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The Silver Mist [Kindle Edition]

Martin Treanor
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)

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Her dying father calls her unique, doctors have diagnosed her ‘brain is wired wrong’, most say she's ‘plain simple’ yet, in herself, young Down’s syndrome woman, Eve Hayes, feels only that she’s different. Then, on 21st July, 1972 - Belfast's ‘Bloody Friday’ - Eve encounters the captivating Esther, who ferries Eve on a sequence of illuminating, metaphysical journeys. In order to make sense of the slaughter that surrounds her, Eve must first learn the truth of her perceived difference, and therein unravel the timeless purpose of the silver mist.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 387 KB
  • Print Length: 300 pages
  • Publisher: Better Karma LLC (25 April 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0052AII66
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #242,914 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Martin Treanor is an London based, Irish writer of speculative fiction, including the award winning 'The Confession' - also a permanent guest blogger for The Huffington Post.

Raised in Belfast - over the years, Martin has moved around Europe, and has worked as a university technician, lift installer, dishwasher, barman, and bookseller.

Martin's novel - 'THE SILVER MIST' - was released by Better Karma Publishing (USA) in 2011.

His short stories have been published in Canadian & US genre magazines SPINETINGLER and ZAHIR, THE SPINETINGLER SHORT STORY ANTHOLOGY 2005, CARILLON in UK, TIVOLI MEMBERS MAGAZINE in Denmark, newspapers and magazines in Greenland and THE DUBLINER MAGAZINE (Scandinavia and South Africa).

- "Runner-up in 'Writelink' and Highly Commended by 'Lookout'; Martin Treanor's writing has been called - 'something new and different' - 'speculative' - and described as having - 'an unspoken appeal'.

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4.7 out of 5 stars
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Story of Rare Depth and Beauty 19 Oct 2011
By HeavyMetalManitou VINE VOICE
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Not many books move me to tears, but this one did on several occasions. Sometimes through sadness, other times through joy, and occasionally through both simultaneously. The main character and narrator, Eve Hayes, is a young woman with Down's Syndrome living in Northern Ireland in the early 1970s. The skill with which the author has created Eve - telling the story through her words and thoughts - is substantial. Reading this book was more than a literary experience; it was a spiritual journey. I grew to love Eve more and more as the story progressed. Everything about the character endeared her to me: her innocence; her love for others; her wisdom; her depth; her sense of wonder and optimism. The other characters are beautifully written too, each of them an archetype. Some of the prose and much of the dialogue has a lovely Irishness about it, which anchors the story geographically, just as the descriptions of Belfast bombs and unwanted British-Army intervention roots it historically in the early '70s.

Summary: a main character whom anyone with a heart will fall in love with; other characters who ring true and have complexity; a tale of love and loss that comes across as authentic and unpretentious; gorgeous Irish dialogue; a mythical subplot (revealed through the inner monologue of Eve) which eventually takes over from real-world events.

Profound. Poignant. Beautiful. Life-affirming.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful and moving story 24 Mar 2013
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I really enjoyed this book. It is well written and very moving. It is not the sort of book that I would normally read, but I was encouraged by the other positive reviews and I am glad that I bought it. Parts of it are extremely poignant and it is interesting to see the world through the eyes of Eve, who has Down's syndrome.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great 20 Mar 2013
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All the previous reviews pretty much say it all. A fantastic book that will keep you gripped from start to finish.
I was sorry when the last page came. Do yourself a favour and read this. I couldn't get this tale out of my head for days.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Read it. You just have to. 12 Mar 2013
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I've read some 250 books since I got my Kindle and this is by far and away the best of all of them. There are so many layers to this book, it is like peeling back an onion as you read it. However, even to the last word, you aren't sure you've reached the last layer. Detailing what it was like to live with The Troubles in Northern Ireland from an ordinary family's point of view - which is unusual, as it's ordinarily from the perspective of someone who was involved politically or militarially - I absolutely loved the shots of humour and the wholeheartedly Irishness of the text. Read it. Even if you don't entirely understand it, you'll be glad you did.
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5.0 out of 5 stars What a beautiful book 20 Feb 2013
By Pigpen
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What a beautifully written book this is. I loved it. Its very moving and thought provoking. Those of us who grew up around the same time as the book is set will identify so much with lots of aspects of it. Just a joy. Haven't been moved to tears by a book in a long time but this certainly did.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing 11 Feb 2013
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A truly amazing book. I thought I would read a chapter and instead read the whole book in a day. Written in a true Northern Irish voice, it rang at times of Seamus Heaney. Set against the backdrop of Bloody Friday, Treanor makes no comment on the politics but just "what is"
The story of Eve, a young woman dealing with change in her routine life and how she grows in understanding and acceptance.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Inspiring and beautifully written novel 25 Jun 2011
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On 21 July 1971, young Eve Hayes watches her terminally ill father leaving home for the last time. If his impending death in a city hospital is not enough for the Down's Syndrome sufferer to endure, Eve's mother and sister will, on the same day, be caught up in the wave of bombings in Belfast's "Bloody Friday." Eve, however, finds a new friend - the enigmatic "Esther" - to guide her through the pain of life, and in a series of metaphorical journeys, she learns that her brain is not wired quite as "wrong" as she has been led to believe, and that she may find peace amidst the tragedies, sectarian hatred and mindless violence that threaten to engulf her world. This is a gripping, moving and beautifully written novel - with a sly twist in the tail - that shines a thin ray of hope into the age of despair. Highly recommended.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful, haunting, and heartbreaking 23 Oct 2011
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I have to preface this review with a confession.
I know and am friends with the author (at least I hope he'd class me as a friend). One might think that this would null my objectivity, that I was predisposed to like this book. Actually, nothing could be further from the truth. So determined was I not to let my opinions of Martin and his writing colour my opinion of The Silver Mist that I spent the first few chapters scrutinising the writing and the narrative with a near Brechtian sense of distance.

But, as with any genuinely compelling yarn, the characters and the world of the book snuck past my defenses and pulled me along with them on a journey altogether different to the one I was expecting.

I went into TSM expecting a supernatural chiller. What I got was a deeply moving human drama and essay into the futility of violence and hate with some beautifully pitched theological and usupernatural undertones.

The Silver Mist, in its simplest terms is an account of the attrocities of the civil war in Belfast as a result of Bloody Friday, told through the eyes of Eve, a girl with down's syndrome living with her mother and sisters and struggling to come to terms with the death of her beloved father. If the story sound sbleak that's because it is. These were remarkably bleak times but the violent and turbulent backdrop of the narrative provide an excellent framework for what is ultimately a study in familial (and to a certain extent divine) love. Because there is something special in Eve's simple perspective.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A thought provoking story
I have never read a book like this before, a deep and sometimes harrowing story but a true likening to the events that took place that are relayed through a special girl,
Published 17 months ago by anne breakwell
5.0 out of 5 stars Moving
There's very little that I can add to others positive comments about this book. I enjoyed every page of it.
Published 19 months ago by mrs KG Z
3.0 out of 5 stars Irish troubles and Downs girl ??
Took a while to get into this book. Down's girl who experiences the other side. Irish troubles and side stories of her family members woven in to story/troubles. SAD book. Read more
Published 19 months ago by Cheeky Monkey
5.0 out of 5 stars A fantastic and moving tale
This isn't my normal read, which makes it all the better when it turns out to be a fantastic one. The Silver Mist tells the story of a young woman with Downs Syndrome and her... Read more
Published 19 months ago by M. Brookes
5.0 out of 5 stars A lovely read, deserving of 5 stars
I had this book recommended to me by a work colleague. I read the reviews,bought it, and once I started reading, I couldn't put it down. Read more
Published 20 months ago by E. O'Neill
5.0 out of 5 stars Intriguing, engaging, gripping
Eve is a young woman with Down's Syndrome whose family are caught up in the Belfast bombings of 1972. Read more
Published 21 months ago by Ignite
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant read
The book was a breath of fresh air. Though quite sad in parts, it was also uplifting and humourous at times. Highly recommended
Published 21 months ago by HILARY
4.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful book
I found this from a recommendation on Amazon, and am so pleased that I bought it. A story from a completely different perspective, that of the life of a young woman with Downs... Read more
Published 21 months ago by GILLH
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