Manchester England is famous around the world. It's been that way for a while. These days, it's all about football and music, but back in Victorian times it was factories, slums and social reform. But in between such ups, there's been some downs, such as in the 1990s, when Manchester City Council was desperate for improvement. They came up with a striking idea - bringing the Olympic Games to Manchester. It didn't so difficult. All it would need would be to convince the International Bidding Committee that Manchester was the place to be for the foremost sporting spectacular in the world. That would mean choosing the city in the North West of England over such marvellous cities to visit as Sydney, Barcelona and Beijing. It's tough competition, and residents like Mickey start feeling the pain. Not just pressure on funds, but people he knows start being made redundant. Then people die. This is getting serious! Because he also has his friend Jim to protect, and his girlfriend to save. It's a deadly race!
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This is a book that deserves to be read. It records a moment in history, a momentous time, when the great city of Manchester, England was fighting for its very survival, struggling to exist in the 20th century and dreading the coming of the next hundred years. What could it do to save itself? How could it send out a message to the world? The unexpected plan was to make optimistic bids to host the Olympic Games in their fair city, and this is something that Manchester did not once, but twice, in the 1990s. For such an audacious act to succeed it needed the heartfelt backing of all the population; sadly, this was not to be the case. No surprise then, that, with stakes so high and passions raging, some people's thoughts should turn to murder and mayhem. The author captures this brilliantly, weaving a tale of not just one, but three entirely disparate themes, held together by the Olympic Bid, bubbling along in the background. The characters are tough but believable; the dialogue is spare but realistic; and the outcome is sad, but expected. After all, we all know that the Olympics went to Beijing, don't we?