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Publisher's 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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couldn't stop listening

This book summed up the story and the environment of the troubles post the good Friday agreement. Thoroughly enjoyed it.

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  • Bandit Country
  • 14-04-2021

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

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  • Frank Mcnulty
  • 20-07-2021

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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  • nicki
  • 09-06-2021

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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  • David
  • 02-06-2021

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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  • Neil Anderson
  • 16-05-2021

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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  • Stuart Harris
  • 10-05-2021

real good

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

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  • matthew giles
  • 02-05-2021

amazing

brillant brillant story well narrated what a man and what a career . a very must read/listen.

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  • Snowman
  • 29-04-2021

Enjoyed this

I have served in the Royal Signals in NI, I thought it was well written. It was good to get an understanding on the North DET even if the author was not an operative himself. Good book and good listen

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