Title: Abstainer, The
Authors: McGuire, Ian
Genre: Fiction
Pages: 359
Year: 2021
Language: English
Description: Manchester, 1867:

Stephen Doyle and James O'Connor, two men haunted by their pasts, are driven by their need for justice and retribution.

Doyle, an Irish-American veteran of the Civil War, joins the Fenians, a secret society intent on ending British rule in Ireland.

Head Constable O'Connor, who has fled grief and drink in Dublin, is determined to thwart the Fenians' plans.

Two men on opposing sides, one thirsting for blood, the other striving for sobriety. Two fates interwined, two lives imperilled, as both fight for their beliefs and an enduring legacy. [Taken from book cover, Scribner Books]

Comments from BDS Reviewers:

"A gripping yarn which had me guessing how it would turn out."

"The characters are convincing and it is possible to sympathise with both sides of the conflict."

"The book is well constructed, with the focus alternating between O'Connor and Doyle, and bringing them together skilfully."

"The book gives an extraordinary glimpse into a dark world 150 years ago."

"The writing is mainly spare, describing the event, but it effectively manages to invoke the atmosphere of the time."

"The reader gains a good understanding of the Irish uprising, of the people involved, and their actions."

"The pace is unrelenting and draws in the reader, and the characters, while as flawed as the rest of us, incite sympathy."

"Grim, gritty and gripping read."

"It is brutal and confronting, although not gratuitous. It's realistic."

Categories: Fiction, Faction, Historical, Human Rights, Morals/Ethics, Political, Social commentary/perspectives, Suspense/Thriller, England, 2024 Titles - Coming Soon


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