The headline "Armed police throw ring of steel around court" says it all. Stephen Gillen was the most wanted and most feared in the UK. But not everything was what it seemed and this gripping true crime story reveals for the first time what actually happened. The Monkey Puzzle tree is not fiction. It happened. Real people did unspeakable things. Stephen's journey took him through the brutal civil war in Northern Ireland where as a child he witnessed real hell on earth. It took him into London's hidden organised crime scene, and high-security prisons. But in the end, it is an inspirational story of transformation and redemption that takes us from the darkest places back into the light. You will never read a more powerful book.
Says Stephen "As I sit here to recount this story of my life I am wondering how I will be able to do it and stay alive and I wonder if someone had told me at my birth what awaited me in this life would I have had the courage to continue. What I have to talk about is galloping through hell on horseback. Brutal, violent content. About deaths and people who have done unspeakable things. Some of these people are still unspeakable and still live unspeakable lives. Many are dead. Some hold grudges. Some think I still hold grudges. But as we travel through my true life journey of civil war, organized crime, high-security prisons, transformation, and redemption towards a meteoric success in international business and some of the highest political circles in the world we will traverse not only a unique world where human darkness combats light but a riveting and raw place where you will see, feel and recognize bits of us scattered everywhere."