Dancing with Mortality

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After two murders and 20 years of silence, a chance to make it right. More

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About Mark McKay

Mark McKay did a number of things before becoming a novelist – van driver, wine salesman, psychiatric orderly, Santa Claus at a major department store… He also spent many years working in the IT industry. After studying creative writing with the University of East Anglia in the UK, he wrote his first novel. Once bitten by the writing bug (for which there’s no cure), more novels followed.

When he isn’t writing, Mark is either reading, struggling to master the guitar, learning aikido (useful research), trying to find time to get out more, and looking for new and unusual experiences that might one day find their way into a book. His goal as a writer is to produce another 50 novels by the age of 100. His goal as a guitar player is to get beyond three chords. He’s pretty sure he can do it (the guitar bit, at least).

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Review by: Rory Church on July 07, 2015 :
Mark McKay's DANCING WITH MORTALITY is a well written political suspense set in Ireland. It pits the British Secret Service against the Irish Republican Army from a very personal perspective. Main character, New Zealander Harry Ellis, is caught up in a back-stabbing intrigue that results in numerous tragic deaths.
The book is written in third person perspective with various points-of-view but primarily Harry's. The writing is crisp with a storyline that keeps you turning the pages. Subplots are well and believably developed and help build the character arch nicely.
This is an enjoyable read, highly recommended to all. I will definitely be ready for more Mark McKay novels. As way of disclosure I read and reviewed this book as a member of a Goodreads.com author review group.
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Review by: loraedwards on May 06, 2015 :
The plot of this novel was explained well by a previous reviewer so I will not repeat the obvious. This was a great read. Out of the normal Genre for me but it held my attention throughout. The characters were well developed, and the pace of the book just right. I enjoyed this book immensely and encourage you to give it a read even if it is out of your normal scope.
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Review by: Michael Scheffel on May 01, 2015 :
Mystery, intrigue, and betrayal are deftly woven into a first-class story.
In 1981, the Irish Republican Army and British Government were locked in a struggle that trampled innocents on both sides.
Harry Ellis is an any-man studying at university and looking forward to what life has to offer. Then a British Intelligence officer offers him a part-time position as an Irish translator. Harry’s decision to accept the offer shatters his life.
Twenty years later, still struggling to pick up the pieces, Harry is given a chance for vengeance. He must lie and manipulate to attain his goal. In doing so, he turns his life upside down and inside out all over again. Along the way, he discovers the truth about the past and himself.
This is a well-written story with a plausible main plot. The author provides plenty of tension and conflict for a small cast of characters, which drives the story. Something is happening on every page, even during the “dull” moments.
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Review by: K S Ferguson on May 01, 2015 : (no rating)
Dancing with Mortality follows Harry, a linguist from New Zealand, who finds himself sucked (or suckered) into working for British Intelligence during the Troubles in 1980s Ireland. He's supposed to translate Irish documents, but he soon finds himself involved in an operation that goes horribly wrong. Fast forward twenty years, and we see Harry in his new life as a banker with his new wife. His past has continued to taint his life, but he has a chance to lay the dead to rest.

I like historical mysteries and thought the author handled the details of the time well. The characters were well drawn and engaging. While the ending has a few surprises, the plot is moderately predictable and could use an additional small twist or two earlier. The book suffers from too much exposition that holds back the pace of an otherwise solid story. If you enjoy British mysteries, give this a try.
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Review by: Nora Lee on July 09, 2014 :
A good story and the writing is good. I recommend it.
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Review by: Jay Patterson on May 25, 2014 :
This is the best story I have read at Smashwords. Congratulations to the author. The plot is excellent and the writing and editing are good.
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