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Padraig pointed to a red stain under the lake ice about twenty feet from shore. "Out there at the edge of the bulrushes, Father."
Kings Mountain is an enthralling read that captivated me from the very first chapter. Author Seamus Beirne has crafted an narrative that examines the complexities of morality and friendship that can be torn asunder by war, race and the necessity to pick sides.Well written and very readable, this is an adventure that will live long in memory.
From his sharpshooter's perch at the battle of Kings Mountain in 1780, Isaac Malot, a blackman and a loyalist, adjusts the small jury-rigged telescope attatched to his Ferguson rifle. Among the patriot enemy advancing into the kill zone is no other than his friend Michael Redferne, a whiteman. Malot faces a gut-wrenching decision, shoot his old penal colony comrade or risk forfeiting his newly won freedom.
Fourteen-year old Brigid Coltrane never spent a night away from home until she was abducted , , ,
In Search of Brigid Coltrane is a historical thriller set in Ireland during World War II. It tells a story of murder, rogue clerics and Nazi spies, in which Michael Coltrane on a journey to find his abducted daughter Brigid, is pulled into a hall of mirrors where nothing is as it appears to be.
But the clock is ticking and he must find his way through the maze of intrigue if he hopes to unravel the explosive secret behind the murders and find his daughter.
When Michael Redferne pulls the body of twenty-year-old Maureen Kelly from a frozen Irish lake, something tells him that he should leave well enough alone. But fear conquers instinct and he hides the frozen corpse in the ice house on Lord Preston's estate.
Unaware that sinister forces in the persons of Lady Preston and her lover are conspiring against him. He walks into a trap and is shipped in chains to Barbados, know as Sugar Island. Once there, he joins thousands of African and Irish laborers who are forced to work in the cane fields from dawn to dusk under the cowhide whips of brutal overseers.
The rising and setting sun becomes a doomsday clock, ticking off Redferne's slow march to the grave. He must escape if he hopes to redeem his past and save his future.
Beirne manages to imbue each of his characters with just enough complexity to keep readers engaged . . . A captivating and boggy tale set in Ireland during World War II. -- Kirkus Review
Fourteen-year-old Brigid Coltrane never spent a night away from home until she was abducted.
Beirne manages to imbue each of his characters with just enough complexity to keep readers engaged
. . . A captivating and boggy tale set in Ireland during World War II. -- Kirkus Review
In 1775 two fugitives, one black the other white, from a penal colony in Barbados get ensnared in the maw of the American Revolution, on opposite sides.Face to face at the battle of Kings Mountain, they must decide whether loyalty to a cause or to each other determines who lives or dies.
Breakout from Sugar Island is a dazzling achievement guaranteed to keep readers enraptured until its final startling pages.--Peter Duffy, New York Times Journalist and author of The Killing of Major Denis Mahon.