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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After discovering Billy Lort gone at his apartment and the house empty in Barnstaple Road. Stephen McGill deduced that Billy had done a runner.

“I’ll kill that bastard for sure McGill cursed.’ Seamus was sitting pleased that Billy had got to his wife and daughter out before McGill had got to them. Liam asked if he could change his coat when they reached the house “its bloody cold out here.’

“Go on then, but hurry up shouted O’Leary as he let Liam out of the car.

Liam went to the door and opened it he went inside followed by the rest Liam went to his room he found his coat and the loaded sawn off shotgun. He put it on then came down stairs McGill and the others waited in the kitchen McGill was cursing Billy Lort as Liam levelled the gun at McGill’s chest.’

“Get the feck out of my house now shouted Liam.’

McGill looked at Liam with cold eyes that were half closed and his jaw muscles twitched as he moved slowly towards Liam.’

“Get back or I will shoot.’

“You haven’t got the bottle shouted O’Leary as he stood up.’

“Liam squeezed the trigger and there was an almighty boom, the shot caught O’Leary in the lower part of his stomach and he fell to the floor.’

“I’ve still got another cartridge in the chamber for you McGill do you want it?’

“You crazy bastard shouted McGill look what you’ve done.’ You’ve just signed your own death warrant.’

The blood started oozing out of O’Leary’s stomach onto the kitchen floor and Finbar asked for a towel to stop the blood. Seamus got up and stood beside his son; He reached over and took the gun from him and pointed it at McGill.

“You heard my son; get the feck out of here.’

Finbar helped Michael O’Leary to his feet and they backed off down the passage and then outside.’

“We’ll be back for you Seamus; no matter where you go. We’ll feckin find you and my God I’m going to make you’re deaths slow and painful I tell you that.’

The neighbours had all come outside and were looking at the three men as they got into the car. Seamus still had the gun pointed at McGill as he turned on the ignition and sped away.

Seamus watched as they headed towards the Fat Ox pub He took out the radio transmitter from his pocket clicked a button and the red light flashed away.


“I swear I will carve Seamus Webster’s heart out for this said McGill as he reached the roundabout.’ He thinks that he’s got one over on me well I …. Those were the last words that Stephen McGill would utter.

The car exploded into a massive fireball and the bodies of the three men inside were blown to pieces from the bomb that Seamus had planted in the oil sump underneath the car.’

Seamus turned and then went back into the house and closed the door.

Within minutes there were fire engines and ambulances on the scene.

Dennis Lord was informed and he went into his desk and took out his gun then left the office after making a call to Sean McStiefain he was given an order to kill Seamus immediately so he headed to Webster’s house.

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