The Point



✯ [PDF] ❤ The Point By Gerard Brennan ✼ – E17streets4all.co.uk Paul Morgan is a bad influence on his brother Brian When Paul crosses one thug too many the cider fuelled duo flee Belfast for Warrenpoint the sleepy seaside resort of their childhood memories For Bri Paul Morgan is a bad influence on his brother Brian When Paul crosses one thug too many the cider fuelled duo flee Belfast for Warrenpoint the sleepy seaside resort of their childhood memories For Brian a new life in The Point means going straight and falling in love with Rachel while Paul graduates from carjacking by unusual means to low level racketeering Brian can't help being dragged into his brother's bungling schemes but Rachel can be violently persuasive herself and she isn't the only one who wants to see an end to Paul's criminal career The Point is a word novella by the author of WEE ROCKETS and FIREPROOF.The Point

Gerard Brennan's latest novel is Disorder Published by No Alibis Press His short stories have appeared in a number of anthologies; including three volumes of The Mammoth Book of Best British Crime and Belfast Noir He co edited Reuiems for the Departed a collection of crime fiction based on Irish myths which won the Spinetingler Award for best anthology His novella The Point was publis.

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  • Paperback
  • The Point
  • Gerard Brennan
  • English
  • 19 March 2014
  • 9781908544025

10 thoughts on “The Point

  1. says:

    Before I was five pages into The Point James Joyce’s comment about Flann O’Brien came to mind This is a man with the true comic spiritThe brothers Morgan Brian and Paul are both Belfast born and bred Hard drinking womanizers they emerge daily from the after effects of gallons of cheap cider and junk food to make a kind of living out of burglary and other ways of living off the community Although they sometimes manage to pick up a skank a drunken woman in a pub they don’t often get the anticipated enjoyment from their conuest They are so pissed themselves at the moment of intercourse that the exploit is only vaguely remembered if indeed it ever happened Had Brian managed to get it up at all last night before he woke up this morning to find himself in the woman of the house’s bath tub? That's about the limit of their philosophical inuiry Brian’s occasional tendency to treat women like human beings he has his humane moments is cynically dismissed by PaulPaul the elder brother is fairly tall and thin Brian is short and stout Paul is a sort of superficially intelligent and charming predator but the truth is that his gnat brain never cops on to the fact that the hand he bites immediately after it has helped him or given him a gun will boomerslap back into his face or nuts Brian is a uick thinker handy in times of trouble but risk averse than Paul Free of his brother's influence he could be easily tempted into getting a good labouring job and going straight Brian’s cross in life is his loyalty to Paul and his willingness to go along with his harebrained get a few pounds uick schemes such as breaking into a student’s digs and ferreting through her underwear while seeing if she has left her dinner money behind her in the house When Paul makes an attempt to move into the comparative big time he double crosses Mad Mickey a forty year old hippy Rastafarian crook with a mean streak Mad Mickey lives in the back of a carpeted van illuminated by black light and lava lamps Paul is given a beating by Mad Mickey’s caveman sidekick Once he has handed back the money he stole he receives an ultimatum of one week to get out of the city Paul convinces Brian without telling him why that it would be a good idea for them to leave Belfast for a small seaside town called Warrenpoint also known as the Point where they will be able to use their big city smarts to outwit the local yokels and make some easy pickings To convey them to their new destination Paul decides to literally steal Mad Mickey’s van out from under his assPaul’s plans get off to a good start but do not come to fruition in the way he’d anticipated Brian revels in the provincial calm and falls for a beautiful young woman who was not afraid to burn the teat off a two timing lover with a car cigarette lighter Reassured that the younger brother Morgan is truly smitten she introduces him to the delights of near sober coupling Paul eventually gets to meet the local big man who has a taste for torturing gamblers who welsh on their debts and of course tries to hoodwink him with his urban intelligence But as any boy from Belfast soon discovers when he wanders out of his built up comfort zone it never pays to under estimate the importance of provincial know how know where and know when or Mad Mickey's desire for revengeTo go back to my first sentence this is a novel that is pervaded and carried along by Gerard Brennan's congenital comic spirit Brennan has a way of using plain language that systematically has you either laughing or chortling How in the the hell did he manage to do that? you ask yourself after every laugh You go back a couple of pages to try to analyze what happened and you discover that the skill is very subtle the meanings of common phrases are thrown slightly out of skew; moments of tension are hilariously suashed under absurd stonewall replies; and characters intelligently deny ridiculous truths that Brennan has already let the reader into Underlying those sleights of the writing hand is a Woody Allen like sense of priming and timing By now you'll have understood that my recommendation is to read The Point

  2. says:

    ‪Pulpy pacy and punchy One of the earlier ones from Mr gerardbrennan 8 years old but already assured very entertaining and full of Norn Irish humour and chips and guns at the seaside go check it out ‬

