Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Read: "Evil for Evil" by James R. Benn

Read: Evil for Evil by James R. Benn, 2009, 9781569475935.

The best thing about Benn's series is that he incorporates obscure events in the European and African campaigns.  Benn uses the real life IRA burglary of of U.S. Army depot in Northern Ireland to create the theft of 50 BARs and thousands of rounds of ammo.  Billy Boyle is sent from Jerusalem to help the Limeys.

Billy is a loyal Boston Irishman whose family supports the IRA.  He now has to work on behalf of the British authorities he has been raised to fear and hate.  Boyle is surprised to learn of the murderous behavior of the IRA.  Boyle investigates.

Several Irish and American characters. A couple Americans are murdered.  Black marketeering and bribes confuse things. Boyle learns about Unionist behavior and organizations.  Boyle learns about IRA history and operations.  Boyle learns about German operations with the IRA and German infiltration of Ireland.  Boyle needs a shower. Boyle learns of the split loyalties of many Northern Irish.

1.  I think the interior monologue of Billy get boring.  He frets over Diana.  He frets over his role in Ireland.  Blah blah blah.
2.  Fun and informative stuff.  Benn does good work.

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