OVERRIDE

Hours of Gladness

Thomas Fleming

Forge Books

Paradise Beach, New Jersey.  The perfect place for Dick O'Gorman and Billy Kilroy to smuggle ashore Cuban missiles to be used in the Irish Republican Army's war against England.  Paradise Beach is an Irish American enclave, one that has no idea about the violent upheaval into which it will soon be thrown.
 
It is 1984.  Irish Americans, preoccupied with a loss of political power in the cities, have little sympathy for Ireland and the IRA.  This is especially true of Mick O'Day, an ex-marine whose moral failure in Vietnam haunts him still.  It is a combustible mix, as a British secret agent disguised as a priest sows suspicion between the Irish Americans and the IRA men that could ignite into a physical and spiritual explosion and could tear the community apart at its very seams.

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Hours of Gladness
A LITTLE NIGHT MUSIC"Mick. Rose just called. You better go get 'im."It was Tom Brannigan, the night sergeant. Michael Peter Ignatius O'Day, known to everyone in Paradise Beach as Mick, was checking the last empty house on Leeds Point. A northeast wind was coming off the ocean, carrying icy rain and spray with it. He could see the combers lifting their white manes in the darkness. It was cold enough outside to freeze your hand to the metal skin of the police car, if you were dumb enough to touch it for more than twenty seconds.Was Brannigan okay? Did he have the tape off? All
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  • Thomas Fleming

  • Thomas Fleming is the author of more than 40 books of fiction and history. He was born in Jersey City, N.J., the son of a powerful local politician, who gave him a lifelong interest in politics and history. He is the only writer in the seventy year history of the Book of the Month Club to win main selections in both fiction and nonfiction. His 1981 novel, The Officers' Wives, won international acclaim, selling more than 2,000,000 copies. Liberty! The American Revolution was listed as one of the eight best books of 1997 by the History Book Club.
    Fleming has made the Revolution his special field.

    Three of his books have won best-book-of-the-year citations from the American Revolution Round Table of New York. He has also demonstrated a sweeping grasp of the entire course of American history in West Point: The Men and Times of the U.S. Military Academy, The New Dealers' War and other books. Fleming is a senior scholar on the board of the National Center for the American Revolution. He is also a fellow of the Society of American Historians. He often appears as a commentator on PBS, the History Channel and A&E. He lives in New York.
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