by Frank Delaney
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Shannon by Frank Delaney

In the summer of 1922, Robert Shannon, a Marine chaplain and a young American hero of the Great War, lands in Ireland. He still suffers from shell shock, and his mentor hopes that a journey Robert had always wanted to make—to find his family roots along the banks of the River Shannon—will restore his equilibrium and his vocation. But there is more to the story: On his return from the war, Robert had witnessed startling corruption in the Archdiocese of Boston. He has been sent to Ireland to secure his silence—permanently. As Robert faces the dangers of a strife-torn Ireland roiling in civil war, the nation’s myths and people, its beliefs and traditions, unfurl healingly before him. And the River Shannon gives comfort to the young man who is inspired by the words of his mentor: “Find your soul and you’ll live.”

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780812975963
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
Publication date: 02/23/2010
Series: A Novel of Ireland Series
Pages: 416
Sales rank: 358,767
Product dimensions: 5.30(w) x 7.94(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Frank Delaney is the author of the New York Times bestselling novel Ireland, as well as The Last Storyteller, The Matchmaker of Kenmare, Venetia Kelly’s Traveling Show, Tipperary, Shannon, and Simple Courage: A True Story of Peril on the Sea. A former judge for the Man Booker Prize, Delaney enjoyed a prominent career in BBC broadcasting before becoming a full-time writer. Delaney died in 2017.


New York, New York, and Kent, Connecticut

Date of Birth:

October 24, 1941

Date of Death:

February 21, 2017

Place of Birth:

Tipperary, Republic of Ireland

Place of Death:

Danbury, Connecticut


Thomastown National School 1947-54; The Abbey School, Tipperary, 1954-60; Rosse College, Dublin, 1960

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Shannon 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 23 reviews.
Nanni-P More than 1 year ago
This is my first Frank Delaney novel but it won't be my last. I was thoroughly involved with "Shannon" from the beginning to the end. This is a story about a World War 1 veteran, a priest decorated for bravery, diagnosed with shell shock following horrific experiences in battle. Although the name for his condition has changed, it is now called post traumatic stress disorder, the condition is still prevalent among those who have fought for their countries in foreign lands. This common condition experienced by veterans of all wars lends a present day aspect to this one veteran's journey to regain his mental, physical and spiritual self. As part of his healing process, this young priest travels from Boston to Ireland to trace his family roots. His family name, Shannon, may have originated with the river of the same name. The process, both therapeutic and personal takes him up and back down the banks of the Shannon river. His experiences and the people he meets form the background for this story which also involves the Catholic church both directly and indirectly in ways in which he is unaware. Shannon is a story of intrigue mixed with humor told in a gentle, straightforward manner. For one who has been fortunate enough to have visited Ireland, it makes me wish to return. For those who have never been it should inspire them to go. Frank Delaney has the true Irish storyteller's gift for entrancing his readers. He also lovingly describes the land and it's people.
NTFall More than 1 year ago
I can¿t get through his books in one or two sittings because the content is rich and full of history. He must love his native Ireland very much because he takes the reader on a journey around the island similar to that in his other book Ireland. It makes it very hard for me to know where to start should I ever make at trip there! However the journey in this book is very different because it shows the effect of war on soldiers and the people. It is outside the usual for me to read because of this aspect. The main character is trying to find his ancestral roots and I related to this, since I too would like to know more about my family tree. It¿s not quite the easiest thing to do and we see his frustrations along the way. Delaney also gives us a peak into the world of priests and their political machinations, this is another aspect of the book of which I don¿t have much reading lore. It may be a commentary on his own thoughts for the men who take up the robe to God.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I do not like the way it goes from one person and their activities to another from one paragraph to another. That interferes with the good story of Robert Shannon. The other persons involved could be included in a better format.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Beautifully expressive.
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Could not finish.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a very introspective, yet engaging book which I thoroughly enjoyed. Possibly because of my maternal Irish heritage, I had no trouble getting into the book, especially as I have read two of his other books, and plan to get more. I would recommend this book for book club discussions, particularly regarding what happened at the end.
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elm More than 1 year ago
This was my first Frank Delany book & I really enjoyed it. His characters are so rich & believable. His description of Ireland is beautiful. I liked the story. I wasn't sure just how things were going to wrap up. This is a book to share, just make sure you get it back so you can visit with it again.
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OldGrandPaBob More than 1 year ago
The wonderful irish style of the author is carried through out the book. As with Ireland the novel, the book has stories within stories. The people in the book are wonderfully developed to the point that they become full in the mind;s eye,
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The perfect book for curling up in a cozy corner and following the hero as mysteries, danger and intrigue become a part of his journey along the River Shannon.
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AvidreaderHG More than 1 year ago
Having previously read Frank Delaney's Ireland, I was anxious to follow up with Shannon. I enjoy his style of writing, ability to mix Irish history with fiction and his creation of compelling characters and plot. I was not disappointed. I am currently reading another of his books - Tipperary.
DarkRosaleen More than 1 year ago
This is an entertaining story but one has to suspend belief quite a bit. Also, Ireland in the 1920's would not be a good place for someone who fought in WW1 instead of the War of Independence.