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Summary

Filled with roller coaster emotions and explosive revelations of covert operations, Charlie One provides a unique, detailed and unbiased account of the secret war fought in Northern Ireland. 

Seán Hartnett grew up in Cork in the 1970s where he observed the worst of the northern Troubles. Despite his family’s republican ties and his own attempt to join the IRA, Hartnett shocked family and friends when he joined the British Armed Forces. In 2001 Hartnett returned to his native Ireland, but this time as a member of the British Army’s most secretive covert counter-terrorist unit in Northern Ireland. For the next three years Hartnett was directly involved in some of the highest profile events of that period, from the arrest of John Hannan for the bombing of the BBC in London and some of the biggest blunders by British intelligence agencies in the history of the Troubles. 

©2016 Sean Hartnett (P)2020 W. F. Howes Ltd

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A little gem of a book, Difficult to keep an objective view when Norn is concerned but this an excellent and novel account by an excellent author

One of the best audiobooks I have purxhases

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Great story

Great stories from an interesting time in Northern Ireland. He was a brave man amongst other brave men and women. It's great that a man from Ireland is able to go so far into security services. Great listen

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Outstanding

A brilliant alternative view on operating in NI, nice to hear the hard work that goes on behind an operations success than all the SF, I’m Ali crap. A real soldiers view on soldering.
His farewell gift is awesome and I still smile thinking about it🤝😂🤛

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Legends, One and All

A great personal story of one outsider's life as an insider in one of the most secretive and effective units in the war to preserve the peace process in Northern Ireland. Having spent some years there myself I'm only too aware of the simmering discontent in certain sectors and how easily it boils over.
The narration was good (and effective with the Irish accent) but the appalling accents when quoting non-irish players brought it down just a little for me.
Money well spent! Thank you.

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not a bad insight if how things were here

nor a bad insight of how things were here in Northern Ireland , interesting and well read

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interesting insight

great read from grass roots level perspective. I had no idea how sophisticated the intelligence services had become during the Troubles.

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Best book I’ve listened too in years

You will not be disappointed with this book, the in-depth knowledge, procedures and practices explained will answer any questions you had about sneaky beaky work in the province!!

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Great Audible book

A great listen from start to finish.
Some amazing stories from the Det.
I can’t imagine what it was like for the author in the British Army but you have my upmost respect.

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FANTASTIC

As an ex-serving soldier of the early seventies both as a member of a jock regiment and para I can appreciate the candor and intensity of this publication along with the good humour contained within given the circumstances a great listen and my admiration to the author may his journey in life be ever fruitful and thank you for your service from one soldier to another.

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real good

the story is real good but the narrator voices is the only down side to this book

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Loved it!

Loved every minute of it. Hope to see more from the author in the future. Very cool story reminds me of Tom Marcus

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  • 14-04-21

can't hide anywhere

excellent book ,fascinating.Hay doy
the accent made it more realistic. going to start to read his other book about the Celtic tiger