Fifty BARs (Browning automatic rifles) have been stolen from a U.S. army base in Northern Ireland. His uncle Ike Eisenhower sends Billy to recover the weapons, which might be used in a German-sponsored IRA uprising. Bodies begin to accumulate as Billy finds unexpected challenges to his Boston-Irish upbringing and IRA sympathies. There are rogues on both sides, he learns.
©2009 James R. Benn (P)2009 Audible, Inc.
This series consistently delivers entertaining and engaging stories. This one adds an interesting backdrop of the Ireland conflict. For further details, see my review of: Billy Boyle: A World War II Mystery.
the book is a very good read. I've enjoyed the books I've read. I enjoy the reader. The only problem I'm having with this book is a small one. It comes from fact that neither the reader or the editor are familiar with military nomenclature. The story involves Billy Boyle's investigation into the theft of 50 Browning Automatic Rifles and ammunition. The reader constantly refers to the weapons as BARS. Any person familiar with military nomenclature knows the Browning Automatic Rifle is known as a B. A. R. The letters are pronounced individually. Other than that the book is another good story from James R. Benn. This minor issue will not deter me from getting more books about Billy Boyle. I look forward to the next book by James R. Benn
Perhaps the best of the series at this point. The intrigue is well developed and gives a rare glimpse of life in WWII Northern Ireland and the sad struggle for Irish unity that still permeates the island today.
I enjoy, epic and modern fantasy, science fiction, business, historical mystery, and technology books. Fav. series: Game of Thrones, Vampire Earth, Dresden, Iron Druid, Falco mysteries, Chris Anderson titles, Peaceful Warrior, and the Way of Kings (and more, of course;)
Billy gets to visit Ireland for the very first time, but it isn't to drink whiskey with distant relatives. He's on a mission and it involves the Protestants and Catholics, and of course, the war. Billy has a mystery to solve and all sides are implicated.
Benn does a great job stripping away the dreamy idealism afforded to the Boyles in Boston, and Billy realizes that there's blood on the hands of both sides.
A great story, that provides insight into some of the politics occurring in the background of the conflict between the Allies and the Germans. Excellent narration as always.
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