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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and he would be wearing dentures. Even his mother and father had their own teeth. His face would never look the same again; his handsome features were no more.

He heard the phone ringing and he immediately thought of Margaret.

“Hello, is that you Allan came a distraught voice.’

Allan tried to answer and found he was slobbering blood down his mouth.’

“Are you alright Allan, I think we need to talk?’

“Someone came and beat the shit out of me last night he blurted out in and indistinct voice.’ It sounded more like her gran who didn’t wear dentures.

“I know, it was Neil who did it; he left me a blood stained hanky with all of your teeth in it.’

“I’m going to the police about this said Allan.’

“You can’t what are you going to tell them?’ you cannot say it was my husband who did this because I would have to admit adultery. Neil would have grounds for divorce and I wouldn’t get a pension if anything were to happen to him.

“Is this all about money with you.’

Look Allan I think we should end this now because Neil won’t stop; he will kill both of us.’

So that’s it is it; thanks a bloody lot; my face has been used as a bloody punch bag and you are throwing in the towel.

 It’s for the best Allan.’

But I love you; can’t you see that?’

“The thing is I don’t love you.’ “It was just meant to be a bit of fun, but now its over.’

“Just like that; you’re dumping me.’

“It would have ended anyway Allan best make a clean break of it now.’

“You really are a heartless bitch aren’t you?’

“Don’t be this way Allan we can still be friends.’

“No we can’t Margaret.

Allan put down the phone then went to get himself dressed he needed to get his eyes and nose seen to at the infirmary.



After his discharge from the Army in 1962 Dennis joined the Metropolitan Police Force and quickly rose through the ranks by the time he was 32 he was a chief superintendent. His friend Daniel Fairly got him involved with special branch and again Dennis blagged his way into a top job. He was made head of MI5 by the time he was forty having worked in Northern Ireland under cover for five years. His wife Julia said that he spent more time in the office than he did at home. Every time she planned an evening together Dennis had a meeting or something that would keep him away from home. They had only been married twelve years after he was introduced at a party. Julia Gibson worked in the telecommunications department. She was of average height slim with a cute little nose and very attractive looking. She always kept her hair shorter than the other girls and she was a brunette. Dennis was instantly attracted to her. He would purposely walk past the telecommunications department and go in to ask if she had heard anything regarding men who had been posted in Ireland just like he was some years before. They all had jobs where it would either put them in contact with Sin Fein or IRA members. They had to report any findings. Secret cameras placed in the toilets with sound were placed to pick up information.

A favourite place for Gerry Conlon was to sit in the corner of “The Rat Catcher” a local pub frequented by Stephen McGill and other IRA members. Jim McCluskey fitted a bug under the table where they sat and information filtered through about 

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