Billy Boyle (Billy Boyle World War II Mystery Series #1)

Billy Boyle (Billy Boyle World War II Mystery Series #1)

by James R. Benn
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Billy Boyle 3.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1058 reviews.
cplhawkins More than 1 year ago
Well, not so much a review as just a posting letting people know that this is indeed a full book not just a few pages or a short novella length story like some of the books in the free ebooks section. I usually look at the free books and wonder quite often whether they are full on books or just those few pages designed to get you hooked into buying the full length version. I won't usually download the short versions of the free books for some reason though I definately appreciate the thought of putting them up as free to download and read. And this one comes in at a healthy 287 pages in length, and though I'm not too far into it it looks to be a great read. So, this is for people like me who like to know beforehand if a book is really a full length book and not just a small sample type thing. Thanks!
meepsWT More than 1 year ago
I gave this only four stars due to the fact that aside from the main characters, you only get a passing glance at the others - and there are quite a few others. Early on, I found this to be somewhat confusing as I could not remember who was who and had to back-track a few times. I found this to be true within the story line as well - sometimes scenarios were described in great detail while others were fluffed over rather quickly. I found myself really liking Billy - he grew on me more and more as the story unfolded. The author did a fantastic job developing a raw, somewhat naive young man into a mature, insightful detective. Overall, it is a decently written book and I found it an enjoyable read - enough to purchase the second book in the series.
SKIZ More than 1 year ago
I picked this up for my Nook from B&N's 'Free Friday' offering. Its a detective story set in World War II England. Narrated in classic first person detective perspective with a sort of sarcastic/funny voice similar to Harry Dresden (another favorite series of mine.) I love historical fiction and am definitely going to read the rest of this series. Thanks Barnes & Noble!
KatelynLucile More than 1 year ago
I picked this book up on a whim, but I quickly realized it was better than I had expected. It started off a little slow for me, but picked up fast. I am about to order the next books and the series and can't wait!
HappyHeartFL More than 1 year ago
I got this from the free Friday offerings from B&N. I try to look for full fledge books, and give them a try. This one was very good. It had good character development, good plot, and a good story line. It's a refreshing new twist, WWII, on a mystery series and I will definitely be buying more from this author.
Smuricat More than 1 year ago
One of the best WW2 books I have read in a long time. Right up there with “City Of Gold” by Len Deighton, “The Pearl Harbor Murders” by Max Allan Collins, and “Ice Reich” by William Dietrich. Boyle’s back story is what makes the character so real and enjoyable. This is NOT a book for someone that doesn’t like plot twists and details. Readers used to reading Nancy Drew, and The Hardy Boys may find this book too confusing for them. Looking at a map and looking up the historical details is part of reading a ‘Historical novel’. My only gripe about this book was that one of the main characters that I really liked died. BUT even this gripe fits perfectly in the book because;“Hell, That’s War Right?” I look forward to reading the rest of the series.
H_S_Maplesnoot More than 1 year ago
This book has a little something for everyone: action, adventure, mystery, double-dealing, and even romance. While trying to solve the mystery, Billy Boyle has a crisis of conscience that makes him seem more real. Overall, this was an enjoyable read.
blitz27 More than 1 year ago
I thought this book was a great read. Wasnt too sure at the beginning but it ended up being really great and unexpectant at the end. I am looking forward to reading the #2 book of the series.
Vintage_Hippie More than 1 year ago
This one started off good, dragged in the middle, then was predictable in the end. Saying that, it seems like I didn't like it....yet, I liked it for what I bought it for....reading before bed. I love historical stuff, but this one could have been set about anyplace by changing a couple of things....that sort of bugged me a little. I may try the second one later on to see if they improve, but for nook and no more than I paid, it was worth three stars. I just wish it had been a bit more "period" and less like a plain mystery.
