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Flight of the Earls (Heirs of Ireland Series #1)

Flight of the Earls (Heirs of Ireland Series #1)

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by Michael K. Reynolds

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 It’s 1846 in Ireland. When her family’s small farm is struck by famine, Clare Hanley and her younger brother, Seamus, set out across the ocean to the Promised Land of America.

Five years prior, Clare’s older sister Margaret and her Uncle Tomas emigrated in similar fashion and were not to be heard from again. But Clare must face her fears


 It’s 1846 in Ireland. When her family’s small farm is struck by famine, Clare Hanley and her younger brother, Seamus, set out across the ocean to the Promised Land of America.

Five years prior, Clare’s older sister Margaret and her Uncle Tomas emigrated in similar fashion and were not to be heard from again. But Clare must face her fears as she lands in the coming-of-age city of New York. There she discovers love, adventure, tragedy, and a terrible secret which threatens to destroy her family and all she believes.

Flight of the Earls is the first book in a historical novel trilogy based on Irish immigration in the 1840s.

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Heirs of Ireland Series , #1
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Michael K. Reynolds is the writer and producer of Emmy and Telly Award-winning film campaigns and has more than two decades of experience in fiction, journalism, copywriting, and documentary production. He owns Global Studio, a marketing agency, and is also an active leader in church and business, speaking in both ministry and corporate settings. Michael lives with his wife and three children in Reno, Nevada.

