A British cabinet minister is gunned down on a London street by an IRA assassin. In the wake of national outcry, the authorities must find the hitman. But the trail is long cold, the killer gone to ground in Belfast, and they must resort to more unorthodox methods to unearth him. Ill prepared and poorly briefed, undercover agent Harry Brown is sent into the heart of enemy territory to infiltrate the terrorists. But when it is a race against the clock, mistakes are made and corners cut. For Harry Brown, alone in a city of strangers, where an intruder is the subject of immediate gossip and rumour, one false move is enough to leave him fatally isolated....
©1975 Gerald Seymour (P)2013 Hodder & Stoughton
"Absorbing from beginning to end... the sort of book that makes you lose track of time" (New York Times)
"Devastatingly good...you can smell the mean streets where the terrorists hide" (Spectator)
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"Authentic and welll written thriller..."
Not top and not bottom, somewhere in the middle.
The scene in the Policeman's House, which I won't spoil for anyone.
No, I thought his performance was good.
1970's Belfast, the Provos were becoming more and more audacious...then came Harry Brown.
I thought it was a well written book, full of suspense. It captures a time which is thankfully long forgotten from most people's memory and does not portray either of the main protagonists in a good light - a pretty accurate reflection, I imagine. It takes a little while to get going but once the scene is set, moves along at a decent pace. The book is well read by an accomplished actor, who brings the characters to life well. Overall, I would definitely recommend it for people who enjoy thrillers.
"The underbelly of the spy game."
A wonderfully written piece of literature. The story never never rages, it's more of a constant burn, a thorn in the side as opposed to a dagger in the heart. The characters are three dimensional and the plot is a thick broth of intrigue. It's has pathos in abundance and certainly deserves it's long held reputation as a classic.
"Very good gripping tale"
One of the best and certainly the best Seymour
Well written, good characters, plausable plot and very good narration
Harry - well performed and nice stress on the inner tension he experiences
Id advise anyone to have a listen
"Could not put it down"
The stupidity of Politicians, Army officers and dim squaddies is unbelievable. An excellent thriller by Gerald Seymour and well narrated.
"Very real, fiction written around reality."
I read this book when it was first published and the subject was current and in some ways a bit politically taboo, but I've listened to it several times since. It's not dated and it still engages me even though I know the story. It's well written and the performed is excellent.
A difficult subject written from a completely neutral stand point. The characters all have depth and the book makes you feel for both sides, their struggles become very real regardless of your belief.
The story may be fiction, but not so far from the reality of the time its set in. I think the story comes over so very real and the author captures the time perfectly, but I expect this was helped as he was reporting the real news during these difficult time.
This book make no political statements and is not a war story, or shoot 'em up. It's a really good drama. Give it a go, you'll be surprised.
John O'Mahoney bring the sorry to life and his accent and consistency made for a great performance.
If you watched the TV adaption of this book (which they'd never show now days) don't just pass the book over. The TV series was good, but not a patch on the book. The is far more engaging.
If you like this "The Journeyman Tailor" is a must.
"A must for anybody who lived during the troubles"
Both sides are given a reason to be.
Nobody wins, whatever your own views.
Listen to this because you should, its a classic. Then listen to 'Journeymen Taylor' because its better,
"brilliant, thrilling and gripping.
I loved this book, brilliant from start to finish. Harry is very believable. Will read again.
"What goes around, comes around"
I have been living in the republic of Ireland for 11 years now. It is the most peaceful, gentle place I have ever lived in. My experience of the Irish people is that they are kind, considerate and have a great sense of community. To read about how a bunch of bullies can distort a community and destroy peoples trust in each other was heartbreaking. Reading about Northern Ireland reminded me of Nazi Germany, neighbors informing on each other and people scared to have an opinion. I found this book fascinating, honest and poignant. It was a good read and one that haunts me still. I find myself reflecting back on certain chapters wishing I could re-write them with a happier ending. This one will stay with me.
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