Billy'O Lost in the Promised Land Book IV

Billy'O Lost in the Promised Land Book IV

by John Sheehan
     
 

Billy’O - Lost in the Promised Land - Book Four, is the final 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 twenty years, from the age of thirteen at the time of the Irish Famine to the California Gold Rush and through to Billy…  See more details below

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Billy’O - Lost in the Promised Land - Book Four, is the final 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 twenty 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.

Billy’O Book Three came to a close as Billy O’Shea was forced to leave the country through the southern blockade by way of the Mississippi delta south of New Orleans while his son James had managed to board a steam ship bound for New York City with the help of Michael Broderick, a wealthy import export trader.
Book Four begins as Billy and his friend Jason Brody travel to London, England. Billy is seriously ill and hospitalized upon arriving in London. Jason falls back into his old ways and Billy is left on his own. He has been tasked by Edwin Healey in Book Three to deliver a letter to Edwin’s daughter Laura, who lives in London with her grandparents. Billy goes to the Bowen house to deliver the letter and collapses. Lady Bowen is determined to take possession of the letter before her granddaughter sees it. Laura approaches Billy and inquires about her father. Billy and Laura become attracted to each other. Billy shares a room with Clyde Darby, a newspaper reporter who convinces Billy that he should publicly proclaim his innocence. The release of the newspaper story leads to Billy’s immediate arrest and he is deported from London. Billy O’Shea returns to Ireland.
While Billy is on a journey back to his home country, his son James is taken into protective custody by a federal marshal during his aunt’s funeral in Portland Maine. He is escorted to Boston and placed into the custody of Congressman Daniel Wolcott, his father’s sworn enemy. James is threatened with a beating if he is not willing to reveal his father’s whereabouts. James manages to escape the Wolcott house. He boards a freight train for Albany, hoping he can get to Chicago and find Michael Broderick. James is taken in by the Nethercutt family in Albany who nurse him back to health after being found sleeping in the freight car and nearly frozen. James befriends an itinerant photographer, Arthur Lindley who is bound for the war front. James persuades Arthur to take him along as his assistant. Michael Broderick travels to London and discovers that Billy has gone to Kilkenny. Michael Broderick goes to Billy and offers to escort him back to New York so he can turn himself into the federal authorities for the sake of his son’s safety. Laura sends a letter with Michael professing her love for Billy and her expressed desire to see him again. She announces her plans to return to America to seek out her father, Edwin Healey. As Billy returns to New York City and faces justice in the form of a military court’s martial, James is headed toward the war front with Arthur Lindley. This sets the stage for the dramatic conclusion of the Billy’O Epic.

About the Cover: The cover illustration titled “Broken Home” was conceived and rendered by the author, John Sheehan, using digital brushes and paint with a computer paint and graphics program.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
2940012265265
Publisher:
John Sheehan
Publication date:
03/05/2011
Series:
Billy'O Lost in the Promised Land , #4
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
File size:
457 KB

Meet the Author

The publication of this final volume of the Billy’O Epic is the culmination of an 11 year long effort to bring this story to the reading public. The Billy’O Epic was actually completed in the year 2000 and prepared for print publication. Many literary agents and print publishers steadfastly refused to publish and market such a large work and in fact, many refused to even read the manuscript because, according to their editorial policy, beginning writers are only allowed to submit smaller novels of less than 100 thousand words or 300 pages.
Through the advance of technology that has democratized the publishing process, John Sheehan studied and learned how to turn his epic into a four volume series of e-books and has tirelessly re-edited and proofed the 1200 hundred pages and 110 chapters of the work and molded them into 4 e-books with covers designed and illustrated by the author.

John believes in the story and what it has to say about the plight of the Irish and the terrible hardships many of them faced during the Great Famine and the Diaspora that followed. It is an Epic tale about a young teenage boy who managed to survive and forge a new life in America. Billy O’Shea was by no means a saint. He is not a figment of Hollywood story telling where troubles seem to miraculously fade away after two hours. Billy O’Shea led a hard life as many Irishmen did in those days. He made a lot of serious mistakes and paid dearly for them. Billy O’Shea never became a rich man, but he did have heart, the heart of a survivor.

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