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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 5325 KB
  • Print Length: 482 pages
  • Publisher: Fireship Press (8 Mar. 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00IW9EZIO
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Marina Julia Neary has transformed the statement made by Patrick Pearse in 1915: 'Ireland unfree shall never be at peace' into an injunction, 'Never be at peace' - and proceeds to show us how her large cast of real characters involved in the various strands of the Irish independence movement act it out.
It takes courage and a profound knowledge of the history and the participants in it to write fiction around real people from the past, and Neary has 'previous' here. Many of the people in this novel appear in her earlier Martyrs and Traitors. In fact this current novel is a re-telling of the same story though from different perspectives. Neary has a gift for creating utterly believable flawed characters and here she allows them full rein to speak their disillusionment and bitterness as their bright hopes are corroded and tarnished by events and the vagaries of people.
The book takes the reader on a journey alongside some of the celebrated - Maud Gonne, Constance Markiewizc, W B Yeats - and some of the less famous, Helena Moloney, Bulmer Hobson - figures in the movement to free Ireland from Westminster - from 1903 to 1940, by which time much of the world, though not the Irish Republic, was at war for the second time in a quarter of a century. Throughout that long period Neary weaves a human saga of both the public and the private lives of her characters. How much of the private is fiction or has some anecdotal basis, we cannot know, but the creative novelist makes the relationships ring true on the page and form a cohesive picture of the time - more informative and moving, as well as enthralling. than any academic study. Read and enjoy.
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The back drop the much written about troubles of Ireland. I usually find novels depicting relatively recent political and social unrest to be too one sided, biased to the point of simply conveying the authors own political beliefs. However, what i enjoyed about this novel was the way the author concentrated on the individuals rather than the much larger political environment. It shows how a person can be complex not just some banner waving activist or the other side of it a bland government official. Each of us are capable of displaying many differing sides to our character and this is shown by the author with a great deal of skill and subtlety. Well written through-out with a pace to keep the reader interested from front page to back. Have to say some cracking female characters, often missing from many books.

Robert Southworth (author)
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HASH(0x97273288) out of 5 stars An unusual heroine, a real and tragic Irish rebel 4 May 2014
By Kim Rendfeld - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
In Marina Neary's "Never Be at Peace," we meet Helena Molony, a heroine with a passion for her cause to free Ireland from English oppression and fight for women's rights after Ireland gains independence. But Ms. Neary does not idealize Helena or her compatriots or Ireland itself. In addition to the rebels' passion, Neary show us people whose flaws are all too real. The English are brutal, but the Irish characters' bad behavior toward each other is also shown.

Helena is a strong character at the beginning, facing awful circumstances, and I admire her independence. She is not the type of woman who will wait for a figurative prince to solve her problems, but she a troubled character, struggling in later years with alcoholism and what appears to be depression. The story led me to wonder if Helena would have been better known and more fondly remembered if she had died during the rising. I found myself asking many "what ifs."

Ms. Neary tells Helena's tragic story with an undercurrent of dark humor. "Never Be at Peace" will appeal to anyone who wants to learn more about Irish history and the real human beings behind the 1916 Easter Rising and its aftermath.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x972732dc) out of 5 stars For fans of Irish history who don't know much about Easter Rising or the early Irish fight for Independence. 22 April 2014
By Erin Al-Mehairi - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I have been so excited to review M.J. Neary’s newest book, Never Be At Peace! I have always been interested in Irish history and culture, especially considering my name, Erin, means Ireland! I had a guest post with her last month about her writing Irish history and you can view it HERE!

Never Be At Peace takes place in Ireland around the turn of the 19th century, at a time when the Irish independence movements were gaining speed. The novel’s main protagonist, Helena Molony, works to liberate Ireland, overcoming obstacles such as her gender and the entire British Empire that would have made a weaker person crumble.

This novel is fresh and new because it shows us the beginnings of the IRA and Sinn Fein, of the times of Michael Collins. Most of us know solely of the IRA and Sinn Fein in the 1970s and 1980s, when London was being bombed at an alarming rate. It is a look at the rebellious streak that defines the Irish.

