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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When you find out the name of the university let me know and I will pay your fees for you.’ By the way does your mother know about your plans?’

“Oh yes daddy she said as long as if you agreed it would be alright.’

“That’s settled then.’

Thanks daddy I appreciate this.’

“No bother darling, enjoy yourself.’

“I will bye.’

“Bye honey.’

John put down the phone then climbed on top of Amanda who was now on her back.

“Now where were we he said as he kissed her right nipple?’


 Jan heard the key being put into the door as her mother returned from the hairdressers.

“Janice are you up there?’

“Yes mother, what do you want?’

“Did you hear that explosion earlier; everyone’s talking about it in the hairdressers they reckon it was just up the road?’

“Yes I did hear something but just ignored it.’

“The bloody house could go up and you wouldn’t move would you.’

“Don’t start mother.’

Gillian Porterfield turned on the TV set; she was the first to own a coloured television set in her street and it made such a difference to the picture quality; especially watching movies. Using a new remote device she switched channels until she found the local news channel and there was the scene where the explosion had taken place.

She poured herself a large vodka from one of the six bottles she’d brought in. Gillian then went to get ice from the freezer box.’

“What do you want for your tea Janice?’

“It’s alright I ate a sandwich earlier.’

“You cannot live on sandwiches dear.’

Jan nearly shouted and you cannot live on Vodka either;’ but chose to ignore the comment.

She turned on the portable coloured TV set in her room and used the remote to find the news channel. She listened as the newsman described how the car exploded and how three men inside were killed; then he went onto say that it could have been linked to a gun incident on Barnstaple road. Several neighbours gave account of how Seamus Webster had held a gun to three men; one of them was clearly wounded as his friend had helped him into the back of the car. “They then drove off at speed up there the neighbour pointed up the road. “ And then there was this huge explosion.’

Could you describe the three men in question asked the news reader and the neighbour now claiming his five minutes of fame went on to describe what the men looked like.


Ralph Mason and Rob Black got into the car followed by Seamus and his son Seamus packed the cases in the boot along with the sawn off Shotgun.

Rob sped off towards the caravan park in Bewick.

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