Book Review: A Decent Bomber by Alexander McNabb

This fast-paced thriller sees a retired IRA bomb maker, turned farmer for the past twenty years, forced to make five bombs using materials from an old IRA cache. Their old passwords have been compromised. The resulting waves of planting these bombs leads the PSNI to old operatives, who have more than their political status to lose.

This action-packed novel starts in the thick of it with graphic violence and moves at a brisk pace giving you just enough time to catch your breath to keep up. The character of Patrick O’Carolan is compelling and palpably authentic as you picture him in your minds eye. I must admit his character reminded me very much of Liam Neeson’s in the Taken films and I’m sure I can’t be the only one to think so, as he battles to save his niece, Orla and prevent his bombs taking more lives.

The other characters are also well written and Orla is particularly memorable as she faces her Uncles past of which she has no knowledge. The tension between characters is also more than adequately depicted and as a reader I formed quite an attachment to a number of them as they followed leads to stop a global crisis.

Crime, political, conspiracy, action thriller, call it what you need to, this one is a page turner you do not want to miss. This is the second title I have read from this author and once again, I am totally bowled over.

Links To Book:
Amazon UK
Amazon US



    1. To be honest Judi I’m hazy on the details but I think this was a review request from the author. I feel guilty as I think its been on my Kindle for weeks. He has written other well received thrillers too apparently.

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      1. 🙂 It was indeed a review request! I figured your TBR would be pretty massive. You had, in fact, previously read and liked Shemlan – A Deadly Tragedy, but that was set in the Middle East and so a very different location from A Decent Bomber. To be honest, the volumes you get through, I don’t know how you tell one from the other!

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  1. Oh yes of course, I really enjoyed Shemlan, I love the way you get totally into the headspace of your protagonists. I was carried away by Jason’s plight in Shemlan just as I was in the moment with Pat. Really gripping stuff.

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    1. Thank you, thank you! They’re a bit different, though! Pat is based on a silly joke I had with my wife, who is from Tipperary. Her uncle pat is a pleasant, gentle diabetic man in his 70s who has a herd up on Cummermore. I always suggest darkly that he’s an IRA man still sitting on an IRA cache because the idea is so, well, silly. And then one day I thought, hang on. What if he WAS…

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      1. I love the way your mind works! A gentle unassuming dairy farmer on the outside and a sleeping terrorist cell, all be, defunct underneath. Your heroes suffer a lot of heartbreak, maybe the next one can get the girl?


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