Book Review: Flight of the Earls

Book Review: Flight of the Earls

About the Book:

It’s 1846 in Ireland. When her family’s small farm is struck by famine, Clare Hanley and her younger brother, Seamus, set out across the ocean to the Promised Land of America.

Five years prior, Clare’s older sister Margaret and her Uncle Tomas emigrated in similar fashion and were not to be heard from again. But Clare must face her fears as she lands in the coming-of-age city of New York. There she discovers love, adventure, tragedy, and a terrible secret which threatens to destroy her family and all she believes.

Flight of the Earls is the first book in a historical novel trilogy based on Irish immigration in the 1840s.

About the Author:

Michael K. Reynolds has more than two decades of writing experience in fiction, journalism, copywriting, and documentary production. He wrote and produced the Emmy and Telly Award- winning Crystal Darkness series of anti-meth films and owns Global Studio, a social marketing agency. Also an active leader in church and business, he is a noted speaker in both ministry and corporate settings. Michael lives with his wife and three children in Reno, Nevada.

My Thoughts:

This isn’t just a novel, it’s a saga.  Full of sorrow, intrigue, mystery, reality and hints of grace this tale takes the reader on a journey of emotion.

As I read the first chapters of this book I thought that the descriptions were perhaps a bit over dramatic, but as I became engaged in the story the writing style and the tale wove together in perfect harmony.  This book was a layered tale of the plight of the Irish; in County Roscommon, Ireland, New York and the Mexican American War.  While I had a hard time putting the book down, I can’t really say that I enjoyed the book.  The entire story exposed a realistic picture of greed, corruption, betrayal, death and every sort of human vice.  It wasn’t a happy tale or even a particularly redemptive one, though there were frequent glimpses of the grace and mercy of the ever present God.  While I applaud the excellent writing and the historical content I’m not sure that I’ll read the rest of the trilogy.

Thank You B&H Publishing for sending me a free digital galley of this book in exchange for my honest opinion.