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A much anticipated sequel to Divorcing Jack finds Dan Starkey in New York to write a book about an upcoming boxing bout and dealing not only with racial and political mayhem, but the possible disintegration of his marriage.


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A much anticipated sequel to Divorcing Jack finds Dan Starkey in New York to write a book about an upcoming boxing bout and dealing not only with racial and political mayhem, but the possible disintegration of his marriage.

30 review for Of Wee Sweetie Mice and Men

  1. 4 out of 5

    Glenn Russell

    Of Wee Sweetie Mice and Men by Colin Bateman starts out in Belfast and quickly moves to New York City where Dan Starkey joins Fat Boy Bobby McMaster and team - his mission: to write a book about the European Heavyweight Champ from Northern Ireland taking on Mike Tyson at Madison Square Garden on St Patrick's Day. What a novel! You want action and more action, hype and more hype, romance and more romance, you've come to the right place - Eros and Thanatos in full Irish bloom laced with signature Of Wee Sweetie Mice and Men by Colin Bateman starts out in Belfast and quickly moves to New York City where Dan Starkey joins Fat Boy Bobby McMaster and team - his mission: to write a book about the European Heavyweight Champ from Northern Ireland taking on Mike Tyson at Madison Square Garden on St Patrick's Day. What a novel! You want action and more action, hype and more hype, romance and more romance, you've come to the right place - Eros and Thanatos in full Irish bloom laced with signature Starkey humor. I enjoyed Colin Bateman's Divorcing Jack (Dan Starkey #1) and I certainly enjoyed Of Wee Sweetie (Dan Starkey #2). What a wild ride. There's way too many twists and curves, swivels and zigzags as the story hits on nationalism, ethnic blending, racism, bigotry, religious extremism, terrorism (mostly Irish), beauty (mostly female) and the effects of booze and mass media for me to even begin to outline arc of plot. Thus, I'll shift to a highlight reel featuring a number of my favorite bits, as per - Dan's Wife - Patricia and Dan have been married for seven years and now their relationship is in crisis. Patricia stays in Belfast when Dan goes to the Big Apple but Dan does something he's never done before - he writes Patricia a letter. A life changer. Press Conference - Once their plane lands in New York, Dan attends a press conference with both Bobby McMaster and Mike Tyson. The press asks question; Bobby gives them answers that bring a scowl to many faces and a smile to Mike's. Turns out, in addition to being a boxer, Bobby might have made it as a stand-up comic. I read this chapter (and listened to the audio) multiple times - one of the true howlers in the book. Irish Twist - Bobby McMater's team includes one Stanley Matchett who has spent much of his younger years slitting Catholic throats back in Belfast. Hey, if you want some protection, Stanley's the perfect guy. Dan isn't exactly thrilled having Matchett around and the exchanges between murderer and journalist can get a tad touchy. Lovely Lauren - What a trip to New York without a visit to a Times Square live sex show? Dan partakes and meets a young beauty - well, you'll have to read for yourself. Thar She Blows! - Dan, Bobby and others from the Boxer's crew hire a boat (not New York, a bit further to the north) to catch sight of whales. Surprise! A whale pushes itself into the plot and creates a dramatic turning point. Northern Ireland - Although in the US, the fighting spirit of the Protestant versus Catholic country lives on. You can take the boys out of Belfast but you can't take Belfast out of the boys. Hey, Colin! Thanks for another Dan Starkey novel. I'll be reading the next novel in the series, for sure. Belfast's finest - Colin Bateman, born 1962

  2. 4 out of 5

    Paul

    A fun read. There are times when the plot becomes ridiculous, but it is clear that the author doesn't want the book to be taken over-seriously. The humour is well-done, and the conclusion is satisfying. A fun read. There are times when the plot becomes ridiculous, but it is clear that the author doesn't want the book to be taken over-seriously. The humour is well-done, and the conclusion is satisfying.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Mikkel

