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Summary

Some thought it stood for "Military Reconnaissance Force", others "Mobile Reconnaissance Force". Many people thought it didn't exist at all....

For decades there has been argument in the media and amongst politicians about the possible existence and extent of a shoot-to-kill policy in Northern Ireland. MRF Shadow Troop confirms there was such an agenda in the early, chaotic days of British military intervention across the Irish Sea. But amongst the mountain of speculation there is little of any accuracy or authority relating to this period.

The speculation about the unit's name and mission only added to the uncertainty amongst their targets: members of the Provisional Irish Republican Army, the IRA, the provos. Simon Cursey was recruited into the Military Reaction Force - the unit's true name - in 1972. This book is his personal account of his time with the group and in it he reveals the truth about their operations-the briefings, missions, political wrangling, and government-sanctioned law-bending.

MRF Shadow Troop is a fascinating, exciting but above all accurate historical audiobook about the pioneers of counter-terrorism.

©2013 Simon Cursey (P)2021 Tantor

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  • 14-12-21

Fascinating story, not so keen on the narrator.

I stuck with the book because I found the story and history interesting, but this was in spite of the narration which I found stilted and lacked personality.

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Murders Running Free

they say history is written by the victors. If this is considered history then it should be viewed as history by Government sanctioned murderous wooden spoons used to stir sectarianism in an explosive mixing bowl.
Total one sided propaganda

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Story ruined by horrendous narration

Insane how wrong the choice of Narrator was for this book. Nothing groundbreaking revealed that isn't already covered by other similar books. I never want to hear "Pot of tea" again...

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Desperately needed editing

On the plus side this book gave some sense of the MRF from someone on the inside and that was interesting . Of course with that comes their bias.

On the other hand, if ever a book needed serious editing, this was one. There was so much tedious recalling about his fellow MRF soldiers which may have interesting to the author but I found boring and added nothing. Also towards the end, the author’s political views seemed very extreme to the point it was hard to empathise with his experience- whatever the rights and wrongs of the creation and actions of the MRF in countering the IRA.

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almost as big a whitewash as Widgery

Hard listen, very politically opiniated ... a person who admits that he executed people talks about killing people .....no judge, no jury, a hunter of men...No conception of what actually has happened in NI, happy to be part of an execution squad, devoid of any Human rights considerations.
Ill informed book....suprised the calls ignored wasn't Wa..Mitty

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Medals for all

Best book on a long time
Well written and put together couldn't put down gripping book

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Underwhelming with gaping admissions

A book that threatens to reveal everything, reveals nothing. Everything discussed in this book is widely known and has been reported on.

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Outstanding

An absolute
cracking read.
A look into the world of undercover warfare
During the the troubles in Northern Ireland in the seventies.

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fascinating story,

fascinating story, very interesting, listening about something I never heard or knew about, but couldn't get on with the narrator, in my mind he sounded wrong for the story, also if you heard 'pot of tea' once you heard it 50 times! made me cringe every time i heard it come the end, but that is just me,
worth a listen tho,