The Drumbeat of Jimmy Sands

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9780006511557: The Drumbeat of Jimmy Sands

Phenomenally intense thriller in which two best friends become deadliest enemies in a fight to the death. Highly charged, moving, action-packed and suspenseful.

The story follows two soldiers, Fife and O’Keefe, both Catholics from tough backgrounds, one from Glasgow, the other from Belfast. We first meet them on an SAS raid in the Falklands, where O’Keefe saves Fife’s life against the order of their cowardly officer Baines-Hickey.

In an explosive and very moving tale, too complex for a short synopsis, passion, tragedy and circumstance conspire to take O’Keefe on to the side of the IRA. He becomes a sniper, hated, revered and feared throughout his homeland. Fife, meanwhile, dismissed from the army for being O’Keefe’s friend, soon has a terrible reason for hating his former friend.

When both sides of the Irish conflict begin to search for a way to stop the fighting, both Fife and O’Keefe are embarrassments. In a superb climax, the one is set to hunt the other, while the SAS pursue them both, directed by the sleek politician Baines-Hickey.

A riveting read with great technical accuracy and powerful human characters.

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When The Best Of Friends Become The Deadliest Of Enemies.

Duggie Fife and Paddy O'Keefe. Two sides of the same coin. Both soldiers, both brought up on the meanest streets, one in Glasgow, one in Belfast.

They are bound together by more than friendship when Fife saves O'Keefe's life on a behind-the-lines operation in the Falklands War.

But later, serving in Northern Ireland, tragic fate will separate them onto different sides, and then it can only be a fight to the death.

A story of hunter and hunted, 'The Drumbeat Of Jimmy Sands' is one of the most relentlessly powerful and suspenseful novels of this or any other year.

About the Author:

Murray Davies has been a national press journalist for the last 20 years, before which he took a doctorate in First World War poetry. A Welshman, he has travelled all over the world in pursuit of such stories as the civil war in Angola, famine in Ethiopia, mercenaries in Zaire and the conflict in Bosnia.

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Davies, Murray
Published by HarperCollins Publishers (1999)
ISBN 10: 0006511554 ISBN 13: 9780006511557
New Paperback Quantity Available: 1
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(Rumford, ME, U.S.A.)

Book Description HarperCollins Publishers, 1999. Paperback. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # 6511554

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