  3. says:

    Highly enjoyable fast paced novella with a fine cast of weird and wonderful villains The Point is nicely plotted and highly satisfying A highly recommended read

  4. says:

    This was one of those books that I picked up a while back and saved on purpose along with its seuel Breaking Point which I’ll be reviewing shortly after this It’s the story of trouble magnet Paul Morgan and his put upon brother Brian Morgan gets on the wrong side of gangster hippy Mad Mickey just one too many times and persuades his brother to leave Belfast for good The fact that he decides to steal and burn out Mickey’s van in the process can only mean bad news for everybody The pair arrive in Warrenpoint a small town from their childhood with separate agendas Brian wants to settle down with his new and secretly violent girlfriend Rachel whilst Paul simply sees it as an opportunity to flex and develop his criminal muscles with disastrous resultsSo yeah I saved this on purpose because I knew what I’d be getting and I knew I’d love it and wanted to know that I’d got something to fall back on when I hit a reading lull You basically know that when you get a Brennan book you’re getting uality It’s hard to believe that Gerard Brennan isn’t out burgling students stealing cars and tapping dealers up for a few ounces of weed on the never never such is the uality of the hand that guides his stories through a small time underworld It’s filled with uirky scumbags violent retribution and a blossoming love between two dysfunctional characters Brian and Paul’s brotherly relationship is as real as they come with the deadest of the two deadbeats constantly pulling on the bond between them to pull favours and forgiveness and get them without fail Basically it’s a crackerMy advice is to get both this and Breaking Point at the same time and read them immediately after one another to get the whole experience of Gerard Brennan’s sneaky wee world Recommended reading

  5. says:

    You know you're in a shed load of trouble when Mad Mickey wants a wee word and that's the predicament scallywag Paul Morgan finds himself in at the start of The Point Given a week to get out of Belfast by the 'hippy gangster' Morgan gets his brother Brian to flit with him to a place called Warrenpoint hence the book's titleHe makes one wee mistake pinching Mad Mickey's van and setting it alight After he does that you know the Morgan boys are in for some bother The Point rattles along a good pace The characters are well drawn especially Mad Mickey the 'hippie gangster' who sits cross legged on a beanbag in the back of a carpeted van menacing folk under the glow from some lava lamps And there's ballsy Rachel who's under 'court ordered' counselling for turning a mugger's Stanley Knife on him Thank ye gods for a kick ass woman in a book who isn't cast in the victim role or as the eye candle The dialogue is crisp and realistic and at times you’re chortling away to yourself like an eejit Like when beleaguered Morgan asks what kind of mood Mickey is in Go on you know you want to say itHats off to the writer too for not trying to angliciseponcify his dialogue His characters are from Northern Ireland so why should they sound like they're presenting the news on the BBC? The Point was an enjoyable read and I look forward to reading from Mr Brennan Note – with its short chapters The Point is perfect for reading on your Kindle

  6. says:

    What a clever entertaining novella This is a wonderful read that draws you into a larger than life world of petty crime drug dealing protection rackets and small time criminal gangsIt reminded me at times of the film Lock stock and two smoking barrels Brennan's writing is fresh and all consuming as it completely engrosses you in the activities of two Belfast brothers trying their luck in nearby WarrenpointI especially enjoyed the crisp dialogue and the comedy moments that run through this piece which at times is uite violentFull of believable characters the story propels you breathlessly to its dramatic conclusion that leaves many opportunities to move things along further In addition I would be keen to read a full length novel to assess Gerard Brennan's uality At times this story reads like a comic strip and demonstrates an author at ease with words and telling tales

  7. says:

    The Point is a novella And whilst it’s a relatively short book I flew through in a couple of hours it packs one heck of a punch The writing is tight each scene crafted and shorn of flab and the pace is electric and never lets up What really struck me about The Point was that it managed to work at a number of different levels it has crime and violence warmth and tenderness humour and pathos and it had gritty realism to the anarchic arc of the Morgan brothers freewheeling lives I believed in the characters and their relationships to each other and the dialogue was spot on Paul Brian and Rachel are fully formed and come alive on the page I would love to see this adapted into a movie or two hour TV show If you want a gritty shot of Irish noir then order up this fine fare

  8. says:

