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The Book Olympics – writing a novel is a marathon, not a sprint.

With the London Olympic Games just around the corner there are analogies aplenty to describe the processes by which authors get a book ready for the finishing line.Let’s for a moment overlook the…Continue

Started Jul 23, 2012

How do we come up with names for fictional characters?

If you think about it, the average novel will introduce about 20 or 30 different characters – from the hero or heroine (and their closest friends/family) right through to all the people they need to…Continue

Started Jul 18, 2012

Book writing – how far does author research need to go?
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It is self-evident that the more an author puts into a story, the more a reader will get out of it. Solid research will underpin the credibility of what lies between the covers of a book but and help…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Darin M. Preston Sep 22, 2013.

Death by Licence – an action short by Joe McCoubrey

“Forget all that movie crap about a Licence to Kill. What you’ve got goes way beyond that. There are no suspects’ rights, no rules of evidence, and absolutely no arrest warrants. I’m giving you a…Continue

Started Jul 8, 2012

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Someone Has To Pay is a fictional action thriller based around the last days of the Northern Ireland ‘Troubles’ in 1994. The British Government and the IRA are hurtling towards peace under international pressure, but both sides want one last attempt to win an outright victory.

The British decide to set up a multi-service undercover unit, tasked with bringing the terror organisation to its knees. Hidden away behind the cover of an RAF base at Bishopscourt in County Down, the unit sets out on a ruthless campaign to wreak havoc in the IRA ranks. Kidnap, torture and shoot-to-kill orders are all on the table. This time there are no rules.

Meanwhile the IRA has a mission of its own. They know that British public opinion is turning against continued rule over Northern Ireland, and they know that one last major offensive will tip the balance in their favour. Top of their agenda is the assassination of the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland.

Both sides employ their best resources. Heading up the British unit is Mike Devon, their top undercover agent. He’s up against Fergal McSweeney, the IRA’s most notorious assassin. Both men clashed in an operation in Chicago ten years previously and both have the scars to show for it. A final showdown is inevitable.

Standing in the middle is the RUC, trying to make sense of the upsurge of violence on their doorstep. Detective Chief Inspector Martin Vennison is out to stop both sides turning the streets of Ulster into a war zone, but he carries a more personal reason for getting involved. The IRA murdered his boss and he wants the men who did it.

The action swings relentlessly from Chicago to London, and from Glasgow to Belfast, as the three sides collide in a final bloody finale in the suburbs of Dublin.

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At 11:46pm on November 12, 2011, David H. Donaghe said…

Thanks for accepting my friends request.  Your book, Someone Has To Pay sounds interesting.  Being an Irish American, Irish politics and history interest me.


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