The Troubles

"The Troubles " the story is set in Belfast and the North East in 1969.
Seamus Webster and his family flee the riots in Belfast and come to live on Barnstaple Road in North Shields - where he takes up work as a crane driver in Smith's Docks his wife Annie finds a job in the Co-op in Whitley Bay - Seamus is good at DIY and gets lots of work decorating or fitting out new kitchens for people. His father Michael is serving a very long sentence when he is implicated in a
bombing of an army base- his skills as a bomb maker have been passed down to his oldest son and Stephen Mcgill is on the look -out for him as a bombing campaign has begun on mainland Britain. Newcastle has been chosen as the target - can Seamus avoid getting mixed up in this. Read what happens in this tense thriller.


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That night on the local news the story broke about a caravan fire that had killed a whole family. Dennis Lord sat with a mug of coffee with a smug look on his face. Shortly after seven o’clock there was a telephone call.

“Hello its Sean here, “well done Jesus on taking care of that little job we asked you to do.’ “You would have also found that we’ve sent you a large payment.’

“I’ve told you never to call here McStiefain.’ Look that’s my finish, I’m doing no more work for you; I plan to retire at the end of the month.’

“Enjoy your retirement. The phone went dead and McStiefain looked at Tom Gulley. “There’s a little job that I want you to do for me Tom; it will only be a few days at the most to take care of.’ Take McCluskey with you.’



Over the next few days Dennis Lord didn’t come in to work he provided a sick note claiming he was depressed and needed a break. Ralph went to see him at his home

He invited Ralph in and offered him a drink.

“No thanks’ Dennis or should I call you Jesus?’

Ralph looked at Dennis to see if there was any change in his face when he asked the question.’

“What do you mean?’

“Come on Dennis we know all about you; you see I’ve been putting tabs on you for quite a while now. “ What were you doing in Bewick yesterday?’

“I came to see you and the Webster’s’ but you had left by the time I got there.’

“A bit unusual travelling up there that late at night wasn’t it?’

“I came to offer moral support. “ It was a pity that the Webster’s were involved in a horrific accident.

“Yes,’ it was said Ralph with a blank expression.’

“Look Ralph, I’ve put in for redundancy if you’d like to know and I’ve made a recommendation that you take over as head of MI5. I’ve had enough of the late nights and the stress of the job; its time for me to put on my carpet slippers and put my feet up.’

Ralph knew he didn’t really have enough on Dennis Lord apart from the money, he didn’t want to expose the fact that the Webster’s were still alive; knowing that Lord would only pass on the information so he just let him go on believing that they were all dead. It wouldn’t be long before they arrested Sean McStiefain.

“I better get back to the office; enjoy your retirement.’

“I know you’re the man for the job down there Ralph; don’t let me down.’

Ralph left actually feeling sorry for his boss who had stooped so low. How could he have allowed himself to get involved with the IRA.

Driving back to the office Ralph thought about the Webster’s they would be on their way to a new life in a few hours.

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