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By The Grace Of Good Friday [Kindle Edition]

JS Smith
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)

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Book Description

As a boy growing up in a home with republican leanings, Michael "Mick" Kennedy is radicalized while attending the funeral of young man in his community. When he comes of age he joins the Provisional Irish Republican Army (the Provos) to fight back against the bigotry, inequality and oppression faced by Catholics in the troubled corner of the United Kingdom known as Northern Ireland.

Years later, Mick has become disenchanted with the Republican cause. Too many splinter groups and rogue IRA cells are targeting civilians rather than military personnel. When the Good Friday peace agreement is signed into existence in April 1998, Mick sees this as a chance to pursue a normal, peaceful life with the woman he loves, Maureen McCumhal.

However, his long and trusted involvement with the Provos means he has valuable knowledge in his head. Knowledge for which others are willing to kill. When his family and his future are threatened by those bent on ignoring the peace agreement, Mick fights back the only way he knows how.

Product Details

  • File Size: 376 KB
  • Print Length: 165 pages
  • Publisher: JS Smith (July 28, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B008QG0PXW
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,115,395 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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4.0 out of 5 stars Semtex, Soda Bread, and Maureen August 3, 2012
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A straightforward tale that moves along briskly, J.S. Smith's By The Grace Of Good Friday is driven by the changes wrought by Ireland's Good Friday Agreement in 1998, and the various splinter groups who resisted those changes when the Provisional IRA was disarming.

Mick Kennedy, the not-quite-ex-Provo, is a lucky man, or rather, has become a lucky man, thanks to the affections of the lovely Maureen.

The presence of Maureen, who's no slouch, and certainly not prone to passivity, goes a long way toward making this a dialogue-driven narrative, and achieving some balance in what's often a male-dominant sub-genre. Then again, she's a reminder that anyone who thinks Irish women might be anything close to passive have never set foot on Irish soil.

Most of Smith's characters are practiced at easily crossing the disturbingly seamless line between domestic tranquility and abrupt violence. Just who can reset explosive charges may come as a bit of a surprise, but that's part of this world.

The territory is familiar: Armalites, thick slices of soda bread, and police stations squatting behind razor wire. Nor does Smith make any pretence of neutrality: this tale is thoroughly immersed in a culture where membership in the Provisional IRA is about as shocking as a turf fire.

You could argue, perhaps, that this tale might be a trifle too brisk. I found myself wanting a bit more, to flesh out the motivations of some of this cast of characters, particularly those who oppose the Agreement, and round the story out a bit. That addition might bring it closer to, say, the nuances of Matt Minogue, the police inspector from County Clare who inhabits a number of novels from another Torontonian named John Brady.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Loved this book! September 6, 2012
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I read a lot of books. I usually take around 6 or 7 books from the library at a time, and am done them before they are due. This book was better than most I have read lately. I was hooked on the characters in Scott's book right from the beginning, and felt that I knew them by the end. I have never written a review before, so I don't know what to say, other than I LOVED this book, I wish it was longer, and I desperately hope that there will be sequels...many, many, sequels!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Future movie September 5, 2012
By TVsucks
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A great tale with a little of everything. Suspense, romance, action, travel and lots of descriptive paragraphs which are informative and interesting and never boring. Especially good for those of us who enjoy some actual history with our novels. You can learn a lot about the reasons for the "troubles" in Ireland from enjoying this book.
When the movie comes out I will definitely go see it!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Aye...a great read! August 28, 2012
By Doorni
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Great characters emerged at the outset and continued to evolve right to the last page. Descriptive Irish nuances brought the action to life and made this book a hard one to put down. Looking forward to more!
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5.0 out of 5 stars A well written gem August 25, 2012
By ShwaGuy
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I really enjoyed reading this book, I found the story was always keeping you wanting to turn the page. I cannot wait to read the next book. This book has brought to light a period of history that I only heard of, I know that it is not a true story but I found some materials on the internet that I would have never looked for had I not read this book.

J.S. Smith has brought to life a piece of history and I hope to read more from him.
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More About the Author

JS Smith was raised on a farm outside Fort Saskatchewan, Alberta, Canada. He has over 28 years under his belt as an award-winning copywriter and a voice talent. As an actor, he has appeared in "Flashpoint" and his voice has been heard in animated series, commercials and film. Follow his work in this regard at

As a writer, JS has written many poems and articles for trade magazines. His first novel, "By The Grace of Good Friday" is now available as an e-book on Amazon. Upcoming plans are to create a screenplay based on this novel. Also in the early planning stages; a new animated feature for children based on his dog, Finn. He's also been known to write lyrics and sing.

When not working on creative projects, JS spend his time between Alberta and West Cork, Ireland.

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