[Epub] Be My Enemy By Christopher Brookmyre – Capitalsoftworks.co.uk

Be My Enemy F K This For A Game Of Soldiers For Investigative Journalist Jack Parlabane, These Are Worrying Times It S Been Almost Three Years Since Anyone Tried To Kill Him And He Fears He S Losing His Touch But Then Comes An Assignment In The Scottish Countryside That Will Than Make Up For Lost Time Ultimate Motivational Leisure Offer The Latest In Corporate Outwards Bounds Courses, The Sort Of Team Building Exercises That Jack Thinks Are Decidedly For Bankers The Organisers, However, Are Keen To Overturn His Prejudices, While Jack Is Happy To Have Them Reinforced If Nothing Else, He Gets A Free Weekend Of Shooting At PR People With A Paintball GunExcept The Longer The Weekend Goes On, The Weirder Things Start To Get First Someone Steals The SIM Cards From Everybody S Mobile Phones Then, When The Group Accidentally Stray Onto Army Land, The Army Start Firing Back And Not With Cans Of Dulux Suddenly No One Can Tell What S Real And What Isn T, Whether This Is Part Of The Game, Or If Everybody Is Fighting For Their Lives

10 thoughts on “Be My Enemy

  1. says:

    Having read 10 books by Brookmyre in a row the first time I read as many books by a single author in an uninterrupted row , I m a bit drained of emotions and words right now not because they were a chore, but because of equal parts regret and sadness that this wonderful journey is now over akin to returning to the dudgeon of routine and home after a wonderful vacation So apologies, first of all, that this review isn t one of my best or most eloquent Second, this was my first reread of t Having read 10 books by Brookmyre in a row the first time I read as many books by a single author in an uninterrupted row , I m a bit drained of emotions and words right now not because they were a chore, but because of equal parts regret and sadness that this wonderful journey is now over akin to returning to the dudgeon of routine and home after a wonderful vacation So apologies, first of all, that this review isn t one of my best or most eloquent Second, this was my first reread of the book but am rereading it after almost 8 years, I believe And I have to admit, the sheer amount of plot that survived in my fleeting memory for the last 8 years is testament to how great it is I read Boiling a Frog at the same time as well, but very little of it sticks with me whereas this one was a fantastic reread where I could remember some plot elements, but was still amazed by the execution This was the last in a series of reads and rereads of the entire Christopher Brookmyre catalogue that I could get hold of And it ends on a high but The Sacred Art of Stealing is still my favorite perhaps because it was the first Brookmyre I ever read, but nonethelessit is the only one that does not require knowledge of any of his previous books.What you need to understand about Brookmyre is that he has three series and a few standalone books In terms of sheer readability, I would rank the series as follows Angelique de Xavia series seriously, read The Sacred Art of Stealing Jasmine also known as the semi serious Chris Brookmyre series Jack Parlabane I don t mean to make him sound like the worst, but you better have a slight tolerance for Scottish politics to get through the series, particularly the second and third ones The last this one is just a wonderful, superb romp that redeems the entire series Having read through all of these in about a span of just over three weeks, in the orders they were meant to be read, I can only say that Tim Vale, a recurring character through all of these series, deserves his own series Vale is perhaps one of the most enigmatic characters that Brookmyre has churned out so farbut definitely worth delving into his background, but only if it doesn t turn too serious or dark Brookmyre is at his best when he is sarcastic, caustic and endlessly funny

  2. says:

    I enjoy Chris Brookmyre books because of the rampant cynicism and humour, amongst the murder and mayhem.This one was a little different, off to a much slower start follows by a bit of confusion which required the deduction of point After all that it got real, I mean real, good Journalist Jack Parlabane is invited to an Outward Bound exercise in the remote Scottish Highlands along with a seemingly random other bunch of people You soon wonder just how random the group really is The fun act I enjoy Chris Brookmyre books because of the rampant cynicism and humour, amongst the murder and mayhem.This one was a little different, off to a much slower start follows by a bit of confusion which required the deduction of point After all that it got real, I mean real, good Journalist Jack Parlabane is invited to an Outward Bound exercise in the remote Scottish Highlands along with a seemingly random other bunch of people You soon wonder just how random the group really is The fun activities are not so much fun after people realise their mobile phones are gone , there no vehicle left to use for escape , no landline, no contact with the outside world and someone has died and all of a sudden its really not fun At all In fact its downright scary.Now that I m reviewing this I can see some similarities with In The Dark by Loreth Anne White They re only superficial though, this book is quite different And despite the drama and scariness, there are still moments of humour if you like Scottish gallows humour, which I do which is why I keep coming back to Brookmyre

  3. says:

