by David Gardiner on 12th November 2011
ISBN: 978-0-9569379-0-2 280 pages £7.99 €10.00 $14.00
The title comes from a Stafford Beer quote:
The Holocaust has shown us that the creation of hell on earth is just a matter of
Danny, a teenage boy attending a Roman Catholic
Grammar School in Belfast in the 1960s, becomes seduced into the IRA out
of an interest in amateur radio and all things technical. His first
girlfriend, from a Protestant family, is a precocious, beautiful and
fabulously talented singer/songwriter who has embraced sexual liberation
in a big way.
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Review of Engineering Paradise on Sharon Chance's book review blogspot.
Growing up among the turmoil of Northern Ireland in the 1960s was a challenge for the entire country, but for Danny Gallagher, a teenage boy attending a Roman Catholic school in Belfast, the constant unrest drove an undercurrent of excitement and danger that was too alluring to resist.
A whiz at anything having to do with electronics and amateur radios, Danny soon caught the interest of the local branch of the IRA and was soon recruited to do a few small jobs for the group. This secretive involvement would soon lead to changes in Danny’s life that would affect the rest of his life, and alter the history of the Northern Irish for the rest of time.
The fast-paced, action filled novel, “Engineering Paradise,” by David Gardiner, not only documents a restless time in Irish political history, it also shows how those changes in society affected the average person as well. Part love story, part coming-of-age drama, and part military history, Gardiner’s masterful storytelling skills are evident in this heart-wrenching tale that is set against a backdrop of actual events. Gardiner draws his readers into the heart of the story with prose that is lyrical and captivating. You’ll find yourself rooting for Danny Gallagher to achieve all he dreams of.
I highly recommend this novel.