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The Killer

Author: Elgos, Jack Set In . . .
 Europe, Ireland
Genre: Fiction
Time Frame: 1970-1990s
Published: 2012
Description: An action thriller classic.
Our anti-hero Darren McCann is a small, young guy. To survive the violent streets of 1970s Belfast he learns to fight, and he fights well. The Provisional Irish Republican Army are interested in him but, though he is of Catholic stock, he refuses to take sides in the troubles - until a family tragedy allies him with the republican cause.
After specialist training he becomes an efficient sniper and freedom fighter but it is one night, and one interrogation, which earn him a reputation as The Butcher of Belfast and pair him with his infamous knife, The Killer.
Following a particularly high profile sniper kill he is forced to take refuge in Spain where he becomes involved with E.T.A terrorists at a training camp deep in the Basque country. There, he takes part in a daring raid and forms strong alliances with his new brethren, the ETA freedom fighters.
When the Provos, and an old friend, call him back into action he performs his duty, but a moment of doubt makes him realise his home in Ireland has gone, now he belongs in the hills of Spain.
McCann knows he will always fight against the establishment, but one British Government espionage agent has other ideas.

Reviews

Very Well Done By Deslock
"This book was a quick read and very engaging. I like reading stories about the I.R.A. and the Troubles. This book focuses more on how the lead character grew up and became what he became, versus any type of history about the Troubles. If you're looking for more of a historic novel and deep dive on the Troubles, this book is not it. It assumes you know the history.
If you're looking for a quick action read that is a good adventure story set within the backdrop of the Troubles, this is a good one."

Great story By Mark
"This is a gripping mystery thriller that takes you on a violent adventure to 70s and 80s England and Northern Ireland. The plot is very well written, and I've enjoyed the suspenseful action so much I read the book in one sitting. The main characters are richly brought to life, and the author's ability to add multiple dimensions to the has kept me captivated. I hope to see it made into an action movie some day. Highly recommended."

Highly recommended, great reading By littleleg02
"This is a great read with plenty of action, once you start reading you won't be able to put it down. Fantastic story lines can't wait for the next book."

Proper page-turner
By Lucius
"I have to agree with the previous reviewers, once I started reading The Killer, there was never a slow point where considered putting it down. The book is full of clever twists, and I loved the way the fast pace was maintained throughout. Add to that a likeable main character, and some truly funny moments to counter the murder and mayhem, and you have a highly entertaining adventure book. Can't wait for The Butchers return"

Quite the Page Turner. By Jacob G
"This book is remarkably well written, and the mystery is both gripping and original. Unlike many of the murder novels out today this one has depth and will keep your attention with every single page."

A well written acbook, could not put it down. By jay
"This book is a great read from start to finish, the troubles, lies, extreme violence all brilliantly written...should be made into a film"

Great Story By PHP
"Great story, I know it was fiction but I wonder how much of it actually happens in real life. Ill have to check his other books"


Definitely an attention getter. By Les (New Mexico)
"The title is apt. This well written tale taps into the the tragic Irish situation. The protagonist is tough, brutal and the unwitting tool of one faction. The story is interesting and the pace is fast. The end is rather abrupt and we will need to read the rest of the trilogy for some kind
  
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