Direct Legacy

James Stejskal

A young American Special Forces soldier must find and stop his vengeful former comrade-in-arms before he carries out a devastating terrorist strike for the IRA.
Publication date:
May 2022
Publisher :
Casemate Publishers
Series :
The Snake Eater Chronicles
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ISBN : 9781636241197

Dimensions : 228 X 152 mm
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• The much-anticipated third book in The Snake Eater Chronicles trilogy
• Set in Northern Ireland during the height of the Troubles, this thriller weaves brilliantly-written characters and suspense into an action-packed, pacey plot
• Fiction that reads like fact: Stejskal draws directly on his real-life experiences serving in the CIA and Special Forces, giving his writing an authentic edge
• Previous books in the series have been described as "An intriguing debut” by the Financial Times, "thrilling, riveting, and whip-smart” by Love Reading, and "a treat for fiction and nonfiction fans alike” by Publishers Weekly

It is the height of the Troubles and Northern Ireland lies under a shadow…

When Neil Fitzpatrick, a rogue Green Beret soldier, is recruited by the Irish Republican Army to help prepare a terrorist attack, Paul Stavros, his former teammate, is sent to stop him and bring him home alive. Fitzpatrick, the American son of an Irish rebel who was forced to flee his birthplace, is a Special Forces demolitions expert. Fitzpatrick knows his trade and has a personal agenda with the IRA.

Alarm bells erupt when the US government learns that Fitzpatrick has gone over to the IRA. The American public can't find out that one of its elite soldiers is involved in terrorism and the US government won't rely on the British to find him. They need someone who knows Fitzpatrick and how he operates. Who better than one of his former teammates?

Paul Stavros is also a Special Forces veteran. He knows little of the Irish Troubles but is about to learn. What he does know is how to fix problems and Neil has just become his biggest headache. But before Stavros can go operational, he must endure an arduous and hazardous selection process to be accepted by the joint SAS-intelligence cell that will back him up. The British aren't happy with Stavros on their turf; they'd rather do the job themselves
face=Calibri>- quickly, cleanly, and terminally.

Once, Fitzpatrick and Stavros were comrades and friends. Now they are pawns on opposite sides of an ugly war where all is fair and no one is innocent. The British want to kill one, the IRA wants to kill the other. It's a race to see who will be first.


Set in Ireland during the height of the Troubles, Direct Legacy is a fast-paced game of cat and mouse involving special forces operators, IRA terrorists and a rogue US soldier. It is intense, riveting and exciting in equal measure. It conjures up the electric atmosphere of those dark days to produce a fascinating tale of adventure, betrayal and death on a windswept island.
Dr Aaron Edwards, Senior Lecturer at the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst, UK, and author of Agents of Influence

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