I like Barney and in reading this story, I only expected to empathize with him and not like him. See, I'd made up my mind that I'd not like his actions, however, in meeting Naomi when he's trying to stay undiscovered- gives him a cause, and from then I was taken in a journey of self-reflection and action.
This is an intriguing story.
An interesting story about a young Irish IRA member who becomes disillusioned with the cause and decides to escape. Hunted by both the IRA and the English MI6, Barney establishes a new identity and travels as far away and as quickly as possible, hiding away in a small southern African town.
Barney's life takes a turn when he meets Naomi, a distressed and lonely mother separated from her children, not knowing if they are alive or dead. He soon immerses himself in her task and tries to help her find them, but as time passes, they realize the immensity of the situation and they soon become disillusioned, fearing the worse.
Almost at the point of giving up the search, destiny takes a hand when they unexpectedly find the lead they have been looking for. However, the consequence of Barney’s good deeds exposes him to the world that he has tried so hard to hide from.
The dialogue is somewhat stilted and the characters would benefit from more development. A good read none-the-less.
I bought the book as it follow on from his book The Compassionate Terrorist which was a compelling read and I recommend to all of your customers, this one which I can't put down is gripping and intriguing and keeping me on my toes, I put myself in the same situation as Barny as I read the lines on the page, I can't put the book down and it's a must buy for any ardent reader.
by Mr M Maris