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Gerald Seymour was born to William Kean Seymour and his second wife, Rosalind Wade His first book, Harry's Game, was published in 1975, and Seymour then became a full-time novelist, living in the West Country.

Gerald Seymour was born to William Kean Seymour and his second wife, Rosalind Wade Career. His first book, Harry's Game, was published in 1975, and Seymour then became a full-time novelist, living in the West Country. In 1999, he featured in the Oscar-winning documentary, One Day in September, which portrayed the Munich massacre. He has been a full-time writer since 1978.

First published in Great Britain in 1975 by Collins. An Hachette UK company.

Gerald Seymour’s most popular book is Harry's Game. Showing 30 distinct works. Harry's Game by. Gerald Seymour.

Gerald Seymour exploded onto the literary scene in 1975 with the massive bestseller HARRY'S GAME

Gerald Seymour exploded onto the literary scene in 1975 with the massive bestseller HARRY'S GAME. The first major thriller to tackle the modern troubles in Northern Ireland, it was described by Frederick Forsyth as 'like nothing else I have ever read' and it changed the landscape of the British thriller forever. Gerald Seymour was a reporter at ITN for fifteen years. He covered events in Vietnam, Borneo, Aden, the Munich Olympics, Israel and Northern Ireland.

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by. Seymour, Gerald, 1941-.

by. Cultural Literacy and Humanities, Reading Level-Adult. London : HarperCollins.

A British writer, Gerald Seymour is most famous for describing reality-based, war-time conflict. He is the best-selling author of over 30 thrillers. Gerald was born in Guildford, Surrey, in 1941 to two literary figures. His father, William Kean Seymour, a writer, poet and literary critic, wrote poems such as the Street of Dreams, To Verhaeren and A Jackdaw in Georgia. Initially a journalist, Gerald joined the Independent Television Network (ITN) in 1963, and forged a successful career.

A British cabinet minister is gunned down by an IRA assassin, leaving an undercover agent to track down the killer before he himself is killed.

If Stuart Neville's 2010 novel The Ghosts of Belfast is touted to become a fictional classic about The Troubles of Northern Ireland, Gerald Seymour's 1975 HARRY'S GAME is the seminal novel of urban guerilla warfare and espionage bureaucracy in the early days of The Troubles. Neville's protagonist tells his haunting story after an early release from Long Kesh prison following the "Good Friday" agreement of 1998. Seymour's hero is British undercover agent Harry Brown sent to Belfast to infiltrate the terrorists...and find the IRA assassin who gunned down a British cabinet minister on a London street in the early 1970's.

Gerald Seymour was perfectly capable of writing this Irish thriller, this tension-filled story of a manhunt. Before he wrote HARRY'S GAME he was a successful British television news reporter whose work involved him directly in Vietnam, the Mideast wars, the Munich Olympics massacre...and six years of reporting the guerilla warfare in Northern Ireland. In the early pages of this debut novel, Seymour writes of a telephone directive received by a Dublin newsroom:

"Listen carefully. I'm only going to say this once. This is a spokesman for the military wing of the Provisional IRA. An active-service of the Provisional IRA today carried out a court-martial executive order on Henry DeLacey Danby, an enemy of the people of Ireland and servant of the British occupation forces in Ireland. During the eighteen months spent in Ireland, one of his duties was responsibility for the concentration camp at Long Kesh. He was repeatedly warned that if the regime of the camp did not change, action would be taken against him. That's it." (22)

And Seymour calls a spade a spade. On page 74 of HARRY'S GAME, Harry's superior tells of sending him to "infiltrate the most successful urban terrorist movement in the world over the last 25 years." And he coins a now popular phrase on page 62 as Harry ponders the words of a Red Cross man from Switzerland on another assignment: "One man terrorist is another man's freedom fighter." Neville tries to persuade his reader that his Irish killer is a freedom fighter. Seymour calls his IRA assassin The Man...well, an assassin for a terrorist movement. And Long Kesh is called a concentration camp in the Provisional IRA directive.

