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‘He has my mother! Seán Flannery has my mother!' Garda Bridget ‘Bridge’ Harney’s phone bleeps with a message. A video of Seán Flannery – a violent criminal – at her mother’s nursing home. His hand on her mother’s shoulder. Goaded to the point of madness, Bridge gives chase but Flannery disappears. A huge drugs seizure – the kind that means the cartels are exporting directly ‘He has my mother! Seán Flannery has my mother!' Garda Bridget ‘Bridge’ Harney’s phone bleeps with a message. A video of Seán Flannery – a violent criminal – at her mother’s nursing home. His hand on her mother’s shoulder. Goaded to the point of madness, Bridge gives chase but Flannery disappears. A huge drugs seizure – the kind that means the cartels are exporting directly to Ireland – is abandoned in Kilkenny. In a high-tech processing plant a dead woman is found. Bridge believes all three events are linked. As she begins to examine the connections, she comes up against the Fuentes cartel. An organisation with billions of dollars at its disposal, a transport empire and informers everywhere.


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‘He has my mother! Seán Flannery has my mother!' Garda Bridget ‘Bridge’ Harney’s phone bleeps with a message. A video of Seán Flannery – a violent criminal – at her mother’s nursing home. His hand on her mother’s shoulder. Goaded to the point of madness, Bridge gives chase but Flannery disappears. A huge drugs seizure – the kind that means the cartels are exporting directly ‘He has my mother! Seán Flannery has my mother!' Garda Bridget ‘Bridge’ Harney’s phone bleeps with a message. A video of Seán Flannery – a violent criminal – at her mother’s nursing home. His hand on her mother’s shoulder. Goaded to the point of madness, Bridge gives chase but Flannery disappears. A huge drugs seizure – the kind that means the cartels are exporting directly to Ireland – is abandoned in Kilkenny. In a high-tech processing plant a dead woman is found. Bridge believes all three events are linked. As she begins to examine the connections, she comes up against the Fuentes cartel. An organisation with billions of dollars at its disposal, a transport empire and informers everywhere.

36 review for Two Kinds of Blood (Garda Bridget Harney series #2)

  1. 4 out of 5

    Jean

    This may be one of the hardest reviews I will ever make, because I am of two minds about it. Jane Ryan has written an excellent, intense police procedural/mystery. I am amazed at how she wove this story together. I am impressed by this book. On the other hand, this was a difficult read for me. Perhaps, if I had read the first book in the series, I wouldn’t have been so confused by the first quarter of this book. I don’t know. Or perhaps if I were Irish rather than American, I would have understoo This may be one of the hardest reviews I will ever make, because I am of two minds about it. Jane Ryan has written an excellent, intense police procedural/mystery. I am amazed at how she wove this story together. I am impressed by this book. On the other hand, this was a difficult read for me. Perhaps, if I had read the first book in the series, I wouldn’t have been so confused by the first quarter of this book. I don’t know. Or perhaps if I were Irish rather than American, I would have understood more of the conversations. Or perhaps if I knew European geography better... It definitely helped that I could look words up on my ebook. Some of the words that I didn’t recognize weren’t slang they were real words that had no meaning for me before I read Two Kinds of Blood. Definite, also, if the fact that I am not politically savvy. There are a lot of machinations in the story and I didn’t always follow them easily. After I got through all the puzzles (for me) in the first quarter of the book, I could look back at the beginning and describe it as an impressionist painting. There were lovely paragraphs here and there but I had to read with more confidence before I could see how all this loveliness actually resulted in a beautiful picture. Despite the effort it took for me to read this book, I can honestly say this truly is a fantastic read. There are plenty of surprises in store for the reader in this finely crafted procedural. I highly recommend it. I received Two Kinds of Blood in exchange for my honest review.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Mairead Hearne (swirlandthread.com)

