Monday, 2 March 2009

Review: Junkyard Dog by Sean Parker

"Junkyard Dog" is as close to real life as it can get.

Peter Walsh, author of the best-selling Gang War

Junkyard Dog: there are many platitudes that I could lavish upon it, but having seen so many well-known authors use inane banalities to publicise each other's novels I believe Sean Parker deserves better. The story is a brutal, well constructed account of life on the streets of Manchester, and each of the characters has a presence that I find most appealing. However, in Charlie and Burnett, Parker has managed to create two people who install both fear and expectation, and it is this that kept me turning pages.

The character of Liverpool Wally Thom makes The Godfather's Luca Brasi look like an assistant at Mothercare. If Parker has plans for a follow up novel I cannot wait to see how he is going to turn out.

... many thanks for a terrific story.

Ian Allison

A fantastic read; rough and tough stuff.

Paul Kilduff

It was a cracking read. Very good characters that if you are, or were in my case, from Manchester you could very easily relate to the characters.

I really liked Charlie (a character like so many who have passed through many of our lives in Manchester - sheer intelligence along side of sheer brutality) and Burnett was quality and as a half brother worked well along side of Charlie. But despite the two main characters - the ones you created along side of them worked in unison very well.

The story was well told and the way in which you kept bringing past details back into play worked very well. I can almost envisage the process taking place with certain scenarios falling into place. It was a quality read and I look forward to reading the next one when it is published.


Having spent most of my life at sea, a good book is a must. Now retired, a good book is even more important. Junkyard Dog is the first novel in over twenty years that I have read without putting it down, except a couple of times to replenish a glass of cognac which, I am sure, you will forgive me for.

It is years since I read Mickey Spillaine but your novel prompted the thought of him. But I do not believe that even he was as good as you when it comes down to describing graphic violence. You have a way of doing it that makes it real, as opposed to most authors who pay scant heed to the fact that anybody on the receiving end of violence is going to get hurt quite badly.

Many thanks for a wonderful story, one that contains such believable characters that, even now, I can still see them in my minds eye.
Peter J. Harris, Master Mariner (Capt Retd)

Long after half-brothers Charlie Collins and John Burnett have gone their separate ways, fate intervenes and their paths cross again with devastating consequences. In mid-nineties Manchester, at a time when gang warfare reached unprecedented heights of fearsome intimidation and horrendous violence, certain individuals reign supreme.

The all-night revellers who frequent the many bars, pubs and nightclubs rarely catch a glimpse of the intense brutality that goes on in this dark and murky world. Manchester can be a scary place for unwary souls, or those bent on dirty deeds.

From the dangerous alleys of Manchester to the violent streets of Paris and London, Junkyard Dog is an explosive mix of raw power and brutal energy that heads like an express train to its final confrontation.

Read an excerpt from Junkyard Dog

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