Religion Sex Violence

Rated 4.86/5 based on 7 reviews
Sociopaths hate people. Psychopaths do something about it. Paul Hurley, Irish businessman, clinching multi-million-dollar investment deals worldwide. But, just beneath this demeanor, is a vulnerable schoolboy, harboring a heartbreaking history of physical abuse and sexual devastation. Now, Paul tracks down and dispatches pedophile priests as part of his personal mission for divine retribution.

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Words: 113,100
Language: English
ISBN: 9781452345376
About Patrick Flanagan

FLANAGAN grew up in Dublin and started his entertainment career as a falsetto altar boy. TV and film after that, travelling the world, writing and producing until, finally settling into lotus eating happiness in Australia.


Patrick Flanagan interviewed for 'Shelf Life' TV show.
Patrick Flanagan speaks with Melissa Deitz from 'Shelf Life', about his novel, Religion Sex Violence, and e publishing. Duration: 6mins 40 secs.

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Review by: Pat McGowan on Dec. 28, 2015 :
As a fictive dream, it’s well-crafted, it’s crafty, it’s crisp, it’s well-paced, it’s fine language, it’s Irish, it’s Sydney, it’s international, it’s contemporary, it’s graphic (rsv), it’s a page turner, it’s rich in detail, and its title is apt. good one
(reviewed 8 days after purchase)

Review by: Fran Davidson on Nov. 12, 2011 : (no rating)
This was a really interesting book and a far deeper narrative than that which one is seemingly engaging with. As a writer, PF moves very quickly in a way that keeps you engaged and curious about what happens next. At times, it's almost a step too fast yet the outcome of that is that you remain hooked, interested and engaged!
Beyond the topline however, PF provides some powerful insights into life in Sydney post-Olympics, post-Sex in the City, post-celebrityism, etc, etc. This isn't just a novel nor is it a one dimensional tale therefore. It tells of an author who is highly observant of humans, their behaviour, modern Australian city living and the dynamics that power a certain part of Sydney society and culture. Even after you've finished the book, especially (perhaps) if you live in Australia, PF's writings continue to play through.
Well worth reading, not only what's in the text but also beyond its surface.
(reviewed 22 days after purchase)

Review by: Michelle Carroll on Aug. 23, 2011 :
This book is different than anything I've ever read. At first, I was a little confused, as to what was going on, but once everything clicked, I knew I was in for a great story.
Religion is something that intrigues me, likely because I'm not a religious person myself. The author puts a creepy spin on the topic that makes it even more intriguing.
Yes, the sex and violence are graphic but it adds to the story. Think of it as a car wreck that you can't look away from!
(reviewed 3 days after purchase)

Review by: Sam Adams on Aug. 22, 2011 :
I first read this a month or two ago on my brother-in-law's computer. As the following review suggests, this is not an easy story to forget. So today, I got my own. And I want to tell you about this book. Because it deserves to be read.

Religion Sex Violence is a book that is going to stick with you for quite some time. And it's not the sex scenes that will do it. It is the mind of the protagonist, Paul. He knows how to get under your skin, and you're just the reader! you can't imagine how he gets under the skin of the people he implements revenge on...

Paul Hurley isn't just a businessman, Irish, without a care in the world other than to squash the next competitor and win over the next beautiful woman he sees. No, his life, his REAL life and agenda is constantly being formed by his past. A very bad past with things done to him by people he should have been able to trust the most.

This is not some fluff piece of writing. This is not just a bunch of sex scenes (although the sex can be graphic... but sex often is.) This is a full-length novel, more than 300 pages on my full-size eBook reading screen. This is a book that will overtake your own life, mind, and spirit while you wrestle with the ideas inside and while you peek at the evil in some men's hearts. As well as peek at the hurt in other hearts caused by that evil.

Patrick Flanagan sure has a way with plot and dialog. You will forget you are reading a book within a few sentences as you find yourself looking into the otherwise-private confessional box. And this story will grip you ESPECIALLY if you have a Catholic upbringing of any kind (the good or the bad kind...).

And this story will not leave you soon. It stays with you. The best ones always do.
(reviewed the day of purchase)

Review by: Chris Kennedy on May 23, 2011 :
I was brought up a Catholic and although no one ever laid a hand on me, I was nevertheless attracted to the thrill of vengenace that the title suggested.
The first chapter gave me everything I needed from that point of view, but then I couldn't put the book down, even despite the explicit violence and sex. Wow.
It delivers on all fronts.
(reviewed 24 days after purchase)

Review by: Tim P on Jan. 26, 2011 :
Well written, plenty of depth, absorbing, and literally very good. I found myself anxious to get back to it after each interruption – despite the confronting sex. Paul is not your run of the mill psychopath. He is a complex character with many facets and once I got to know him better I found him to be a good bloke! I think there is more in this .... sequel?
(reviewed 23 days after purchase)

Review by: Captain Haddock on Dec. 22, 2010 :
It took me a while (too close to an emotional bone) but must congratulate you on the book. I'm afraid I was too effected by the goings-on here so will re-read it later when I'm in a better mood. The subject matter is a very open sore here in Ireland....but I love your solution!
Well done, brillo
(reviewed 22 days after purchase)

Review by: Hugh Gyton on Dec. 19, 2010 :
I concur with Mick Dee. This is a great read that is hard to put down. The use of language and detail is sublime. The story is gripping. Sure the sex and violence is gratuitous, and at times a little confrontational, but it is in keeping with the characters and the story. Really enjoyed it and couldn't put the iPad down. Can't wait for the next one.
(reviewed 22 days after purchase)

Review by: Mick Dee on Dec. 12, 2010 : (no rating)
This is a really good book !
An interesting web of stories based around child abuse in the Catholic Church.
Flannigan has a great eye for detail and a witty, well researched and intelligent dialogue.
The sex scenes were a bit too detailed for my taste and in some cases they were just too weird (OK so I'm just square)
Overall though the book was real page turner and beautifully crafted.
Mark D
(reviewed 12 days after purchase)

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