More Mercy Row Clann Reviews
Review on Blog HOGWASH- http://hogwashthirteen.blogspot.com/2014/06/my-review-of-mercy-row-clann-new-book.html?spref=tw
“I was worried when I was asked to read Mercy Row Clann that I wasn’t going to be able to adequately follow the story line, as I hadn’t yet had a chance to read the book’s prequel Mercy Row. But as some soon as I started to read I knew that this enthralling story was an absolute stand alone! The book centers around the multi-fronted perils of two Philadelphia crime families during World War II. The story line weaves through the deep cultural roots of the Italian-American & Irish-American’s legacies as they fight to stay together in a competitive and cutthroat joint illicit business. All of Mr. Hallman’s individual characters are impressively complex; even the periphery characters. There is one thrilling scene where Mr. Hallman is writing from the point of view of a German bomber pilot as he’s strafing an American ship! The plot ties itself up neatly and left me super stoked to go back and read Mercy Row and I anxiously await the next installment. This book kept me intrigued from start to end, and I highly recommend it as not only an exciting read, but also as cool peek into the lives and history of native Philadelphians from a native Philadelphian who actually is writing from his own experiences! “
First review of my second book, Mercy Row Clann, in the Mercy row
“I found a refreshing, not often found, variety in Mercy Row Clan. World war two, men going and coming from the service, the local strife placed on the public with rationing and restrictions and most of all mothers agony over serving sons. I witnessed much of this as a small child and it would do all well to read what is was like in the 1940’s war era at home in the nation’s arsenal: Philadelphia.
This is not a war story, but takes place at that time and is a continuation of ” MERCY ROW” a novel about the same families in the 1920’s and 30″s. The gangs and Families , the neighborhood and many of the advents are real, there is love, violence, sorrow, and happiness and accurate history in this book. I hope there is a continuation of this series….I can’t wait. ”
First review of the new Audible audio version of Mercy Row.
Not better, just equally as good, and in a convenient format.
Jacob. He’s a gritty, yet compassionate, protagonist. He does the best he can in a world filled with bad guys and seedy businesses. His development, from a spoiled punk kid into a true mob boss, is riveting throughout the course of the story.
Excellent voice. Soothing, but with an edge. He doesn’t “overperform” but you can hear some distinction among the characters. His performance only adds to an already-compelling story.
Yes! I couldn’t stop the audio even for a second, it was simply fascinating. Just carried the phone with me everywhere all night.
I’m really looking forward to the next book! In fact, I’m planning to gift the set of both to my father, who’s a fan of Clive Cussler and Ian Fleming books. I know he’ll love this story: it’s every bit as exciting, but the characters are deeper, in my opinion. Jacob in particular. He’s “one of the boys” but has surprising human qualities that make him more well-rounded than your average two dimensional hero.
Sensitive listeners should be advised that there is violence and explicit language throughout the book – reflecting the world these characters live in and, personally, I thought it only added to the story. These gangsters sure can turn a colorful phrase.”
“5.0 out of 5 stars PHILLY FOR SURE May 7, 2014
By RICHARD KRAUS
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
If you are a Philly person it was interesting because you knew all the areas he was talking about.
If you weren’t from here it was still a good mobster book.”
“5.0 out of 5 stars Gripping story! Absolutely brilliant. May 8, 2014
By Savannah Murphy
This is exactly what historic fiction SHOULD be. From the opening paragraph, all the way through, I was completely riveted. This story has everything: violence, romance, gangsters, history. Harry Hallman paints a vivid picture with his gripping writing style and compelling characters. I can’t wait to read the next book”
“I was quickly sucked into the world of Jacob, Frank and their associates. I loved the loyalty and friendship between these two. Also, Mr. Hallman’s depiction of these “gangs” is reminiscent of “Boardwalk Empire.” He doesn’t depict the day by day activities of the gangs, just enough info for the reader to get a feel for the characters of Jacob and Frank and how they operated. And the action is relentless. Tommy guns, speakeasies, dames, corruption all feature prominently.”
” The characters are quite colorful with even more colorful language, but none of it is gratuitous. The language and the people and their way of life are just right for the times and the neighborhood. This isn’t a feel-good story even though family plays an important role to these men. This tale is gritty and brutal and captivating. Hallman does a great job of telling the story of Jacob Byrne and his big dreams of dominating North Philly.”
– Natasha Jackson for Readers’ Favorite -
“Harry did an excellent job with the dialogue; I felt it was spot on for that area and time period. I would have liked to have read more descriptions of the neighborhood, but could clearly visualize each colorful character. I especially enjoyed the story behind the title. I think it captured the essence of the Byrne family.”
– My Name is Sage… Sage Adderley _
“This book was thoroughly enjoyable. It was fast paced and full of action. The main characters, Byrne and Garrett, are either fighting their way out of an ambush, ambushing, or retaliating to an ambush in nearly every chapter.
The prose is economical. The author does not try to get flowery, but keeps the action moving with simple prose. It kind of reminded me of Hemingway or McCarthy. Another thing that reminded me of McCarthy, and my only complaint about the book, is that the editor seemed to miss some punctuation so that there are times that you are not sure where the quote ends or begins. Most of the time you can decipher where the mistakes are and keep up with the dialogue. There are only a couple of times it gets tricky.
But that is just a very small hiccup in an otherwise very enjoyable and highly readable book. The author captures the times and the nature of organized crime in a way that makes it seem real rather than contrived. The author is not some guy at university trying to get into the mind of a man on the street. He seems to be genuinely a man of the streets himself, and that makes it all the more fun to read.
I would suggest this book for anyone who likes crime novels or just an all-around action packed thrill ride. You wouldn’t be disappointed.”
Keven D on Goodbooks