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on 12 July 2001
No matter what your point of view is on the Irish politics, this book is worth reading. A clear majority of American media publications show only one - fairly tale side of the conflict. The story in this book describes the ugly reality.
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on 25 January 1999
This frank work must count as one of the most illuminating accounts of the Northern Ireland conflict. It stands out from the mass of other works on the subject by virtue of the length and depth of the author's experience within the IRA and by his willingness to criticise it publicly. The commitment of O'Callaghan to the ends which he has set himself and the risks he has taken in opposing the IRA leadership are staggering. He leaves the reader in no doubt that the publication of this book is in itself an act intended to have an impact on the violent politics of the province.
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on 17 August 2010
A truly amazing story, well written and well flowing, that holds the readers attention throughout. Whatever your view of Irish politics, there really are some brave (or is that mad?) people in this world.
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on 5 March 2001
This is an outstanding personal account of one man's search for personal redemption. It describes how a young person can get caught up in fanaticism and commit cold blooded acts and yet also over time change and seek to make recompense. It is well written and gripping. Sean O'Callaghan is a courageous man who has not sought protection since his release from prison. I feel he is a friend of the search for peace in Ireland.
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on 12 July 2011
Excellent book - couldn't put it down. What a brave man who tried to make up for what he had done wrong within the IRA. Such an insight into the mind set of republicans.
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on 20 March 2004
This book gives an unparalleled insight into the IRA in the Irish Republic during the height of the troubles. The author showed tremendous courage in his determination to atone for his actions early in the troubles. Full of detail (which some might find off-putting) and gives the answer to many mysteries of the troubles (eg the kidnap of Shergar). Comparable with Eamon Collin's (better-written) "Killing Rage" but with some important differences. Sean never goes into as much depth on his motivation and soul-searching as the the deeply troubled Eamon Collins did but Sean was a much more senior IRA operative with very close links to the leadership of Sinn Fein/IRA and hence more political insights. It can also be argued that Sean's decisiveness kept him alive when Eamon's pontificating contributed to his own murder. The two dissidents meet in Dublin as described in this book. Contains some gruesome details of (ironically) hunger-strikes.
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on 28 September 1999
An, excellent, detailed account of one man's fight to save the lives of innocent people, taking every risk on his own life. A real mind opener to both sides of the political divide as to what actually goes on behind the scenes. Rush out and buy it!
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on 16 December 1999
I read this book last Spring (1999) and ever since have been fascinated with the whole N.Ireland issue. Sean has been honest with society and himself in writing this book and gives a great account of the life of an Informer inside the PIRA. Readers should also read Fifty Dead Men Walking by Martin MCCartland, Dead Ground by Raymond Gilmour and Killing Rage by Eamon Collins
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on 10 December 1999
this book contains the thoughts of a young man who travalled the range of feelings from being a justified murderer to a person who risked torture and murder(by becoming an informant)because he felt it was right.The book should be read to understand how a young man can be caught up in a frenzy by his local society but ultimately realise himself and behave according to hos own moral code-an enthralling book
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on 2 February 2014
Not many books can say they were wrote by a person whom was at the top of the organisation. He sat on the army council and I am sure what is in this book is only a very slim picking of what he really knows about. Decent book.
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