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Flight of the Earls: An Heirs of Ireland Novel 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 45 reviews.
KimberlysBookshelf More than 1 year ago
In his first novel in the Heirs of Ireland saga, Michael K. Reynolds presents an astounding detail of Irish immigrants in America and their unwavering determination in the midst of famine and shattered dreams. Claire, her brother Seamus, and family-friend, Pierce embark upon a journey to the land of plenty with hopes of relieving the hardships faced by family back home in Ireland only to be met with equal hardships in the new world, as well as the discovery of heart-wrenching family secrets. Reynolds has written a mesmerizing tale filled with remarkable characters and amazing historical details. He's certainly an author who has done his research and extremely well at that. I was immediately transported back in time with his vivid imagery and attention to detail. The sights, the sounds, the smells, and the raw emotions of the characters were brought to life and kept me reading until the wee hours of the morning. Flight of the Earls is a must for any fan of historical fiction and one that I highly recommend. I easily give this novel a FIVE! I'm eagerly awaiting the second installment of this series, In Golden Splendor, currently scheduled to be released this summer on July 15th, 2013.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I'm always shocked when I find a really, really good book. I read everything, but am a bit picky when it comes to the craft and the story. I also have a preference for books that teach me a little something I didn't know before. Well, I was drawn in immediately. With such incredible detail, it was obvious that an enormous amount of research went into this book. Wonderful family saga, story of perseverence and faith, and the joy of forgiveness. Oh, and don't forget the romance! I was delighted. A keeper!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
When I read a book, I want to be transported. Flight of the Earls, with it's vivid descriptions and thoughtful story lines, puts you ringside for a whirlwind adventure. It was easy to imagine what each character looked like in my head and I could feel their emotions and struggles through out their lives. You really become invested in each of the characters lives and who you want to root for and against. Weaving fiction with history can be tricky, but I really enjoyed how the author presented pieces in time through out the novel. It has been awhile where I found it hard to put a book down so, thank you for this great book! Looking forward to more!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Too many plot spoilers bragging how they got their book for free then telling every detail of the story ruining it for other readers who have to buy their book. Plot spoilers should be banned.
lmbartelt More than 1 year ago
It is the rare book that stuns me with its opening line. One sentence in, and I know this book would be a treat. "Most days blended into the grayness of Liam Hanley's life, but this particular one haunted, a brooding prophetess tormenting the potato farmer with visions of his precious dream succumbing to the Irish downpour of misfortune, washing out his aspirations in familiar brown rivulets of defeat." Those words from author Michael Reynolds set the tone for the rest of the story: one of hope, disappointment, desperation and survival. And the beauty of the opening line is no fluke. Flight of the Earls is filled with poetic prose that carries the reader along like a gently flowing river. Reynolds conveys scenes with such clarity I could see the farm in Ireland, the belly of the ship, the overwhelming poverty in New York. As the blight that would become known as the Great Famine in Ireland reaches their small farm, Clare Hanley, her brother Seamus and neighbor Pierce are sent away to America to seek a better life for them and the families they leave behind. They soon learn that their prospects have been exaggerated and they join the ranks of the other Irish immigrants in the Five Points area of New York. Their story is one of survival, adventure, friendship and love. I'm in awe of debut novels that are this good. I'll be eager to read the next two stories in the series. The sequel, In Golden Splendor, is available now. The third is yet to come. If you're a fan of Irish history, I think you'll like this one.
MeganDiMaria More than 1 year ago
Wow! I finished Flight of the Earls last week, and I can't stop thinking about the characters I met. Fortunately, it's the first book in a series. I so enjoyed the fast pace of this story, and I'm looking forward to reading the entire Heirs of Ireland series. It feels like one of those epic series--like Winds of War or North and South. You just want to keep reading.
jewelknits More than 1 year ago
As a foul-smelling fog rolls in, Irish potato farmer Liam Hanley senses disaster. Bitter with life's disappointments, he is saddled with a wife who, for two years, has been mad with grief over the loss of their youngest child, and with five other mouths to feed. He feels that the weight of the world is on his shoulders and he can't stand any more misfortune. This is the story of one family and a friend who strike out for America with the last of the family money to find a way to make a living, but it's so much more. It's the tale of the Irish who came in the 1800's, hoping for a land of opportunity, only to find that doors are shut in their faces and the opportunities are for others. Many of them ended up just as poor as they started out, only now they're in a foreign land, with no way to return home. Many were taken advantage of on the journey, robbed by bandits and thieves, sick and dying of illness in steerage when they paid full fare for their passage, marked as fair game when they finally landed on shore and taken advantage of some more. In this story, Clare Hanley and her brother Seamus, along with their friend Pierce Brady, leave Ireland during the Potato Famine to make their way to America. Along the way, there are many precarious situations and an interesting surprise when they follow instructions given by Madame O'Riley, a professional keener back in Ireland, to ask for a Patrick Feagles once they reach America. She also gives them a pendant that they are to show to him. There are some definite twists to keep you reading, and a sad surprise nearer the end of the story. There's a bit of romance as well. This novel kept my interest based on the history and the obviously impeccable research that went into it. When it came to the story, however, it fell a bit flat for me. Although there are lots of happenings, much of it felt flat and one-dimensional, maybe even superficial: "this is what happened", not a feeling of being involved as it was happening. At times the writing was also very "wordy", especially noticeable near the beginning of the novel. Example: "Davin rubbed the feral brown tufts of his hair." The word "feral" brings to mind ferocious, slavering beasts, definitely not hair. :) This is billed as "Christian historical fiction", but I think it fits well into mainstream historical fiction. It is the first in a trilogy. I don't regret reading it; I did enjoy the history and some insights into subjects like the Irish Army of the Mexican Republic, where Irish soldiers switched sides to fight with Mexico against America, but I never truly connected enough to be curious about what happens next in the series. QUOTES (from an eGalley; may be different in final copy): Their voices emanated from the one-room, thatched-roof mud hovel where many of the Hanley ancestry were birthed with groans, raised in squalor, and died without distinction. Liam struggled to console himself with the belief his life was too full of misfortune four God to strike him yet another blow. BLOGGERS: Have you reviewed this book? If so, please feel free to leave a link to your review in the comments section; I will also add your link to the body of my review. Writing: 3 out of 5 stars Plot: 4 out of 5 stars Characters: 3 out of 5 stars Reading Immersion: 3 out 5 stars BOOK RATING: 3.25 out of 5 stars Sensitive Reader: Very mild and rare profanity Book Club Recommendation: Maybe. For those that are interested in the historical aspects, yes.
JVonich More than 1 year ago
Flight of the Earls is a fantastic book on many levels. Reynold's smooth and engaging writing style sucks you into the plot immediately, creating that feeling of losing track of time while you are reading it. The character development is also impressive. I immediately fell in love with a few of characters and really became emotionally invested in the book. Being a history major, I really appreciated the painstaking research, and sweeping coverage of the history presented in the book. I could feel that part of history as I read the story. I meant to start reading the book over a couple of weeks, but ended up finishing it in 3 days. One of my favorites. Can't wait for the sequel!
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Id read another of his books. A sad but lovely read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Not a bad book, but nothing that prompted me to read the 2 others in this series.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Writing style that wanders into pretentiousness, without the content to back it up. Characters never really rang true, relationships were never convincingly developed, motivations were totally absent…and the romance was so unconvincing and without basis, it detracted from the historical details and imagery that could have been so much more interesting with real people to bring them to life.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Wanted to get a better idea of the plight of the Irish when they came to America hoping for a better life. The twists and turns and graphic descriptions of the areas they had to live and work in were quit eye opening.
muffin1 More than 1 year ago
This book was very well written and the people in Ireland when the potato crops failed and the people were starving. How they fled to America and tried to start a new life. Very interesting how they survived the hardship and the lives they lived with and without their families. Highly recommend reading.
IrishLadyPK More than 1 year ago
This is an easy read but a very depressing look into the history of my fellow Irishmen. I only wish that my grandmother was alive so that I could be sure that she had not endured the same suffering that these young people did but I will never know. She too came over on a ship from Cork. You never think to ask when you are a child. Very enlightening...
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A story of family survival at the time of the potato famish in Ireland.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A third-grader could write a better story. Stupid and a waste of time.
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I read the book today- very satisfying historically based story. If I only had this book, I would have enjoyed it- but I have the next book too & I'm very glad to have the story continue. Now, I just need another free day to be able to do so!
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