    'He has my mother! Seán Flannery has my mother!’ Two Kinds of Blood by Jane Ryan is Book 2 in the Irish Crime Fiction series featuring the feisty Detective Garda Bridget Harney. Following on from Book 1, 47 Seconds, it was published with Poolbeg Press on April 24th. Two Kinds of Blood has been brilliantly described as ‘Narcos meets The Wire’ by Irish crime fiction writer Patricia Gibney and, as a huge fan of the Netflix Narcos series, I would have to agree! Following on from a traumatic and li 'He has my mother! Seán Flannery has my mother!’ Two Kinds of Blood by Jane Ryan is Book 2 in the Irish Crime Fiction series featuring the feisty Detective Garda Bridget Harney. Following on from Book 1, 47 Seconds, it was published with Poolbeg Press on April 24th. Two Kinds of Blood has been brilliantly described as ‘Narcos meets The Wire’ by Irish crime fiction writer Patricia Gibney and, as a huge fan of the Netflix Narcos series, I would have to agree! Following on from a traumatic and life-changing event, Detective Garda Bridget Harney was transferred from the DOCB (Drugs and Organised Crime Bureau) to the Sexual Assault Unit. Not many of her colleagues knew the reason for it and Bridget was happy enough for things to remain that way but now she wants back in. When news is out that a massive drug shipment is en route via Dublin, all hands are on deck, including Bridget, due to her in-depth knowledge of Sean Flannery, her nemesis, a man she is committed to bringing down. This potential seizure is particularly significant as it is linked to a well known Venezuelan business, the Fuentes Cartel. Bridget has her own sources locally who provide her with new and vital information relating to the drug importation, sending Bridget and her colleague, Liam O’ Shea, off to Kilkenny. An isolated farm is their destination, one where they hope to find Flannery. But it seems that Flannery and his gang are always one step ahead. An enormous drug containment is seized, a drug processing plant is uncovered and a woman’s body is found….no sign of human activity, all detected almost too easy. Bridget knows Sean Flannery is involved but to what level? When Sean Flannery goes missing, Bridget finds herself in Barcelona, alone, looking for the man, whose enemies are already hunting him down. ‘As she races to the Catalan capital, the Cartel and Spanish police collaborators are already tightening a fatal net around the Dublin criminal. Who will get to him first – and will Bridget choose justice over revenge?' It’s a fast and furious race against time for Bridget and I can safely say that my heart-rate jumped as I devoured the pages in front of me. The scenes from Spain were most definitely like something out of a TV series, with my imagination going into overdrive visualising the chaos and sensing the fear that Bridget was experiencing. Jane Ryan writes with a ferocious speed, completely drawing the reader right into the scene as it develops. ‘He turned as if to run back to the Mossos. I grabbed the chain. ‘You’re handcuffed and I’m a police officer. You will not be shot!’ I pulled him around. ‘Follow me! You’re not going to be gunned down in an alleyway. It’s too good for you, Seán Flannery.’ Bridget Harney is a formidable enemy. Her dogged perseverance at times causes frustration among her colleagues but she also garners a certain respect. Her relationship with Sean Flannery is quite a complex one, one that really has completely taken over her life. Being the daughter of a highly respected, and now retired, Judge leaves Bridget with a permanent chip on shoulder. She loves him dearly but their relationship is very fragile. With her mother in a nursing home, Bridget senses life collapsing in on her a little. When possible unsavoury information about her family is revealed, Bridget has to dig even deeper into her reserves to balance everything and to keep her focus on the end game. Two Kinds of Blood is a tense, fast-paced and highly entertaining read. I have read the first book in the series, 47 Seconds, and, although it’s not necessary, I do recommend that you should read it first to get the full impact of the story and to properly flesh out the characters. There is a lot going on in these books, with Jane Ryan most definitely keeping her readers on their toes. Two Kinds of Blood is a great addition to this series. I do love Bridget Harney. She is tough and very principled, believing that justice must prevail and must be done at all times. She is fearless, loyal, outspoken, and very passionate about her job. Two Kinds of Blood is a compelling page-turner, a book that kept my attention all the way through. I was at once gripped, perplexed, dumbfounded and thrilled. I’m well looking forward to seeing what Jane Ryan has planned next for the tenacious, uncompromising and determined Detective Garda Bridget Harney!

