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When I read a review stating that this book was only worth the narration and that the author should stick to "the country stories" because it was just kill and kill some more with nothing good, I knew I would read it as soon as I finished reading An Irish Country Doctor. Adrian McKinty did a great job with "the troubles", and he is one of my faves. Taylor makes "the troubles" real and gave me a terrific understanding of this extremely important time in history. These things happened in my lifetime and I could never put the Irish, English, Carholic, Protestant conundrum in any framework that I could understand. If you want to read a great historical fiction novel, leaving with a new understanding that you may not have had, while listening to a super narrator, don't hesitate to read this. If you want Patric Taylor's great and wistful interpretation of the Irish countryside and feel good, his Irish tales are wonderful...and true to reality. If you want to understand what shaped the Iives of those same people in the 20th century, read Taylor's take on "the troubles". Not a fluffy story, not for the faint of heart. But terrorism never is.
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This was an exceptional novel in terms of story, depth of characters and narration. Reminded me a bit of LeCarre in that it didn't skirt the machinations of people in positions of power and how petty infighting and gamesmanship wind up leaving the pure of heart with the short end of the stick.
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