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FREE READ ñ The Twelve ¾ [Ebook] ➧ The Twelve By Stuart Neville – Sooner or later everybody paysGerry Fegan a former paramilitary contract killer is haunted by the ghosts of the 12 people he has slaughtered Every night on the point of losing his mind he drowns their Sooner or later everybody paysGerry Fegan a former paramilitaAccount But when Fegan's vendetta threatens to derail a hard won truce and destabilise the government old comrades and enemies alike want him deadWinner of the Los Angeles Times Book Prize for Best Thrille. What we humans do to one another “If there’s peace if it’s really over then what use are we” asks a fellow prisoner of Gerry Fegan an IRA foot soldier serving his time in the Maze prison Both Fegan and the other man know that when all of the political parties agree to a peace process they will be released and with that they’ll have to create new selves and to dissolve whatever their past was But how do you “un become” what you had been a terrorist a freedom fighter a murderer a foot soldier a pawn For Gerry Fegan his release brings punishment than his imprisonment ever did He’s haunted by the twelve he killed; they follow him wherever he goes wordlessly motioning what he should do or watching him in full view of him but not visible to others He talks to them in front of other people His former acuaintances and neighbors aren’t sure if he’s just turned into a blind drunk or if he’s crazy For me as a reader I was never uite sure if he was being haunted by ghosts or experiencing some sort of psychosis It doesn’t really matter though He drinks himself into stupors every night; he lives alone choosing isolation but not the pity with which others see him He’s become an embarrassment to the politicians who used to direct the IRA and him Those same former IRA leaders have maintained all of their power by transforming into high ranking politicians ready to benefit even from the peace process and Fegan threatens their potential profits In a case of pretzel logic Fegan decides or is compelled by his ghosts to avenge the murders of the twelve innocents by murdering one by one those he believes are truly responsible for the killings Fegan killed all twelve; there’s no doubt about that But every time he’s sober enough to remember the past he remembers his orders and the circumstances of those deaths And he remembers how lies told to him by his superiors made him believe some he killed like two young Royal Ulster Constabulary had been involved in executions of IRA members—when they never were In his most grievous moments he remembers a young mother her baby and a butcher all killed when a bomb he dropped at a butcher shop exploded before it should have Not one of them Gerry realizes should have died and not one of his superiors cares The book is constructed into twelve chapters and Neville uses that structure to his advantage While Fegan considers how he’ll avenge each death Neville fills in the back story of each person’s murder For me that combination of past and present evoked such horror sadness and tension that I had to put the book down and pick it up after a day or so The intensity and violence were unabating and as difficult as this book was to read at times I never felt as though the violence was unwarranted It fit One of the things I admire about this book is Neville’s ability to make me care about Gerry Fegan to evoke sympathy for him The man barely speaks and we’re given only the slightest glimpses into his interior life but nevertheless I felt sympathy for him To write about how Neville does that would spoil the book so I won’t include about that I know this is classified as a “crime novel” and while that is accurate to limit it to that genre would be a disservice to the novel In some ways it reminded me of The Heart of Darkness and the “horrors” of believing in a process or cause corrupted from the beginning The novel is about human frailtycruelty and loss; it’s about the manipulation of those young enough naïve enough and lonely enough to want to belong and believe and it’s about—even if ever so slight—the possibility of redemption

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In drink His solution is to kill those who engineered their deathsFrom the greedy politicians to the corrupt security forces the street thugs to the complacent bystanders who let it happen all are called to. This gritty haunted crime novel is one of the best debuts I've read in a long time Gerry Fegan an ace enforcer in the IRA does a 12 stint prison stint before he's released to live with the twelve ghosts of his murder victims What impresses me is the deft way the supernatural element is stitched into the narrative's fabric Perhaps going mad Fegan feels driven to serve as the twelve's avenger of the higher ups who ordered their hits He performs his grisly mission in efficient but violent fashion I could easily see a young Daniel Day Lewis cast in the movie role of Fegan What a meaty powerful character that would be to see in a film But to get the full effect read the book You can't go wrong by reading this immensely entertaining tale of retribution and redemption


The TwelveSooner or later everybody paysGerry Fegan a former paramilitary contract killer is haunted by the ghosts of the people he has slaughtered Every night on the point of losing his mind he drowns their screams. As children we’re all told that there are no such thing as ghosts However when a former hitman for the IRA starts seeing the victims of his murders and seeking revenge for them it doesn’t much matter whether they’re real or not because if he decides that someone is responsible for their demise that person will get a chance to investigate the after life first hand in the very near futureGerry Fegan was once a feared and respected killer for the Irish cause but while serving a long stretch in prison he started seeing twelve ghosts of people that he killed at the command of others After getting out of jail Fegan turns into a hard drinking loner who avoids his old IRA pals With peace at hand and his old bosses now part of the new government there isn’t much demand for the services he used to provide any so they’re content to pay him off and let him drink himself into oblivionWhen the ghosts start indicating that they want Fegan to kill off the people who had ordered their deaths Fegan obeys in an attempt to finally get some peace However in the politically delicate climate the murders of powerful former IRA leaders kicks off a new wave of violence and could derail the peace processI enjoyed this as a dark story about the conseuences of murder and how some men use causes to further their own agendas While some of the internal government stuff went over my head I could usually figure out what the major players were scheming about My only complaint was that I found the story of Fegan turning into an instant protector for a young mother and her daughter who has gotten on the bad side of the old IRA leadership as being too uick and easy a way to make Fegan the ‘good’ guy in this story I would have been intrigued if it would have just stuck with him being a broken and damaged guy taking a twisted kind of revenge on behalf of people that he killed himself