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Amsterdam Rampant by [Cocker, Neil]
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Fin McPhail is in deep trouble and Amsterdam isn’t helping.

It wasn’t supposed to be like this. The city had promised an escape from all of his problems back in Scotland. It was the perfect fresh start – well-paid job, luxury apartment in the canal district, sobriety and celibacy.

But everything changed when he went on a blind date with an unhinged sexologist, and now the city’s dark side is closing in on him.

To make matters more complicated, his old life is hurtling back towards him in the shape of a stag party – four nutters from his hometown in Scotland, including his future brother-in-law and the former school bully – will arrive in the city within hours.

Over the course of one chaotic weekend, Fin McPhail will come face-to-face with all of his demons.

Vividly cinematic, Amsterdam Rampant draws on a potent blend of modern culture (Pulp Fiction, Breaking Bad, Mad Men, and the work of Donna Tartt and Iain Banks). A riotously entertaining novel exploring the neon shadows of Europe’s sin city, this 21st Century tale of sex, friendship, and coming to terms with the past will leave readers wanting more from Scotland’s newest literary star.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 652 KB
  • Print Length: 219 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Cloudburn Books (Feb. 8 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00IC8MR12
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  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars 1 customer review
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #345,181 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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A superb story by an up and coming Scottish writer.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa440c720) out of 5 stars Extremely confident and entertaining debut Jan. 3 2015
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I enjoyed this a lot.

It's the tale of Scottish emmigrant, Fin. A complex, lonely divorcee, running from his past in his relocated job as marketing guy for Cloudburn Whisk(e)y in Amsterdam. Ordinarily he spends his days and nights either at work or the low key Scottish bar he's found as a home from home. It's generally a quiet and pain free existence, if a little devoid of real human interaction. This may be changed very quickly, however, as he finds himself suddenly with his job on the line if he can't buck his ideas up. Add to that the fact that his future brother-in-law is headed over for his stag night, along with three menaces from school. Oh, and there's also the case of the mysterious violent pimp that may or may not be looking for him.

So yeah, I enjoyed this a lot. Neil Cocker has woven a sphincter-tight tale of one man's frustration at himself into a raucous, hilariously uncomfortable, and violent backdrop. He spins three different storytelling devices in a highly effective manner, to add the meat of history and context to the bones of the running plot. The low-hanging threat of the mysterious pimp sneaks in every now and then to add a cheeky bit of suspense, and his propensity for quality dialogue is evident throughout.

I powered through this in a few days, and will probably revisit again at some point. Kudos to the author for an extremely confident and entertaining debut. Highly recommended.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa42adb70) out of 5 stars Absolutely brilliant Feb. 15 2014
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Iain Banks meets Irvine Welsh. It's got character depth, plot twists and turns, and plenty of booze and sex. A seriously seriously good page turner, reminiscent of 'Crow Road' Banks. Cracking stuff.
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HASH(0xa4356e34) out of 5 stars Rampant read March 22 2014
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Neil Cocker's tale of an expat in Amsterdam babysitting his Scottish mates on a stag weekend is a dark, funny romp through the pleasures and perils of Europe's sin city. But what lifts it above the run-of-the mill caper thriller is the sensitivity with which Cocker explores the friendships and rivalries between a motley bunch of lads barely articulate enough to order the next round of pints, and unpacks the inner conflicts that plague the book's pensive hero, Fin McPhail. Crucially, though, Cocker doesn't sacrifice edge for depth, and he succeeds in pulling the disparate strands of his plot into a taut denouement that left me devouring the final act in a single sitting.

There's a generosity and vulnerability here that's absent from the laddish fiction more likely to cover this ground. Amsterdam Rampant has been described as 'Trainspotting meets Pulp Fiction' but in fact, Cocker's voice is all his own.
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HASH(0xa42a79cc) out of 5 stars Enjoyable and easy to read Sept. 15 2015
By Carl - Published on
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First book I have read by Neil Cocker. I enjoyed his style of writing and the back and forward comparisons between the small Scottish village where the lads grew up and go on to do what their parents and Granparents had done and the cosmopolitan life of Amsterdam; and the thread through the book of the "malt" which binds the 2 together. Not written in as hardened Scottish dialect as Irvine Welsh made it easy to read.
HASH(0xa4e1a1d4) out of 5 stars Cross Between Irvine Welsh's GLUE & 50 SHADES OF GREY Feb. 11 2016
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Like a cross between Irvine Welsh's GLUE (one of my absolute favorites) and 50 SHADES OF GREY. OK, I never read 50 SHADES, but AMSTERDAM RAMPANT is a story about a fairly tight-knit group of (male) Scottish friends letting loose in Amsterdam. That's the GLUE-ish part. Unlike GLUE, this is all told from the POV of the main character, Fin, and his tale is wrapped around his confession-like testimonials regarding his erotic experiences. And they're mostly sad erotic experiences. Who doesn't love sad erotica? It's universally relatable. Anyway, that's the sort of 50 SHADES bit. The narrative is also weaved around Fin's experience working as a marketing genius for his hometown's whiskey distillery, CLOUDBURN, offering up more clues to the character's love for and conflict with storytelling, and how he maybe struggles with what isn't and is a fiction. And all these things clash together to create some twists and turns throughout. In the end, this is a tale of friendship, family, and self-discovery, and despite the lurid and seedy depths it sometimes dives to (and those dives were half the fun of this book), it's a very warm and honestly told story. A page-turner, and thoroughly enjoyable.