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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A gripping account of one man's fight against the IRA.
Martin McGartland's heroic account of a double life within the ranks of the IRA's intelligence wing and Special Branch. A man who, due to his accurate intelligence, saved the lifes of at least 50 men. Without doubt, this is the most compelling biography I have read.
Published on 31 July 1999

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3.0 out of 5 stars Great story, kindle version extremely disappointing.
A fabulous story which is even better and more compelling than the film. Very disappointed in the kindle version, littered with spelling mistakes and typos.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A gripping account of one man's fight against the IRA., 31 July 1999
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This review is from: Fifty Dead Men Walking (Paperback)
Martin McGartland's heroic account of a double life within the ranks of the IRA's intelligence wing and Special Branch. A man who, due to his accurate intelligence, saved the lifes of at least 50 men. Without doubt, this is the most compelling biography I have read.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent true story about a very brave man, 20 Oct 1999
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The thrilling true story of a young man from republican west belfast who started life as a petty criminal but after witnessing the evil bloodshed caused by the IRA decided to risk his own life by infiltrating and exposing a evil and ruthless orginisation thus saving countless lives and now has to live in fear and isolation from his family and friends a true hero.
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34 of 36 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A frighteningly accurate and grippng read, 30 Oct 2000
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Having served two tours of Northern Ireland with the British Army myself, I picked this book up thinking that it would another meandering and inaccurate tale of life in the Province. To my surprise I found it one of the most true to life and frightening recounts of life on the streets in Northern Ireland. An outstanding read.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fifty Dead Men Walking by Martin McGarland, 10 Sep 2009
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This book was one of the only books I have read to date that has given a real insight to the difficulties that the ordinary people of Belfast encountered during the troubles in Northern Ireland. I live in the south of Ireland of similiar age to Martin McGarland but had no idea until reading this book how life was for the ordinary people of Belfast. Would give this book a five star and I rarely give that.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars An Honest indepth account..., 4 Nov 1999
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I had read about Martin McGartlands story in Newspapers, but I had never realised what had gone on until I read the book. It was a fasinating read and gave an honest and indepth account of what goes on in the fight against terrorism. I would recommend it anyone even if they had no interest in the troubles.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars enthralling,he was betrayed by the security services, 16 Oct 1999
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the book is the story of a youhg man recruited then ultimately betrayed by the security services in the battle against the IRA.The book is impossible to put down and the courage and motives of the author are so laudable,he is an example to us all-however his ultimate betrayal by the security services shows what little value was placed on his life by them.A thoroughly good read.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A very good read, couldn' put it down, 4 July 1999
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An excellent book, full detail on how a double agent finally got found out, and it shows how when the shit hits the fan you know who your friends are.
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4.0 out of 5 stars ira informer reveals day to day operations, 20 Aug 2005
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Martin McGartland was recruited by RUC Special Branch in 1987 and only just escaped with his life in 1991.
This is an excellent book for those readers interested in day to day operations of the IRA and how an informer works in his dangerous occupation. One slip up and you end up with a bullet in the back of your head. Many IRA personnel are named,his work in the IRA's Belfast Intelligence unit as well as a separate active service unit is given,chapter 10 gives details on how the quartermaster department works,how they collected intelligence on potential targets,as well as their various money making schemes to raise finance.
Finally an operation he informed on was foiled,leading the IRA's internal security to suspect him,he was "interrogated" but managed to escape. Recommended,not just history,it provides a real feel for daily life in the IRA.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Couldn't put it down (literally)!, 29 Jan 2000
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What a fantastic read! Anyone with even a remote interest or curiosity about the troubles in Northern Ireland will be fascinated by this book.Great drama and personal insight: totally engrossing and even stressful at times, I literally could not put it down and read this book in one afternoon and evening. I can't wait to read McGartland's other work.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Great story, kindle version extremely disappointing., 16 Aug 2012
A fabulous story which is even better and more compelling than the film. Very disappointed in the kindle version, littered with spelling mistakes and typos.
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