[ Reading ] ➿ The Ultras Author Eoin McNamee – Snackgo.co.uk

The Ultras Taking His Cue From The True Life Story Of Special Forces Operative Captain Robert Nairac, Eoin McNamee Has In The Ultras Weaved A Compelling Fictional Narrative Through The Backwaters Of History Set In The Ireland Of The 1970s, It Brings To Life The Dangerous Shadowy Margins Of Society In Which Nairac Immersed Himself Before His Disappearance The Dangerous World Of Heretic Plotters, Outcasts, Para Militarists And Intelligence Agencies Alike. McNamee is clearly a huge DeLillo fan, and this is his Libra An outstanding and cliche free treatment of the Nairac enigma, for which McNamee deserves much wider credit and recognition he is one of this island s current greats. A good book dealing with very recent Irish history The behavior of the British intelligence services, as personified by Robert Nairac is explored, revealing a modus operandum that would pleasure Hannibal Lector Of course Nairac ended up in an IRA sausage mincer on act This was a very complicated little book in that it was a mixture of fact and fiction A reviewer on ARRSE says, it has been suggested that it was published as a novel for libel reasons it might contain unverifiable fact than we realise The author has obviously done a lot of research and has surely spoken to people who knew Nairac I have to take his word for it, given that he probably knows from whence he speaks.My knowledge of the Nairac murder comes principally from John Parker s Death of a Hero , which is referenced several times in this novel, and snippets from other books such as Brits by Peter Taylor and Bandit Country by Toby Harnden I m not an expert on the conflict, so trying to parse out the truth and between the lines nuances in this story are difficult, if not impossible for me Having said that, it s hard to review this novel without being tempted to say, this was true, this was probably true, this couldn t have been true which I am relatively successful in doing , or reflecting on the biases of the author in which I will fail doing I m going to try and give my though I seem to remember this being a slightly fictionalised version of Bandit Country by Toby Harden This is a fascinating version of an especially nasty moment in the British Government s dirty war It gets an extra star for the in joke about someone called Joyce McKinney running a brothel the real JM was into kidnapping her favourite mormon , but it doesn t get top marks because McNamee has a habit of reflecting in a pseudo poetic way on every event Hence the novel keeps getting slowed down by stuff like They were hungry men The type of men who were so hungry that even their eyes spoke of a desperate lack of food Desperate men Lonely men Men who would fashion a nourishing broth of seagull heads on a desolate

About the Author: Eoin McNamee

McNamee was awarded a Macaulay Fellowship for Irish Literature in 1990, after his 1989 novella The Last of Deeds Raven Arts Press, Dublin , was shortlisted for the 1989 Irish Times Aer Lingus Award for Irish Literature The author currently lives in Ireland with his wife and two children, Owen and Kathleen.He also writes as

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