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Lighting Candles: A Paramilitary's War with Death, Drugs and Demons Kindle Edition

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About the Author

David Leslie was a senior journalist with the News of the World for over forty years, latterly as Scottish Crime Editor. He is the author of several books including Crimelord, the story of underworld supremo Tam 'The Licensee' McGraw, and The Happy Dust Gang, telling how businessmen plotted the start of major cocaine smuggling. He has appeared in television documentaries giving unique insights into notorious crimes and criminals and is a regular contributor to radio stations and newspapers, drawing on his extensive and unchallenged knowledge of the Scottish underworld.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 687 KB
  • Print Length: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Black & White Publishing (15 May 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00I7JCZL8
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars 21 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #39,119 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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I enjoy reading this authors books. His background experience as a top crime journalist and author are evident in his books. This was well written, sensitively handled with a respect to all it concerned. It touched upon the journey into violence and crime without glorifying it. I enjoyed Manny's input, especially when using his own words, which helped bring the story to life. I know of some of the characters and locations, which allowed me to imagine the story as it unfolded.I do enjoy getting the perspective of the people involved, as it is most insightful and opens up to the reader a world that he otherwise wouldn't know. Great read.
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Very interesting insight into one of the less well known Republican splinter groups to emerge during the troubles.

I have given this book four stars as it is well written and narrated.
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Mick McCarthy claims INLA were not a splinter group, well sorry Mick but they were, they were also not as effective at killing as you would have us believe. They did not murder over 50 soldiers (in fact they killed more civilians than soldiers,37) nor did they kill scores of RUC (13 serving & 4 ex RUC) they actually killed 13 of their own group. As for IPLO they managed to murder 1 RUC & 0 soldiers, compared to 10 civilians out of their total of 22 persons murdered.

The point I am making is that Manny McDonnell was not the freedom fighter he would like us to believe, he was nothing more than a sectarian killer and criminal. The book is well written although the content is questionable, McDonnell would have us believe he operated in some professional terrorist cell who would abort an attack due to "civilians" being in the area, again more nonsense as anyone who has actually lived in Northern Ireland during the troubles can testify to, INLA & IPLO were made up from the dregs of PIRA and did not value innocents lives. The author does paint a pretty picture of terrorist life, with transfers between groups, although where he writes "transfer" everyone should read expelled from one group and joined another.

The book was good value at 99p and concentrates heavily on what McDonnell does best, criminality.
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The IPLO were drug dealers, thugs and murderers. Their 'cause' was selling drugs.
Arthur Thompson couldn't have had dealings with the UDA in 1968 or 1970- they hadn't formed yet.
How can you write a book set in troubles era Belfast and not check the correct spelling of the Shankill Road?
Who knows what other mistakes or lies are in this book? Disappointing.
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great read
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Great book.even though I disagree with the mans political views it shows his way of thinking and I enjoyed it from start to finish
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Very good read
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Brilliant book could not put the book down author brilliance at writing the book opens your eyes at want went on
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