Review for Ultra Violence by Mark Barry

Ultra Violence

I don’t think I’ve read a novel written in the second person before but I really liked it and thought it suited the storyline of Ultra Violence perfectly adding a direct, in the moment feel to the whole book. Barry’s attention to detail and his clever turn of phrase is, as always, impeccable and it didn’t matter that I don’t know Nottingham nor do I know anything about football hooliganism. I still enjoyed reading this immensely.

As well as being sometimes humourous, sometimes dark I found this to be a very moving story about a middle aged man struggling with the world he lives in and trying to hang onto his wife and son neither of whom show much interest in him anymore. He doesn’t have anything he truly cares about until a chance encounter with a face from his past brings up memories revealed in flashback to a time when he feels he really was someone. The experiences that moulded his journey to becoming a football hooligan are told in sad and graphic detail.

This book has two endings – both are brilliant. The first, set in the past, is bittersweet, you know what’s coming, and then you’re treated to the second at the end of the epilogue set in the heart breaking present. This is a terrific read throughout but Barry really knows how to end a book and I want to read anything he writes.

The review was originally posted 12 December 2014.

The purchase links…and I urge you to use them are:-

Amazon UK

Amazon US

Mark Barry can be found on Twitter under the handle @GreenWizard62

About Georgia Rose

Georgia Rose is a writer and the author of the romantic and suspenseful Grayson Trilogy books: A Single Step, Before the Dawn and Thicker than Water. A short story, The Joker, based on a favourite character from the series followed and is free to download from Amazon. Her fourth novel, Parallel Lies, a standalone, encompasses crime along with Georgia’s usual blending of genre. Following a long stint working in the law Georgia set up her own business providing administration services for other companies which she does to this day managing to entwine that work along with her writing. Georgia’s background in countryside living, riding, instructing and working with horses has provided the knowledge needed for some of her storylines; the others are a product of her passion for people watching and her overactive imagination! Her busy life is set in a tranquil part of rural Cambridgeshire in the UK where she lives with her much neglected husband and dog. Their son, currently at university, comes and goes and their daughter, having delighted them all for long enough, has eventually moved out, got married, and is discovering the joys of being all grown up and having a mortgage.
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6 Responses to Review for Ultra Violence by Mark Barry

  1. Cathy says:

    Going on my TBR 😉 Great review, Georgia.

  2. Two endings? Now I’m intrigued. I agree. Mark Barry is skilled at the perfect ending.

    • Georgia Rose says:

      It’s one of those where the story ends in one way and then there’s the epilogue which gives you something different. I thought it was very clever and it’s quite possibly my favourite out of his books. That’s until I think about Carla…or The Night Porter…or Criminals…spoilt for choice really for a favourite 🙂

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