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Liberty or Death On , I gave this book a five star review I ve only given it a four star rating on Goodreads because I give books five stars very infrequently usually the books classics I return to time and again to read To put that into perspective, of the 276 books I ve read, I ve only given nine books a five star rating With Liberty or Death, David Cook proves to be a serious writer, capable of bringing history to life His historical facts, coupled with keen phrasing, makes this novella a story On , I gave this book a five star review I ve only given it a four star rating on Goodreads because I give books five stars very infrequently usually the books classics I return to time and again to read To put that into perspective, of the 276 books I ve read, I ve only given nine books a five star rating With Liberty or Death, David Cook proves to be a serious writer, capable of bringing history to life His historical facts, coupled with keen phrasing, makes this novella a story worth your time Mr Cook doesn t shy from the harsh truths of history in this case, the rebellion of the independent minded Irish against the English crown in the late 1700 s With that said, his interpretation isthan fair, allowing the reader to make up his her own mind as to the justifications for both sides during the crisis.The story is action packed and fast paced What I think impressed me most was Cook s ability to write believable, compelling dialogue, capable of holding my interest while never coming across as contrived or dull Liberty or Death is a history lesson, but one that doesn t bore or stray down unnecessary paths It s a worthy read, especially for those who are drawn to historical fiction describes Liberty or Death as an authentic historical story set against the brutal backdrop of Ireland s Great Rebellion That neatly sums up this novella The story is set within the Great Rebellion but that isn t the main thrust of the story The attack on New Ross is interwoven neatly with Major Mullone s intriguing assignment It s packed full of action and tension with a plot that keeps the reader turning the pages The battle scenes are quite graphic, evoking some horrible imagesdescribes Liberty or Death as an authentic historical story set against the brutal backdrop of Ireland s Great Rebellion That neatly sums up this novella The story is set within the Great Rebellion but that isn t the main thrust of the story The attack on New Ross is interwoven neatly with Major Mullone s intriguing assignment It s packed full of action and tension with a plot that keeps the reader turning the pages The battle scenes are quite graphic, evoking some horrible images in the reader s mind, so it may not be for the squeamish but this is a great story for anyone who enjoys military fiction and or thrillers I particularly liked the fact that the characters are three dimensional, portraying the conflicting thoughts and loyalties of the Irish born soldiers serving in the British army during a conflict between the two islands I have devoured nearly every Bernard Cornwell book, every C S Forester book and have a good idea what to expect from other historical stories of the Napoleonic period I ve read them all an avid fan since I was a student.I want action, intrigue, characterisation, intensity and, I m sorry to say it, blood and guts If I m reading a war story that s what I expect Forget the loose dialogue, silly sub plots I want to know what I m reading I don t want to read Sharpe or Hornblower esque copy ca I have devoured nearly every Bernard Cornwell book, every C S Forester book and have a good idea what to expect from other historical stories of the Napoleonic period I ve read them all an avid fan since I was a student.I want action, intrigue, characterisation, intensity and, I m sorry to say it, blood and guts If I m reading a war story that s what I expect Forget the loose dialogue, silly sub plots I want to know what I m reading I don t want to read Sharpe or Hornblower esque copy cat stories, I want originality I picked up a paperback today with The Sharpe of the Civil Wars on the cover is that what publishers are doing now Where s the originality Hard to come by in the age of reading and I suppose there are just so many plots stories that mirror each other.Liberty or Death I was intruiged by the title, downloaded it onto my kindle and enjoyed the sample So I bought it simple I buy anything that interests me, even from unknown authors.It reads well, I thought Mullone was an excellent character, but thought Cahill stole the show I ve read stories where the NCO is always Irish or northern English Sharpe s formidable companion Pat Harper So suspected another strapping sergeant of a character not so Cahill is original and had me chuckling in his scenes.The story is pretty simple, it being a short story abit miffed to discover but clearly says novella on the cover so my fault about the Irish Rebellion of 1798 To be honest I d not heard of it, which I think is original in the setting Major Mullone and his men are tasked to find a murderer during the rebellion Their journey takes them to New Ross, a city which is attacked by thousands of rebel Irishmen and women I note.Its a tense setting and the author handles it very well I could smell the dung, the ale, the gunpowder and imagine the wounds inflicted Some parts are gory, but its a battle and what do you expect The final seen with the reveal did give me a suprise, but I did wantI won t spoil anything but it ends with Mullone s next mission I do look forward to the next story in the series I won t mark the story down, but I think a map if possible would be best because place names are mentioned and yet I had no where to understand where they are in relation to the story.Good first outing though a cracking read I felt compelled to read this novelette I am a lover of history but know little about the period around the late 18th century and in particular,1798 and the Irish conflict Whilst I feel for the Irish, D Cook s portrayal opened my eyes to the problems that they and the British encountered This is a gritty historical novel and I wish it had been longer The author s use of language and exquisite dialogue held me from the first page through to the last His use of period language and descriptive I felt compelled to read this novelette I am a lover of history but know little about the period around the late 18th century and in particular,1798 and the Irish conflict Whilst I feel for the Irish, D Cook s portrayal opened my eyes to the problems that they and the British encountered