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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Billy was reluctant to leave Michael alone with Brenda but he had parked the car in such a place it was where people were passing all the time. He thought Michael would try anything.

Billy went inside the fish shop and ordered food then asked for a pen and paper which Rose Cardiff gave him he wrote down a message and a phone number. It simply said: “They’ve taken Brenda Webster; party is tomorrow afternoon.’

“Please ring this number and just say that Billy gave me this message.’ It’s urgent.’

“Is that all I’ve got to say love?’

“Aye that’s all.’

“Billy returned with a parcel of fish and chips for everyone then gave him his change.’

“What were you writing down Billy?’

“The lass asked for my autograph can you believe it.’

 “Fame at last aye.’

Rose waited until the car pulled away then made the call and repeated the message that Billy had given her.’


They took the lift to the first floor rather than the stairs as it dropped them right outside his apartment.

McGill was making a call when they went in and he wondered who he was speaking to. Little did Billy know that there was a tap on his phone and the place was bugged to hell? Finbar took a parcel of the fish and chips then went to get some tomato sauce.

When he returned he passed the bottle to Michael who then put some on his. They gave Brenda a parcel and she opened them and began to eat. She didn’t know how long they were going to keep her there or if she would get another meal so she made the most of what she was given.

“For a slip of a lass, you can certainly eat said Finbar.’

“Sorry I was hungry; I hadn’t eaten any lunch today.’

“Don’t be apologising darlin’ just enjoy.’

McGill finished his call then came into the living room.

“Don’t worry girl nothin’ is goin’ to happen to you unless your father doesn’t do what we ask of him.’

“We will pick him up tomorrow and you will be returned to your mammy.’

“Thank you Mr McGill.’

“Michael and Finbar will look after you.’

“No I don’t want them two lookin’ after me, I mean can Billy look after me.’

“Alright then you can can’t you Billy? Tie her up we don’t want her running off.’

“If you say so Mr McGill.’

“I won’t run I promise, please don’t tie me up.’

“Alright take her into your room but keep an eye on her; we have things to do.’

Billy led Brenda to the third room on the left. He pointed out the bathroom on his way along.

 Once inside he told Brenda to sit on the bed. He put his fingers to his lips and indicated to her that she be silent.

He went to his drawer and pulled out a pen and some note paper then wrote- My room is bugged don’t say anything – I’m here to help you.

After showing her the letter he took out his lighter from his pocket and burned the note in an ash tray.’

“Do you smoke?’

“God no.’ my father would kill me.’

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