HARRY'S GAME is a fascinating tale told by a master storyteller with two of the most exceptional characters of suspense fiction. If the title of the book sounds familiar, the novel was made into a successful British TV series in 1982. The theme music was provided by the Celtic band Clannad. "The Theme from Harry's Game" became their breakthrough title.

History buffs interested in Long Kesh prison, the old RAF base in Belfast that later became The Maze, may enjoy the first half of Sam Millar's autobiographical On The Brinks: The Extended Edition and his infamous stay in Cell Block H there "on-the-blanket" for eight years. Thriller readers like me, who prefer gritty realism without high-tech trivia, wild car chases, and shoot-outs, may be interested in Seymour's other Irish thrillers, Field of Blood and The Journeyman Tailor.
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Blurb........... A British cabinet minister is gunned down on a London street by an IRA assassin. In the wake of a national outcry, the authorities must find the hitman. But the trail is long cold, the killer gone to ground in Belfast, and they must resort to more unorthodox methods to unearth him. Ill prepared and poorly briefed, undercover agent Harry Brown is sent into the heart of enemy territory to infiltrate the terrorists..

But when it is a race against the clock, mistakes are made and corners cut. For Harry Brown, alone in a city of strangers, where an intruder is the subject of immediate gossip and rumour, one false move is enough to leave him fatally isolated....

I have recently expanded my scope of fiction reading to encompass the "thriller" and as Gerald Seymour has on occasion been touted as the best thriller writer working today in the UK, why not give him a go?

Harry's Game was his debut novel, first published in the mid-70's and probably never out of print since.

Whilst the politics in Northern Ireland have moved on in the last thirty years, the novel stands the test of time. Seymour offers the reader a perspective from both the Nationalist viewpoint and those involved on the British side, both on the ground locally and those, slightly more remote in government in London.

I enjoyed this first venture into Seymour country. He manages to convincingly drive the story forward, conveying a sense of realism and fear for Harry as the other side close in to try to shut him down.

Just as well really because I recently bought a 20 strong Seymour book bundle second hand on E-Bay!

4 out of 5.
There can be no truly objective novel, or book for that matter about Northern Ireland. With that in mind, Gerald Seymour comes as close as possible to writing a "neutral" novel- in my opinion. Nothing here is black and white. The British protagonist and his prey are portrayed with equal humanity.

With that in mind, this book makes my top Spy Novel List (Kim, On Her Majesty's Secret Service, and The Honourable Schoolboy). Not only is this novel taut and tense, but the tradecraft squares with non-fiction published accounts of the "secret war" in Northern Ireland.

What pushes this book above and beyond a great many spy novels is the intense understanding that the author has about guerilla warfare. His experience as a journalist in several British small wars, including the heat of NI's most intense period, shows. I've read turgid Ivory Tower tracts on the subject that lack Seymour's understanding...

This novel transcends genre, and is more informed and intellectual than the majority of spy novels you've ever read. I highly recommend it.
This was the first Gerald Seymour book read by me, and a few years ago it was too. If my memory serves me correct this was his first, or one of his first books. I thoroughly enjoyed Harry's Game, concerning the IRA and it's struggle with the English. It's certainly not as polished as his later offerings, but Seymour still manages to grip you with his ability to get into the underbelly that was and is the Irish conflict. An interesting read for fans of Seymour who haven't explored his early offerings, and a gound sound read for all. Recommended.
Good book, but it was obvious that it was written by an Englishman, without even having to read the author bio. It seemed to be fair for the most part, but I didn't understand the depiction of Irishmen in Ireland as "minorities", and Englishmen in Ireland as "loyalists". Other than that, it was a fairly enjoyable action novel. The only issue was that Mr Seymour couldn't seem to decide who was the protagonist and who was the villain, so the book didn't really bring you to root for either side. Of course, that may have been the point, showing that there really is no black and white on the IRA issue. Overall, an enjoyable read.