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When Shadows Fall

3.58  ·  Rating details ·  189 ratings  ·  20 reviews
Still haunted by the British army’s treatment of soldiers during World War I, Lieutenant Adam Bowen returns to Dublin in 1919—and discovers a new war destroying his hometown. When his well-bred family ignores the violence between Irish revolutionaries and the British government, Adam turns his back on Britain and secretly aligns with the Irish Republican Army.

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Paperback, 374 pages
Published May 20th 2014 by Lake Union Publishing
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Jul 18, 2014 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: fans of historical fiction
Recommended to TL by: Goodreads Giveaway
I received this book via GoodReads First Reads in an exchange for an honest review.
It only took me so long to read this because I was reading two others at the same time haha.

I was really excited when I won this, love a good historical fiction and I'm a sucker for anything set in Ireland :) (According to my uncle our ancestors came from county down)

Paul Reid's writing pulls you into the story quickly:

"A sky, old and tired, hung low upon the ghostland. Almost dusk. The quietness had thickened
A well written historical thriller with a strong romantic vein running throughout. The story unfolds during a fascinating time in history - the Irish War of Independence. 1918 and Adam Bowen has had a bellyful of the fighting on the Front and has witnessed his share of atrocities. After being severely wounded he returns to Ireland and begins to see that as an Irishman and patriot he can not take the middle road in a conflict that pits brother against brother and Irishman against Irishman.

I enjoy
May 31, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Pure excellence. This book was so gut-wrenchingly good, I put it down for a few days, determined never to finish it. Of course, I'd heard of the IRA and independence struggles in Ireland, but the tragedies -direct and collateral- are overwhelming in every sense. And "Right" and "Wrong" are less clear to me.

Without being overtly favorable to one side or the other, this book makes you think. Through the lives of Adam, Tara, and James, I began to understand the complexities of the decades-long stru
Frederick Khoury
Lots of action

This isn’t the type of book I usually read. I must have chosen it for its historical fiction element. It is more action packed than most historical fiction that I read. In any case, I enjoyed it.
Jun 12, 2014 rated it really liked it
** I received this book for free in exchange for a honest review**

I honestly liked this book, but not enough to give it a straight five star review. I didn't mind picking the novel up, but I also didn't mind putting the novel down. The plot carried itself well and the author did a great job of keeping the reader informed about what was going on. However, the synopsis on the back of the book was not really what I thought was the main driving point throughout the story. If you are looking for a so
May 20, 2014 rated it liked it
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Reading a historical novel is much better than sitting in a classroom. We can get lost in just the facts and miss the emotions of what happened. It takes an outstanding writer to put in words a balance of both sides concerning the British and Irish in the 1920’s conflict. When Adam and Tara literally bumped into each other and the chemistry between them took off, you begin rooting that these conflicting sides will not hinder what can make for a great team. The passion that Adam has for the fight ...more
Jul 01, 2014 rated it liked it
This book started out great, but got sillier as I progressed through it. It would make a good forgettable action movie. I enjoyed reading about the Irish Troubles history aspect, but the characters were caricatures, and the story weak with unbelievable deus-ex-machina rescues. The male hero was the most fleshed out and tolerable, but some of the other characters were even ridiculous. The author is a good writer, and the first 3/4 of the book was a page-turner. I see some reviewers complain that ...more
Jan 09, 2015 rated it liked it
3.5 stars. Enjoyed the historical aspects of the story, as well as the suspense, but couldn't believe the outcome of some of the events, such as the ending. Also, I could not understand how a smart and experienced assassin (Larry Mulligan) was never able to find out the address of his "target" to seek revenge, during the story. However, I thought overall it was a good read and kept my interest. ...more
Jun 14, 2014 rated it did not like it
I started this book because I enjoy a good war book/historical fiction.

The first few chapters did not hook me at all. Gore usually doesn't bother me but this time it was a little much and at the same time rather boring. (Ironic). I could only read up to chapter 5 but it was like pulling teeth to get that far.
Deirdra Halley
Nov 14, 2014 rated it liked it
I found this a great read for all of us who cherish our dark Irish heritage.
Jul 07, 2014 rated it it was ok
Predictable and shallow in my opinion.
Jan 07, 2015 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
It was a little hard for me to get into this book because I was not familiar with the history of British government and the IRA.

But once I start a book I like to finish it.
Joan Paciero
Jun 14, 2014 rated it liked it
Historical novel about the Irish rebellion of interest because of a trip to Ireland.
Oct 20, 2015 rated it it was ok
Language a big factor in my 2 star review. Also got a little "out there" violence and killing as the focus. Maybe it was! ...more
Julie Pickup
May 09, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Rattling good read!

Excellent writing. It kept me engaged and on the edge of my seat. I loved the historical and geographical accuracy. High l y recommended!
Interesting novel about the actions of the IRA following the First World War and it heir effects on the lives of Irish citizens
Linda Barnhart
Oct 09, 2014 rated it liked it
I enjoyed this book. I've not read much about the Irish War for Independence and this historical thriller was quite educational. It was a very quick read. ...more
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Naomi Gross
May 31, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Enjoyed the book a lot. Ended too quickly!
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