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Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Observe The Sins Of Ulster

Now living in Canada, Patrick Taylor was born and raised in Bangor, Co. Down. His latest offering, PRAY FOR US SINNERS, is another in what is a rapidly growing number of novels set during ‘the Troubles’. Quoth the blurb elves:
A British Army bomb-disposal expert goes undercover to try to identify the source of the bombs being used by the Provisional Irish Republican Army in PRAY FOR US SINNERS, a thrilling novel by New York Times bestseller Patrick Taylor.
  In Belfast in 1973 the Troubles are raging. Two Ulstermen. Two sides. On one, British Army bomb-disposal officer Marcus Richardson; on the other, Davy MacCutcheon, Provisional IRA armourer who has been constructing bombs since his teens. Both men are committed to their causes until events shatter their beliefs, leaving each with a crisis of faith and an overpowering need to get out—but with honour.
  When he is nearly killed by an exploding car bomb, Marcus welcomes the offer of a transfer to the elite SAS—provided that he first accept an undercover mission to infiltrate the Falls Road ghetto, join the Provisional IRA, identify their upper echelon, and expose their bomb-maker.
  When Davy’s devices are used for civilian disruption rather than military targets, the bomb-maker begins to question what he’s doing. His work is being used to maim and kill innocent people. His request to be discharged is countered by an order that he go on one last mission. Success will bring Davy redemption and permission to leave Ireland with Fiona Kavanagh, the woman he loves.
  When the paths of the two men cross, Davy realizes that he can use Marcus’s expertise in plastic explosives. A runaway series of events leaves both men in an abandoned farmhouse in the middle of a plot to kill the British Prime Minster. Can Marcus find a way to thwart the plan and escape with his life?
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4 comments:

Sean Patrick Reardon said...

This sounds very good. Gooin to read the sample asap.

Declan Burke said...

Good to hear from you, squire. Keep us posted as to how the book treats you ...

colin bateman said...

Ha! This is a thirteen year old book. I was puzzled because he's from my home town but I'd never heard of him! But he appears to be a New York Times best selling author of a blarney rich series of novels about Irish country doctors. Fair play to him, though if you know my home town and then read the intro to his website he does appear to have adopted every Irish cliché in the book, though perhaps with a canny twinkle in his eye...

Declan Burke said...

Ta for that, Colin. I hadn't realised SINNERS was 13 years old. Still, that's the joy of the e-revolution, I suppose, getting 'lost' books out there again ...