  3. 5 out of 5

    c

    I had read Jane Ryan's first book, 47 Seconds, she is an Irish author and the book is set around where I live so I was interested in it - I don't normally read thrillers but I am so glad I did and I really couldn't wait for the second book. You could read this as a stand alone but it is definitely worth reading 47 Seconds first, apart from the fact it is a great read it does mean you can launch into the second book, knowing all the characters. It is hard to review this without giving away too mu I had read Jane Ryan's first book, 47 Seconds, she is an Irish author and the book is set around where I live so I was interested in it - I don't normally read thrillers but I am so glad I did and I really couldn't wait for the second book. You could read this as a stand alone but it is definitely worth reading 47 Seconds first, apart from the fact it is a great read it does mean you can launch into the second book, knowing all the characters. It is hard to review this without giving away too much, because they are so many surprises and it would be so annoying to give away the spoilers of which there are alot. It is extremely well written and the author gets the Irish woman bang on - Bridget Harney the main character and a Guard, is utterly human, far from perfect and extremely likeable with a great sense of humour. There were parts when I laughed out loud at her gaffs, and her descriptions of other people and other parts when I had to stop myself racing through the words to try and get past the very tense parts to find out what happens. Ryan tells a really strong and at time uncomfortable story. There is crime, there is love, of all kinds, there is violence, there is social observations in this book and she is without doubt an original author -the way she pitches the main characters without falling into traps of good cop, bad cop, villains who have no redeeming traits etc etc . There are many sad parts to this story and she is also unapologetic in her descriptions of horrors of the way people treat each other, Irish history of institutions and also the descriptions of the drug cartels and her detail of drugs and crime in Ireland was excellent. This is a really good read, it is pacy, well written and Ryan is an interesting writer because she isn't like any one else Read this book this summer, you won't be disappointed .

  4. 5 out of 5

    Aileen Mckenzie

    He has my mother! Sean Flannery has my mother!” Garda Bridget ‘Bridge’ Hanrey’s phone bleep with a message. A video of Sean Flannnery – a violent criminal – at he mother’s nursing home. His hand on her mother’s shoulder. Goaded to the point of madness, Bridge gives chase but Flannery disappears. A huge drugs seizure – the kind that means the Cartels are exporting directly to Ireland – is abandoned in Kilkenny. In a high tech processing plant a dead woman is found. Bridge believes all three event He has my mother! Sean Flannery has my mother!” Garda Bridget ‘Bridge’ Hanrey’s phone bleep with a message. A video of Sean Flannnery – a violent criminal – at he mother’s nursing home. His hand on her mother’s shoulder. Goaded to the point of madness, Bridge gives chase but Flannery disappears. A huge drugs seizure – the kind that means the Cartels are exporting directly to Ireland – is abandoned in Kilkenny. In a high tech processing plant a dead woman is found. Bridge believes all three events are linked. As she begins to examine the connections, she comes up against the Fuentes cartel. An organisation with billions of dollars at it’s disposal, a transport empire and informers everywhere. Ryan presents a storyline carved out so intricately with a stream of twists and turns. They just keep coming. The eyes tend to deceive in this one. I mean, really deceive. Yes, it really is that good. I’ve read so many crime fiction or mystery-suspense novels that my senses subconsciously pick up even the slightest of clues, I can normally tell how the book will end before the author does, but Two Kind of Blood messed with my head so badly I was all over the place with this one. The writing is solid and I sunk easily into the flow that moved along at a moderate pace. The characters were all well-developed and multi-layered, in fact they had so many layers they were like an onion, it took a lot of peeling to get to the mysterious heart of them. Short punchy chapters held my attention and made the storyline engrossing and addictive. Two Kinds of Blood was one of those books that once I started I refused to put down, and managed to read in one sitting. This is the first book I’ve read by Jane Ryan so am now on the lookout for the previous book in the series

  5. 5 out of 5

    Bernadette

    What a gripping read. Following feisty Detective Garda Bridget Harney through the seedy underside of the Dublin drugs trade, I could not put this book down. As Bridget moves at pace in her unrelenting pursuit of Sean Flannery, Ryan gives us a chilling glimpse of the world of organised crime simmering just beneath the surface of our comfortable familiar lives. Drawing on the darker side of Ireland's church run institutions, Ryan manages to evoke a level of something just approaching sympathy for What a gripping read. Following feisty Detective Garda Bridget Harney through the seedy underside of the Dublin drugs trade, I could not put this book down. As Bridget moves at pace in her unrelenting pursuit of Sean Flannery, Ryan gives us a chilling glimpse of the world of organised crime simmering just beneath the surface of our comfortable familiar lives. Drawing on the darker side of Ireland's church run institutions, Ryan manages to evoke a level of something just approaching sympathy for Bridget's nemesis as we gain insight into the distorted childhood world that shaped his thinking...eagerly awaiting the next in the series!

