Teenage Rampage - Killing Streets #2
All heroes' true tests are in their inner world, and Tim Regan's feat is to somehow remain a teenager amidst the horror of early seventies Belfast. He struggles daily to keep his youth separate from The Troubles, but in a war like this; everything and everybody is entangled, and Tim's struggles increase until something must break. But it is because this is no romanticised version of recent Irish history, that this book is so powerful. Laid out before us is the sheer brutality and evil of some of the IRA and how the systems and structures put in place by them accidentally paved the way for crooks and psychopaths to manipulate things to their own ends. Regan managing to take on a seemingly ordinary journey through the highs and lows of the early seventies, through the disco's and unrequited love. The fumbling sex, the banter, and the squabbles of youth. Finally, any last vestiges of romance for the IRA will be challenged when you read this series because what makes these books different from all the literature of the troubles is that it isn't just a report of what someone's involvement was. It is that there is a deeper truth.