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Phoenix: Policing The Shadows Paperback – 5 Jun 1997
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About the Author
Jack Holland grew up in Belfast, in a mixed religion family. He was educated at Trinity College, Dublin and at the University of Essex.
Jack Holland's work has appeared in the Spectator, The Sunday Times, the New York Times and the London Irish Post among others.
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One can't help but wonder at the stupidity of putting all of a country's intelligence chiefs into one aircraft - not exactly tactical genius on display, and very surprising. The other surprise was that he was able to keep up the pretence to Jack Holland of being a hearing aid salesman for all those years! This is a very interesting book, of particular interest to people from NI, Ireland (the 6 counties/the North of Ireland &c, &c), or people from the UK with an interest in politics or history.
I am sure that policing is a lot duller and less fun without Detective Superintendant Ian Phoenix.
I shows the total dedication by individuals to ensure that people living in Northern Ireland no matter their religion,could do so as safely as possible.
This book takes you into the Phoenix family, from Ian Phoenix's military service, meeting his wife and settling down to raise a family in Northern Ireland during the troubles. Ian joins the then R.U.C and works his way through the ranks to superintendent. He joins the special branch and becomes one of their most valuable officers. Throughout his time in special branch, no one in his social circle knew he was a police officer.
Ian joined other expert for a short flight by Chinoock helicopter to Scotland for a high level intelligence conference. During the short flight the helicopter crashed on The Mull of kintyre killing all on board. This was a major set back in the fight against terrorism both in Northern Ireland and the mainland due to the number of deaths of very senior officers from police, military and other services.
Thank you Susan for writing this book and opening you heart and family to us the reader.
I greatly enjoyed reading about the family life and friendships and I feel the book was well worth reading as a human story. Ian was by all accounts a good friend to friends and a source of pain and suffering to his enemies, this was what he got paid for. Fluffy bunnies don't inhabit the sharp end of any war effort.
The Special Branch part of the story was pieced together from diary entries of the officer, as such lacked the warts and all quality that would have provided a true picture of how the war was being fought. The first casualty of war is truth, and truth is always subjective and murky grey as opposed to black or white.
In reading his thoughts on strategy with regard to winning the military side of the war against the IRA he was prone to using the SAS to protect the police from any scrutiny that might arise out of dead terrorists, which I suppose he thought of as fair game. I would say that this policy was probably the best recruiting sergeant for the IRA at the time. Many people were killed who could have been arrested.
The book preempted and "brushed off" allegations of collusion between security forces and Loyalist/Republican terrorists. To have a book on the troubles without even one entry of concern about the Stevens Inquiries was unusual, given that Stevens concluded in 1990 that collusion was," neither wide-spread nor institutionalized."
The crash happened in 1994 so I would have thought that Ian would have had day to day meetings with Stevens's enquiry team members, yet it was never mentioned once in the book.Read more ›
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A brilliant book for anyone interested in the workings of RUC Special Branch and the troubles I rate it 10/10Published 2 months ago by george mc dowell
Good read specially if reader knows the history behind it. The "establishment" has a lot to answer for!Published 13 months ago by Brian
A detailed account of an Ulsterman who went from Para to the heights in the Special Branch.
Poignantly written by his widow
Ian was a friend I had great respect for, and his comradeship with the late Jimmy Magee was clear everytime we had a boozy drinks party with Grandad's UDR mates... Read morePublished on 13 Jan. 2015 by Sean E. Nash
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