Radon More than 1 year ago
Not a bad book but hardly a potential classic. Fairly original plot that will familiarize some with lesser-known aspects of WW II, such as the proposed Jupiter operation. (I didn't check but assume the author got his dates correct.) Gets off-subject with an excess of info about Boston Irish, the IRA and such, but otherwise moves along well. Repeats the semi-mythical "No Irish Need Apply" tale. The characters strike me as less than realistic, as does the depiction of an army where most everyone somehow gets on a first-name basis, almost regardless of rank. The depiction of Eisenhower and his relationship with the protagonist struck me as unrealistic. All-in-all, however, an entertaining if not demanding read.
Gittel More than 1 year ago
Billy Boyle was a character I enjoyed spending time with. He rang true to his era; Irish heritage, Boston Cop whose father and uncles were Boston Cops and the legacy that mandated all circa 1940. Historical events, real people, and a main character that came to the table with a background that is believable. All the markers for a good read. I must confess I read this book because it was a freebie from Barnes and Noble for my Nook. I will look for and read other books by James R. Benn. Even if I have to pay for them.
Clevegal42 More than 1 year ago
This isn't usually the type of book I read, but I picked it up after a posting on my nook about it and I'm so glad I did. I just finished reading this and I'm thinking about getting the next one in the series. I honestly had no idea where it was heading so each new revelation was a complete surprise for me. Parts were a bit depressing because of the background story of the war, but overall I enjoyed it. The characters are written very well and you can see all their positives and flaws without it being too overdramatic or "over the top". The pace was pretty good - a little slow in the middle but once I got to the end I was glad for all that information so I wasn't confused. I love mysteries and this one definitely makes me want to pick up the series. It isn't too heavy, but not so light that you finished reading and feel unsatisfied. Even though you don't know me from Adam, I recommend this book highly.
Anonymous 5 months ago
Can't wait for the next book.
Anonymous 5 months ago
Execution only average
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glauver More than 1 year ago
This book is the first of a World War II series by James R. Benn. When we meet young ex-cop Billy Boyle, his Boston Irish family has just finagled a position for him on the staff of their relative General Dwight D. Eisenhower. Almost as soon as our hero lands in London, he is assigned to help ferret out a spy in the Norwegian exile forces. At first Billy seems to be just a naive youth in over his head, but as he relates incidents from his past, we learn he has seen more of the seamy side of life than we might have expected. By book's end he has found a love interest and justified the chance General Eisenhower took on him. The book is not perfect; the resolution is a bit over complicated and improbable. However, Billy is a character who shows promise of further development and Benn has an understated style that is pleasant to read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a well told story. Cant wait to read the next book.
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It was ok but it was good to
NewsieQ More than 1 year ago
Billy Boyle is a Boston cop, recently promoted to detective. But he’s also eligible for the World War II draft. Using family connections to no less a personage than Dwight D. Eisenhower, he finds himself a newly commissioned second lieutenant, headed to England and assigned to Uncle Ike. When he arrives, his welcome is less than warm – everyone there believes Billy’s assignment is nepotism pure and simple and that this crude American is going to be nothing but trouble. Billy’s assignment, as it turns out, is to find a spy in the ranks at Beardsley Hall, where the Norwegian government in exile is centered. But almost before Billy can unpack, there’s a murder of one of the Norwegian higher-ups and Billy finds himself even more in his element. But he’s afraid to tell Uncle Ike, or anyone else, the truth about his police experience. Although he was technically a detective, his involvement in murder investigations was little more than crowd control. Still, with his dad and uncle higher up in the Boston PD, he learned lessons along the way, lessons he’ll have to use in life-and-death work. Our hero finds himself partnered with a polish Baron, “Kaz,” who has a heart condition … and a glamorous driver Daphne, who has an older sister Diana whom Billy falls hard for. Billy, Daphne and Kaz pull together, not knowing the perils that lie ahead and the dangers they will face. This is the first book in the series … I can’t wait to locate and read the rest!
prussblue10 More than 1 year ago
I happened to see this title on someone's Facebook page. I then happened to see this first in a series on a B&N shelf. It was the only copy available and decided to give it a try (should I or shouldn't I?). I just finished it ... and have just on line ordered a few more in the series. Yes, it is war (my family knows war) but it is also about people -- their ideals, passions, etc. and the writing of it is not bad at all.
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