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The Road to Balcombe Street: The IRA Reign of Terror in London, Second Edition

Narrated by: Jon C Dixon
Length: 13 hrs and 48 mins
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A pause resisting, real life thriller recounting the story of the Irish Republican Army Active Service Unit, placed in deep cover in London, and their murderous campaign against the British establishment. Equally gripping is the story of the Metropolitan police and their efforts to first identify the elusive group of terrorist, and then apprehend them. This is the true story of a deadly cat and mouse game played out on the streets of London that resulted in the infamous armed stand off at what would later be called the Balcombe Street Siege.

©2015 Dr. Steven P. Moysey (P)2019 Dr. Steven P. Moysey

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"This is the first comprehensive and all-embracing account of the events leading up to the hostage taking incident at Balcombe Street and the successful and peaceful efforts to secure the release of the victims and surrender of the perpetrators." (Lord Peter Imbert, CVO, QPM, DL)

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Enlightening and Intriguing

I must say that the history of the IRA reign of terror was something I was only familiar with by hearing about the story on national news from time to time all those years ago, and since in 1975 I was still so young, I honestly did not know much about the details. This is truly an enlightening and intriguing narrative about the atrocities wrought upon London by these terrorists. At times, I did feel a little overwhelmed about the details and wished I had bought the book at the same time to follow along, however, I do feel this is a good story, not only for the quality but for the depth of the research and history relayed in this book. He does an outstanding job in the amount of detail. Also, Jon Dixon, as the narrator, is incredible and his smooth and fluid voice adds much to the narrative and holding a listener's interest in the storyline. I look forward to the movie in the making and I do recommend this book as a great read and listen.

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  • 07-05-19

Excellently researched, informative and narrated

This book has been excellently researched and as such, highly informative of the various factors that led to the siege at Balcombe Street.
Counter-terrorist specialist Dr Steve Moysey is thorough in establishing the authentic details surrounding the build-up to the siege, the siege itself and the conclusion from meticulously reviewing the evidence he collected.
He explains the psychological aspects of all those involved and thoroughly describes the negotiation tactics employed by the negotiators.
Superbly narrated by Jon C Dixon.

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  • Luke Pitt
  • 07-19-19

A Gripping account...

I did like this book and as I listened to the account I realised that the combination of great research and compelling narration make this an extra special listen. It is a gritty set of events and one which is worth listening to.

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  • Richard A. Mcnally
  • 07-14-19

A wonderfully read story.

Well written and extensively reserched .
It reminded me of growing up in those times.
The narrator was excellent.

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  • Caroline Jones
  • 07-07-19

Superbly researched, really interesting.

I will freely admit that I wasn’t very interested in reading this book, as, at the time, I was a teenager and indifferent to ‘political goings-on’ and more interested in David Essex!
My lovely friend, and narrator of this book, Jon C Dixon asked me to listen to it and give a review, as I now work in the control room of the Met Police.
I can say that, from a police despatcher’s viewpoint, all references to foot chases, despatch handling and employing of various units and specialised departments of The Met, this account is entirely accurate.
The detail is amazing, giving me a real insight and education as to what went on in those troubling times.
The author has obviously given many hours to research, as I found myself getting caught up with the events as they unfolded. The detail is superb and gave me a clear picture of what was occurring.
This is the first e-book I have ever read: Jon is very easy to listen to and read beautifully, at an even, steady pace.
I thoroughly enjoyed this book and highly recommend it to everyone to listen to.

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  • j goodey
  • 06-28-19

Excellent, well worth listening too.

Brings alive the history of the time, filling in the gaps from what’s remembered of the news at the time. Excellent narration.

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  • Dave Chetwynd
  • 06-16-19

Enthralling true story

This book not only covers the siege but gives the history leading up to the event and the subsequent aftermath.
The author uses a variety of sources from eye witnesses to documents in the public records.
Jon Dixon’s handling of the narration is first rate as he leads you through the story.