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Shake Hands With A Connaught Ranger

John Michael Doyle

Nineteen twenty-one. In Ireland, the bitter War of Independence drags on, but secret moves to arrange a cease-fire hold out hopes of peace. 


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ISBN : 978 1 84897 286 5
Published : 31/07/2013
Pages : 330
Size : 205x140mm
Imprint : Olympia Publishers

John Michael Doyle

John Michael Doyle (BA Hons. IEng, MIED)  was born in Beaufort County Kerry, the son of an Irish father and English mother and lived there until moving to England at the age of 17. He worked in the engineering industry, mainly in aerospace, and served three years in the British Army. In 1988, the author graduated from the Open University with a Bachelor of Arts degree and achieved BA (Honours) three years later. He then joined the staff of The Institution of Engineering Designers with responsibility for Continuing Professional Development.

In 1998, John was appointed as Associate Lecturer at The Open University in the field of Professional and Career Development in Engineering. In 2005, the author retired but continued to work for the OU in a consultancy capacity. John has always had an interest in history and hobbies, which now include writing, walking and photography.

The author is married to Shireen and has one daughter, two granddaughters and a dog.


About Book

Nineteen twenty-one. In Ireland, the bitter War of Independence drags on, but secret moves to arrange a cease-fire hold out hopes of peace. Michael Flynn has secretly returned from forced exile in America to visit his infant son and, with the help of a British security officer, Commander Wilson, and an old friend, Jack Quinlan, he becomes involved in the attempt to bring about a truce.


But there are factions on both sides of the war, including Michael's brother-in-law, Kevin Ryan, who will stop at nothing to prevent a cease-fire. In England, an Irish prisoner, Patrick Coughlin, escapes from the British Army and determines to return to Ireland and join the struggle for independence. An English girl, Kate Steele, is also on the run from the police. They meet, and thrown together in adversity, they escape to Ireland where, unknown to them, their very presence in the country threatens to undermine the delicate cease-fire negotiations.


In these dangerous times, all those involved are required to make personal compromises before peace can be achieved. Personal as well as national issues are not resolved until the story reaches a dramatic climax on St Stephen's Green, in Dublin. As with previous books, The Last Coachman and This Bitter Land, John Michael Doyle has again intertwined fact and fiction with huge success, and delivers another must read novel!

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