A Novel

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In the summer of 1922, Robert Shannon, a young American hero of the Great War, lands in Ireland. A Marine chaplain, he was present at the frightful Battle of Belleau Wood, and he still suffers from shell shock. His mentor hopes that a journey Robert had always wanted to maketo find his family rootswill restore his equilibrium and his vocation. Unbeknownst to Robert, a safety net has been spread beneath him: All along the banksof the river that bears his family name, a chain of support has been put into placeto guide him, nurture him, and protect him. But there is more to the story: On his return from the war, Robert Shannon witnessed startling and lethal corruption in the Archdiocese of Boston. As a consequence, he has also been sent to Ireland to secure his silencepermanently.<br><br>At dawn one morning, Robert steps ashore from a freighter in the rivers estuary and is thrust headlong into the maelstrom of Irish politics, with the country now roiling from the civil war that followed the 1921 Treaty with Britain. While Robert faces the dangers of a strife-torn nation and is pursued by the venom of true evil, Irelands myths and people, its beliefs and traditions, its humor and wit, unfurl healingly before his feet every step of the way. And the River Shannon, her beauty, her legends, and her lore, give comfort to the young man, who is inspired by the words of hismentor: Find your soul and youll live.<br><br>Driven by his eloquent passion for his country and its spirit, Frank Delaney, the acclaimed author of <i>Ireland</i> and <i>Tipperary</i>, returns once more to his home terrain with a beautifully written, meticulously researched, and expertly paced novel. <i>Shannon</i> is a timeless and unforgettable account of salvation, belief, dutyand the healing power of discovering ones roots. In these pages, faith, commitment, the benign quirks of Irish myth, and the menace of Irish history all coalesce into an epic narrative of one young Americans travels to his familys beginning and through a hopeful nation rushing to the future.<br><br><br><i>From the eBook edition.</i>
Publisher: New York : Random House, c2009
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9781400065257
Characteristics: 393 p. : map ; 25 cm


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Jan 27, 2014

Good read but found his other one, "Tipperary", much better. Characters are well-developed.

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