Book: A Few Men Faithful (A Kavanagh Story) by Jim Willscategories: Book, Easter Rising 1916, Irish Civil War, Anglo-Irish Treaty, Secret War, The Twelve Apostles, Michael Collins, Irish Republican Army, Irish Republican Brotherhood, Assassin, Feud, Reprisal, Love Story, Historical Fiction
Jim Willsabout this book: The title comes from prison graffiti in Kilmainham Prison, Dublin, written by Brigid O'Mullane, an anti-treaty prisoner held there in 1923. She was jailed by her former comrades in arms for participating in the little-known Irish Civil War. It's a common perception that the Irish won an unqualified victory against the British during the War of Independence. In fact, the Anglo-Irish Treaty partitioned the island, with what is now the Republic in the south and what became the Six Counties of Northern Ireland, counties held, then and now, by force of arms.
A Few Men Faithful is the tale of Danny Kavanagh, a soldier, first, in the Irish Republican Army during the Easter Rising of 1916 and, later, on the losing side in the Irish Civil War. From County Armagh, Ulster, it is not possible for him, and for men and women like him--then and now--to agree to a divided country. What he did for Michael Collins, what he did not do during the Civil War, very nearly drives him insane. It is only his enduring love for Sophia O'Faolin that keeps him alive. This is a story of war, assassination, retaliation, treachery, confusion,futility,conflicting loyalties, a blood feud, execution, victory and defeat, then one sort of survival. It was written to inject fictitious characters into the quite real events of the period. Even so, it is extremely informative about the present, still divided, small island on England's always vulnerable flank.
Apart from that, it's a ripping good yarn based on extensive reading in Irish history and literature. The cover was professionally designed using images collected during my extended research trip to Ireland, and it was professionally edited. There a three other titles in the Kavanagh saga. A Few Men Faithful is the first in the series.
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