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Shadow Dancer

3.53  ·  Rating Details ·  127 Ratings  ·  15 Reviews
Colette McVeigh: widow...mother...terrorist. A woman who has lived the Republican cause for all of her thirty-three years. A woman whose brothers are both heavily involved at a senior level in the IRA, whose husband was killed by the British security forces.

Apprehended by the police in an aborted bombing raid in London, Colette is given a simple choice: talk and see her c
Paperback, 416 pages
Published February 4th 1999 by Corgi (first published 1998)
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Apr 02, 2017 Laura rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Bettie
Belfast, 1980s: IRA volunteer Colette McVeigh is caught in an operation by British secret services and faces little option but to become an informer or she will never see her son again. Reluctantly attending secret meetings with her handler, she begins passing secret information across about her own brothers, both volunteers in the IRA. And Colette is being watched by her brother Gerry. If she makes one false move, they will kill her. If it isn't the British who take her away from her son, it co ...more
Paul Kerr
Oct 17, 2012 Paul Kerr rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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While not an area of history I have ever read I detail (the Irish Troubles), the backdrop of this time in Ireland's recent history and its overwhelming influence on the actions of the main characters was extremely interesting and makes for a powerful, if somewhat disturbing, thriller. The fact that so many people would give up so much, including their closest family members and children, for what some would perceives as an impossible cause, is one of the main tenents of the book, and one that th ...more
Jorge Reyes
May 13, 2017 Jorge Reyes rated it it was amazing
Los críticos han sido especialmente duros con esta obra, posiblemente por que saben más de la historia de Irlanda que un servidor.
En mi caso he disfrutado de sobremanera esta lectura. Tal vez porque al ser padre puedo aproximarme mejor a la ansiedad que sufre una madre por el futuro de su familia, de su hijo.
Desgraciadamente algunos de los personajes sufren de falta de profundidad, sin embargo la historia es sumamente interesante, con varios giros en la linea de argumento.
Las agendas ocultas,
Selina Baaklini
Feb 19, 2013 Selina Baaklini is currently reading it
"Shadow Dancer" by Tom Bradby is about an Irish woman named Colette who is fighting along side the IRA (irish republican army). One day Colette is caught whilst trying to set off a bomb in a train station in England and is put under the custody of the English secret service. Ryan, the main prosecutor of her case, threatens Colette into becoming an informer (by threatening her children's lives) as her brothers are well known for being the cause of many bombs and assassinations and she has many co ...more
Feb 08, 2017 Rebecca rated it liked it
Definitely realistic but found it a little trying at times. It was hard to keep track of some minor characters because they only made very brief appearances and I knew what all of the police forces stood for but for anyone not accustomed to the different branches it might be hard to understand or grasp.
Jul 23, 2011 Orna rated it it was amazing
Truly an excellent book! It is based on the IRA. It is about a member of the IRA who becomes an informer for the other side. Tom Bradby goes into great detail to describe the main characters struggles to decide with trying to do what is best for her family, despite the difficulties with that - trying to keep everyone happy. It is a nail-biting, gripping book.
Apr 15, 2013 Kaylol rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
The only reason I read this book was that I had nothing else left to read. The first time I started it I had stopped after the first couple of pages. After a couple of tens of pages it's not bad. Could have been written a bit better but still good. But towards the end it keeps lacking that something that makes a book worth reading.
Debbie Lilley
Jul 27, 2015 Debbie Lilley rated it liked it
Set in Ireland it follows the relationship between a informant and her handler. Very much like the story 'Harrys Game' (which is made reference too in the book). A fast paced book.
Sep 02, 2010 Victoria rated it it was ok
a father in law recommendation. good for understanding of the issues in NI but was glad to have finished it to be honest...
Thomas Dale
Feb 12, 2016 Thomas Dale rated it really liked it
Another well written book of this author.
Debbi Barton
Dec 25, 2016 Debbi Barton rated it it was amazing
Totally gripping from start to finish.
Sharon Kendrick
Oct 15, 2012 Sharon Kendrick rated it really liked it
Tense, realistic glimpse into Northern Ireland during The Troubles. Has recently been made into a film which is the best I've seen all year.
Jun 05, 2009 Renee rated it liked it
Well defined characters - but had no empathy toward them .
Oct 22, 2012 Hazel rated it really liked it
An uncomfortable but good read. The final quarter of the book is the best.
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Tom Bradby is a British journalist and novelist. He has been political editor for ITV News since July 2005.
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