Empire Rising

Empire Rising

by Thomas Kelly
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Empire Rising by Thomas Kelly

It is 1930, and ground has just been broken for the Empire State Building. One of the thousands of men who will come to work high above the city is Michael Briody, an Irish immigrant torn between his desire to make a new life in America and his pledge to gather money and arms for the Irish republican cause. When he meets Grace Masterson, an alluring artist who is depicting the great skyscraper's rise from her houseboat on the East River, Briody's life suddenly turns exhilarating—and dangerous—for Grace is also a paramour of Johnny Farrell, Mayor Jimmy Walker's liaison with Tammany Hall and the underworld.

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ISBN-13: 9780312425746
Publisher: Picador
Publication date: 01/24/2006
Edition description: First Edition
Pages: 400
Sales rank: 1,209,309
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.20(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Thomas Kelly is the author of The Rackets and Payback. He lives in New York City.

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Empire Rising 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
&star<_>~ The Rising <br> &starf&starf&starf&starf&starf&starf&starf&starf&starf&starf&starf<_>~ The First Gathering <p> The moon was as big as any cat had ever seen. Twelve cats sat on the rock at the center of the territories, overlooking what had to be hundreds of cats, kits, and many others. <br> "You have been brought here by StarClan, the great Clan in the sky. Fights have become larger and more frequent, and killing has become an everyday thing." Blazestar spoke first. The cats nodded. <br> "We are going to group up based on our hunting favorite." Said Viperstar. <br> "Yes." Blazestar meowed. "We will become Clans, going by twelve rules, the warrior code. 1. We shall not kill kits." <br> "2. Leader's word is law." Said Viperstar. <br> "3. A noble warrior does not kill." Said Flowerstar. <br> "4. Kits cannot be aprenticed until 6 moons." Said Amythiststar. <br> "5. We hunt only what is in our territory, nothing that is not ours." Said Fearstar. <br> "6. Respect our elders." Said Destructionstar. <br> "7. Clan comes first." Said Woodstar. <br> "8. Kits must stay in camp." Said Rushingstar. <br> "9. The truce is on the night of the fullmoon, no claws allowed." Said Oceanstar. <br> "10. Warriors must mentor at least one apprentice before they can be deputy." Said Horsestar. <br> "11. When the moon is covered by clouds on a truce, we cannot gather." Said Deathstar. <br> "12. I am loyal to my Clan and my Clan only." Said Froststar. <br> "The twelve rules must be followed or you break a promise to StarClan. Now, stand in your territory." Blazestar watched as cats moved fluently into their territory. "Viperstar is leader of ViperClan, which shall be in Snakelands. Flowerstar is leader of FlowerClan, which shall be in Jungle. Amythiststar is leader of AmythistClan, whch shall be in Caveland. Fearstar is leader of FearClan, which shall be in Twoleg Ruins. Destructionstar is leader of DestructionClan, which shall be in Burnt Forestplace. Woodstar is leader of WoodClan, which shall be in Forestplace. Rushingstar is leader of RushingClan, which shall be in River. Oceanstar is leader of OceanClan, which shall be in World's Water Meeting Sand. Horsestar is leader of HorseClan, which shall be in Horselands. Deathstar is leader of DeathClan, which shall be in Darkplace. Froststar is leader of FrostClan, which shall be in Mount IceFang. I, Blazestar, am leader of BlazeClan which shall be in Desert Territory. Follow the code and live on." (Book two starts at 'time anger blaze'.)
Denise_P More than 1 year ago
I happened to stumble across this novel in the library. The first thing that attracted me to it was the cover, and then I found out that it is historical fiction and I knew I had to read it. This novel is about the building of the Empire State Building. Briody, an ironworker working on the Empire State Building, also helps run arms, explosives, and other things back to Ireland to help the Irish republican cause. His world gets turned upside down when he meets Grace Masterson, who happens to be the mistress of Johnny Farrell a crooked man of New York politics. The two fall in love and become in danger of Farrell finding out about their romance. I loved that the book showed glimpses of what it was like for the workers who built the Empire State Building. I loved the romance between Briody and Grace. I have to say that I wasn't fond of the ending but I understand why it was the way it was. I would recommend this novel to historical fiction lovers, and people interested in New York.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I found this book by chance and bought it for my husband for his birthday. He loved it and said that I should also read it. I just finished it and I thought it was wonderful. It combined a great story and also a lot of New York City history. I would highly recommend "Empire Rising".
KenCady More than 1 year ago
Michael Briody, the Irish immigrant who is the main character in this immensely readable novel is larger than life. Often the storyline reaches the brink of credibility, but the author has done a great job of putting the reader into the world of Manhattan in 1930. Graft and corruption, friendship and loyalty are all given their due. I really enjoyed this book.
harstan More than 1 year ago
On St. Patrick's Day 1930, construction is to begin on the Empire State Building in spite of the nation struggling with the Great Depression. As with anything in the city that matters, the world¿s planned for the highest structure, though not a brick has been laid yet, already has a history. Bribes, extortion and kickback to grease unions and industry cooperation and to obtain political acceptance as high as the mayor¿s office and some say Albany and DC has been the norm. --- Mayor Jimmy Walker understands best the importance of the construction of the Empire State Building as he is a magician able to turn a hand shake into 'honest graft'. Al Smith is in charge of the construction because a politician needs to be in charge. In this city where many starve, jobs count whether you are former IRA terrorist turned ironworker like Michael Briody, illegal bankdrop artist Grace Masterson, or the Deputy Commissioner of Buildings Johnny Farrell, the building means money and political careers can fall off the observation walk or vanish into a crater if one betrays the bosses who run the island. --- This is an interesting period piece that makes readers think about legal contributions that both parties receive today (who attended those inauguration balls anyway?) though the parallel is not totally fair as the 1930 payouts were illegal. The lead character is the Empire State Building, who even today though no longer the highest structure still holds a grip on people; though one must wonder if the previous champ the Chrysler Building did likewise for our grandparents? The prime story line centers on the building¿s construction fueled by a city of graft and bribery providing a fascinating look at the underbelly of the politico-capitalist complex--- Harriet Klausner