DOC Irish Winter

PDF ´ BOOK Irish Winter FREE é HANNAHREDHEAD ↠ Living in Cork Ireland a hotbed of resistance to British rule makes Ian Mulroney's life dangerous despite his peaceful beliefs But disgusted by the brutality and shootings in the streets he agrees to join the local IRA brigade to use his skills with medicine and learn the ways ofE escalates Ian and Devlin fight the only way they know how losing family and friends in their efforts to free their country Together they are stronger to face the next day's struggle Together they are united in their belief in the hand of God Together they will find a way to survive the w Very original story about two boys recruited for the IRA that fall in love in the middle of war Too short for the enormous idea that hides behind the whole IRA story I would have appreciated a little bit of IRA adoctrinizing but it's all for the boys and they are good boys so it can be excusedLovely to read all the same

John Simpson é Irish Winter BOOK

Living in Cork Ireland a hotbed of resistance to British rule makes Ian Mulroney's life dangerous despite his peaceful beliefs But disgusted by the brutality and shootings in the streets he agrees to join the local IRA brigade to use his skills with medicine and learn the ways of warThere This book annoys me in so many ways let me tell you about all of them First there is a terrible black and white morality All English are murdering psychopathic bastards who eat children and all IRA men are noble freedom fighters I don't expect a complex scale of greyness in a historical romance but would it have hurt to have one British soldier with some doubts on what they are doing or an IRA member who seems to enjoy killing a bit too much There's moral ambiguity in a Wolfe Tones albumThe writing style is justweirdly inconsistent It starts with a few chapters of deep purple prose like really really purple some really strange phrases “Ian was never a supporter of violence He tended to see the beauty in all living things and war was the antithesis of that outlook” and people talking in completely unnatural sounding ways then jumps to a neutral writing style and everybody says “Aye me wee lad” A LOT and it keeps going back and forth between those two extremes giving us such beautiful sentences like “The gift of your virginity should be as pure and as beautiful as the heather in our Irish hills and not sullied by British blood”I might have broken down laughing after reading thatThe way the both MCs treat their homosexuality also shows a definite lack of imagination on the author's part Devlin oh what a beautiful Irish name has no problem accepting it at all and Ian another beautiful totally not anglicised name just mentions that he had noticed some feelings for boys but at school the pupils bullied others for 'seeming gay' so he just ignored these feelingsWe did mention that this book is set in Ireland in 1920 right Because you know 'OMG people at school will hate me if I come out' is very much the reaction I expect from a teenager living in this day and age From somebody who lives in a time where homosexuality is illegal and in a country where the church who preaches that it's a sin and you will burn in hell for it is still a massive influence I expect a reaction along the lines of 'AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA'Generally they never seem to care about what could happen if other people find out about them there's just one point where they actually joke about what the local priest might say about that now that's a very liberal education in rural Ireland the priest is just a figure of ridicule and who the others might react if they learned about it Their comment is something along the lines of “Well then we'd see how much of a brotherhood the IRA really is' The IRA Known for their incomparable sense of humour and open mindednessBecause sometimes one facepalm isn't enough to convey the stupidityWe also get a healthy dose of misogyny There are only two female characters in the book the mothers of the two main characters Devlin's mother prostitutes herself and so does he But when he does it it's OK when his mother does it it's disgusting No really that are his thoughts at one point in the book Why Oh well for reasonsIan's mother is admittedly just really badly written Nobody could actually be that stupid At the beginning Ian tells her that he has joined the IRA something she disapproves of so she tells him that it's wrong And he tells her he did it anyway and then she tells him that it was wrong and he tells her that it's done now and storms outand overall this conversation has all the excitement of a parent child conflict in a soap opera about staying out lateThen during the book Ian takes part in several IRA operations for which he sneaks out late at night A couple of times he get caught by his mother when he comes back home and makes up some ridiculous excuse Every time we get something along the lines of 'He saw that his mother knew he was lying but she had no idea what he had actually done and she didn't ask' She bloody knows that he's in the IRA