8th of February 2012 – Amazing book – By a customer – This is probably the best book that I have read. I found it very hard to put down. This book gives a behind the scene look at how the Royal Ulster Constabulary Special Branch dealt with the troubles throughout the 1980’s and early 1990’s.
I shows the total dedication by individuals to ensure that people living in Northern Ireland no matter their religion,could do so as safely as possible.
This book takes you into the Phoenix family, from Ian Phoenix’s military service, meeting his wife and settling down to raise a family in Northern Ireland during the troubles.
Ian joins the then R.U.C and works his way through the ranks to superintendent. He joins the special branch and becomes one of their most valuable officers. Throughout his time in special branch, no one in his social circle knew he was a police officer.
Ian joined other expert for a short flight by Chinoock helicopter to Scotland for a high level intelligence conference. During the short flight the helicopter crashed on The Mull of kintyre killing all on board. This was a major set back in the fight against terrorism both in Northern Ireland and the mainland due to the number of deaths of very senior officers from police, military and other services.
Thank you Susan for writing this book and opening you heart and family to us the reader.