Author: Andrew Joyce
Genre: Historical Fiction
In this compelling, richly researched novel, author Andrew Joyce tells a story of determination and grit as the Mahoney clan fights to gain a foothold in America. From the first page to the last, fans of Edward Rutherford and W. Michael Gear will enjoy this riveting, historically accurate tale of adventure, endurance, and hope.
In the second year of a Gorta Mhór—the Great Famine—nineteen-year-old Devin Mahoney lies on the dirt floor of his small, dark cabin. He has not eaten in five days. His only hope of survival is to get to America, the land of milk and honey. After surviving disease and storms at sea that decimate crew and passengers alike, Devin’s ship limps into New York Harbor three days before Christmas, 1849. Thus starts an epic journey that will take him and his descendants through one hundred and fourteen years of American history, including the Civil War, the Wild West, and the Great Depression.
The term epic can be tossed around these days a little too loosely. This book is epic. The author has crafted a tale that encompasses some of the most significant events of the past 200 years. This is done so with incredible detail but not at the expense of character development.
The reader is drawn in and feels deeply for Devin Mahoney and his struggle for life itself and a future in America. Then the reader is drawn deeply into caring for Dillon. The reader is taken for a long thoughtful journey with David. Three generations of one incredible family brought to life by the stunning writing quality found in a book that could sit next to the works of Herman Wouk with pride.
If you long for a classic that tells a story the way the great authors of the last 200 years did it, this is the one for you. 5+ stars isn't enough. This is one impressive tome that deserves serious consideration to be made into a miniseries. One of the best books in the 21st century and deserves consideration as one of the best books ever written.
My Rating: 5+ stars
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Andrew Joyce left home at seventeen to hitchhike throughout the US, Canada, and Mexico. He wouldn't return from his journey until years later when he decided to become a writer. Joyce has written seven books. His first novel, Redemption: The Further Adventures of Huck Finn and Tom Sawyer, was awarded the Editors' Choice Award for Best Western of 2013. A subsequent novel, Yellow Hair, received the Book of the Year award from Just Reviews and Best Historical Fiction of 2016 from Colleen's Book Reviews. Joyce now lives in Gloucester, Massachusetts.
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Andrew’s Blog https://andrewjoyce.wordpress.com/
Reviewed by: Mr. N