What does she think do they do there Knitting for Irish freedomNow I know that this isn't some high brow historical novel but just a cheese little romance and perhaps just the romance part is goodWellnoYou see that would reuire that I could feel something for any of the characters involvedor just feel anything at any point of the novel apart from boredom and annoyance That would reuire that I learned about the character's feelings on than just a superficial level but we never do thatIn the opening chapter Ian witnesses how a young man and his mother are shoot by British soldiers just for being in the wrong place at the wrong time Now how can that NOT be turned in a moving scene Right by just describing what's happening and throw in something along the lines of 'And Ian was really shocked by that' No description of the actual horror you would feel if something like this actually happened in front of your eyes No terror that they might continue shooting and hit you Just a neutral account of the event It was so bad that in the next chapter when Ian says that this is what made him want to join the IRA my first reaction was 'Duh Just that That's a lame excuse' before I realized that it really wasn't but it was simply written in a way that it had zero emotional impact on me so I was surprised when it had some on the characterIt continues this way Ian and Devlin take part in IRA operations and they all get described just in a straightforward 'And they waited for the soldiers to arrive and they shot them and left' way there's almost no description of the impatience while waiting the chaos during the shootinganythingThe absolute high point of this is when they are in the football stadium during Bloody Sunday the other one where soldiers shot at the crow during a Gaelic Football match They arrive in the stadiumand then the narrative tells us 'Little did they know that right now Black and Tans were surrounding the stadium' and continues with a description of it taken out from a history textbookand then Ian Devlin and Shaun cardboard cutout IRA leader are at the train station and agree that this was horrible and that they need to kill British soldiersThat all takes about one pageone page Other authors could probably have written a whole book just centring on thator at least have a chapter full of chaos and confusion and 'Oh my God where are the others and what is happening here'The developing relationship between the two is described with the same emotional depth They meet They like each other Devlin moves in with Ian because of an argument with his mother They have sex They still like each other They have sexHalfway through the book Devlin jokes 'We should really stay together I mean we're both gay I uite like you and the sex is really great' Now that is meant as a jokebut as reader I couldn't really give any other reasons because we weren't shown Towards the end Ian or was it Devlin Honestly it was hard to tell them apart gives a long 'Oh I love you and everytime you leave the house I worry about you' speechwhy not show that to us Why not have Ian impatiently pacing around at home trying to ignore all the dark thoughts about everything that could happen to Devlin out thereI could still go onabout the fact that both main characters are only childs which would have been highly unlikely about the fact that Ian and Sean cycle from Cork to Limerick over 100 km and back in an afternoon about all the stupid things they say and do and that should really have gotten them killedbut I still have other things to do for the rest of this day so I'll just stop here

EBOOK ↠ Irish Winter é John Simpson

Irish WinterHe meets Devlin Walsh Ian has seen him before and the impression left upon his body was not easy to ignore He couldn't know that Devlin felt the same But because of the war they are comrades first despite their silent budding attraction to one anotherAs the resistance grows and the violenc I give this story four stars with the bulk of my stars going towards the romance side of the story and the rest to the 'moral' lessons withinThis was a difficult story to get hooked into until about 4 chapters inI came into this with zero knowledge of the IRA The time frame of the story taking place in 1919 into the early 1920's in another country was also a hurtle for me to crossBut when I took the story a part looking at the characters their plight following their losses and growth over the years and then watching them falling in love with each other it made the story worth putting up with the war JargonThis book does not glorify war but it does have battle scene with loss and victories It challenges the reader to look at the 'good' and 'bad' sides to going to war for a cause and killingThe author does a good job in describing the setting of the story making it easier for me to visualize Ireland in 1919 The romance was in my view too slow to come but when it does kick in it is hot and steamyI felt the story wrapped up with a decent but still open endingI would be willing to read works from this author Hoping for less war stories but the same kind of romance D