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  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Vintage; New Ed edition (19 Nov. 1992)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0099998106
  • ISBN-13: 978-0099998105
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 1.4 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 250,299 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"An armchair time bomb" (Mail on Sunday)

"This is a novel to mirror the disintegration of our times, the unstated irony of which is that a politics so provincial can breed a writer and an art so universal" (Observer)

"A gripping read which you will find impossible to put down" (Literary Review)

"Very much the thinking person's thriller - utterly tense and riveting, but also posing an acute moral dilemma for an ordinary person caught up in the troubled politics of Northern Ireland" (Daily Express)

"It insists on being read at a sitting, for it is imperative to know what happens next" (Financial Times)

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A tremendously gripping and compulsive read, overshadowed by the dark threat of the IRA.

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To suggest that this is no longer worth reading because the situation in Northern Ireland has changed is a bit like suggesting (say) that 'Richard III' is no longer worth going to see because the Wars of the Roses have ended. Moreover, there are still terrorists around, and there will still be moral dilemmas to be confronted by those unfortunate enough to come into contact with them, even if not in the same way or with the same type of terrorist. The moral dilemma set up in this novel is gripping: the protagonist faces the choice between (it seems to him) his wife being killed by terrorists, or leaving a bomb which will kill many others. The reader is forced to consider his or her likely reaction in similar circumstances. Against a persuasively-realised background, the ordinariness of the terrorists, and the variations in their attitudes, are bleakly and calmly captured. A few Americanisms (from recollection, examples were 'trunk' for boot of a car, 'going to the bathroom') jarred slightly in this realistic work but maybe (although I doubt it) these are also present in Northern Irish speech. Overall this is thoughtful, thought-provoking work, and, while it will do nothing to cheer you up, deserves to be read right to the end.
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This is one of the recommended texts for the Irish State English Leaving Certificate Exam and, as such, it is a book that students should enjoy. The backdrop to the book is that it is set in Belfast during the time of the North's "Troubles". For those unfamiliar with the time period the novel captures the bitterness and ruthlessness of that era really well. The main plus point of the book, however, is the plot which moves along at a cracking pace - it really is a gripping read from start to finish.
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By Dr R TOP 500 REVIEWER on 24 July 2016
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Reading this book, published 1990, is to be reminded of a different age of terrorism. Brian Moore, 1921 – 99, was born in Belfast but spent most of his life in North America. This distance offers a different perspective on Irish issues to that from Irish authors who remained on the island, living north or south of the border.

In his sixteenth novel he addresses the way in which terrorism affects individual lives. The focus is on the IRA although a similar story could have involved UDA terrorists and members of the Protestant community. This is one of those books where to give much of the plot is to spoil the story for the reader. The main characters are Michael Dillon, a thirty-one year old manager of the Hotel Clarence in Belfast, his younger mistress Andrea, a Canadian working for BBC and his wife, Moira, a neurotic housewife who has suffered from an eating disorder.

An IRA group invade the Dillons’ home and order him to take a car filled with explosives to the Clarence and leave it close to a room where a rabid Protestant preacher is addressing a meeting of Canadian sympathisers and supporters. He is warned that Moira will be killed if he does not follow instructions.

The reader is plunged into the story and Moore increases the tension incrementally in a plot that moves between Ireland and London, and gives the reader many opportunities to muse on ‘What would I have done?’. Certainly this reader, thankfully never having experienced such a situation, considered that at various points he would have behaved differently to the main characters, but the alternatives presented by Moore were difficult and gut-wrenching.
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By A Customer on 12 Feb. 1999
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Brain Moore describes the problems of Northern Ireland and he does this through an hotel manager who witnesses the bombing of his hotel. Michael, the hotel manager, wants to change his life, go away from Belfast and start a new life with his new girlfirend but he still has to divorce... The end surprised me, you will really enjoy reading this novel.
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Michael Dillon is a hotel manager of some distinction, with a record of turning around difficult business propositions. He is married to the glamorous Moira, but is also seeing the younger, much more congenial and attractive Andrea. They make plans to be together but the events of one devastating night change everything when an IRA gang invade his home and force him to plant a bomb in his own hotel. They hold Moira hostage at their home and give him explicit instructions with the warning that they will be watching him every step of the way.

This marvellous thriller is deceptively simple in tone and plot, but it's real aim is to bring to the fore the ambivalence of ordinary Irish people to the paramilitary forces in Northern Ireland, in particular, the IRA. The choices made by Michael Dillon, and by his wife Moira encompass many of the moral dilemmas posed by the paramilitary forces. Groups of men who believe they have a just cause, but who drag people against their will into their dangerous milieu. Moira and Dillon react in very different ways, but everything is thrown into shadow by the deeply troubling final moments of this thoughtful and harrowing thriller.
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By A Customer on 6 Feb. 1999
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Lies of Silence is a gripping tale of events to which those of us who have followed the situation in Ireland over the last thirty years can easily imagine. Once again, Moore's key characters evoke little sympathy despite the tragedy they are hurtling towards. The ending is inevitable, but still shocks.
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