Tim Flaherty is a provisional IRA terrorist who is released by an American federal court after being held for crimes committed in the UK. At his celebration party he is assassinated by an unknown hand; and Francis Duggan, a top CIA analyst of Irish descent, is brought in to investigate.
In London, Sam Richardson works for M16 following a stint in the SAS, serving in the Gulf War and Northern Ireland. His role now is counter-terrorism, and he is deputed to be Duggan's minder.
It soon becomes apparent that Flaherty's killing is the work of a new and previously unknown group - the Angels. they are linked with a secret plan, hatched by the British authorities some years ago but never put into operation.
Duggan and Richardson join forces rather warily, and are plunged into the brutal conflict with the IRA in Belfast. Soon the Angels are involved in further acts of violence around the world as they carry out their aim to 'fight fire with fire', culminating in an explosive operation in the Everglades wetlands of Florida.
Fallen Angels is a superb adventure, packed with action and compulsively readable. The savagery of the fight against the IRA, set against the background of the Downing Street Declaration, has never been more thrillingly depicted or more topical.
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