly unforgettable.

This is the first of Barnes' novels for me, and I wasn't sure what to expect. What a happy surprise! For all of Gerard's faults, I found myself rooting for him. The good news is that "Peril" has now been released in paperback. It's way too good to be an e-reader secret.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the author, Ruby Barnes < http://rubybarnes.blogspot.com/ > . I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: Marius Viktor Aragon on May 13, 2012 :
My Rating: 3.5/5 stars


When I first heard about this book I was quite intrigued with the idea of an “anti-hero” as the main character. I really liked the idea, it sounded really interesting; I had high hopes for it. HOWEVER, I did have some frustrations! This book was incredibly slow and there were several times when I wanted to put it down, but the author kept me reading even though I found myself hating how the story goes.

Mr. Barnes is really a gifted writer. He had created a unique character. And I found myself enjoying the book even if the main character is hardly likable. This book wasn’t my favorite, but it wasn’t horrible. Overall, an enjoyable read.

Read this review on my blog -> http://mariusreads.blogspot.com/2012/05/review-peril-by-ruby-barnes.html
(reviewed within a week of purchase)

Review by: Marius Viktor Aragon on May 13, 2012 :
My Rating: 3.5/5 stars


When I first heard about this book I was quite intrigued with the idea of an “anti-hero” as the main character. I really liked the idea, it sounded really interesting; I had high hopes for it. HOWEVER, I did have some frustrations! This book was incredibly slow and there were several times when I wanted to put it down, but the author kept me reading even though I found myself hating how the story goes.

Mr. Barnes is really a gifted writer. He had created a unique character. And I found myself enjoying the book even if the main character is hardly likable. This book wasn’t my favorite, but it wasn’t horrible. Overall, an enjoyable read.

Read this review on my blog -> http://mariusreads.blogspot.com/2012/05/review-peril-by-ruby-barnes.html
(reviewed within a week of purchase)

Review by: Danielle Nicole Bienvenu on May 09, 2012 : (no rating)
An open mind is needed for this racy book. Barnes' style leaves you questioning what will happen next. A nice change from everyday genres we are exposed to.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Mallory Heart Reviews on Feb. 04, 2012 : (no rating)
4 Stars
Gerard is finding himself in a heap of trouble. A drunken evening, and he gets confused about which way is home. The river looks different, odd even-is he in the right place? Then he’s attacked by, of all things, a mugger-and while trying to defend himself, remembers that someone else had been beaten to death in that area earlier. Looks like he could well be the next victim! This mugger is not out for just what’s in that wallet (good thing, cause Gerard’s is empty); looks like he’s out for serious blood. Before very long, it’s not just the attacker who’s out for blood, it’s the potential victim, Gerard himself. And soon he is victim no longer-and now what?? Maybe Gerard Mayes would have been better off-much better off-if he’d stayed at home in the brittle confines of Port Glasgow, Scotland, with the rough and ready, instead of moving to Dublin, Ireland-where he ended up drunken, and a murderer.

Gerard is certainly no one’s idea of perfection. A bit of a lout, he’s extra-maritally active, he lacks the Puritan work ethic, as he himself admits, he’s a murderer-and now he’s being heavily blackmailed, because of that very murder (which was only partially unintentional, let him tell you). What’s a man to do when he finds himself boxed into a situation like this?

Author Ruby Barnes, who so excelled in his novel “The Baptist,” once again demonstrates that he has his ear to the ground and attuned to the rhythms of life, this time in modern-day Dublin. Gerard, his protagonist (I certainly can’t term him “hero”) is sometimes likable, often not-but he’s surprisingly self-analytical and open about his own failings, faults, and foibles-also a surprise. I can recommend this for lovers of modern suspense.
(reviewed within a week of purchase)

Review by: April on Dec. 19, 2011 :
Full of sharp wit and realistic characters, this book does exactly what it sets out to do - take readers on an adventure and leave them wondering what could possibly happen next.
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: Deb Novack on Nov. 27, 2011 :
An extremely well written book. The main character, Ger, reacted I think in a way that any man would. Although seemingly lazy, he seems to have high hopes for his future. Along with all the ups and downs in his life he is still part scoundrel, but I was still rooting for him. Highly recommend this book to all.

Well done Ruby Barnes!
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: Bill Thibadeau on Nov. 25, 2011 :
Slow and droll start that almost had me putting down this book and thinking that not all indie books are worth reading. However, the author has a good writing style and there was just enough of a tantalizing plot that I thought I should keep reading since the author spent a good deal of time writing.

As I got past the doldrums, I found myself reading a fast paced, well crafted story, with unlikeable characters. I was hooked! I was mesmerized by the path the characters take and their tribulations.

