The Broken Sword

The Broken Sword

by R. Mingo Sweeney


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Halifax, Nova Scotia, 1941. The sudden death of seventeen-year-old Canadian Patrick MacQueen’s little sister has wrecked his idyllic world and tore his family apart. Still clinging to his boyhood ideals of honor and glory, he lies about his age to enlist and go off to war. He never could have imagined what lay ahead.

The Broken Sword opens with Patrick MacQueen fighting to keep his head above water as a fledgling signalman in the Canadian Army. An accident on the firing range dashes his hopes and he returns to the sultry shores of his Bermuda home to recover. There he falls under the spell of a seductive Nazi sympathizer, Lady Lemonton, and just as things begin to spin out of control, he gets a second chance to get back into the war. Commissioned a Royal Canadian Navy lieutenant, he plunges into vicious battles with German U-boats on the icy North Atlantic. But even as he struggles for sanity and survival, his journey takes another unexpected turn when he meets Lady Lemonton while on leave in Ireland who promises him glory and riches—and herself—if only he will join the enemy. Does he have the strength to resist? What will become of his boyhood ideals? And where do his loyalties really lie when he emerges as a key conspirator in an attempted coup d’état to defend the Dominion of Newfoundland’s sovereignty from a transatlantic power play?

Inspired by the author’s own wartime experiences, The Broken Sword is a riveting coming-of-age story that offers a never before seen worm’s-eye view of the chaotic underbelly of a nation hopelessly unprepared for war and its destructive aftermath. A novel told with Norman Mailer muscle and F. Scott Fitzgerald flair, MacQueen’s arresting saga plumbs the uncharted waters of a world struggling to survive the ruthless machinations of the great powers, and lifts the veil on untold histories.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781642377675
Publisher: Gatekeeper Press
Publication date: 10/24/2019
Pages: 578
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.29(d)

About the Author

Capt. the Chevalier Richard Mingo Sweeney of Bolger's Park, Lt. RCN (R), Capt. CA (R), GCLJ, KMLJ, OL, was born on October 29, 1922 in Trochu, Alberta. During the Great Depression, his family moved to Bermuda. In 1939, he joined the Canadian Army and later the Royal Canadian Navy and was commissioned a Lieutenant in 1942. He served as Gunnery Officer during the Battle of the Atlantic on board the HMCS Trillium. He was then given command of the Port Security Guard in St. John's, Newfoundland, from 1943-46. Following the war, he joined the Cadet Corps in Quebec and attained the rank of Captain. He went on to produce feature films in Canada and serve as military consultant for television and radio in New York City. Later, he moved to Pictou, Nova Scotia, and established a historical association, the St. Suibhne Trust. A writer and historian, his publications include Sween (Suibhne), Clan of the Battle Axe: A Brief History of the MacSweeney Galloglass, and Scots Empire: Beinge the Storie of the Kingdom of Scotland's Briefe Empire: the Lordship of Nova Scotia. He died on Remembrance Day, November 11, 2015.

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