    Paul Morgan small time crook crosses crime boss Mad Mickey one time too many He’s given a week to get out of Belfast or suffer the conseuences Deciding it’s wisest to start again Paul drags his brother Brian along to a backwater called Warrenpoint which gives the story it’s titleBut before he departs forever Paul steals and burns a van belonging to Mickey who can’t ignore the insult As the brothers settle into their new life Brian going straight Paul finding new and increasingly serious ways to break the law Mickey hunts them downI devoured this offering from Gerard Brennan The style is pacy direct and hard as nails There’s an underlying sense of humour throughout that doesn’t sensationalise the criminal acts that come thick and fastThe characters are excellently drawn the dialogue snappy and the setting bleak The Morgans are similar yet different Paul is totally incapable of changing his ways He knows he’s in trouble from pretty much the first page but he can’t help himself despite the conseuences this has for his brother Brian deep down doesn’t particularly enjoy the seedier side of life recognizing the conseuences of his actions where Paul does not For example he apologises to a girl the pair had scared during a robbery by putting a postcard through her door pretending to be from the IRA and a case of mistaken identity Misguided but actually amusing in the fashion it’s writtenPaul relishes the move to The Point where he meets another strong and defining character Rachel O’Hare When we first meet her she’s exacting revenge in a rather painful manner on an imminently ex boyfriend Then we learn she’s receiving counseling for assaulting a fourteen year old boy who’d tried to rob her at knife point This girl doesn’t mess aroundUnfortunately Paul’s continued bad behavior attracts the attention of Mad Mickey’s men forcing the trio to make a decision – stay and fight or run and start again The resulting ending was masterful and uite a surpriseAn example of the no nonsense prose when the boys are out committing the burglary”So which one?” Brian asked“This one” Paul stopped dead in his tracks and turned to his right He walked up to the front door of number 45 and grabbed the knocker Then he pummeled the door as if it had spilled his pintAn excellent story cleverly told by a masterful writerOriginally reviewed for Books Pals blog May have receive free review copy

  9. says:

    Paul Morgan small time crook crosses crime boss Mad Mickey one time too many He’s given a week to get out of Belfast or suffer the conseuences Deciding it’s wisest to start again Paul drags his brother Brian along to a backwater called Warrenpoint which gives the story it’s title But before he departs forever Paul steals and burns a van belonging to Mickey who can’t ignore the insult As the brothers settle into their new life Brian going straight Paul finding new and increasingly serious ways to break the law Mickey hunts them downI devoured this offering from Gerard Brennan The style is pacy direct and hard as nails There’s an underlying sense of humour throughout that doesn’t sensationalise the criminal acts that come thick and fast The characters are excellently drawn the dialogue snappy and the setting bleak The Morgans are similar yet different Paul is totally incapable of changing his ways He knows he’s in trouble from pretty much the first page but he can’t help himself despite the conseuences this has for his brother Brian deep down doesn’t particularly enjoy the seedier side of life recognizing the conseuences of his actions where Paul does not For example he apologises to a girl the pair had scared during a robbery by putting a postcard through her door pretending to be from the IRA and a case of mistaken identity Misguided but actually amusing in the fashion it’s writtenPaul relishes the move to The Point where he meets another strong and defining character Rachel O’Hare When we first meet her she’s exacting revenge in a rather painful manner on an imminently ex boyfriend Then we learn she’s receiving counseling for assaulting a fourteen year old boy who’d tried to rob her at knife point This girl doesn’t mess around Unfortunately Paul’s continued bad behavior attracts the attention of Mad Mickey’s men forcing the trio to make a decision – stay and fight or run and start again The resulting ending was masterful and uite a surprise An example of the no nonsense prose when the boys are out committing the burglary”So which one?” Brian asked“This one” Paul stopped dead in his tracks and turned to his right He walked up to the front door of number 45 and grabbed the knocker Then he pummeled the door as if it had spilled his pint An excellent story cleverly told by a masterful writerOriginally reviewed for Books Pals blog May have receive free review copy

  10. says:

    The Point is a sharp and snappy slice of noir whose serrated edge cuts deep into the hearts and bodies of its characters Brothers Paul and Brian Morgan have lived a life of small time crime largely thanks to older brother Paul whose influence over his young sibling is evident by the unlawful predicaments the duo find themselves in However when Brian makes an attempt for the straight and narrow Paul is disenfranchised and does whatever he can to lead Brian back down the rocky road of unorganised crime The banter between brothers and honest interation captures the brotherly love and displays the raw feelings each has towards their kin perfectly The bond however strong is tested when Brian meets Rachel a young lady who brings new meaning to 'hell have no fury like a woman scorned' It's Rachel the epicentre of cataclysmic destruction that threatens the brother's future and ultimately adds further fuel to the fiery 'Point' Not to mention 'The Point' is loaded with small time gangsters with dreams of making it big In fact it is with numerous factions that Paul finds himself in debt and danger lesson here 'messing with gangsters' money is messing with their pride' Brennan gives 'The Point' enough humour but douses it with plenty of blood to keep it on the level As a Pulp Press original it fits the bill perfectly I look forward to reading Brennan's 'Wee Rockets' published by Blasted Heath As far as precursors go for author full lengths 'The Point' does it better than most A pacy read that's sure to entertain 35 stars

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