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Billy'O Lost in the Promised Land Book I

Billy'O Lost in the Promised Land Book I

by John Sheehan
     
 
Billy’O - Lost in the Promised Land - Book One, is the first volume of a four part coming of age story about Billy O’Shea, a teenage survivor of the Irish Famine. The continuing auto-biography of Billy O’Shea spans almost thirty years, from the age of thirteen at the time of the Irish Famine to the California Gold Rush and through to Billy

Overview

Billy’O - Lost in the Promised Land - Book One, is the first volume of a four part coming of age story about Billy O’Shea, a teenage survivor of the Irish Famine. The continuing auto-biography of Billy O’Shea spans almost thirty years, from the age of thirteen at the time of the Irish Famine to the California Gold Rush and through to Billy O’Shea’s heroic exploits during the blood stained years of the American Civil War.

The story begins as Billy O’Shea and his family are evicted from their home during the Great Irish Famine and struggle to survive the winter of 1846-47 on the road. Billy and his family manage to survive the long, perilous journey aboard a coffin ship to Boston in the spring of 1847. Upon arrival in America, Billy becomes estranged from his family and strikes out on his own. He forms a close bond of friendship with an Irish gang leader from Fort Hill named Jason Brody, who soon leads him into trouble. Billy returns to his family to take his little brother under wing but his mother refuses to allow him to take his brother to Fort Hill.
A family tragedy sends Billy off on a journey to the fishing villages of coastal Maine where he finds sanctuary and a welcoming new family of fishermen on a remote island in Casco Bay. He becomes smitten with a feisty Irish girl who has no use for boys. Billy struggles to come to grips with his first romantic crush and the pains of unrequited love while training to become a fisherman. A storm at sea leads Billy back to the streets of Boston. Penniless and angry, Billy commits a desperate act that will have consequences that alter the course of his life.
Reunited with his Irish friend from Fort Hill, Billy and Jason leave Boston to seek their fortune in gold out in California. In Pittsburgh, at the start of their long journey to California, Billy must get in the ring as a prize fighter at the behest of his friend in order to win the pot to pay for their travel fare to California. The fight concludes with unexpected results.
By the conclusion of Book I, Billy arrives in St. Louis. He is penniless and in need of food and a place to sleep. He is drawn into perpetrating a robbery with his companions that becomes violent and destroys the life of an innocent man. Billy abandons his friends and seeks a way to return east at the conclusion of Part One.

All four volumes of the Billy’O story are complete novels in themselves connected by the narrative thread that carries you through the events of American History and the Irish contribution to the building of America.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
2940012171955
Publisher:
John Sheehan
Publication date:
01/20/2011
Series:
Billy'O Lost in the Promised Land , #1
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
File size:
482 KB

Meet the Author

The Billy'O Lost in the Promised Land 4 book Series is the most important writing project the author, John Sheehan, has undertaken in his writing career. The Billy'O Story took 12 years to research, edit and prepare for publication. The project actually began in 1988. John began to study Irish history and developed a keen interest and desire to explore his Irish heritage. The early drafts were completed by the year 2000. Extensive re-drafting and editing took another 10 years while the author was working on other projects. The background information required to write this epic story encompassed nearly 100 thousand pages of historical data which includes a list of more than 400 books, photographs, diaries and letters.

John Sheehan has decided to dedicate this Series in honor of his father's memory. Edward Patrick Sheehan would have turned 90 on 17 March 2011. St Patrick's Day. That is the date upon which the final book of the series will be published and offered for sale to the public.

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