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Unsung Hero [Hardcover]

Kevin Fulton
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18 Mar 2006
Early on a Saturday morning in August 1998, a car was parked in Omagh's high street. By the afternoon, the pavements had filled with shoppers, and then explosives packed inside the vehicle detonated. The force of the blast blew babies across the street, and tore the limbs from children. One body was identified only by its fingerprints. It was the worst single atrocity of the Troubles. Only it could have been avoided. Kevin Fulton had infiltrated the IRA. When news came to him of the planned attack, he handed the information on to his handlers. It was ignored. This is just one of the revelations in this, the most significant book ever to be published about the ongoing war in Northern Ireland. Unsung Hero is a nail-biting, controversial and explosive book; it will profoundly change the way the Troubles are viewed, and it will cause a stir in the highest echelons of government.

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  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: John Blake Publishing Ltd (18 Mar 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1844540340
  • ISBN-13: 978-1844540341
  • Product Dimensions: 2.5 x 16.5 x 24.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 575,267 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Kevin Fulton is the pseudonym for an IRA insider who reported directly to the RUC. His real name has to be kept secret for obvious security reasons - there are plenty of people on both sides of the Troubles who do not want this book to be published.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Highly Recommended 31 July 2012
By Sean
Brilliant book! I've read countless books about the troubles in Northern Ireland, informers and double agents and this is up there with the best of them! If you've bothered to get this far then you obviously already have an interest in this book, just click buy and enjoy
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars True Title and a must read. 13 Sep 2011
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Into the Dark

I thoroughly enjoyed this book. I served as a frontline detective in the Royal Ulster Constabulary CID for 30 years.One of my core duties was source handling.It is certainly not for the faint hearted. This area of Policing is fraught with many difficulties moral,legal and ethical. One has to walk a very finely balanced but nonetheless clearly defined line between source protection and strict compliance with Home Office Guidlines and the Criminal law.

I quickly discovered that many of our RUC superiors had little or no experience of the dynamics involved in running informants. Many others who exhibited a little knowledge had no interest because of their absolute fear of the potential trouble it would bring from our professionally jealous elements within our RUC Special Branch who saw the running of paramilitary sources as solely their domain.

Personally speaking I begged to differ. I found it to be a professionally rewarding duty. My CID colleagues and I often obtained vital information that flowed from our own well placed sources that was often instrumental in saving the lives of our threatened fellow citizens.In many cases our information came in from former SB agents who like Kevin had become somewhat disenchanted with their SB handlers. This was commonplace throughout my service in the RUC.

I have never met Kevin Fulton but having read his book I can readily identify with the treachery and the betrayal he alleges he has suffered at the hands of MI5 or the RUC Special Branch. He gave of his best. That fact rings true from every page. He stepped up to the plate and acted out his role as he saw it.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars very good, well worth a read. 5 Mar 2011
By Maxx10
I find the whole genre of books relating to 'the troubles' in Northern Ireland fascinating and particularly enjoy those relating, like this one, to the 'dirty war' being waged by the security services and IRA alike. The foreword in the book is written by Martin Ingram, who is undoubtedly one of the the most respected writers on the subject, which certainly lends great credence to the authors version of accounts. A very good all round read, even if your not particularly interested in the subject matter. Definitely some similarities with Martin McGartland 'Fifty Dead Men Walking'......the most disturbing of which is the collusion of the various agencies of the British secret service to allow atrocities to take place and then condemn their previously prized agents and informers to almost certain death when they outlast their usefulness.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars outstanding 13 Oct 2010
an outstanding book,gives an alternative view to the northern ireland troubles.People putting their lives and their families lives, on the line to help the security forces and then being thrown to the wolves,when they were no longer of use.would love to hear the security forces side of the coin,but i think thats unlikely.Read many military biographies covering service in northern ireland,fascinating to get an alternative viewpoint.Makes you realise just how much went on that we'll never know about,but then so much is left out of british news nowadays that you'll get more info on what's going on in the world from foreign news channels.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars ok 17 May 2013
By mac
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good read. he came across as it was the good v the bad. bit too black and white for me. but all the same not a bad read
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Raw Blistering Read 27 Aug 2008
This has to be one of the most detailed books about the dirty war,a soldier is recruited to go undercover inside a terrorist organisation, the story unfolds very quickly and makes for some terrible revelations. In my view this has to be the best book I have read about the dirty war in Northern Ireland.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One Of The Best Yet 9 Sep 2008
By Steve G
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I have a few pages to go and the book is finished,and I will find it hard to put down. This book got it's five stars,half way through.
I have to be honest,and say,I expected it to be just like some of the others,that were based around,undercover work,but it's not. Mr Fulton,took a pride in saving peoples lives,but he also showed great compassion for those he didn't save. Political powers threw him into,a,situation,that he made the best of. How often have politicians,wasted lives,through wars,without not even being there.they did it centuries ago,and are still doing it now. I was in N I in the 70s,but not the same way as Mr Fulton was,and the things he describes,ring true,in every way. It's a shame that situations described in his book have to happen,but they did,and I say good on you Kevin,for doing a job,where a lot of people,would not know where to start,-including me-.You can't go out into the rain without getting wet,and I hope Mr Fulton has found somewhere to dry himself off,and get on with his life. -Good on you mate-
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars You knew it went on 27 May 2008
The whispers you have heard for years are finally coming out, according to 'Kevin Fulton'. This guy went deep undercover & for what, Saving lives? No, massaging ego's if what you read is true. The book takes you along at a very good speed & is in essence, a very good book, a bit short, if I was to be cynical. There are not a lot of real surprises in this book, just confirmation that trust was weak on the ground & in some cases, confirmation that there were more than one enemy in this god for saken war.
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5.0 out of 5 stars vary gripping book
buy this book its one of the best book i have read in a long time see what this man has had to do
Published 1 month ago by Mr. Keith Stephen Ingram
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
Found the book an excellent read, could hardly put it down.. Can relate to events that happened during those troubled years... Would highly recommended this book...
Published 6 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars excellent exactly as described, complimented the other furniture in...
excellent exactly as described, complimented the other furniture in the room very well. adds a bit of brightness to the room
Published 7 months ago by markquo
1.0 out of 5 stars This guy is possibly a psychopath
This man's story just doesn't add up. He doesn't really explain satisfactorily why he joined the british army after growing up a catholic in northern Ireland, or why he did some of... Read more
Published 14 months ago by C Phlats
3.0 out of 5 stars Good Read
Good read and very believable when you know the siutaiton that the person was in at that moment. Well worth a look
Published 15 months ago by lizc
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent read
This book details the life of a British double agent and how he infiltrates through to the high ranks of the IRA. Read more
Published 19 months ago by Suzy
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent read
Bought more to use up a few hours in holiday rather than because of any great interest in the subject, I was completely drawn in. Read more
Published 22 months ago by G211
3.0 out of 5 stars fantasy
Dont like the idea of people simply trying to cash in, this is a typical example of that, mixture of truth and fantasy.
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