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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Ralph had brought a flask of coffee with him and he poured himself a cup then took a drink then passed the spare cup to Rob who hoped that it was strong because his body was craving a stimulant.

He poured out the hot liquid and spooned in some sugar and took a huge swallow.

“You must have an asbestos tongue drinking that coffee so hot.’

“I need it I’m bloody perished here; my balls are going to drop off if we sit here much longer.’

“Stop your whinging will you; you’re worse than a woman you are.’

Rob had nearly drained the cup when Ralph spotted a car driving along the Middens.

“This is it; get that camera ready.’

Rob scanned the binoculars towards the car where there were four men inside sitting with the engine running and the lights on.

“They haven’t seen us said Ralph as Rob wound down the window of the black Ford Capri and stuck out a long lens Pentax camera and began clicking away the car had the inside light on so Rob was able to get some decent shots. There’s Billy Lort, Stephen McGill and two others I don’t recognise in the back. Ralph waited for another fifteen minutes then a small motorised dingy headed towards the car with the lights on.

There were two men in dark clothing and greased up faces in the boat and they inched their way to the rocks. The two men in the back of the Jaguar got out and were wearing wellington boots with white woollen socks tuned over the tops.

They scrambled over the rocks to the waters edge then black plastic bags were being handed over.

“Are you getting all of this said Ralph as he looked through the binoculars?’

“Every bit Sir.

The men put the black bags into the boot of the car then drove off. Ralph followed them all the way back to Billy Lort’s apartment where the car was unloaded and the bags taken inside the house.

“Are we not going to arrest them Sir?’

“No, not yet I want to catch them in the act and then they will all go down for a long time.’ Get those photos developed and have them on my desk by this afternoon.’

Can we go home and get some sleep now sir.’

Yes, drop me off at the head quarters first.’

“Don’t you ever sleep?’

“I only sleep when I have to Rob.’

“Well I need to I can tell you that; all this surveillance work is knocking the hell out of me.

“It won’t be for much longer.’

“I bloody hope so sir.’

Rob Black dropped of his boss then headed home; it was now ten past four in the morning and he had to be back at head quarters at 9am.

Rob had a flat across the road from the old cemetery in Jesmond. He was divorced after eleven years of marriage to Helen at first she didn’t mind the long hours and the disruptive sleep then it began to upset her when in the middle of dinner he would put down his knife and fork then have to dash out. Helen desperately wanted a family; Rob wasn’t keen on the idea and asked her to wait.

“I’m sick of waiting for you Robert; we never spend any time together she erupted one evening when the phone rang just as they were about to go to bed and Rob called by his boss and was then dashing about getting himself ready.

“We have got to talk Robert.’

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