Details abound and even solid sniper techniques! This is the kind of book anyone can enjoy-- but I think it belongs in schools. It's edgy enough to interest anyone and it will stimulate a desire to read in young people. It will also stimulate an appreciation of history. Great book 5 stars. Set in the realm of Irish persecution by the English in the mid s, author Bruce Coryell skillfully weaves a tale of gun fighting, adventure and romance in his first novel, part of a series of two.
Liam O'Connell is a young, twenty-something Irishman who is caught up in a decades long family feud with an English nobleman which changes his life forever and takes on a new identity in an escape to America. When his father is brutally murdered, Liam and his brother are hell bent at seeking a confrontation with his killer- an action which, although successful, also brings the life of his brother to a violent end.
Having now killed his adversary, wanted for murder and focused on survival, Liam travels to Belfast to seek the help of Joshua Webster, a lifelong friend of his father. Webster, a local printer and shopkeeper, befriends the young Irishman, tends to his wounds and buys him passage on a ship bound for Baltimore. Liam boards with a cleverly forged passport bearing his new identity - and the name of Caleb Quinn. His adventures in crossing the ocean and landing in Baltimore are vividly described in word pictures, reminiscent of a movie rather than paperback. Upon arrival in America, Caleb is met by Uriah, one of Webster's contacts and is befriended by Phillip, his freed slave.
This eclectic group of new friends take him under their wings and tutor him in knife fighting, sharp shooting and hand to hand combat.
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He learns how to juggle, excels in acrobatics, falls in love, and most importantly, learns how to steel his mind in the face of danger. As the Civil War breaks out, the local communities are too distracted for the circus to sell enough tickets to the shows and it is dissolved by it's owner for economic reasons.
Coryell is careful to put the young Irishman into the proper context for the great conflict, as he builds his reputation as a deadly sniper, drawing on his disciplined circus training to spot and eliminate the Confederates before he is spotted by them. The level of detail and drama which is integrated into the story as Caleb moves from battle to battle are nothing short of captivating, as confrontation and death continue to permeate this remarkable story.
Yet Caleb's strength is his resolve and his unwavering confidence in his abilities as a sniper, which brings him to the attention of Gen. William T. Sherman to take out a rebel sharpshooter which they nicknamed "the Ghost". Following the war, his adventures continue to Texas, where an unforeseen enemy and a questionable alliance with two local men put his considerable fighting skills and his charming demeanor to the ultimate test. This short novel flows well and is surprisingly upbeat and fun, considering how much the darkness and violence of human nature are interwoven in the story.
It's one in which you want to root for the good guy, even if he is a fugitive Irishman who is wanted for murder and was forced by circumstance to change his name to Caleb Quinn. By James P. One person found this helpful. This author has a true talent to draw the reader into a story. I throughly enjoyed this saga and am looking forward to sequels. Kudos to Bruce Coryell!!
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Well done! This is a book for hardcore fans of military history. The book includes day-by-day accounts of the battle as well as maps and diagrams drawn in three dimensions. These books deserve their own category because they seem to have one eye constantly trained on events to come.
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This young adult novel explores her personal growth as the creative Jewish girl navigates a romance with a potentially anti-Semitic boy while her mother dreams of emigration. Their authors are chin-deep in the history of science, theater, war, and more, and that research produces a range of unexpected plots.
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As war breaks out in , both are torn between escaping with their lives and trying to survive in a homeland where they both might make scientific history. However, when Vanya goes missing and Miri decides to look for him, both their safety and their scientific discoveries are at risk. With impressive early endorsements and comparisons to hits like All the Light We Cannot See, this is a novel to watch and to read. The women who flew Soviet biplanes in extremely risky missions against the Nazis are already a historic legend, but this graphic novel approaches that history from a new angle.
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