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The Fragile Peace by Paul Anthony paulanthonyspen is a excellent read and one I highly recommend It tells a story of the Troubles the decades long conflict in Northern Ireland between those who wanted the six county Province to be joined with the Republic to the south and those who wanted to remain a part of the United Kingdom Thousands died in this conflict by bombings and bullets and thousands had their lives shattered by the violence Religion was the key the Republicans were Catholic; the Loyalists were Protestant But if religion was the dividing line both sides played by much the same rules tit for tat violence intimidation murder The Provisional Irish Republican Army the Provos and other splinter groups of the PIRA and IRA faced off against the British Army the police of the Royal Ulster Constabulary RUC and Protestant paramilitary groups like the Ulster Defence Regiment UDR Before that tentative peace can be found the Provos take their fight to England in an attempt to turn public opinion sour on the Province Executions gunfights and Bombs exploding in London mean the Provos now also have to worry about the Intelligence Service and Special Crime Units on the mainlandDon't worry if you don't know the background going in The Fragile Peace isn't a history lesson or alphabet soup of group names There is a very human face put on the Troubles in the form of Liam Connelly a Provo soldier and Detective Inspector Billy Boyd two men who find themselves on opposite ends of the battle but connected by their love of someone elseBeginning in 1970 the early parts of the book probably to the halfway point set the stage for the exciting conclusion in 1995 after a tenuous ceasefire a temporary halt to the violence that factions on both sides distrust was put in place I won't spoil the finale with too many details but it is gripping and I stayed up into the early hours this very morning to finish itThose early glimpses of the development of Liam and Billy are seen in vignette at critical crossroads on their way to finally meeting Some may find this jumping around in time a bit confusing but for me it felt just right; the key players are introduced and the missing pieces of information are provided in a very natural wayThe motivations of players on both sides of the conflict are muddied; while the soldiers of Active Service Units believe they are serving a great cause many Provo leaders earn big money running drug and protection rackets In a similar way some RUC and British police fight based on strongly held beliefs of right and wrong while others let ambition and ego color their actions The authenticity and sure handedness of the tale are no surprise given Mr Anthony's resume Working as a detective he served in the CID the Regional Crime Suad in Manchester the Special Branch and other national agencies in the UK from his com author page By the way Paul Anthony is a pen name used I believe to allow him to publish The Fragile Peace without violating any laws My family and I had the pleasure of visiting Ireland just two short years after the events at the end of this book and it was without a doubt the most pleasurable vacation I've ever had I was stationed in Naples Italy with the US Navy and the tour we took was organized through the base Morale Welfare and Recreation department Our guide was a young man working on his Doctorate in Medieval History; he moonlighted with MWR to make some money by leading tours around Europe Much to my surprise after landing in Dublin and seeing some sights in the Republic including the Boyne Valley and Newgrange our tour bus headed north into the Province In addition to seeing the Navan Fort and other parts of the southernmost four of the six counties — perhaps not surprising the counties containing Londonderry the scene for much of The Fragile Peace and Belfast were not on the itinerary — we saw British Army patrols and other signs of the Troubles The people of Northern Ireland were just as friendly and open to our group of American military personnel and their families as those of the Republic but there was also an undercurrent of tension We were specifically advised against entering into any discussion with the locals about the political situation but it crept in anyway I will never forget having dinner one night at a hotel near the border and our waitress and older woman asked my two girls who were 10 and 8 at the time how they liked Ireland Both replied very enthusiastically and that seemed to please her but when our youngest added she wanted to stay in Ireland and live there the woman's face clouded Oh no no she said sadly It's not as wonderful and peaceful as it seems to you visitorsEconomic times are much tougher now than they were then but I'd recommend a vacation in Ireland to anyone It was a wonderful mix of good food warm and pleasant people and interesting and varied activities At the same time I highly recommend The Fragile Peace to anyone interested in an engrossing thriller but it is absolutely a must read for anyone wanting to see beyond the headlines and rhetoric of the Troubles

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The Fragile PeaceIlly and Liam each on opposing sides of the conflict before they destroy the fragile pea. Insightful and balanced viewpoints telling both sides of the story without prejudice to either partyThe plot line was gripping and followed a game of cat and mouse blackmailing and double crossing The tension built up keeping a fast pace as the book reached its climax and the stakes were of epic proportionsIt was interesting to see how both sides thought and worked References to real life events kept the feel of the story very realistic the prior experiences of the author and his knowledge clearly apparent throughout

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FREE DOWNLOAD The Fragile Peace î PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB ò Parallel stories of the IRA and the police in England both racing to keep one step ahead A Provo hitman in the pay of the British Intelligence Service is under orders to kill Billy and Liam each on opposing sides of the conflict before they destroy the fragile A Provo hitman in the pay of the British Intelligence Service is under orders to kill B. The Inside Story of The “Troubles”The Fragile Peace is an important book if you have any interest at all in the war between the Catholics Protestants and the British Government in Northern Ireland The setting of the story is from 1969 to 1995 As the reader you not given a tutorial of the war you are dragged into the middle of it You are the IRA man the RUC patrol the informer the British intelligence agent the anti terrorist detective and the victim It is uite evident that the author Paul Anthony lived this story in his former life as a member of a Scotland Yard anti terrorist team It is a work of fiction but the book is so vivid and realistic there can be no other explanation The way the book written makes the reader feel like a part of the storyI highly recommend the book I read the original edition and I understand it has been rewritten because Paul Anthony has learned much about writing since he first wrote The Fragile Peace As a writer I did see some technical flaws in the first edition but the story is so powerful it is easy to overlook those flaws Read it You will not be disappointed