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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“Michael put that fag out will you and open the bloody window.’

“I’m not smoking Stephen.’

“Don’t tell me that the feckin’ car is on the blink.’

“By the time that they reached Billy Mill the smoke was billowing out from under the hood.’

“Do you think we can make it to the Webster’s house?’

“Possibly but it going to be at a push.’

“We might end up pushing the bastard if we don’t.’ the car coughed and sputtered all the way to the house and when they got out they were all coughing themselves.

They went to the door and knocked.’

“Seamus came to the door furious.’ “Where’s Brenda he spat.’

“Don’t you be worrying yourself now, she’s safe.’

“Have you got the equipment?’

 “Yes; it’s all there.’

Michael handed him the rucksacks then McGill followed Seamus into the back garden and into his shed.

“Seamus explained in layman’s terms how each bomb would work.’ and gave a quick demo using a miniature box using a remote control it exploded just like a firework going off and Stephen patted him on the back. “Well done Seamus.’

“You’ve done a good job, your father would be proud of you.’ “This is going to be a historic day.’

“Oh by the way we need your DIY skills again.’

“You said that there’d be no more after this job was done.’

“Its not bombs we’d be wantin’ you to fix Seamus, it’s the feckin’ car. “ I think Finbar has blown something under the hood.’ Seamus set the timers on each device for 4.30 pm as instructed by McGill. He placed each bomb carefully in each bag and told them not to shake or drop the rucksacks because it would set of the bombs.’

“I’ll go get my tools.’

“Good lad we knew that we could rely on you.’

McGill came back and sat in the kitchen whilst Seamus went out to the car.

“Need any help asked Finbar as Seamus walked past him with his toolbox.’

“No, I can manage on my own.’

“Should I go with him said Finbar to McGill?’

“No he’s not going anywhere; we have his daughter.’

“Liam will help me won’t you son.’

“Yes Da’ Liam put on his coat and followed his father outside.

“Listen to me, keep an eye out Liam son, and give me the nod if anyone comes out of the house will you.’ said his father once they were out of earshot.

Seamus opened the hood of car and looked inside he knew instantly what was wrong and opened his toolbox and began to fix the problem. Seamus knew that the job would take him about twenty minutes to fix but made the job last longer knowing that he wanted to do a little DIY of his own on the car.

He came back into the house and got his car jack from the shed.

“What’s wrong with it asked McGill.’

“Its burning oil I’m going to have to change it.’

“How long is that going to take?’

“Half an hour tops.’

“Alright get on with it.’

At 11.30 am Seamus jacked up the car and began working underneath the car he quickly unscrewed the oil tank then fitted the device inside. 

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