    Be My Enemy Motivational weekend bampot politics chaos x Parlabane x Vale This is a perfect Brookmyre set up Take a group of random people some annoying as hell, some only slightly so add Jack Parlabane and Tim Vale Have Parlabane s derogatory and hilarious commentary for half the book Then throw in some bad guys and violence, slap Parlabane in an impromptu fun, dangerous and disgusting situation Hey presto.This book is purely for entertainment, and entertain it did Humour, sus Be My Enemy Motivational weekend bampot politics chaos x Parlabane x Vale This is a perfect Brookmyre set up Take a group of random people some annoying as hell, some only slightly so add Jack Parlabane and Tim Vale Have Parlabane s derogatory and hilarious commentary for half the book Then throw in some bad guys and violence, slap Parlabane in an impromptu fun, dangerous and disgusting situation Hey presto.This book is purely for entertainment, and entertain it did Humour, suspense and gore followed byhumour, suspense and gore Parlabane and Vale make an awesome duo, and I wish there could have beenbooks with the two of them in together.There are twists and turns all the way through Often I found myself thinking It would be awesome gross typical Brookmyre if only for my if to happen not long later But in fairness, I also had quite a few typical Brookmyre s challenged, while still managing to be quite brilliant.From Boiling a Frog onwards, each Parlabane book I read has made me a little sadder there aren t manyto read

  4. says:

    Brookmyre is brilliant at using the crime genre to explore major themes Here he looks at the human propensity to define ourselves by our enemies He brings out all the complexities of the subject with his usual wit and an approach that is both down to earth, over the top, and surprisingly subtle and sometimes all at the same time

  5. says:

    When I read this, it definitely went in directions I didn t expect One for people who like their black humour straight from the coal cellar.

  6. says:

    I had to carefully consider whether or not this was worthy of three stars, which in my eyes means an okay book but nothing spectacular or whether it should be downgraded to 2 stars edging towards complete crap but with one or two redeeming features In the end I opted for the latter.I expected great things from this book and it failed to deliver in every aspect Firstly the quality of writing is poor, leading me to be frequently confused over who was speaking or performing an action and I had to carefully consider whether or not this was worthy of three stars, which in my eyes means an okay book but nothing spectacular or whether it should be downgraded to 2 stars edging towards complete crap but with one or two redeeming features In the end I opted for the latter.I expected great things from this book and it failed to deliver in every aspect Firstly the quality of writing is poor, leading me to be frequently confused over who was speaking or performing an action and contains sentences which not only contributed nought but made no sense Did Brookmyre even read this before it was sent to the publisher This is the most contributory factor to the two star rating, as it puts me off a book from the get go It really did come across as being written by the winner of a creative writing competition with one entry The use of the first person, then third person, the lazy vocabulary which I got the impression was actually intended to enhance the reading experience and the terribly written Anglo Scottish dialect, with gaunnae, wasnae etc, strange that this was written by a Scotsman all led me on the path towards this conclusion.Secondly, the storyline was pretty lame a safari to hunt and kill some lefties, run by some nutter and foiled by a journalist Great That s about as compelling as a story of a panda, sent on a rocket to the moon to find bananas for the chimp colony on Mars There s an idea of another novel for Mr Brookmyre I expected a gorefest and instead was given something which was considerably less gory than a visit to my local butcher to purchase a hough of ham In terms of predicting the outcome of the story, it is slightly easier to predict than the answer to the question A bear shits in the woods Is this statement a true b false The only surprising element was how bad it was.Finally, the characterizations are crass, one sided versions of real people, making it read like panto There s posh twat Rory, dry as an old digestive Parlabane, absent minded Lachlan, hard ticket Ger, socially inept Grieg.need I carry on The fact that the characters can be entirely described in two or three words says it all really The worst one is Shiach the most one sided villain I d call these people two dimensional, but I d be extending my generosity beyond its limits since Captain Hook.I gave it two stars, rather than one a work entirely composed of crap due to the three or four genuine laugh out loud moments Trying to find this was a bit like Helen Flanagan trying to get stars for her team mates on I m a celebrity she had to go through some amount of muck and only came out with one star When a funny line was located, it wasoften than not quiet chuckle funny, rather than the oft claimed and seldom fulfilled laugh out loud funny, which I expected I think there were so few laugh out loud lines that a camel could count them on the toes of one leg.Overall, this a poorly written, poorly conceived, lame ass story, with child like characterizations If it wasn t for the funny line every hundred pages or so, it would be just below Noddy Goes to School on my reading list

  7. says:

