The Trigger Men

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Mainstream, 2003 - History - 320 pages
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In THE TRIGGER MEN, bestselling author Martin Dillon delves into the dark and sinister world of Irish terrorism and counter terrorism. Over three decades, he has interviewed and investigated some of the most professional, dangerous and ruthless killers in Ireland. Dillon explores their personalities, motivations and bizarre crimes.Many of Ireland's assassins learned their trade in fields and on hillsides in remote parts of Ireland, while some were trained in the Middle East or with Basque separatist terrorists in Spain. Some were one-target-one-shot killers, like the sniper who terrorised the inhabitants of Washington State in the autumn of 2002, and others were bombers skilled in designing the most sophisticated explosive devices and boobytrpas. Another more powerful group of 'trigger men' were the influential figures in the shadows who were experts in motivating the killers under their control. All of these men, whether they squeeze the trigger on a high-powered rifle, set the timer on a bomb, or used their authority to send others out to commit horrific and unspeakable acts of cruelty, are featured in this book. THE TRIGGER MEN takes the reader inside the labyrinthine world of terrorist cells and highly classified counter terror units of British Military Intelligence. The individual stories are described in fascinating, unflinching detail and show how the terrorists carried out their ghastly work. Dillon also explores the ideology of the cult of the gunmen and the greed and hatred that motivated assassins in their killing sprees. There are penetrating insights into the mindset of the most indfamous assassins: their social and historical conditioning, their callousness and their unquestioning

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A revealing look at a hidden aspect of Irish history. I used this a source for my Daniel series novels. Read full review

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This is perhaps the most chilling book I have read concerning the Northern Ireland conflict. The focus is primarily on Protestant violence. Dillon's prose, however, leaves much to be desired. Recommended for those interested in the role of thugs and criminals in political conflicts. Read full review


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Martin Dillon has worked as a writer, journalist and as a broadcaster. He is the author of several books including THE SHANKILL BUTCHERS, GOD AND THE GUN, THE SERPENTS TAIL and THE DIRTY WAR. He also co-authored ROGUE WARRIOR OF THE SAS, a biography of Lt Col Blair Mayne. He currently lives in New York.

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