I was a blow-by-blow follower of Belfast events during the time of this story--but it doesn't make it any easier to 'relive' it all over again; maybe worse. View 1 comment. Oct 19, Carmen rated it liked it Shelves: mystery-and-thrillers. A story about two men against the background of the Irish Troubles in Ulster in the 's.
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Each man feels driven to do what they do, sacrificing love and family for honor. It doesn't end well for both of them. It does help put a face on the political situation that used to exist in Northern Ireland. May 23, Lynn Corrigan rated it it was amazing. We honeymooned in Ireland in and visited my husband's family farm in Co. I never fully realized that all this was going on. Although there were whispered conversations, no one would discuss "the troubles" in public. Life in the Republic went on as usual. This book is a page-turner! Great book, I highly recommend it if you want to learn more about the Irish troubles of the s and s.
I was a US high school and college student at the time and hardly remember it all except for the Lord Mountbatten assassination. Taylor is a wonderful story teller. His characterization is excellent. A gripping tale, full of suspense but without the humor, due to the seriousness of the subject matter, of Taylor's "Irish Country Doctor" series. Feb 20, John Monaghan rated it it was amazing. Taylor's writing style in this book was similar but the subject was a dark and disturbing look at the Troubles in the mids.
Unlike the Irish Doctor series, this book ended with a stark and even upsetting climax. I had expected a tough ending but Patrick nailed it. Jan 02, Debbie Sencenbaugh rated it really liked it. Historical fiction revolves around the lives of rebels against British occupation during Ireland's "Troubles. Heartwrenching story filled with the hopelessness and tragedy of the situation, reasons for the conflict seen through both the eyes of the British and the Irish.
Would read again. Mar 28, Stephen Boiko rated it liked it. A gripping tale of fictatious events, based on real times in the North of Ireland. On a personal note, growing up in the North of Ireland, this book is dead on. Apr 07, Cindy rated it liked it. Sad and very long mystery, with a sadder and unsatisfying end involving "Irish troubles" circa 's. Well-written so 3 stars. Narrated extremely well by John Keaton. Some language. Aug 30, Iris rated it really liked it.
This is quite a good thriller, which takes place in N.
Ireland in the 70's during the times of the troubles. It is perhaps a little onesided. Very good. Feb 03, Brenda added it. Wasn't easy to read. Always hard to understand this kind of hatred. Pat rated it it was amazing Jan 11, Kris rated it really liked it Aug 05, Kathy Lyons rated it really liked it Sep 09, Michael rated it really liked it Jun 15, There are no discussion topics on this book yet.
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Showing of 53 reviews. Top Reviews Most recent Top Reviews. There was a problem filtering reviews right now. Please try again later. Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase. Set in Ireland in the early 's, it's a thought provoking thriller. The story of two men each fighting for Ireland in their own way. Marcus Richardson is a British bomb disposal expert who is nearly killed when dismantling a car bomb on the streets of Northern Ireland shades of The Hurt Locker When he recovers he is recruited, to infiltrate the Provisional IRA and find a mole who is in the high echelons of the Provos.
He resurfaces as Mike Roberts an ex pat Irishman returned from Canada, his expertise with bombs, particularly Semtex is the key. Davy is old, tired and jaded he also has a crisis of conscience when a bomb he makes kills a young girl. He wants out but is willing to undertake one last mission, assemble a bomb of such magnitude that will ensure the Provisional IRA wins the war and removes the British from Irish soil forever.
It's a fast paced thriller, with excellent characterisation and a wonderful feel for time and place. Each has second thoughts as to the veracity of their mission, purpose, but are torn by their duty to their cause.
Plenty of action and attention to detail, it's not a pretty romanticised war. There is a romantic subplot that is bittersweet Well worth a look at. Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase.
Patrick Taylor is an acclaimed writer, but this is his only book on "the Irish troubles. He's very fair politically, so he's not taking sides here. He shows you how someone with the best of intentions can get swept up in the violence on one side or the other and not be able to get out. My folks were from Southern Ireland so I'm no fan of the English, but this is a very fair and exciting account. Format: Paperback Verified Purchase. The language is foul, the scenes may be accurate but it was not something I wanted lodged in my mind. It was graphic and violent. I would not recommend this book and I disposed of after trying to read it.
I was not able to complete the book due to these issues. One person found this helpful. Very realistic of Northern Ireland's Troubles period. Solid details of what's going on inside the heads of both the main IRA characters who are making and planting bombs to the upper echelon of officers, on the one hand, to the British Intelligencia trying to discover the "mole" in their ranks.
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Fast moving. Emotionally stirring. Very different genre than Patrick Taylor's Ballybucklebo novels for which he is famous. Give yourself a real treat. Read this book! Patrick Taylor brings unique background to this historical fiction novel. He spent many years in Ireland before moving to where he now lives.
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He has certainly done the research necessary to make this a thrilling story of patriotism and the realism of wartime. I cannot praise his work enough. I lived every minute of the tragedy in both. Extent pages. Isbn Extent pages Isbn Media category unmediated System control number Sirsi Sirsi New user? Get a card! Library Locations Map Details. Inglewood Library Borrow it. Karrinyup Library Borrow it.
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