  6. 5 out of 5

    Tom

    Irish Garda detective Bridget Harney is determined to bring Dublin drug lord Sean Flannery to justice, there is history between them and she is determined that he will not go unpunished for a second time. Bridgets personal and professional life becomes entwined with her pursuit and she finds betrayal and corruption hindering her investigations. Bridget is a great character and the story is fascinating and will leave you wanting more. It took me a little while to get into this book as I wasn't awar Irish Garda detective Bridget Harney is determined to bring Dublin drug lord Sean Flannery to justice, there is history between them and she is determined that he will not go unpunished for a second time. Bridgets personal and professional life becomes entwined with her pursuit and she finds betrayal and corruption hindering her investigations. Bridget is a great character and the story is fascinating and will leave you wanting more. It took me a little while to get into this book as I wasn't aware that it was a follow-up to a previous novel (47 seconds). In my opinion, although not entirely necessary, it would be worth reading the earlier novel first to get the most out of this one. I'm grateful to Netgalley for providing a review copy.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Kristin Keogh

    Another fantastic book by Jane Ryan. It was fast paced and full of twists and turns and, without giving away too much, just a super thriller. Jane has managed to bring the reader down a long an windy path with many multi-faceted and some duplicitous characters. She beguiles the reader with the warmth and ugliness and wit and charm of her characters and the lives and situations they have found themselves in. It was executed with skill and precision. A fantastic read.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Yvonne Hall

    I loved Jane Ryan’s second novel .It was very engaging and page turning -the kind of book where you look forward to getting back to it . It is a crime thriller which moves at a very fast pace ,always some new action around the corner . I also found parts very funny ,the quirks of certain characters .And of course I loved that Dublin is part of the backdrop .Really great read and I look forward to what’s next !Thank you

  9. 4 out of 5

    deirdre kelly

    Excellent read, could not put it down

  10. 4 out of 5

    Siofra

    Fabulous sequel! Was waiting for ages for its release and it didn’t disappoint. Would highly recommend.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Rose

    I didn't realize that this was the 2nd book in the series until I began to read it. However, I was able to get the gist of the characters without having read the first book, although it would be advisable to read 47 Seconds before reading this 2nd installment of the Garda Bridget Harney series. The book opens with Bridget terrified that Sean Flannery has her mother. She frantically begs her partner, Liam, to race to the nursing home with her to check. Thus begins this fast-paced novel. Bridget i I didn't realize that this was the 2nd book in the series until I began to read it. However, I was able to get the gist of the characters without having read the first book, although it would be advisable to read 47 Seconds before reading this 2nd installment of the Garda Bridget Harney series. The book opens with Bridget terrified that Sean Flannery has her mother. She frantically begs her partner, Liam, to race to the nursing home with her to check. Thus begins this fast-paced novel. Bridget is reeling from the last case (in 47 Seconds) that has her obsessed with Sean Flannery, and has her reporting to a commander with whom she butts heads. This book provides a bit of backstory to the upbringing of Sean and his friend, Gavin, and how they were treated at the home for children, run by the nuns. It jumps from their childhood to present day, where Sean in being hunted by the drug cartel run by the Fuentes. It also seems that there is a leak in the police department as Sean is always one step ahead of the cops. There is also a money laundering piece to this book which involves characters central to Bridget. There are a lot of pieces to this complex story. It was hard to keep track of how it was all interconnected. Additionally, the use of colloquial Irish jargon was a bit difficult, but not impossible to understand. #TwoKindsOfBlood #JaneRyan #BookSirens

  12. 5 out of 5

    John Mccormick

    My thanks to the Author publishers and BookSirens for providing me with a Kindle version of this book to read and honestly review. This is the second book of this series but can be read as a standalone story. Well written and researched authentic, and clever fast paced engaging interesting, and intriguing from the first page with plenty of surprising plot twists. I swear one had me staring open mouthed with shock at the page, and half a dozen pages later this twist proved totally false. There is My thanks to the Author publishers and BookSirens for providing me with a Kindle version of this book to read and honestly review. This is the second book of this series but can be read as a standalone story. Well written and researched authentic, and clever fast paced engaging interesting, and intriguing from the first page with plenty of surprising plot twists. I swear one had me staring open mouthed with shock at the page, and half a dozen pages later this twist proved totally false. There is a terrific action chase sequence in the back streets of Barcelona which is full of tension. So if it's so good why only four stars, well when our heroine 'Bridge' works out who the real villains are, and is about to give chase with her closest colleagues and not one but two armed response units at the end of a chapter, I eagerly turned the page in anticipation of more exciting action scenes, however what followed was a summary of what happened and of the charges the villains would face. Almost as if the Author was rationing the action, or was up against time constraints. The ending leaves the reader anticipating the next book in the series. Recommended.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Anna