    4,25, close to a 4,5 but the plot goes just a little bit too over the top for it to be as good as the first one. Still so great and fun and easy to read and I'm definitely excited for the rest of the series and Bateman in general. 4,25, close to a 4,5 but the plot goes just a little bit too over the top for it to be as good as the first one. Still so great and fun and easy to read and I'm definitely excited for the rest of the series and Bateman in general.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Alicia Reese

    Hilarious, adventurous, pure fun. Witty, engaging dialogue throughout. Pure Colin Bateman.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Daniel Henshaw

    Humorous in parts, occasionally poignant, but largely forgettable.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Francis Pellow

    found starkey's sarkiness too much and the violence a bit over the top. found starkey's sarkiness too much and the violence a bit over the top.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Michael Dullaghan

    Below par for Mr Bateman, but still an easy entertaining read.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Etnagigante

    Title match for heavyweight title between Mike Tyson and Irish Bobby McMaster on Saint Patrick Day in New York is the beginning of adventures in this book. Dan Starkley, writer and journalist, had to write on the contender and follow him from Belfast to USA, around a couple of States try to find out who kidnapped boxer's wife, Mary. Full of humor and trying to put down racial and political diverging point of view, this book worth the time you can spend on it. Maybe you will enjoy reading it with a Title match for heavyweight title between Mike Tyson and Irish Bobby McMaster on Saint Patrick Day in New York is the beginning of adventures in this book. Dan Starkley, writer and journalist, had to write on the contender and follow him from Belfast to USA, around a couple of States try to find out who kidnapped boxer's wife, Mary. Full of humor and trying to put down racial and political diverging point of view, this book worth the time you can spend on it. Maybe you will enjoy reading it with a couple of pints.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Alsjem

    I'm so glad to have finished this book. The writing is easy to read, funny in places and the dialogue clever and witty but overall I just did not enjoy this. I'm not sure if it was the back drop of a boxing story line or that Dan Starky is just too flawed as the central character. Maybe it just wasn't action packed enough. I don't know, but this will be the last Colin Bateman adult book I read. I'm so glad to have finished this book. The writing is easy to read, funny in places and the dialogue clever and witty but overall I just did not enjoy this. I'm not sure if it was the back drop of a boxing story line or that Dan Starky is just too flawed as the central character. Maybe it just wasn't action packed enough. I don't know, but this will be the last Colin Bateman adult book I read.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Jones

    While funny at times, this didn't make me laugh half as much as Divorcing Jack. It was an entertaining book that was fun to read, but ultimately it was just a little better than average from a plot standpoint. Funny, but unfortunately, not as good as his previous work. While funny at times, this didn't make me laugh half as much as Divorcing Jack. It was an entertaining book that was fun to read, but ultimately it was just a little better than average from a plot standpoint. Funny, but unfortunately, not as good as his previous work.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Chris

    The "lovable curmudgeon" finds himself in another situation. This time in New York dealing with Mohammedites, American "Irish", Mike Tyson and whales. As much is going on around him, Dan's got some major turmoil back home that needs to be worked out. The "lovable curmudgeon" finds himself in another situation. This time in New York dealing with Mohammedites, American "Irish", Mike Tyson and whales. As much is going on around him, Dan's got some major turmoil back home that needs to be worked out.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Gregor

    Started off a bit slow, but over all a good story as mad as something you would read in a Hiassen book

  13. 4 out of 5

    Nya Fraser

  14. 4 out of 5

    Ciaran Mcfadden

  15. 5 out of 5

    Graham

  16. 5 out of 5

    Sean Lidbetter

  17. 4 out of 5

    Anna Rets

  18. 5 out of 5

    RAS Black

  19. 4 out of 5

    Nicobellik

  20. 5 out of 5

    Meghana

  21. 4 out of 5

    Simon Mccartney

  22. 4 out of 5

    Dave Rodgers

  23. 5 out of 5

    David Trustrum

  24. 4 out of 5

    Lee Thomas

  25. 4 out of 5

    Tracey Symonds

  26. 4 out of 5

    Ben Walker

  27. 5 out of 5

    Carol Stevenson

  28. 4 out of 5

    Kathryn

  29. 4 out of 5

    Mario Unger

  30. 5 out of 5

    Alison

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