Fantastic read from cover to cover!
I have just finished Barbelo’s Blood and I have to say it is an excellent roller-coaster ride through 1980s’ Brixton through the eyes of Captain Joseph Barbelo. Along this ride expect to contemplate many conspiracies and philosophies while experiencing the mental twists and turns of a man exposed to two world wars. I found it an eye-opening adventure from start to finish and a very intuitive portrayal of an elderly man trying to grasp what has happened to the world around him.
“Fantastical storyline. One of best reads ever. A combination of darkness, humour, and mysticism with a sinister edge. Eagerly awaiting the next one; hope it comes soon.”
… there are lots of concepts to help stimulate those brain cells.
The character of Barbelo, I found to be very interesting.
There’s no beating about the bush with him. He’s straight to the point about everything and I think that the intense dialogue portrays this very well. I also like the idea that he seems to struggle with his emotions a lot. On the one hand, he’s very tough and thick-skinned. He tries to pass a lot of things off in the story as being idiotic or as being lunacy (especially many of the things that Brid tells him) but yet; he can’t seem to help himself paying attention to it and at least considering the possibilities. He finds himself questioning his own beliefs more and more – beliefs which he knows are often the product of his own brutal conditioning as an orphan and as a soldier.
There are lots of other interesting characters in the book which for me continuously peaked my interest in the story. There’s a lot of variation and the pace of the story is quick. I thought the balance was very good throughout and compared with some of the books I have read in the book club, including Booker Prize winners such as The Sea or DBC Pierre’s Vernon God Little; Barbelo’s Blood is easily on a par with them, and better than many of the books.
In a nutshell, I really enjoyed this book – just take your time with it Thanks again to everyone who showed up and congrats to Joe and Neil on the great achievement!
Tristan Goodfellow of Galway Book Club.
I’ve been recommending this book to everybody, Barbelo’s Blood is the best book I’ve read all year! I finished it in just two days and immediately wanted to start reading it again, and will. I only wish I had the words to describe it ……. maybe like Ken Bruen said like Joseph Heller on Crystal meth and then I would add every good book I’ve ever read too because there really is nothing like it! Simply brilliant. I can’t wait for the sequel.
If you’re a conspiracy buff or an avid reader of good literature(as I am), Barbelo’s Blood is the book for you! Great story, it does everything it says on the cover and more – though heed the words of caution because this book is NOT for the feint hearted.
Sandra Richardson, London
Barbelo’s Blood was a great discovery for me. I haven’t read such a wild, rollicking, rock’em sock’em. action packed, hilarious novel in a long time. Joseph Ferri is an exceptionally talented, brilliant author. I’m eagerly looking forward to his next book.
(A passionate mystery/thriller reader and collector from Calgary, Canada).
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