Blood Red Turns Dollar Green

  • Title: Blood Red Turns Dollar Green
  • Author: Paul O'Brien
  • ISBN: 9781475017014
  • Page: 131
  • Format: Paperback
  • Blood Red Turns Dollar Green New York City and a dazed LENNY LONG walks away from a crash carrying someone s foot in his hand He is also searching for the VIP passenger who has somehow disappeared from the back of his overtu
    1972 New York City and a dazed LENNY LONG walks away from a crash carrying someone s foot in his hand He is also searching for the VIP passenger who has somehow disappeared from the back of his overturned van It s the first day of his new promotion and LENNY has less than twenty minutes to deliver the missing person or a lot of people are going to get badly hurt DANNO G1972 New York City and a dazed LENNY LONG walks away from a crash carrying someone s foot in his hand He is also searching for the VIP passenger who has somehow disappeared from the back of his overturned van It s the first day of his new promotion and LENNY has less than twenty minutes to deliver the missing person or a lot of people are going to get badly hurt DANNO GARLAND is in Shea Stadium trying to avoid a riot He s coming to the end of the most successful wrestling card of all time but he s also coming to the realisation that he might not be able to deliver his widely hyped main event He knows there s than just the eyes of the stadium looking at him and if LENNY doesn t arrive soon, blood is going to be sought probably his PROCTOR KING nervously watches the show on TV, wondering why his fuck up of a son doesn t already have the Heavyweight Championship in his hands Arranging this match has taken PROCTOR four years of pay offs, double dealing and bone breaking to arrange If all that effort has been wasted then he might just have to take him a business trip to New York LENNY, DANNO and PROCTOR Three men with pieces of the puzzle but none with the full picture When they do piece it all together, the fake world of professional wrestling is going to get very real Blood Red Turns Dollar Green is one hell of a novel, with shades of Mario Puzo, El Leonard and Michael Connelly The action is relentless, the characters are shady and the justice is swift and final Paul O Brien is the real deal and a rising star in the crime arena Eoin Colfer, International Bestselling Author of Artemis Fowl, And Another Thing, and Plugged

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    About Paul O'Brien


    1. Paul O Brien is a writer from Wexford, Ireland In the last fifteen years he has written sixteen plays and two screenplays He has been commissioned and or produced by The Abbey, Druid, Red Kettle Theatre Company, Town Hall Theatre, Galway and Spare Key Productions in New York.Blood Red Turns Dollar Green, his debut novel, was named as one of Spinetingler Magazine s Best Crime Fiction of 2012 It also reached 1 Bestseller status in both the US and the UK.


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    1. Think the organized crime genre is played out? Think you have no interest in a story about professional wrestling? Think again, on both counts. Author Paul O’Brien’s debut, Blood Red Turns Dollar Green, is a magnificent melding of the two, breathing fresh life into an old genre and presenting the late 1960s/early 1970s world of pro wrestling in a light even those who aren’t fans of the sport will find fascinating.Unfolding over the course of three years, Blood Red Turns Dollar Green weaves [...]

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    2. I strongly suggest reading BLOOD RED TURNS DOLLAR GREEN Vol. 1 and 2 one after the other despite the daunting length of the task. These are crime novels, yes. But there also is an historical aspect to it, so if you want to grasp the scope of what Paul O'Brien is doing with these two novels, you have to consume the entire thing. O'Brien's breakdown of how the world of pro wrestling evolved into becoming a behemoth business was as interesting as the storyline of BLOOD RED TURNS DOLLAR GREEN, for m [...]

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    3. Paul O'Brien has developed wonderful characters in his debut novel, Blood Red Turns Dollar Green. Opening with a dazed and confused Lenny, who has no idea what caused the accident which left him holding a shoe with someone’s foot still inside, far less how he came to be carrying a passenger he really shouldn’t have been anywhere near, the novel hits the ground running from the very first paragraph.Staggering to a payphone, Lenny makes a call that causes the wrestling world to implode and the [...]

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    4. I recently met Paul O'Brien after learning about and buying this novel. Only after I read it, I learned that the book has been endorsed by Mick Foley, the bestselling-ever writer about professional wrestling. Great endorsement.It's a hard-nosed suspenseful drama about the early 70's wrestling business. Like most thrillers, it shifts viewpoint characters, in this case mainly between promoter Danno Garland and his bumbling operative Lenny Long. Danno bears comparing to Michael Corleone in many way [...]

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    5. I decided over the weekend to pick this book up because I had won it in the Giveaway and it was nicely mailed to me and autographed by the author. It had been sitting on my shelf for a while and I didn't anticipate enjoying it, but I really did. It opened my eyes to a world of which I had previously been ignorant. It grabbed me from the first page, but then moved slowly for a while but when it got going, I was entranced. It opens in 1972 and it might be my imagination, but the font looked like [...]

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    6. An exciting book that delves into the mirky depths of professional wrestling back in the day. Through Proctor and Danno we're let 'in' on the business and through Lenny we see what devotion to the business and a desire to get in can do to a man (and his loved ones). Will Danno and Proctor be able to work together to make some serious money and will Lenny's devotion pay off? These questions spur us on through a story that keeps us guessing until the end - just like a good wrestling match! Charact [...]

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    7. great great book really is a page turner, didn't know what to expect but as a fan of wrestling i really enjoyed it from start to finishhave to say not since fever pitch has a book been written that both fans and non fans of a sport can read and enjoy and come away saying yes that was a great book recommend this to everyone

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    8. Incredible novel (part of a trilogy) about professional wrestling taking place in the late sixties and early seventies. Smell the locker room, see the underhanded dealings, here the roar of the crowd. This is a cult classic and the real deal.

