The Bombmaker

The Bombmaker Andrea Hayes was one of the IRA s deadliest killers until a misplaced bomb ripped into a group of passing children Now years later she has a whole new life and a family and her days of violence see

  • Title: The Bombmaker
  • Author: Stephen Leather
  • ISBN: 9780340689561
  • Page: 315
  • Format: Paperback
  • Andrea Hayes was one of the IRA s deadliest killers until a misplaced bomb ripped into a group of passing children Now, years later, she has a whole new life and a family, and her days of violence seem a distant memory But then her daughter is kidnapped by persons unknown, and she s blackmailed into building a massive explosive device for them target unknown.

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    About “Stephen Leather

    • Stephen Leather

      Stephen Leather was a journalist for than ten years on newspapers such as The Times, the Daily Mail and the South China Morning Post in Hong Kong His bestsellers have been translated into than ten languages He has also written for television shows such as London s Burning, The Knock and the BBC s Murder in Mind series For much of 2011 his self published eBooks including The Bestseller, The Basement, Once Bitten and Dreamer s Cat dominated the UK eBook bestseller lists and sold than half a million copies The Basement topped the Kindle charts in the UK and the US, and in total he has sold than two million eBooks His bestselling book The Chinaman was filmed as The Foreigner, starring Jackie Chan and Pierce Brosnan and grossing than 100 million.

    623 thoughts on “The Bombmaker

    • Every parent's nightmare. A child is kidnapped and held under threat of death to force the parent to do something that may result in the deaths of hundreds of people.Andy is a former IRA bomb-maker. Retired from the IRA after a bomb accidentally kills some children who were not the targets, she has another secret that we only learn mid-way through the book, but which has profound implications for everyone's actions. Martin, her husband, knows nothing of her past. Katie, their daughter, has been [...]


    • a good amount of detail in this book to keep you reading. would happily read all books by this author. enjoyable.


    • Ex IRA bombmaker is forced into making a huge bomb by the kidnapping of her daughter. Really well written with well fleshed out characters and a good sense of pacing.




    • Unfortunately its difficult to feel any empathy with the characters in this book apart from the child Katie. I am old enough to remember the death and distruction that the IRA caused in the 70's and 80'sand any sympathy for the main character Andrea Hayes- the bombmaker is non-existant.Annoyingly the blurb on the cover of the book really gives the plot away, so it's not a surpise to the reader only to the bombmaker!!!


    • Long and drawn out, that is the phrase that comes to mind when thinking about this book. I was hoping for a thriller that would keep me on the edge of my seat. Instead, I got a book that kept me rolling my eyes as nothing continued to happen. Well, I suppose this answers a question: Nope, I won't be following this author further. I tend to like my action real, rather than implied.


    • Quote from author: ""One thing I have never been able to understand is why an organisation like the National Black Police Association is allowed to exist. It is by its very nature racist - hoping to promote the interests of a group solely on the basis of the colour of its members. A police officer can lose his job if he is found to be a member of the British National Party, which in the past excluded non-whites. But the NPBA, which is solely for non-white police officers, is allowed to operate w [...]


    • I suspect I should have read this in 1999. Ultimately a readable enough book, which, being a thriller required a willing suspension of disbelief. Whilst willing, the suspension bit got wider, higher and somewhat shakier as I went on. Partially I think the problem was one of believability of the main premise. I'm not Pollyanna, I'm well aware that everyone has a few things tucked away in the past that they'd rather their partner didn't find out about but seriously the proverbial hits the oscilla [...]


    • A mother is faced with her past as her seven year-old daughter is kidnapped from their home. Andrea Hayes is forced to use her skills as a bomb maker to keep her daughter alive. No one knows where her daughter is, but the police are suspicious as the school Secretary Miss Mara has complained to the Headmistress. Suspicion falls on Martin, the father and husband, but Martin has bigger problems. People are watching him and he wants to get his wife and daughter back. Martin doesn't know what to do [...]


    • It has been a while since I have read a Stephen Leather book and I now wonder what took me so long to return to this author. The Bombmaker is classic Leather with his mix of fast paced action and engaging characters. Traditionally twist and turns are evident and the book is a real page turner. Another excellent read, I wouldn't leave it so long between Stephen Leather books next time.


    • I usually really like Stephen Leather's books, he's one of my favourite authors. This isn't one of the better ones. I never connected with any of the characters and the story was pretty 2 dimensional. Nevertheless I did finish it, which itself is worthy of note as I give up quickly on books that aren't satisfying.


    • The bombmaker is the first novel which i started reading reader digest condense books.I am say physics kinda girl i really enjoys bombs and nuclear power and decision and action ooh action is with brains


    • An initially lumbering thriller lacking in tension until it gets more interesting from the half way point. It gets progressively more gripping though the climax is again a bit of a let-down. A workmanlike effort but hardly memorable.


    • Wooden melodrama from the parents of a kidnapped child at the beginning, dated terrorist tactics in the middle, gratuitous rape scene at the end, probably one to skip if you want to read more of this author. Nightfall is much better.


    • Engaging and gripping right to the end. Thankfully, not a book in a series! Read too many of those lately The characters in this book were all beautifully drawn and fully rounded - even the villains were people, no matter how much you disliked them. I will definitely read Leather again!


    • Read this just after 'The Juror' by George Dawes Green. Both involve kidnapped children and ruthless killers but I found this less involving. Kept me reading it though, even if I wasn't sure about the rationale behind the plot.


    • C'mona female bombmaker. What else do you need to know? Stephen Leather writes really awesome, not just arm candy, females. For this, we should get down on the ground and thank the trashy novel gods.


    • The plot is quite hackneyed and proceeds slowly can almost predict the ending. Some emotional twists in between salvage the book, but otherwise not one of his better books.


    • My first Stephen Leather read. Quite good - a slow start and a rather disappointing ending but an interesting, imaginative, read nonetheless, almost gripping in parts.






    • A mother is taken hostage as well as her daughter. The daughter is used to make the mother build a bomb. It is to be used to cause havoc and has an unusual motive.


    • Again lent to me by my neighbour. A great book. Like thew Chinaman, slightly politically dated. And, a bit too much detail given on how to make bombs. A great read.



    • The blurb says that the author is in the same class as Forsyth and I agree. The pace of the story is relentless and the credible plot adds further zing to it. Well done.




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