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myykuul
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Who has read anything by Irish writer Stuart Neville

I just finished The Ghosts of Belfast, which is set in that city after the Northern Ireland Troubles during the late 1960s - 90s. It is a war story -  as the prominent characters were active in and survived the bloody clashes between the nationalists, the unionists, and British troops. Everyone has blood on their hands.

 

The central character (hardly a protagonist, which is refreshing) is a former IRA soldier, ex-con named Fagen who is literally haunted by those he killed and who now want his former bosses dead. I started the second book, Ratlines, which continues the story and introduces a police detective, central to the story, who is also an anti-hero of sorts. Both men may be capable of selfless acts but the author knows enough about human nature to not let that rise up without painful psychological, and often physical, consequences.

 

Easy to recommend to anyone who prefers central characters with personality issues (being diplomatic here - some of these bastards would test high on the Hare Psychopathy Checklist) who struggle to work with and around government authorities and leaders of illegal enterprises that are difficult to tell apart at times. 

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Re: Who has read anything by Irish writer Stuart Neville


myykuul wrote:

I just finished The Ghosts of Belfast, which is set in that city after the Northern Ireland Troubles during the late 1960s - 90s. It is a war story -  as the prominent characters were active in and survived the bloody clashes between the nationalists, the unionists, and British troops. Everyone has blood on their hands.

 

The central character (hardly a protagonist, which is refreshing) is a former IRA soldier, ex-con named Fagen who is literally haunted by those he killed and who now want his former bosses dead. I started the second book, Ratlines, which continues the story and introduces a police detective, central to the story, who is also an anti-hero of sorts. Both men may be capable of selfless acts but the author knows enough about human nature to not let that rise up without painful psychological, and often physical, consequences.

 

Easy to recommend to anyone who prefers central characters with personality issues (being diplomatic here - some of these bastards would test high on the Hare Psychopathy Checklist) who struggle to work with and around government authorities and leaders of illegal enterprises that are difficult to tell apart at times. 


Hi myykuul, and thanks so much for your great comments on Stuarts novel

I do have it in my very large TBR pile and now it's going closer to the top thanks to you

 

I hope you visit the forum often

 

deb

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Re: Who has read anything by Irish writer Stuart Neville

Thanks, Deb, I'll endeavor to post a bit more; my reading list is eclectic and driven by mood so it may be fun to toss a few lines about my recent reads :-)

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myykuul wrote:

Thanks, Deb, I'll endeavor to post a bit more; my reading list is eclectic and driven by mood so it may be fun to toss a few lines about my recent reads :-)


Ah A reader after my own eclectic reading heart. 

I look forward to your posts :smileyhappy: