- Paperback: 304 pages
- Publisher: Pan; New edition edition (10 Jun. 1988)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0330303279
- ISBN-13: 978-0330303279
- Product Dimensions: 13 x 1.8 x 19.7 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 92,700 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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An explosive segment of history . . . contagious emotion . . . action-packed entertainment. (New York Herald Tribune)
An adventure story that is both exciting and moving. (The Times)
The first book in the acclaimed Irish trilogySee all Product Description
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Opening in 1641, the book's central character is Dominick McMahon - having previously lost everything in the Plantation, he now lives in Drogheda. A merchant by trade, he is a husband and a father when he first meets Murdoc - a warrior from the west of Ireland. Dominic himself has little appetite for fighting - though eight years later, he is forced to defend his town against Cromwell's invading army. Within two days of Cromwell's arrival, the town had fallen, with women, children and priests among the estimated 4000 dead. Dominic, however, survives the attack and is forced to flee the city. While his wife, Eibhlinn, is killed in the siege, his son - Peter - and daughter - Mary Ann - also survive. However, the soldier who killed Eibhlinn also left Peter mute with a blow to the head. Joining the family on their escape is a member of the clergy, Father Sebastian, who was rescued by Dominic in the town. They move westwards, towards an area Murdoc had described to Dominic eight years previously - where he hopes he'll be able to raise his family in peace.
I've read a number of Walter Macken's books, and I've found each one very easy to read - like Michael McLaverty, he's a natural storyteller. It isn't always a cheerful book - life for Dominick, his family and Sebastian is a genuine struggle. However, it is a book I'd highly recommend. The remaining books of the trilogy are "The Silent People" and "The Scorching Wind" - well worth reading if you've enjoyed this one
Absolutely worth buying.
This is a beautiful, terribly sad and amazing book in equal measures.
It is simply told and I dare you to put it down!
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Interesting, well told, historical and accurately written novel of Ireland.Published 13 months ago by Joe OReilly
Read this a long time ago but, and thanks to Amazon I could enjoy it once more. Just one thing. The editing is appalling.Published 13 months ago by eamon cowman
Cromwellian Ireland was a new topic for me so I learnt something which is always a bonus but really I enjoyed the characterisation and emotion of the book. It has real HeartPublished 15 months ago by dij8
It's time someone made a movie or series of this book. What a story!Published 15 months ago by lily mcgough