All of Neary’s characters are well-formed, with hopes and losses, with love and death. We feel all of their emotions within ourselves as we read. Never Be At Peace is also fast-paced, where the military scenes are captivating. They are not sugar-coated nor overly gruesome, just enough that we know what is going on. We learn a lot of the strategy the IRA used at this time in trying to form their own independent Ireland and the toll the battles put on the independence fighters.

We see a whole new side of this story in Never Be At Peace. We have all heard the British side in our own lives, most of us anyway. We also have heard about the terrorists that made up the IRA in the 70s and 80s, but in this novel we see the members in the early days of the Irish Independence Movement on a human level. We remove the veil of violence and hate and see all as humans, with flaws and all. This is the greatest thing I took away from Neary’s book and I believe that all who read this will be better for it.

I would suggest this book to a fan of military history, but also to anyone who likes British or Irish History. The hostility between the British and Irish still has not ended, making this book timely and one that we all need to read to understand the past so that we can prevent the same type of death we saw then from happening in the future.

I was given a copy of the book in exchange for honest review.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x97273714) out of 5 stars Passion and politics in early 20th century Ireland 27 Mar. 2014
By Unabridged Chick - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Set between 1903 and spanning through to 1940, this rich novel follows Helena Moloney, a Dublin-born woman who became crucial to the Irish movement for independence as well as the labor movement and women's rights.

Neary plunges the reader into the excitement, opening after the famous 1916 Easter Rising, then moving to 1903 when Helena first entered the movement for Irish independence. For those unfamiliar with early 20th century Irish history, Neary provides enough context and details for readers to understand what is happening. With Helena new to the movement at the story's start, the reader and Helena move together through the ranks and various intrigues in the fight for Irish independence, and within pages, I found myself gripped by the story.

The hook of the novel is Helena: she's smart and committed, both starry-eyed and level-headed. While historically a marvelously grand woman, in Neary's hands her accomplishments feel real and authentic, and I never found myself frustrated with a too-perfect heroine.

Neary makes vibrant the various figures from the movement, and the story reads almost like a soap opera -- from Countess Constance Markievicz's tiara-wearing arrival at an organizing event to her founding of an armed scouting movement or Maud Gonne's revolutionary group for women, Inghinidhe na hÉireann, to her involvement with poet W.B. Yeats -- without becoming cartoonish or silly. Every character is delightfully flawed and portrayed with warm humanity; I was horrified and charmed by Countess Markievicz at various times, for example.

For those who like early 20th century settings but might be Downton Abbey-ed out or want something different than a straight up World War I narrative, consider this book. Hibernophiles and those who love all things Irish absolutely need to start reading.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x97273ae0) out of 5 stars Great read 19 May 2014
By James B. Dougherty - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
I loved this book. I am a fan of Neary's writing and this book did not dissappoint. Neary weaves historical fact into her writing to put some flesh on the dry bones of history. The book is well researched and should be a must read for historical fiction fans especially those interested in Irish history.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x97273a8c) out of 5 stars A well-told and deeply researched tale of the struggle for a free Ireland 8 July 2014
By Alan Hamilton - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Marina Julia Neary has transformed the statement made by Patrick Pearse in 1915: 'Ireland unfree shall never be at peace' into an injunction, 'Never be at peace' - and proceeds to show us how her large cast of real characters involved in the various strands of the Irish independence movement act it out.
It takes courage and a profound knowledge of the history and the participants in it to write fiction around real people from the past, and Neary has 'previous' here. Many of the people in this novel appear in her earlier Martyrs and Traitors. In fact this current novel is a re-telling of the same story though from different perspectives. Neary has a gift for creating utterly believable flawed characters and here she allows them full rein to speak their disillusionment and bitterness as their bright hopes are corroded and tarnished by events and the vagaries of people.
The book takes the reader on a journey alongside some of the celebrated - Maud Gonne, Constance Markiewizc, W B Yeats - and some of the less famous, Helena Moloney, Bulmer Hobson - figures in the movement to free Ireland from Westminster - from 1903 to 1940, by which time much of the world, though not the Irish Republic, was at war for the second time in a quarter of a century. Throughout that long period Neary weaves a human saga of both the public and the private lives of her characters. How much of the private is fiction or has some anecdotal basis, we cannot know, but the creative novelist makes the relationships ring true on the page and form a cohesive picture of the time - more informative and moving, as well as enthralling. than any academic study. Read and enjoy.
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