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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent true story about a very brave man
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.
Published on 20 Oct. 1999

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
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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12 of 12 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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This review is from: Fifty Dead Men Walking (Hardcover)
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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43 of 45 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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18 of 19 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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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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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
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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6 of 6 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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars SENSATIONAL, 7 July 2009
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FANTASTIC READ. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED - if you read one book this year read this one!

I finished this book in two days, I just couldn't put it down- you will be on the edge of your seat waiting to see if Marty is discovered by the IRA as an informer for the Special Branch.

This books gives a real insight into the hierachy of the IRA and how it operated clearly pointing the finger of violence at Martin McGuiness and Gerry Adams.

Marty was a very brave man to risk his life to save many british soldiers and innocent civilians although he now has to pay the price by living a secret life away from his family and continually on the move to protect his identity.

The book is far better than the film which is out at cinemas at the moment but nevertheless worth a watch.
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10 of 11 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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An exciting and informative read, could not put it down., 11 Dec. 2014
I got this as from the amazon kindle library and what a book!! A thrilling insight into the troubles in Northern Ireland from a very gritty and truly terrifying perspective. This is one for anybody who enjoys books ranging from thrillers to historical biographies.

McGartland writes what comes across as a very honest and fairly unbiased account of his life in Northern Ireland, growing up in a Catholic area of Belfast, dealing with brutality from the various factions involved in the troubles and ultimately his working as an agent for Special Branch as he infiltrates the IRA.

This book is not only exciting but also truly eye opening. There is an enormous amount of background information that helps those unfamiliar with events in Northern Ireland understand the situation and how the conflict played out. The most resounding information being with regard to how such violence affected people on an individual level, as it became a part of every day life for many such as McGartland who grew up in the midst of it all.

Can not recommend this book enough, my only angst is that they made such a rubbish film adaptation of it, as this could have made an exceptional screenplay, but hey books are always better anyway.
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9 of 10 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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14 of 16 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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