Loingsigh crafts a stellar historical epic that transports the reader to the gritty streets of 1919 Brooklyn following WWI. The past is an ever-haunting presence that collides with fate and prophecy, creating a metaphorical and literal storm that will change the face of Irishtown forever. Loingsigh is a skilled storyteller who conjures the past in vivid detail and whose deft hand writes the fated characters into brilliantly brutal reality. Expansive in scope, the narrative explores several perspectives to bring the full story to life, creating a vast web of characters that must collide in bids for power, redemption, and revenge. Liam Garrity is a young member of the White Hand gang who, though young, has risen in the ranks to stand by White Hand leader, Dinny Meehan's side. Haunted by the Irish famine of his ancestors and desperate to remain loyal and good in a world of reckless depravity, Liam is forced to contend with his fate as prophesied by an ancient shamanistic storyteller, his love for family, and his loyalty to the gang. Also entangled in the bloody web is Anna Lonergan, the prophesied Queen of Irishtown, whose exacting and brutal temperament is as fiery as her auburn hair and who takes her fate into her own hands. While no one is safe from their own faults and gnarled flaws, the villains crash into the novel with brutal plans to seize power for themselves, ready to take down anyone who stands in their way. All hell breaks loose in the wake of an epic snowstorm when enigmatic war veteran, Wild Bill Lovett, presumed dead by all, returns in mysterious circumstances. Characters are expertly realized, full of flaws and contradictions and haunted by their pasts. Thos Carmody, also returning from war, is on a mission of revenge. Darby Leighton has a secret he must protect at all costs. Sadie Meehan must become her own hero to break away from her husband and the Brooklyn gangs and protect her young son. Disfigured psychopath, Gary Fookin' Barry, is a beast of a man who seems as unconquerable as he is inhuman. Jonathon G. Wolcott, director of the powerful Waterfront Assembly, with the newspapers and police force in his back pocket, is the man behind the curtain. Detective Culkin, perhaps the most ruthless of all, skulks around with his own ulterior motives; an egomaniac with a penchant for torture. And that isn't even every character that is fated to play a role in this intersecting tale of darkness of the past and the light of an almost-attainable future.
I first came across Divide the Dawn as a beta reader/developmental editor. From the first pages, the magic of young Liam's hunger for story is captivating, and later, as the novel expands with more characters in cinematic and gritty landscapes, the narrative refuses to let its grip on the reader diminish. The novel is an intense experience that transports you through time. Epic, mystical, and dripping with historical knowledge, I highly recommend Divide the Dawn to readers of Historical Fiction, lovers of Game of Thrones and Peaky Blinders, and anyone with a penchant for character-driven narrative and expertly layered storytelling.
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- Print Length: 542 pages
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- Language: English
- ASIN: B0848R85PF
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
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- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #63,052 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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