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‘Peelers have a knack for hitting you where it hurts; broken nose, bruised ribs, a few loosened teeth...no more than a rapist deserved, Sergeant Coveney and District Inspector Webber had said. Proper order, too - except the lad was no rapist, and Webber knew it.’

It’s 1914 and Liam Mannion is forced into exile for a crime he didn’t commit. He flees Balbriggan, the only home
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Kindle Edition, 295 pages
Published April 2nd 2012 by BeCreative Media Group
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Jeanette
Apr 30, 2016 Jeanette rated it it was amazing
What a great story! Historical fiction has always been one of my favourite genres and now and again one will find a book that will leave a lasting impression. Tan was such a book! It was based around difficult times in Irish history. I never like writing too much as to what happens in a story for fear of spoiling for others, but I do highly recommend. I am now eager to read 'The Golden Grave'.

I would like to thank the author for sending me an e-copy in exchange for an honest review.
Sarah Zama
Apr 11, 2017 Sarah Zama rated it really liked it
Tan by David Lawlor is one of those rare novels that jumps the more frequented time of the Easter Rising and delves into the painful time that follows in Irish history: the War of Indipendence. As all wars fought at home, this is a time that tasted people in more than one way. A man or a woman had to be really certain of their stance to go through such times.
David Lawlor clearly knows these time very well. His depiction not just of the events, but of the feelings of people and their reasons are
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Scott Whitmore
Feb 07, 2013 Scott Whitmore rated it it was amazing
Wrongly accused of a heinous crime by a ruthless policeman, Liam Mannion, a young Irishman, is forced to flee everything he has ever known — his family, town and country — in 1914.

Five years after Liam escapes Balbriggan and Ireland, much has changed. World War I is over, but Liam and many of the men who fought in the trenches have been scarred forever by the brutality and violence of the conflict. At the same time, Ireland is mired in a war of its own pitting those serving the British governme
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Jim Wright
Oct 12, 2012 Jim Wright rated it it was amazing
Lawlor, David; TAN A STORY OF EXILE, BETRAYAL AND REVENGE

`Peelers have a knack for hitting you where it hurts; broken nose, bruised ribs, a few loosened teeth...no more than a rapist deserved, Sergeant Coveney and District Inspector Webber had said. Proper order, too - except the lad was no rapist, and Webber knew it.'

It's 1914 and Liam Mannion is forced into exile for a crime he didn't commit. He flees Balbriggan, the only home he has ever known and travels to England, where he enlists and endu
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Mary
Jul 05, 2012 Mary rated it it was amazing
Experience the essence of revenge

Tan is referred to the “Black and Tans” in Ireland. They consisted of soldiers who previously served and were brought into Ireland in 1919 by London’s government. Their job was to assist the RIC, the Royal Irish Constabulary.

The first Black and Tan soldiers arrived in Ireland in March 1920. They accepted the job offered because they were unemployed and unskilled (except to fight in a war). So the main reason was pure and simple; money. They severely lacked discip
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Carol
Jan 25, 2013 Carol rated it it was amazing
TAN is a gripping novel that tells the story of Liam Mannion, beginning before World War I and continuing into the Irish War of Independence. Framed for a crime he didn’t commit, Liam is exiled to England and endures five years of trench warfare in France before making his way back to his homeland as a member of the infamous Black and Tan forces, a group that served as a brutal strong arm force for the English crown. Stationed in his hometown of Balbriggan, Liam is forced to confront his own div ...more
Sonya Alford
Sep 16, 2012 Sonya Alford rated it it was amazing
When David Lawlor asked me if I would like to review his book I was more than happy to as I love discovering new authors. I also enjoy reading historical fiction and am always keen to learn more.

The story begins in Balbriggan, Ireland in 1914. Liam Mannion is accused of a crime he didn’t commit and is forced into exile. He travels to England where he enlists and goes to war in France. Five years later Liam is back in England, with nightmares of his battlefield memories. He finds employment in a
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Stephanie Dagg
Jan 13, 2013 Stephanie Dagg rated it it was amazing
After stumbling across the local police inspector in-flagrante during a party, Liam has to flee Ireland to avoid a trumped up rape charge. In England he joins the army and serves his time in the hell of the First World War. After demobbing, he finds the respect promised the surviving soldiers to be swamped by the anti-Irish racism of the time and loses his job. Starving and at rock bottom he is induced to join an auxiliary police force being formed to respond the military campaign by the IRA. Pa ...more
Christoph Fischer
Dec 10, 2012 Christoph Fischer rated it it was amazing
“Tan” by David Lawlor is a gripping novel that drew me in from the very first scene. Set in Ireland before and after World War I the story centres around the Mannion family. In an outrage of Imperial injustice Liam Mannion gets framed for a crime he has not committed and flees the country. His ambitious brother Eoin remains friendly with the British occupying forces while father Dan supports the IRA.
The set up for the further plot is well laid out. The complicated relationships and torn loyalti
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P.C. Zick
Jan 12, 2014 P.C. Zick rated it it was amazing
An author faces a monumental task when writing historical fiction. If one historical fact is wrong or an anachronism appears, the reader is likely to put aside the book in favor of one that achieves historical accuracy tempered with believable dialogue, heightened tension, and sympathetic, yet flawed, heroes.

If you are a reader of historical fiction who requires accuracy, suspense, and flawed, yet heroic main characters, then I suggest you read Tan - A Story of Exile, Betrayal and Revenge by Dav
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Judy
Feb 14, 2013 Judy rated it it was amazing
My Review: It has been awhile since I read a book I had trouble putting down at bedtime. This book is one of those. From the beginning I was drawn into the lives and world of the people of the early days of the IRA. From Liam getting run out of town to the final scene I was hooked. You always want all of the good, fight for the right, characters to end up happily ever after however since this is historical fiction you know they can not. You suffer the sadness and horror they go through while fig ...more
John Savage
Apr 07, 2014 John Savage rated it really liked it
I stumbled on this book by accident and it caught my attention right away given it's subject. I was disappointed as it is set during a time of great interest to me and one which I intend to study in depth hopefully in the not too distant future. All I can say is read it and enjoy.
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David has been a journalist for over 20 years. He has written three historical fiction novels, Tan, The Golden Grave and A Time of Traitors, set in the 1920s during the Irish War of Independence and following the character Liam Mannion.

David is also a book editor - copy and content editing. Check out http://historywithatwist.wordpress.co... for further information.

He lives in Wicklow, Ireland, wit
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