    Two Kinds of Blood is the second book in Jane Ryan's series about Garda Bridget Harney. Harney is working on a case involving a drug gang in Dublin who it is discovered are part of a larger network. As she investigates the case more, she begins to learn that the people she thought she knew are not what they seem. Even her family can surprise her. This was a good read. At times I did have difficulty keeping track of all the characters but that may be due to the fact that I have not read the first Two Kinds of Blood is the second book in Jane Ryan's series about Garda Bridget Harney. Harney is working on a case involving a drug gang in Dublin who it is discovered are part of a larger network. As she investigates the case more, she begins to learn that the people she thought she knew are not what they seem. Even her family can surprise her. This was a good read. At times I did have difficulty keeping track of all the characters but that may be due to the fact that I have not read the first book in the series. Also the pace of the book was slow in places and Bridget did seem to spend a lot of time involved in procrastination about herself and her relationships. Bridget is involved in an on-off relationship with a colleague and this seemed to be an additional part of the story which didn't add to the main plot line in a meaningful way. Overall I would recommend this book. Perhaps read the first book in the series to have a sense of the backstory of the characters in this book first.

  14. 5 out of 5

    ALAN BANKS

    Having read the synopsis of this book, which promised an emotional rollercoaster of a story involving love, loss, heartbreak and unbreakable bonds and as such I was really looking forward to reading this book. Unfortunately, I found the book to be pretty slow paced and there wasn’t the nail biting twists and turns I was hoping for. The ending was also a little too predictable, but it did clear up most of the loose ends. I’m sure there is likely to be a follow up book as we didn’t find out who ki Having read the synopsis of this book, which promised an emotional rollercoaster of a story involving love, loss, heartbreak and unbreakable bonds and as such I was really looking forward to reading this book. Unfortunately, I found the book to be pretty slow paced and there wasn’t the nail biting twists and turns I was hoping for. The ending was also a little too predictable, but it did clear up most of the loose ends. I’m sure there is likely to be a follow up book as we didn’t find out who killed Detective Harney’s former partner, plus it would be interesting to hear about the next steps the Garda take in their fight against the Fuentes drug cartel Moving onto the positives the book is well written and I did like the main character detective Bridget Harney. The book also moves between time periods effortlessly, it’s just a pity the book wasn’t fast-paced. I’d like to thank book sirens for the advanced copy of this book in return for an unbiased review.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Karan

    This is the second book in the Garda Bridget Harney series by Jane Ryan. I found there were a lot of characters in the book which may have been more familiar if I had read the first book. It was fairly fast paced and unusual with the involvement of both of Bridget's parents in the storyline. I enjoyed the description of policing in Ireland, and could relate to BBC police dramas that I have seen. There were plenty of twists and turns in the storyline, enough to keep you guessing. The editing was a li This is the second book in the Garda Bridget Harney series by Jane Ryan. I found there were a lot of characters in the book which may have been more familiar if I had read the first book. It was fairly fast paced and unusual with the involvement of both of Bridget's parents in the storyline. I enjoyed the description of policing in Ireland, and could relate to BBC police dramas that I have seen. There were plenty of twists and turns in the storyline, enough to keep you guessing. The editing was a little sloppy which distracted my attention from the story a little. Overall I enjoyed the book and would read more from this author. Thanks to Book Sirens for bringing Jane Ryan to my attention.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Jamie

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    Valentyna

  18. 4 out of 5

    Joy Corkery

  19. 5 out of 5

    Martina O’Connor

  20. 4 out of 5

    Georgina Ingham

  21. 4 out of 5

    Deborah

  22. 5 out of 5

    Ania

  23. 4 out of 5

    Fiona Mc

  24. 5 out of 5

    Moya Woods

  25. 5 out of 5

    Jane Ryan

  26. 4 out of 5

    Trish at Between My Lines

  27. 4 out of 5

    Kristen

  28. 4 out of 5

    Margaret Madden

  29. 5 out of 5

    Ruth Parkes

  30. 4 out of 5

    Selina

  31. 5 out of 5

    Suzanne Ennis

  32. 4 out of 5

    Natalie

  33. 5 out of 5

    Caoimhe Galligan

  34. 4 out of 5

    Sinead Donohue

  35. 4 out of 5

    Kim

  36. 4 out of 5

    Gillian Harpur

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