    Any book that includes a a baddie who decapitates himself, and b this paragraph commenting on the event, gets four stars in my book Well, are you not going to give the man a round of applause he asked I mean, that was fucking amazing, didn t you think Honestly, if you d asked me ten minutes ago, hypothetically, if it was possible to cut your own head off, I d have said unequivocally no You ve really got to hand it to the bloke though it s fair to say luck was involved I mean, there Any book that includes a a baddie who decapitates himself, and b this paragraph commenting on the event, gets four stars in my book Well, are you not going to give the man a round of applause he asked I mean, that was fucking amazing, didn t you think Honestly, if you d asked me ten minutes ago, hypothetically, if it was possible to cut your own head off, I d have said unequivocally no You ve really got to hand it to the bloke though it s fair to say luck was involved I mean, there s no way he could do it again Christopher Brookmyre, Be My Enemy, Or, Fuck This for a Game of Soldiers It s the story of an Outward Bound style team building exercise for a motley group of PR people in a cursed castle in the Scottish Highlands gone horribly wrong It was planned by a homicidal ex Special Forces fellow who envisions it as field training for his new group of assassins for hire, for starters Like all the best Brookmyre, it is elaborately plotted, full of hilarious moments, pretty angry and not for the squeamish The self decapitated villain and the high speed treadmill reversal which skewers another on a pair of antique rapiers, for example Or the cannibalism Just sayin

  8. says:

    While I still laughed out loud once or twice mostly at excessively crude Scottish barroom expressions and tawdry, adolescent humour , I think this book is unacceptably slow until you are literally three quarters of the way through It meanders through 80 s nostalgia and recaps old political issues and unrest, as expressed by characters brought together for a motivational weekend This could be a great setting but it s not worked well at all certainly not a classic murder at the country mansi While I still laughed out loud once or twice mostly at excessively crude Scottish barroom expressions and tawdry, adolescent humour , I think this book is unacceptably slow until you are literally three quarters of the way through It meanders through 80 s nostalgia and recaps old political issues and unrest, as expressed by characters brought together for a motivational weekend This could be a great setting but it s not worked well at all certainly not a classic murder at the country mansion mystery Then, all of a sudden, clarity emerges with respect to a mystery that should have been effectively built up previously Except no mystery was built up previously and no real plot was developed Poor form old chum Quite a let down in terms of earlier Brookmyer novels l have enjoyed He seems to have really run out of steam here I may try oneto see if this book is just a one off in terms of its poor quality

  9. says:

    3.5 stars Brookmyre is a brilliant writer, and this is a bizarre and hilarious book Not much happens in the first half, while the second half somewhat resembles a zombie attack survival scenario.People are frequently trying to kill the thrill seeking reporter Jack Parlabane, only this time he s puzzled as to why they re also trying to kill everyone else in a group of seemingly unconnected people participating in a motivational team building weekend retreat in the Scottish Highlands.While the i 3.5 stars Brookmyre is a brilliant writer, and this is a bizarre and hilarious book Not much happens in the first half, while the second half somewhat resembles a zombie attack survival scenario.People are frequently trying to kill the thrill seeking reporter Jack Parlabane, only this time he s puzzled as to why they re also trying to kill everyone else in a group of seemingly unconnected people participating in a motivational team building weekend retreat in the Scottish Highlands.While the individual twists and turns in the book are fascinating, and the action scenes are a lot of fun, the actual plot is pretty far fetched It serves as an awkward way to place the characters in the contrived scenario Brookmyre wanted It s easy to shrug this off and enjoy the book, though.This is the fourth Parlabane novel, although I think each of them stands alone pretty well, so they don t necessarily have to be read in order

  10. says:

    I prefer his alternative title for this book F k this for a game of soldiers Kinda sums it up Anyway, Jack is back and on good form After a few books where CB indulges in some political rants, in this one he just concentrates on giving us a good story Unbelievable but then it wouldn t be a Brookmyre would it Set in the middle of nowhere somewhere in Scotland, Jack is despatched by his newspaper to go and trial out a new teambuilding weekend So off he goes in his usual cynical way Not I prefer his alternative title for this book F k this for a game of soldiers Kinda sums it up Anyway, Jack is back and on good form After a few books where CB indulges in some political rants, in this one he just concentrates on giving us a good story Unbelievable but then it wouldn t be a Brookmyre would it Set in the middle of nowhere somewhere in Scotland, Jack is despatched by his newspaper to go and trial out a new teambuilding weekend So off he goes in his usual cynical way Not surprisingly things don t turn out as expected and basically all hell breaks out One question I have to ask though spoiler alert coming just what does CB have against HR Managers Do we really have to be killed off first with our headless corpse thrown through a window Anyway no , you will just have to read the rest to find out what Jack gets up to and what he uses when he cannot find a rope Wonderful nonsense

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