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Destiny (The Callahans #1)

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Fleeing an abusive father and a hopeless life in Ireland in 1895, nineteen-year-old Tom Callahan takes passage for America. On board the Antioch he meets Katrina Hansen, a beautiful young Norwegian woman headed with her family for Utah. It's not a likely match. Tom is a brash Irish Catholic. Katrina is a refined, cultured woman recently coverted to Mormonism. Destiny is a ...more
Hardcover, 354 pages
Published January 8th 1996 by Shadow Mountain
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First in a series of historical fiction surrounding the early Utah settlers. A good book though I did have a tough time getting through parts of it, not because it is boring, but because one of the characters is so deceiving that you want to beat him over the head. My husband read it before me so I ended up asking him how it ended just so I could get through it without punching something. Once he told me I was able to relax and enjoy the book. Be careful it really sucks you in!
Kevin Bowser
This is my first foray into a novel such as the Spirit of Union: Destiny by Gordon Ryan. Having recently read The Titanic Plan by Michael Bockman, I was interested in another book in roughly that same time period. Destiny fit the bill.

It is the story of young Thomas Callahan and his adventures fleeing Ireland for a new and better life. The book opens with Tom Callahan walking across Ireland as he his family and his abusive and controlling father. He is anxious to flee a very difficult situation
I loved this book. It pulled me in right from the beginning and continued to the end. It is the start of a the Callahan saga. I look forward to the rest of the series and just found out there is a 6th book coming out in March 2012.
I super skimmed most of this book, as it was pretty slow. Most of the book had me worried it would have one of those terrible endings, not at all happy. It did end ok though, after all. Not a book I'd reccomend to anyone.
Judy Bullard
Good story. Many good and happy experiences - but also some very sad things. I look forward to continuing this series. Good historical fiction - LDS church and American History.
Nadine Smith
I liked the book OK but didn't love it. It seemed to have places when the story stopped and didn't flow, when the author stopped to give an information dump.
It's a good book. Not great, but but good. The Yay for Mormons overtones are a bit strong, but not enough to stop me from enjoying the book.
Camille Robison
I'm positive I've already read this series, but it is still good.
Really learned alot more about the Irish coming overto the US
Good story. I like how history is included.
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Passed away November 14th, 2012. He was 69.

Gordon Ryan was a writer with a varied history. He lived and worked in six foreign nations and a dozen or more states, including Alaska. He served in the 1st Recon Battalion, U.S. Marine Corps in the aftermath of the Cuban Missile Crisis, and in the Air Force in Thailand during the Vietnam War. He also served as a member of the American Embassy staff in D
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