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  • Paperback
  • Publisher: Key Porter Books (Oct. 1 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0886194245
  • ISBN-13: 978-0886194246
  • Average Customer Review: 2.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)

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By sabrina on Dec 18 2001
Format: Hardcover
When I read the cover of this book, I really liked it. So I started reading, also for school. I really can say that I enjoyed reading this book, because it could be a reallife story!
I think Brian Moore did a great job to write this excellent book!
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By André Padberg on Nov. 15 2003
Format: Paperback
Lies of silence is the most boring book i've ever read. What Brian Moore discribes on ca.130 pages could have benn written on max. 2 pages. In this book nothing really intersting happens. Anti-IRA-tirades, changing attitudes and two main characters who don't know what they really want. And this on 130pages repeating itself...
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
The author takes great risks and pulls it off...Wow! Oct. 21 2004
By K. Corn - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
This novel starts out at a deceptively languid pace and then rivets the tension up in an instant. Michael Dillon, an average hotel manager, is planning to ask his wife for a divorce. On the same evening, his life is turned upside down when two men burst into his home and hold his wife at gunpoint, asking him to carry a car loaded with a bomb to a specific destination - that or his wife will be killed.

If you think the plot sounds formulaic, think again. It veers off in all sorts of unpredictable directions as Dillon's private life suddenly becomes very public, his wife turns out to be far nobler than anyone might expect, etc.

Think about what sort of choices YOU might make if the eyes of the world were suddenly turned your way and every move you made was dissected and analyzed under a public microscope. Fascinating look at Irish politics and the tension between public and personal loyalties.
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
one of Moore' best Dec 31 2002
By Glenn McLeod - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
This book, which was short listed for the Booker Literary Prize, is very typical of some of Moore's best works. The characterization of the three main characters, Michael Dillon, Moira and Andrea is brilliant. Each in a way a complex stereotypical actor caught in the lime light of the "troubles" in Northern Ireland. Michael, born and raised in Belfast is sensitive and bright and wants to fulfil his potential as a poet but is caught in the humdrum need to make a living because he married a woman, Moira, who's beauty he admired and longed for but who's mind he had never examined. Moira, was also raised in Belfast, and unlike Michael, longs to return to her birthplace. Bright, but vain and bulimic She is terrified of ageing but finds new strength and purpose when she decides to oppose the IRA. Andrea, a Canadian in England to study, cannot fathom the problems of Northern Ireland and only longs for peace and security with Michael Dillon.
The plot involves the attempted assassination of Northern Ireland's Protestant leader, Pottinger, by having Michael, the manager of a Hotel where Pottinger is giving a speech, drive a car bomb to just outside the hotel room where Pottinger is speaking. Meanwhile the IRA thugs hold Michael's wife hostage with the threat of killing her if he does not follow through. Michael at the last possible minute decides to alert the authorities because 100's might die if the bomb goes off. The fall out for everyone, Michael's wife Moira and his girl friend Andrea and the IRA are taut and filled with suspense.
Very good, well written thriller.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Complicated psychological portrait Feb. 10 2000
By frumiousb - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
If a man no longer loves his wife (and perhaps never did) and has a choice between participating in the bombing of strangers or letting her be killed, what does he do?
This is the question that the book sets about answering, and spins out beautifully the consequences that follow on his actions. Nothing in the book is simple or clear cut, and the reader is not given the luxury of having a clear moral position to adopt. That is, except for the moral position of intolerance of violence and intolerance for the people who perpetrate it-- whatever the cost.
I was puzzled myself about why I didn't want to give this book five stars, but in the end although it was masterfully written, I found that it didn't contain spark or the flame I needed to carry it above just 'very good'. However, I will certainly seek out other books by the same writer in the future.
7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
The Deadliest Sin March 20 2004
By JR Dunn - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
Moore was a first-rate writer in the Graham Greene mode who failed to engage the interest of the literati and is slowly fading away as a result. "Lies of Silence" is as good an example as any as to why he deserves better.
The theme is sloth, the unwillingness to spiritually engage with anything that matters. Moore takes a typical disoriented, rootless modern type and places him in a situation where he *must* engage, then ruthlessly portrays the consequences of his failure. Moore's inference that our inability to deal decisively with terrorism is directly related to the contemporary spiritual vacuum was years ahead of its time, and is not going to lose its pertinence any time soon.
Other outstanding works by Moore include "The Doctor's Wife", "The Mangan Inheritance", and "Black Robe".
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
A great, interesting and exciting book! June 3 2003
By Judith - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Lies of silence is one of the best books I have ever read. It is different, unpredictable and exciting. The story about the IRA and a man who gets involved in one of their actions while being in the middle of his strugle chosing between his wife and his mistress is quite realistic. I also think that you can learn more about the IRA and their actions by reading this book.
I must admit that the book did not appeal to me at all when I started reading it. But as soon as I had read the first few pages I could hardly stop reading! I was really intrigued by the catchy story upon which the book is built.

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