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Extra! Extra! Read all about it! Former Irish Journalist Turns Author!

April 15, 2013

It’s my pleasure to feature Brad Fleming on my blog today. Brad is the author of Role of Role of Dishonour, a fast paced thriller centered against the back drop of the violent and unsteady times of the “Troubles” in Ireland. The great thing for all my blog readers is that for the next week the book is on sale for 99 cents.

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About Brad Fleming!

Before becoming an author Brad Fleming was in journalism, broadcasting and public relations all of his working life. Born in the small fishing village of Kilkeel, Co Down, in the shadow of where the famous Mountains of Mourne sweep down to the sea, he worked in local newspapers before moving on to a national daily paper in Belfast. Later he broadcast on news and sport for the BBC. In his thirties he made a career switch to join the British Government Information Service, a job which took him to many corners of the world.

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I asked Brad what he thought would be on a shopping list of an antagonist. I think this list shows just a touch of Brad’s great wit.

1 A Kindle Reader. So he can check up on his rival’s latest book.

2 Bottle of smelling salts. When he sees how good it is.

3 Bottle of Irish Whiskey. So he can drown his sorrows.

4 A copy of Getting your own back for Dummies.

5 Anacin tablets. To help his headache.

6 A supply of damp cloths. To cool his furrowed brow.

7 An appointment with a psychiatrist. To cure his jealousy.

8 A booby-trap bomb. For placing under his rival’s car.

9 A reliable hand-gun. In case the bomb doesn’t go off.

10 An Army tank. In case the bomb and hand-gun don’t do the job.

About Brad’s book Role of Dishonour!

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Brad’s novel is an intense look at the human condition, spotlighting the worst and the best of who we are.

For generations Northern Ireland has withstood a vicious campaign of terrorist violence that has left thousands dead and countless more horribly injured. The British and Irish Governments seem powerless and to have settled for what one leading politician calls an acceptable level of violence.

There appears to be no solution to the conflict. But, when a Provisional IRA bomb kills two grandparents and a four-month-old baby on a lonely border road, four men from widely different backgrounds – a politician, a policeman, a soldier and a journalist – decide enough is enough. They embark on a daring plan to exact vengeance – and to end the Ulster Troubles once and for all.

Role of Dishonour is about violence and vengeance, treachery and treason, retribution and reward. Men die – women and children, too. It’s a world where one man’s terrorist is another’s freedom fighter. For generations the troubles in Ireland have pitted Protestant against Catholic, Unionist against Nationalist and Loyalist against Republican. There seems no end to the mindless spiral of death and destruction.

Yet the book is also a poignant love story, set against the background of one of the most beautiful pieces of earth God ever made. It’s the story of a man and a woman from different backgrounds and different worlds who find one another and tentatively begin to forge a relationship amid the chaos and despair. Are they to be star-crossed lovers or will true love triumph in the end?

To give you an idea of the flavor of the book I have picked two excerpts for you to enjoy.

Here is an excerpt from Role of Dishonour:

The reason you’re here is because each one of you has a certain talent, a particular expertise which, properly directed and, properly co-ordinated, could have a decisive effect on the situation existing in Ireland at the present time. I must also tell you that, while the prize is great, the risks to each one of us are considerable. I am speaking of physical risks gentlemen. Failure could result in imprisonment for all of us–or even death!”



*He saw her then–sitting alone on a high stool at the left end of the bar counter. Quite simply, she was the most striking woman he’d seen in a long time. She appeared totally oblivious of his arrival and he found himself stopping involuntarily in order to study her more closely. Dexter was not normally so rude, or so easily impressed, but here was a woman well worthy of a second look.”

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I enjoyed getting to know Brad and I would encourage you to give Role of Dishonour a try. You can’t go wrong at just 99 cents.

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