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1.0 out of 5 stars Utter drivel, 23 Jan 2011
This review is from: The Nemesis File (Paperback)
Roger Morris has already helpfully referenced the newspaper accounts dealing with the exposure of 'Paul Bruce' as a Walter Mitty fantasist. And while there are more than a few murky stories about the Northern Irish 'troubles' (the Finucane killing, the FRU, 'collusion' etc), this 'memoir' of a supposed assassination squad working in NI in 1971-1972 is utterly fraudulent and the fact that John Blake has republished it is for me a source of complete amazement.

Any readers with military experience will spot the obvious howlers in this book (such as the fact that neither 'Bruce' or any of this three comrades - 'Don', 'JR' and 'Bennie' - know how to do a six-figure grid reference from a map). This supposedly elite and covert death squad have a code name ('Nemesis') known by every squaddie and RUC officer in the Province, have two local farmers who act as grave-diggers for their victims, and spend their off-duty time either playing football with local kids, or in the pub, or on the pull. If they were real, their slack operational security will have got them abducted and killed by the PIRA. Their behaviour (as related by 'Bruce') makes that of Robert Nairac look cautious.

For those with any doubts, ask yourself why Sinn Fein (not normally renowned for giving the British Army - and especially 22SAS - the benefit of the doubt) described 'The Nemesis File' as 'outlandish'. Ask yourself why human rights groups such as the British-Irish Rights Watch and the Finucane Centre aren't demanding an investigation into these 'revelations'. And ask yourself why the PSNI hasn't exhumed the two mass graves 'Bruce' lists in his 'book' (although if they follow the references he gives, the police would probably find themselves looking for the victims of the Nemesis Squad in the middle of the Irish Sea).

Finally, I know that there's many wannabes out there who claim that they're special forces, but it takes a particularly sick mind to invent a story involving non-existent murders committed by a fake death squad. 'Bruce' should be ashamed of himself for writing this dreck, and John Blake should be ashamed of publishing it without taking any basic measures to establish its veracity.
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