This is a gritty historical novel and I wish it had been longer The author s use of language and exquisite dialogue held me from the first page through to the last His use of period language and descriptive prowess just goes to prove to me that there are some brilliant, as yet, widely unknown historical writers, who arethan ready to enter the international stage David Cook is definitely one of one It is August, 2014, and Goodreads is a country at war.One hundred thousand sockpuppets have risen up against true readers It is whispered that the feared and despised minions of the New Cheating Scheme army have returned seeking bloodshed, and no one is safe.In a race against time, true readers must journey across a country riven by fighting, where at the walled town of Listopia, they discover a new horror.In the desperate battle for peace, true readers must survive for the sake of Goodreads s It is August, 2014, and Goodreads is a country at war.One hundred thousand sockpuppets have risen up against true readers It is whispered that the feared and despised minions of the New Cheating Scheme army have returned seeking bloodshed, and no one is safe.In a race against time, true readers must journey across a country riven by fighting, where at the walled town of Listopia, they discover a new horror.In the desperate battle for peace, true readers must survive for the sake of Goodreads s future Bloody Bill Anderson in a red coatI read Cook s collection of short stories, BATTLE SCARS, which led me to try this novella of the Irish rebellion or fight for liberty during the Napoleonic wars Mr Cook is a both a good writer and a good story teller His writing is full of historical detail and descriptions of people and places Even in the medium of a novella, he is able to develop his characters enough to make them interesting In addition to the story of men and women in battle, there is Bloody Bill Anderson in a red coatI read Cook s collection of short stories, BATTLE SCARS, which led me to try this novella of the Irish rebellion or fight for liberty during the Napoleonic wars Mr Cook is a both a good writer and a good story teller His writing is full of historical detail and descriptions of people and places Even in the medium of a novella, he is able to develop his characters enough to make them interesting In addition to the story of men and women in battle, there is also a manhunt and a mystery I was planning to offer some criticism of a character drawing a bead on and shooting a rebel with a smooth bore cavalry carbine On a whim, I did a little research and found that with properly sized balls, modern shooters have found the Brown Bess, from which the carbine was derived, to be accurate against man sized targets at 50 yards The inaccuracy of the Brown Bess appears to be based upon two factors The British army did not teach or emphasize individual marksmanship and they used undersized balls for speed of reloading It is May and Ireland is a country at war One hundred thousand peasants have risen up against the Crown to the tales of men, women and children butchered as traitors It is whispered that the feared and despised ghosts of Oliver Cromwell s New Model army have returned seeking bloodshed, and no one is safe Major Lorn Mullone, a man forged by war and torn by past failures, is sent by the government to apprehend Colonel Black, a dangerous and shadowy figure, who is harming the fragile peace talks with his own murderous retribution In a race against time, Lorn must journey across a country riven by fighting, where at the walled town of New Ross, he discovers a new horror In the desperate battle for peace, Lorn must survive for the sake of Ireland s future Liberty or Death is an authentic historical story set against the brutal backdrop of Ireland s Great Rebellion, the first novella in The Soldier Chronicles series ➹ [Read] ➵ Gender in Psychoanalytic Space By Muriel Dimen ➼ – 9facts.co.uk women and children butchered as traitors It is whispered that the feared and despised ghosts of Oliver Cromwell s New Model army have returned seeking bloodshed ❮Download❯ ➵ Insight and Interpretation Author Roy Schafer – 9facts.co.uk and no one is safe Major Lorn Mullone ➼ [Reading] ➾ Good People in an Evil Time By Svetlana Broz ➱ – 9facts.co.uk a man forged by war and torn by past failures ❰Reading❯ ➼ On a Day Like This Author Peter Stamm – 9facts.co.uk is sent by the government to apprehend Colonel Black [PDF] ✎ Heart to Start ✐ Derek Handley – 9facts.co.uk a dangerous and shadowy figure ✅ [PDF / Epub] ☉ Light without Fire By Scott Korb ⚣ – 9facts.co.uk who is harming the fragile peace talks with his own murderous retribution In a race against time ❰EPUB❯ ✺ Secrecy Author Rupert Thomson – 9facts.co.uk Lorn must journey across a country riven by fighting [PDF / Epub] ✅ The Silence and the Roar By Nihad Sirees – 9facts.co.uk where at the walled town of New Ross ☀ [PDF / Epub] ★ Hard Country By Robin Robilliard ✍ – 9facts.co.uk he discovers a new horror In the desperate battle for peace [PDF / Epub] ✑ The Whale Rider ☄ Witi Ihimaera – 9facts.co.uk Lorn must survive for the sake of Ireland s future Liberty or Death is an authentic historical story set against the brutal backdrop of Ireland s Great Rebellion [KINDLE] ✽ The Impossible David Lynch By Todd McGowan – 9facts.co.uk the first novella in The Soldier Chronicles series I didn t know where to start so I just bought it having a penchant for any historical novel My faves are Simon Scarrow, Bernard Cornwell, Jane Austen, Ken Follet, Patrick O brien I was not disappointed The narration is well researched and is an easy and enjoyable read.Liked the battle of New Ross, it really puts you in the midst of the fighting and the terrible retribution committed afterwards I heartily recommened this and will download the next one in the series. Liberty or Death was probably one of the rare books that are as far from my usual genre as ever However, I was instantly drawn to its detailed historical description and the realistic writing style Lovers of historical fiction and war will adore this book Brilliant Interesting historical read about Ireland.


About the Author: David Cook

David has been interested in history since his school days, and developed a love for the Napoleonic Wars era from his father, who painted and amassed a model army of the Battle of Waterloo From there, David became fascinated with the English Civil Wars, the American Civil War, the Wars of the Roses and English medieval history, particularly the legend of Robin Hood.David lives outside Winchester on the edge of the South Downs National Park.