Published to ravishing acclaim in the UK, a fierce and suspenseful reimagining of Homer's Iliad set in mid-1990s Northern Ireland--a heart pounding tale of honor and revenge that "explodes with verbal invention, rapid juxtaposition, brutality and fun" (Times Literary Supplement).
Northern Ireland, 1996.
When an IRA man's wife turns informer, he and his brother gather their comrades for an assault on the local army base. But old grudges boil over, and the squad's feared sniper, Achill, refuses to risk his life to defend another man's pride. As the gang plots without him, the British SAS are sent to crush the rogue terror cell before it can wreck the fragile truce and drag the region back to the darkest days of the Troubles. Meanwhile, Achill's young protégé grabs his chance to join the fray in his place...
Inspired by the oldest war story of them all, Michael Hughes's virtuoso novel explores the brutal glory of armed conflict, the cost of Ireland's most uncivil war, and the bitter tragedy of those on both sides who offer their lives to defend the dream of country.
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LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - nancyadair - LibraryThing
Fury. Pure fury. The blood was up. Lost the head completely.~from Country by Michael Hughes Hughes begins his story in the middle of a conflict between two members of an rogue IRA terrorist cell group ... Read full review
LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - meaqhan - LibraryThing
** I received a copy of Country as a courtesy of the publisher. This has not affected my rating or review of the novel. ** This was a great read! The prose was lovely, the imagery sparing no details ... Read full review