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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“I work for the government Helen.’

“I see in what department?’

“Anti- terrorism; its all top secret Helen.’

“Intriguing; you really are a man of mystery aren’t you? “You are very young to be working there.’

“A friend of mine got me in through the back door.’ ”I did four years in the Army as a bomb disposal expert then moved over when I came out.’

I’ve been here nearly two years now, its long hours sometimes; but very rewarding work.’

“You’re a real action man then Robert.’

“I wouldn’t say that but I can look after myself.’

The bowls were removed from the table before the main course arrived.

“Wow that looks very nice said Helen; I’m impressed.’

The Waterford platter was something with a varied selection of shellfish battered cod pieces, scampi, and fishcakes. Then there was a side order of chips that were fried to perfection.

The waiter poured the wine then left them to enjoy their meal.

“Seems you know quite a lot about me but I know nothing about you Helen.’

“There’s not a lot to tell you that is why. I live with my parents as you now know and “I rarely go out.’

“So how do you fill your time off?’

“I like to read.’

“Who’s your favourite author then?’

“I like Wilbre Smith as he is an adventure writer.’

“So you like adventure.’

“Yes, fraught with hidden dangers or course.’

“Here try the scampi it is really nice.’ Rob turned the plate so that Helen could indulge herself.

Rob helped himself to a piece of battered cod and then added a few chips to his plate.’

He spooned on some tomato sauce from a stainless steel dish then tasted it. The cod was moist and very fresh as all the fish that the Waterford Arms used were caught that day. The restaurant did about 200 covers of an evening and about 70 of a lunch time.

In the summer months it was hard to get a table with all tourists.

The stars were shining brightly in the sky and the moon cast its light across the bay. further out to sea there was a ferry with all its lights on. A few cobles lay like sleeping seals on the sand and the gentle breeze blew against the grass on the dunes that sloped up the sides of bay.

“No wonder they say that the North East Coast is the best place to be.’

“Yes, we are truly spoilt here; we take so much for granted because we live here.’

“Would you ever consider living elsewhere?’

“I lived in the barracks at Catterick camp for a while and I’ve been to Ireland, Germany, and Malta on tour.’ “For me there’s no place like home.’

“I agree with you.’ if we only had the weather all year round this place would be a gold mine.’

Helen picked up her wine and swirled the liquid around in the glass before taking a drink.’

“Not bad for a house wine is it?’

“No I’ve tasted far worse I can tell you.’

“Thompsons put on a party each year for all the staff and it’s full of cheap plonk.’

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