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The Killer Book 1: The Beginning (Start of Action) [Kindle Edition]

Jack Elgos
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (74 customer reviews)

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Book Description

An action thriller classic.
Our anti-hero Darren McCann is a small, young guy. To survive the violent streets of 1970s Belfast he learns to fight, and he fights well. The Provisional Irish Republican Army are interested in him but, though he is of Catholic stock, he refuses to take sides in the troubles - until a family tragedy allies him with the republican cause.
After specialist training he becomes an efficient sniper and freedom fighter but it is one night, and one interrogation, which earn him a reputation as The Butcher of Belfast and pair him with his infamous knife, The Killer.
Following a particularly high profile sniper kill he is forced to take refuge in Spain where he becomes involved with E.T.A terrorists at a training camp deep in the Basque country. There, he takes part in a daring raid and forms strong alliances with his new brethren, the ETA freedom fighters.
When the Provos, and an old friend, call him back into action he performs his duty, but a moment of doubt makes him realise his home in Ireland has gone, now he belongs in the hills of Spain.
McCann knows he will always fight against the establishment, but one British Government espionage agent has other ideas.


Very Well Done By Deslock
"This book was a quick read and very engaging. I like reading stories about the I.R.A. and the Troubles. This book focuses more on how the lead character grew up and became what he became, versus any type of history about the Troubles. If you're looking for more of a historic novel and deep dive on the Troubles, this book is not it. It assumes you know the history.
If you're looking for a quick action read that is a good adventure story set within the backdrop of the Troubles, this is a good one."

Great story By Mark
"This is a gripping mystery thriller that takes you on a violent adventure to 70s and 80s England and Northern Ireland. The plot is very well written, and I've enjoyed the suspenseful action so much I read the book in one sitting. The main characters are richly brought to life, and the author's ability to add multiple dimensions to the has kept me captivated. I hope to see it made into an action movie some day. Highly recommended."

Highly recommended, great reading By littleleg02
"This is a great read with plenty of action, once you start reading you won't be able to put it down. Fantastic story lines can't wait for the next book."

Proper page-turner
By Lucius
"I have to agree with the previous reviewers, once I started reading The Killer, there was never a slow point where considered putting it down. The book is full of clever twists, and I loved the way the fast pace was maintained throughout. Add to that a likeable main character, and some truly funny moments to counter the murder and mayhem, and you have a highly entertaining adventure book. Can't wait for The Butchers return"

Quite the Page Turner. By Jacob G
"This book is remarkably well written, and the mystery is both gripping and original. Unlike many of the murder novels out today this one has depth and will keep your attention with every single page."

A well written acbook, could not put it down. By jay
"This book is a great read from start to finish, the troubles, lies, extreme violence all brilliantly written...should be made into a film"

Great Story By PHP
"Great story, I know it was fiction but I wonder how much of it actually happens in real life. Ill have to check his other books"

Definitely an attention getter. By Les (New Mexico)
"The title is apt. This well written tale taps into the the tragic Irish situation. The protagonist is tough, brutal and the unwitting tool of one faction. The story is interesting and the pace is fast. The end is rather abrupt and we will need to read the rest of the trilogy for some kind of conclusion"

Good Read By STUARTIE Northern Ireland
Very addictive book, good story line, this is very typical of how the troubles played out on the early days. L

Product details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 491 KB
  • Print Length: 220 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1908530391
  • Publisher: YellowBay (31 Dec. 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0087XHV68
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (74 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #77,416 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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More About the Author

Jack Elgos was born in the industrial north of England. Leaving school at fourteen (because education was getting in the way of life) he set out to make his way with "a bit of this and that".

Jack is now semi-retired and lives with his long-term girlfriend, remaining stubbornly unmarried, childless and happy for quarter of a century. Together they have travelled the world, taking a chance at whatever came their way - from the strictly legal, though the definitely dodgy to the downright life threatening.
"Adult entertainment" and "import/export" are a big part of their history. If you wish to read "porn" and "smuggling" there, that's up to you.

An accidental association with some rather unsavoury characters of the Northern Irish kind provided Jack with one of the most terrifying periods of his life and inspired his Killer trilogy. His European experiences gave rise to The Reunion.
Being lost in The Atlantic during a tropical storm in a tiny boat was also pretty damn scary, he admits, but this episode has yet to find its way into his books. Maybe one day.

Though he fictionalises his characters to protect the guilty, how much of the stories are true is for the reader to guess. Jack's not telling.

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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Mediocre at best 5 July 2012
By Jay
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To be candid, I did only manage 25% of this book before giving up, so this review can only be based on that.

However I can't understand the high reviews for this. I've read a lot of trashy books and enjoyed them as a fun read, but this wasn't fun. It's poorly written, and not particularly exciting. Maybe this book could be good for a train journey or something. It is very low on detail, you can't really connect with the character, and the character emotions detailed are dolled out with a mallet. The action also reads more like a shopping list - he did this, then this, then this. Personally I prefer a book with a lot more detail.

I like crime, but personally I prefer crime along the lines of The Bourne Identity (book). If you do too, I'd stay away.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The killer1 Jack elgos 5 May 2014
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This was my first Jack Elvis book the character Darren McCann is very interesting the whole book is fast moving well written couldn't put the book down I have now downloaded the next two killer books highly recommend this author. Kevin dilks
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5.0 out of 5 stars this would make a brilliant movie. 15 July 2014
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Wow ! what a book, has you riveted from the first chapter, Jack Elgos whoever you are you need to write more, this would make a brilliant movie.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Book 31 Mar. 2014
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Good book, exciting cover to cover read delivered easily to my kindle and was a magnificent read and I'd recommend to anyone.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant! 24 Dec. 2013
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This is the best. Couldn't put this book down. Giving a short review as I can't wait to start the next one. Gripping!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars 7/10 24 Mar. 2014
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Very gripping and entertaining book. Interesting concept but seemed somewhat predictable. Still a good read, would reccomend to anyone looking for a "fun" novel to read or something that will keep you going over a while.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining look on a piece of modern history 25 Oct. 2013
By deano c
Format:Kindle Edition
The Killer focuses on the IRA's struggle against the loyalist para-militaries and the British army at the height of the troubles in the late seventies through to the mid eighties.
Butch Mcann is a young Belfast catholic who falls into the hands of the IRA after the murder of his mother supposedly by the UVF. Admiring the lads dedication to the cause, Butch soon becomes an active member of the Provos, executing an informer and taking out a young UK soldier. But Butch gains notoriety for his crime, and is smuggled to Northern Spain where he is involved in training ETA paramilitaries, deep in the Basque country where Butch's knowledge of guns becomes useful.
The book demonstrates the struggle in the province between Catholic and Protestant, demonstrating the web of hate and distrust they have for one another and the IRA hatred for the British.
This is a gripping read about the Irish struggle, and though I feel that the story would have been better based solely in Ireland (The basque story was a bit detracting) this is a great tale and is excellent value for money at £0.99.
Worth shelling the pennies out for.8\10
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5.0 out of 5 stars Good read 29 Aug. 2013
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I've always been interested in the Northern Irish troubles but usually from the British perspective. This book actually begins with the main character caught up in the violence from the other angle. I will be honest and say I didn't think I'd be able to feel empathy for the main character but surprisingly I did. It's a good read and I'm looking forward to its follow up.
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