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3.0 out of 5 stars interesting with some exaggerations, 5 Feb. 2005
By A Customer
This review is from: None Shall Divide Us (Hardcover)
Stone takes us through his youth. He left school without skills and used his brawn and aggression to fit into life in the Protestant Braniel estate. His aggressive nature was quickly exploited by a UDA godfather and loyalist paramilitaries served as an outlet for his innate psychopathic tendencies. His obsession with firearms and killing lead him down the road to risk and failure.
Stone provides an interesting insight to the corruption, greed and incompetence of most of his UDA/UFF colleagues. He makes some compelling exposures; the Israeli supplied weapons to loyalists in N Ireland and a servicing RUC police officer transported Stone and his weaponry used in the cemetery murders. His getaway driver betrayed him. The sudden arrival of the unmarked white police van on the motorway, is not explained. He repeatedly appeals to the reader to accept the softer humanitarian components of his persona.
Stone exaggerates his technical knowledge, ability and bravado throughout the book. None-the-less his actions in Milltown cemetery took bravery considering his slim chance of survival. While he lambastes the RUC, he is careful never to disclose collusion and the source of his intelligence dossiers used to target and kill active republicans and innocent Catholics alike. He had other forms of official help that he does not want to disclose.
His assessment and description of fellow hit man Johnny Adair as an insecure, media hungry fool is interesting and entertaining.
The book ends with Stone's conversion from sectarian murderer to a pacifist artist. Who are we to judge the accuracy of this claim? By comparison Martin Dillon's book Stone Cold provides a more succinct portrayal of Michael Stone.
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