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  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Mainstream Publishing; New Ed edition (21 Oct. 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1840182768
  • ISBN-13: 978-1840182767
  • Product Dimensions: 12.7 x 1.4 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (69 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 89,132 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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In 1997, Martin McGartland ruffled a few feathers with Fifty Dead Men Walking, a Bravo Two Zero style account of his life as a Special Branch undercover agent working inside the IRA. The book included various operations that McGartland managed to thwart, a few that he didn't, and culminated in his escape from an IRA punishment squad by throwing himself through a second-floor window, but its chief virtue was to expose the hierarchy of the IRA as being driven by petty-minded viciousness and criminality rather than political idealism.

McGartland was no doubt expecting that that was going to pretty much be that as far as books were concerned, and that he could go back to rebuilding a life under an assumed name in northern England. Instead, we have Dead Man Running which, while less sensational and gung-ho than its predecessor, is an altogether darker and more disturbing read. Dead Man Running begins with a phone call from one of McGartland's former Special Branch handlers in Northern Ireland, who tells him that MI5 had actually conspired with the IRA to get McGartland killed and were very annoyed that he had managed to escape. If this has all the hallmarks of a paranoid conspiracy theory, then one can't deny that McGartland is a very convincing conspiracist. He tells of the reluctance of Special Branch to provide adequate protection and how the Northumberland police constantly harassed him-- even though they knew who he was--until he was forced to break his cover in open court, thereby making him an easy target for the IRA death squads, in order to clear his name of criminal charges.

But Dead Man Running is more than one man's search for the truth. It is also a fascinating insight into the murky world of Irish politics. We have all heard the gruesome details of the punishment beatings, but McGartland lifts the lid on the compromises that the establishment is prepared to make to reach a settlement with the terrorists. It is a world where people mean nothing and appearance is all, and it leaves you wondering whether a peace at any price is a peace worth having and whether the Good Friday Agreement is worth the paper it's written on. --John Crace --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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*Author of bestselling FIFTY DEAD MEN WALKING - published in the US by Hastings House.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Maxx10 on 11 Feb. 2011
Format: Kindle Edition
In a nutshell, if you haven't read the authors previous title (50 dead men walking) you will thoroughly enjoy this book and for you it should be a four to five star rating. If however, like me, you have read the previous title then three stars is being generous. Interesting as the authors life is after leaving N.I it is obviously not enough to fill a book, hence huge sections of the first book re-told word for word in this sequel, which is very disappointing. I reviewed and 5 star rated the prequel to this book and would recommend anyone to read that as it's a stunning and impressionable read.......unfortunately this title leaves you a little bit like 'this one was for the money'. Shame.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By KevBhav on 2 Jun. 2011
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This follow-up to Fifty Dead Men Walking is slightly disappointing. He has become very paranoid, not about the IRA catching him, but that the British Government want rid of him. If you read about his time undercover in the IRA, you should read this book about his time on the run from them, but don't expect gripping stories in this one.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By William on 8 Feb. 2013
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A revealing account of how our security services abandoned one of our top agents within the IRA once he had outlived his usefulness. It seems that it would have been more convenient for them for him to have met the same fate as other agents before him - with a bullet in the head. He remains to them a thorn in the side as he continues his quest to expose the truth behind the apparent IRA assasination attempt. Did they view his ongoing surival merely as a cheap risk that had to be removed? Martin McGartland today still seeks to expose the secutiy services' lies and apparent conspiracy - aided and abetted by Northumbria Police. If and when he does expose the truth, and I sincerely hope he does - it will make a fascinating conclusion to what would be a trilogy of his life.
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful By T. M. Stephenson on 9 Mar. 2010
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I bought this as I'd enjoyed 50 dead men running so much.
This one was repetative to the point of iritation and drawn out longer than it needed. I couldn't keep the thread at times and easily got lost, which I don't usually. In the end I found myself skipping bits to get to where he'd been shot as I wanted to know how badly hurt he was and how he recovered, but this isn't really covered!
I don't doubt he's had a horrid time and been treat very badly, but this book wasn't worth reading. It was also a poor quality printed book and the cover looked odd and blurred.
I wouldn't bother if you're only getting this because you enjoyed the first one so much.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By D Mc, on 7 Sept. 2006
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There were some really interesting stories in the book, but it was spoilt by the fact that Martin McGartland repeated things over and over again. This book could really have been 10 pages shorter. Not a book I would want to read twice. A poor follow up to the first book, Fifty Dead Men Walking.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By jane on 12 Feb. 2013
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Easily the best ever book written about MI5 RUC IRA and N Ireland. This is a well written book, a page turner.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 10 Aug. 1999
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If you read fifty dead men walking and liked it, you will LOVE this book. Within 2 days I had finished the book I could not put it down. It will open your eyes to the deciet and double crossing that seemingly takes place within our own government. This book explains some of the details from his previous book and often refers to it. I strongly suggest you read this book and see what it is like to work for the IRA and undercover with the Special Branch, to only then find out that once your use is done your very expendable, and its not only the IRA that wants him dead.
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By Ian Millard on 28 Jun. 2010
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I agree with one or two other reviewers that this is a pretty dull read in places. It continues the story from his earlier book, but came out before he was in fact shot and badly wounded in his Northumbrian exile.

I found it hard to come to any particular conclusion as to whether he was targeted for harassment by the local police and/or (but I doubt it, frankly) the Security Service. Why? What would be the reason?

I was amazed that he had the courage or recklessness to return to Belfast from the UK, knowing as he did that the IRA wanted to kill him. When he drove to West Belfast and stopped his car to talk to friends from before, I felt hands go clammy. What if the engine had seized at that moment? Maybe he is braver/more reckless than me...but he obviously lost the plot when he thinks that the IRA might get him on the ferry back to Scotland...with the number of SB and/or RUC and/or MI5 people on those ferries, that would be unlucky to say the least. In the end, he did get on and made the trip without incident.

The book is too repetitive, too slight overall, too dull overall.
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