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    9. This book was absolutely fantastic. As a wrestling fan, I didn't feel like the source material was betrayed at all. The story was compelling, and the wrestling aspects were very well written. This book made me miss something I never had. The territory days. I was not alive to enjoy the territory days of wrestling, but I can really only hope it was a little something like this at times.

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    10. This was an awesome book. Crime noir fiction set i the world of pro-wrestling. I tink someone wrote this just for me.

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    11. Amazing book and a true page turner from start to finish. If you are at all interested in professional wrestling and fictional novels give this book a read. And even if you aren't a wrestling fan, still pick this up. Lots of twists and turns in the plot and excellent writing. Can't wait to start on the 2nd book in the series, "A Shoot"!

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    12. I found this book kind of hard to follow, and it didn't help that I didn't like any of the characters. It wasn't unclear in what was happening in the moment, but I never really understood what the protagonist (if any character can even be called such) was trying to do, what his plan was.And it wasn't even clear who the protagonist was. I think it's meant to be Danno, but we get way too many scenes from Lenny's perspective, even though he does little and knows less. And seriously, fuck Lenny, he' [...]

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    13. I can't seem to recall how long has it been since I read a non-fantasy/science fiction ; but however long it might be I don't recall enjoying the book this much.There is no convoluted premise, things are pretty straight up with this book; you are about to delve into the mafia that is the world of pro wrestling (of course all characters and situation are fiction).The characters are what you would expect of any good mafia film; individuals that are fully alive; are conflicted by the morals of the [...]

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    14. This was a lot of fun, reading a very good fiction about the unknown backroom stories of pro wrestling. As an insider to the business I found a lot of details that made this a very interesting book to read, but I found myself drawn in by the characters and the stories and that is something anyone who love reading good book will like no matter the subject. The subject is also presented as the business that it was amd that's also interesting for someon who comes in with little or prior knowledge t [...]

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    15. I'm no sports fan so it was a little strange to be reading a book based around the management and stars of American wrestling in the 70's. Two rival Managers make a pact which will bring each of them fame and fortune over the coming years but they fall out and the increasingly bloody war between them comes to a head at a final grudge match. I well written book with plenty of action and a twisting plot keeps you on you toes.

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    16. As a pro wrestling fan, I had to read this book. Paul O'Brien has an obvious sense of professional wrestling and the era of wrestling in territories. However, he also mixes in a mob-like mentality and creates a very suspenseful atmosphere in the book. Even for someone who isn't a wrestling fan, I would recommend this book. You can easily follow what is happening and get very involved in this book!

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    17. First novel from an Observer subscriber which details a plot in 1970s territorial wrestling for the New York office to maintain their hold on the NWA title while promising it to Florida. A good read but jumps through time a lot and would probably be a below average thriller if it weren't for the interesting a well-realised setting.

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    18. Good book however I think it was rushed It was a little over 200 pages long but could have easily been 400-500 pages. Months go by in the book with little to no explanation of what happened in that time.More could have been made of Lenny's home life and how it was affected or maybe a character which is seen from the wrestlers POV.Easy read and entertaining.

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    19. There are few things better than combining organized crime and pro wrestling in a 1970s backdrop, and this book does it well I did get a little lost at times because there are a lot of moving parts, but everything gets tied together in the end. And the cliffhanger makes you want to read Volume 2, which unfortunately is out of print at the moment.

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    20. A fun read, especially for a wrestling fan (which I am). The territories were the lifeblood of the business for many years, and this showed the seedier side (really, isn't that all sides of wrestling?). The only qualm I had was the writing of Lenny's relationship with his wife. Seemed somewhat one dimensional, but a recommend regardless.

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    21. If you are a wrestling fan you must read this book. I would love to know what wrestlers think of the book. hard boiled crime fiction that reminds me of Mickey Spillane. Great characters and one hell of a cliff hanger

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    22. After seeing all of the reviews of this book on Twitter from various pro wrestlers, I just had to read it. The book itself reads in my opinion like the sequels to The Godfather book. Some great twists and character development, I am quite looking forward to starting volume two.

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    23. Set against the backdrop of pro wrestling in the 1970s, it's a novel of promoter machinations, backstabbing and maneuvering that starts out slow, but left me with enough at the end that I'd like to read the second one.

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    24. Awesome story that follows the old territory style pro wrestling days.I love the behind the scenes almost reality we are treated to.I just noticed there is a part two, will be reading it as soon as I get my hands on it.

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    25. 4.5 stars. Excellent read, a unique story of crime in the old territory days of pro wrestling, when people still believed and it was in some ways more real for the wrestlers than the fans. I really enjoyed this and can't wait to get into part two soon!

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    26. Kinda disappointed in this as I was expecting it to be a lot more, both in the "mob" realm and wrestling side, but it ended up to be pretty average. It's actually so over-dramatic and serious in parts that it becomes so comically cheesy.

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    27. I wanted to like this book being a wrestling and crime fiction fan, but to me it was just.OK, nothing more. To me it just came off as amateurish writing.

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    28. Pretty damn good!

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    29. An extremely gritty novel which is both entertaining and bittersweet. It has some really well-fleshed out characters and pulls no punches, exposing the dirty work that underlies the wrestling world.

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    30. I am looking forward to watching this as a movie, very good.

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