Cover image for Wolves of Eden [large print] / Kevin McCarthy.
Title:
Wolves of Eden [large print] / Kevin McCarthy.
ISBN:
9781432862329
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Large print edition.
Publication Information:
Waterville, Maine : Thorndike Press, a part of Gale, a Cengage Company, 2019.

©2019
Physical Description:
603 pages (large print) : map ; 23 cm
Abstract:
"A saga of loyalty and survival in the vast, severe American West. Irish immigrant brothers Michael and Thomas O'Driscoll have returned from the brutal front lines of the Civil War. Unable to adapt to life as farm laborers, they reenlist in the army and are thrown into ferocious combat with Red Cloud's coalition of Indian tribes in the heart of Montana's Powder River Valley. Thomas finds love amidst the daily carnage--which leads to a moment of violence that will change the brothers' lives forever. Meanwhile, following a double murder in an illicit brothel, Lieutenant Martin Molloy sets off to track down the killers. As he journeys to a remote outpost, he meets Irish nationalist rebels and anti-immigrant nativists who prove to be violently opposed to his investigations. Wolves of Eden blends intimate historical detail and emotional acuity in a haunting narrative that explores timeless themes of morality, the resilience of the human spirit, and the injustice implicit in warfare"-- Provided by publisher.
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Dakota Territory, 1866. Following the murders of a frontier fort's politically connected sutler and his wife in their illicit brothel, Lieutenant Martin Molloy is ordered to track down the killers and return with "boots for the gallows" to appease Washington. Meanwhile, Irish immigrant brothers Michael and Thomas O'Driscoll return from the front lines of the Civil War. Unable to adapt to life as farm laborers, they reenlist and are thrown into merciless combat with Red Cloud's coalition of Native tribes in Montana's Powder River Valley. Amidst the daily carnage, Thomas finds love -- which leads to a moment of violence that will change the brothers' lives forever.


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Library Journal Review

McCarthy (Peeler) has written a classic Western from an Irish perspective. Brothers Michael and Thomas Kelly O'Driscoll flee to America after accidentally killing another man. Penniless, they enlist in the army upon landing, promised food and lodging for a little bit of fighting. But even after suffering physical and mental injuries in the Civil War, they sign up to head west to Montana. The narrative flips between Michael's narrative and the third-person story of an Irish army officer and his Jewish aide-de-camp, with these two threads growing closer as the book proceeds. The characters are no angels, and McCarthy doesn't sanitize or modernize attitudes or opinions of the indigenous people or freed slaves. Despite this and the frequent violence, the story is never gratuitously offensive. With pitch-perfect writing, McCarthy gives us a new slant on Western history, illuminating the extensive role of Irish immigrants in the U.S. Army in the 1860s. The emotional heart of the book is the close, unsentimental relationship of the O'Driscoll brothers. -VERDICT This is a strong entry in the modern Western genre, encompassing both historical accuracy and social commentary, wrapped in a well-told story. [See Prepub Alert, 5/21/18.]-Melanie Kindrachuk, Stratford P.L., Ont. © Copyright 2018. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.