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5.0 out of 5 stars Breathtaking
An incredible true story of a very brave man and an real insight into the troubles in Northen Ireland. Raymond Gilmore was recruited by RUC Special Branch and infiltrated the IRA.Showing unspeakable bravery,he spent four years "undercover" passing detailed information back to his handler and thwarting many intended attacks,His actions saved countless lives. Those...
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1.0 out of 5 stars Lying criminal
I lived in Derry during the worst of the troubles and know this man to be a liar.The Ira never had a strangle hold over the people in Derry.John Hume was the man who had the big influence in Derry.Gilmour was only in this to make money.Everone who was in court by the lies of this liar we're found not guilty and released.Not one person was convicted.His own family want...
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Breathtaking, 9 July 2010
This review is from: Dead Ground: Infiltrating the IRA (Hardcover)
An incredible true story of a very brave man and an real insight into the troubles in Northen Ireland. Raymond Gilmore was recruited by RUC Special Branch and infiltrated the IRA.Showing unspeakable bravery,he spent four years "undercover" passing detailed information back to his handler and thwarting many intended attacks,His actions saved countless lives. Those people,polieman,Army and civilians,owe everything to Ray Gilmore, Read for yourself to see if he got the recognition he deserved.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Good Luck, 23 April 2012
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Excellent read and nice to read the truth of one very brave man who did his best for peace in that troubled island. Best of luck Raymond Gilmour where ever you are, and thanks for your account.
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5.0 out of 5 stars There's Yer Man, 30 Dec 2010
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This is probably the most interesting account of several which I have read relating to British agents within the IRA during the latest "Troubles". Like most secret agents, the author was motivated by a mixture of motives, the chief two being a hatred of violence and a love of or need for money. He started off as a member of the INLA before graduating to the far more "professional", grounded and serious IRA (Provisionals). He gives a good brief account here and there of the infighting among the Republican hard men (INLA/IRSP, IRA/Sinn Fein Provisionals and IRA Officials or "Stickies" and their outer layers of supporters and hangers-on.

This was a scary job and there is little doubt that he was lucky to survive in such an enclosed and narrow world as (London)derry and its self-obsessed housing estates and neighbourhoods. It may be that, had he been operating in the more efficient Belfast Brigade of the IRA, that this book would never have been written.

The author does not shrink from detailing some of the brutality of the British soldiery at times, especially in the early 1970's, but they rarely did things as brutal or vicious as did the IRA (kneecappings, tarring-and-feathering etc, not to mention outright murder on suspicion and confessions extracted by torture and beatings).

The author's wife had no suspicion of his second source of income and eventually she decamped, along with his children, after the author was exposed.

The book was written a decade ago, around the time of the "peace" treaty, which effectively bought off the gunmen (the head of the Derry IRA in the 1980's, McGuinness, is now "Deputy First Minister" of the shambolic Northern Ireland government and would be more welcome --even ideologically-- as a guest in 10 Downing Street than would I, an interesting comment on the decadence of our times, in my opinion).

I was annoyed to read (in a useful appendix) that several of the Derry Provo bombers and shooters, notably a murderous blonde bimbo, were never convicted of anything (his "supergrass" trial having collapsed). Pity, though she would by now have been released anyway, like the other imprisoned pawns, thanks to the "Good Friday Agreement", also not a little annoying.

A great read.
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9 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Everybody should read this book, 2 Aug 1999
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Raymond Gilmour Risked his live to save people from getting killed.It is his live story about infiltrating the INLA and the IRA.Everybody who is interested in someonse biography and the truth has got to read this well written book.He gives a full detailed story of all attempted plans of the IRA for killing people.You can judges for yourself if he did the write or the wrong thing.
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5.0 out of 5 stars very good, 25 April 2014
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Another good book on the troubles.One can get the feeling of hopelessness and fear of the agents/ touts and the duplicity of the security services in a very dirty period of our history.What was it all for what did it achieve? very little change in the lives of working class catholics from what I can see
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good read, 21 Mar 2014
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Very interesting and I believe accurate account of the author's infiltration of the IRA in Londonderry. The book confirms what I have often suspected that not everything went like clock work in the terrorist campaign and successes were often a case of 'getting lucky'. However I'm not surprised his family and former friends have deserted him as the influence of the RA is still strong in the city. More surprising is his handling by the British security services who now seem to have deserted Gilmour. Recommended.
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5.0 out of 5 stars good book, 30 Nov 2013
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a well written account of a very sensitive issue; the book does not delight in telling you how gruesome life was but does give a good insight into what ticked in these guys heads (no pun intended)
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9 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Ex Belfast boy, Ex Borstal boy, Ex British soldier, 30 July 2000
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Excellent reading. The life story of a very brave young man sad but vulnerable who triumphed in the end by staying alive. he accurately depicts the depression of the Creggan area and the narrow mindedness of the local populace in addition to the evil of the terrorist organisations.
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7 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A gripping tale of one man trying to prevent IRA evil., 22 Aug 1999
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A great story about a young man who became a police informer after his two brothers suffered so called punishment beatings to save others suffering the same fate. He risked his life in an attempt to prevent all I.R.A. operations from taking place.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, 20 Nov 2014
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Happy with book will be shopping here very soon
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