Shannon, by Frank Delaney

Delaney’s main character in this novel is Catholic priest and former Marine chaplain Robert Shannon. He is sent by his mentor, Bishop Sevovicz, on a trip from Connecticut to Ireland in 1922 to find family roots and to help heal his case of severe shell shock. Robert had been present at the Battle of Belleau Wood and was completely traumatized by the horrors he saw there. On the first day of that battle in 1918, the Marines suffered more casualties than over their entire previous combat history. Unfortunately, Bishop Sevovicz was not aware of the upheavals of the Irish Civil War that followed the 1921 treaty with Britain and Robert is at times touched by the violence between the Irregulars and the Republican soldiers as he travels along the banks of the River Shannon.

RATING: * * * A good read
Reviewed by: kh

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