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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“You will just do as you’re feckin’ told or it will be your family in the firing line.’

“Don’t you ever threaten me or my family; or I will find you and kill the feckin’ lot of you.’ Seamus pointed a finger at Finbar who swallowed hard knowing he had said the wrong thing.’ He recomposed himself before speaking again.’

“It’s simple then isn’t it; make the boobies that we want then we will go away and leave you alone.’

“You’ve only got four days to get them sorted then we’re heading back on the plane back to Belfast.’ Seamus did a quick calculation in his head. This Saturday was the deadline; but where was the target.’

The car travelled up towards the New York Estate he checked his watch it was ten minutes to six. He knew both Brenda and Liam were still at school. Brenda had netball practice and Liam Rugby.’ Annie wouldn’t be in until ten past six.’

“The car pulled in outside and Seamus went inside.’

“I hope you don’t mind us barging in like this Seamus but we need you.’ “We’ve brought the gear that you’ll need. “ I want you to make six booby trapped bombs large enough to cause damage if you get my drift; you have until Friday night to finish them. They have to be compact enough to fit inside these here rucksacks.’ Seamus looked down at the small mountaineering type bags then back towards McGill. “We will come and collect you and the bombs around 12 noon on Saturday.’

“What’s the target?’

“You’ll find out soon enough, but this will cause major panic. “ It will be beautiful; it’s going to kill thousands and injure thousands more.’ “It will be the biggest disaster since the Titanic sunk in 1912. We will all go down in history.’

“There will be no warning given; these bastards are in for one hell of an explosion.

Shamus’s wife came through the door and was met by Michael O’Leary who walked behind her and into the kitchen.’

Right then Seamus we will leave you to it.’ “Make sure that they are ready we don’t want any slip ups do we.’

 The Irishmen left the Webster’s home and drove away.’

“Your not going to do it are you Seamus?’

“What can I do love, they will have us all killed if I don’t.’

“I need to think Annie please don’t go off on one.’

“Sorry Seamus I just thought.’

“I need to speak with that Mason guy.’ “We have to get out of here and bloody quick.’

Start packing a few clothes and I will get the kids to do the same when they come in.’

Seamus went out and walked down to the telephone box and rang the number Ralph Mason had given him. He was put straight through to his office.’

Hello is that Mr Mason.’

“Hello; is that you Seamus?’

“Yes, look I need to speak with you urgently.’

“Where are you?’

“I’m in a phone booth at the bottom of Rake Lane.’

“Can you wait there I will be with you as soon as I can.’

Seamus put down the phone and stood in the phone box. He kept looking around and watching every car that passed the booth. It was twenty five minutes later when a car pulled up and Seamus recognised Ralph Mason as he sat in the driver’s seat.

Seamus opened the booth door then quickly got into the passenger side and the car pulled away.

Seamus looked nervous his hands couldn’t keep still; they pill rolled.

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