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I listened to this book at the recommendation of a friend of mine who served as an officer in the Parachute Regiment in the area and time in which the book is set. He described it as being a very realistic portrayal of what it was like in Northern Ireland in the early '90s.
Whilst I have no personal experience to draw upon, it certainly has the sense of a realistic portrayal. But this is fiction and is a gripping story. It is fast-paced whilst not giving in to the comic-strip action of pulp thrillers. Above all, the characters are almost all very credible, apart from perhaps a somewhat Lara Croft-style female character. You feel as though you have spent a night in a ditch watching the house of a "Charlie 1".
A very notable point is the narration. It would be very easy to slip into 'stand-up comic' Irish accents, but the narrator manages the story and the various characters very well, bringing some real poignancy to the story.
If you want a thoughtful, well-told, gripping story with satisfying sense of realism; this is it.
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My first time with this author. Took the book purely on the basis of the summary provided on the Audible site and I am glad I did. No holds barred storyline delves into the murky world of undercover anti terrorist work. Well worth a read.
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