IT MAY BE FOREVER- AN IRISH REBEL ON THE AMERICAN FRONTIER
IT MAY BE FOREVER is a nineteenth century tale of adventure and tragedy, based upon the real-life story of Michael Quinn. To escape the grinding poverty of Ireland’s Great Famine, Michael and his family flee to England where, at age eight, Michael becomes a child laborer in a texitle mill. As he grows older and more aware of British prejudice and discrimination, he decides to enlist with the Fenian rebels, a group determined to free Ireland from British colonial rule. Chronic unemployment, however, drives him to American, and defeat on the battlefield lands him on the untamed plains of the Wild West.
Faced with unaccustomed oppontunity, Michael quickly abandons the fight against oppression and turns away from family and friends. Dreams of achieving a great fortune lead him to support the dispossession of Native Americans of their lands and livelihood. But, after the massacre at Wounded Knee, demons of conscience rise up in terrible nightmares, and only a Lakota holy man offers the hope of redemption.
“Let it be said first that IT MAY BE FOREVER-AN IRISH REBEL ON THE AMERICAN FRONTIER is an excellent, very enjoyable book, which would win the highest rating if we did that kind of thing at SPR…. The writing is first rate…. Anyone who enjoys a good read will enjoy this book.”- Francis Hamit, The Self-Publishing Review
It was the biggest sailing vessel ever built and the world’s first super-tanker. In the winter of 1907, the four-hundred-foot, seven-masted schooner T.W. Lawson was making her first trans-Atlantic crossing with two and a quarter million gallons of kerosene for delivery to London. With almost fifty years of sailing experience, Captain George W. Dow was not intimidated, despite the Lawson’s checkered history. But, three weeks of hurricane winds and an angry sea conspired to easily defeat man and machine. Bereft of her sails, the gaint ship found itself trapped in treacherous shoals off the southwest coast of Britain. Seventeen lives would be lost, including a local pilot attempting to avert disaster. Now, Captain Dow is called to account, most especially to himself. LEVIATHAN’S MASTER is a true story, transformed into a gripping historical novella by the Captain’s great, great nephew.
“The tale of the largest sailing vessel’s ocean crossing is compelling at a very human level. The author weaves the survival tale of his great, great uncle with dialogue and descriptive historical facts to create a story that ebbs and flows aas waves on an ocean. It is engaging and intriguing to be brought back in time for such an event, in such a personal way. LEVIATHAN’S MASTER is a highly recommended read…. It is gripping.”- Lisa Haselton, Allbooks Reviews
Visit author David M. Quinn at www.davidquinnbooks.com