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A wonderful book
on 23 May 2001
This is quite simply one of the best books I have ever read. As an American, I do not find it easy to relate to the "Troubles" of Northern Ireland. But in Field of Blood Gerald Seymour has presented a very human story of the personal, day-to-day issues of the mind and the heart with which the everyday men and women must struggle. This is an intense, compelling book. It contains no sermons; Seymour does not preach. But he is a master at presenting the human condition and showing how the human heart and mind can transcend those problems.
Seymour uses and interesting device: there are generally two main characters working toward the same end. The focus shifts from one to the other, but they are entwined in the story. In Field of Blood they are Sean Pius "Gingy" McAnally, a Belfast Catholic and PIRA man, and Lt. David Ferris, a British soldier. They are believably human and the reader is compelled to sympathy as they deal with the central plot which has drawn them together. Gingy's wife, Roisin, is another well drawn character, perhaps not so sympathetic. Det. Rennie, introduced in Harry's Game, Seymour's first book, makes another appearance and plays his part well as a sort of "bridge" between the two main characters.
Mr. Seymour uses his characters to develop the story; the intensity of his stories derives from them without reliance on gratuitous violence, although violence is an unavoidable part of the lives and times in his books.
I recommend this book without reservation. I applaud the publisher for reprinting it.