I don't write reviews with a story synopsis, I just try to let potential readers know the strengths and weaknesses of a book. I highly recommend this book with the suggestion that you have access to a British-English dictionary at hand. There is a lot of British slang that warrant deciphering the meaning. Failure to do so actually diminishes the quality of the read. One thing has left me in a quandary. I don't really know if the ending is a great twist on a story full of twists or simply a feeble attempt at an ending to meet a deadline. It is easy to accept either as reality. I sat there for a long time thinking about the ending and the book as a whole. I select the former as the answer to my quandary but you may not.

In summary, please pick up this book in any format available. Be patient and you will be more that satisfied.
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: Cdnwren on Nov. 11, 2011 :
I won't recap this title as other people already have said it all. I did enjoy this book and definitely was rooting for Ger, despite his many faults! I would definitely recommend this one!
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Robin on Nov. 08, 2011 :
Peril is a book of one man's consequences to the choices he has made. It gives an honest look at how one man has taken a road that leads him into a life of deciet.
Ruby Barnes has taken a characters life and spins a web that keeps you reading until the very end.
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: Tracey Steele on Nov. 08, 2011 :
A well written book, with realistic characters that make you want to keep on reading.

I felt the main character, Ger, acted in a realistic way to the events that unfolded in the story. He is an unpleasant man, and yet you do find yourself rooting for him. I enjoyed the final twist.

I would definitely look out for future work by Ruby Barnes. (
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Nicole Earls on Nov. 07, 2011 : (no rating)
This book was incredibly slow for the most part. There were several times when I wanted to put it down and not pick it back up. I pulled through and found the last quarter of the book made everything else pull together and became much more interesting.
The main character is a complete buffoon, which no one should trust. He is a very good “hero”. Ger is a perfect example of how not every main character has to be perfect in order to make the story interesting. If in fact he was, it probably would’ve ruined the book.
All in all a good read. I would say to anyone thinking about this one, make sure you give it time to develop and wait for the end to really catch you and pull the rest of the story up and out the trash.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Gavin Lipscombe on Nov. 06, 2011 :
A slow and slightly confusing start, but it keeps your interest, then the book explodes into one you can't put down. It twists and turns like a twisty turny thing.

A fantastic read, one of those rare books that keeps you guessing.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Mike Davis on Nov. 02, 2011 :
I found this to be an enjoyable book. The protagonist is in turn naive, arrogant, scheming, criminal, lovable, innocent and guilty. There are enough twists to be interesting and the story line is a good one despite the fact that the reader knows what's going on most of the time. Barnes has done a fine job with this one.

This was received as an eBook in exchange for an honest review.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: JJ Toner on Oct. 02, 2011 :
An engaging romp through Dublin (mostly) in the company of a young(-ish) man called Ger Mayes with the morals of a stray pooch and a serious drink habit. Forced to commit an unspeakable crime, he is soon in thrall to a community of blackmailers. He turns to an old, rich friend for help. Unfortunately, his friend’s moral compass is even more askew than his own and the two of them get deeper and deeper into the mire as they attempt to extricate themselves and line their pockets, while the body count rises.

Ruby Barnes writes with a fresh, distinctive voice. His characters are fascinating even if the motivations behind their actions are sometimes a little hard to figure out. I’m looking forward to more from this young author.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Franz McLaren on Sep. 03, 2011 :
I had little idea what to expect when I opened this book. From the teaser I suspected that it would probably be a suspense noir using Dublin as a setting and, in all honesty, there is a bit of that. But Ruby Barnes' writing style and story telling skills were a pleasant surprise. In Ger Mayes he has created complete scoundrel, with few redeeming qualities, that nonetheless steals the reader's heart. Ger is a person hopelessly self-centered who makes all the wrong moves and yet I found myself constantly hoping that he would extricate himself from the hopeless situations he instigates.

However, Ruby Barnes skills are not limited to the creation of a single, well-rounded, character. With the consummate ease of a born story teller, Mr. Barnes weaves a tale that draws the reader in. Through speech patterns and mannerisms, his characters develop distinct lives, while the threat of impending disaster locks the reader until the final page.

Mr Barnes has penned a tale that will stay with the reader long after the last word is read.
(review of free book)

Review by: Pete Morin on July 25, 2011 :
Ruby Barnes is a very funny man. The anti-hero of Peril, Ger Mayes, is a scoundrel, a lovable rogue, a thoroughly incompetent reprobate whose cavalcade of tribulations goes from ridiculous to hopeless. This is a rollicking good read that guarantees to entertain.

Barnes is in the fine tradition of Irish storytellers.
(review of free book)

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