Ireland in 1919 is seething with violence, tension and divided loyalties, as are the characters in this story.
Catherine O’Connell-Gort, young, beautiful and headstrong, is a glittering symbol of British rule and oppression, and yet by inclination she is a potential traitor to her class. A medical student in Dublin, she is sympathetic to Sinn Fein, and determined to use her inheritance – the family estate in Galway – to help Irish independence. Unknown to her father, a colonel in British military intelligence, she is in love with a young Irish volunteer, Sean Brennan, who is being hunted by the police for terrorism and murder.
But when the IRA narrowly fail to kill the Viceroy, Lord French, in his car outside Phoenix Park, the British government decides to meet terror with terror. Catherine’s father recruits Major Andrew Butler, a hero of Paschendaele and the Somme, as an agent to assassinate the IRA leader Michael Collins, and Catherine and Sean find themselves caught up in an intricate network of conflicting ideals, in which each must choose where their loyalties really lie.
Praise for The Blood Upon the Rose.
‘Tim Vicary writes well. He has mastered the history of the period, empathises with problem, race, and place, and strings the whole thing together in a quite creditable airport-compatible entertainment in the style of Archer, Seymour, and Uris. Whatever one thinks of such writing, those are no mean practitioners to be reminded of by a first novel. Vicary will be heard from again.’ Tim Pat Coogan, The Irish Times.
‘A love story with a realistic, historical background.’ Manchester Evening News.
‘An exciting story of plot and counter-plot and of a doomed love. It paints a realistic picture of life in Ireland after the first war, the consequences of which we are experiencing today.’ Dillons News
‘The Blood Upon the Rose presents a different slant to the IRA with a heart-rending Romeo and Juliet tale spun against a background of the Troubles in 1919 Ireland. Young, beautiful and headstrong heiress Catherine O’Connell-Gort has a father in Military Intelligence, and a dashing boyfriend in the IRA. A recipe for instant, tragic, historical romance.’ City Limits.
‘A love story within a political thriller that echoes the problems and tragedies of today.’ Huddersfield Daily Examiner.
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