Dark September

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Alternate history thriller. September 1940. When the German Army invades mainland Britain, Danny O’Shea is left running for his life. His house is bombed and his wife killed. His young son Adam has learning difficulties. Aware of how the Nazis treat people like that, O’Shea knows his only hope of survival is to get him to neutral Ireland. They head for the ferry port of Fishguard. More

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Published: Feb. 20, 2010
Words: 130,000
Language: English
ISBN: 9781452301280
About Brendan Gerad O'Brien

Brendan Gerad O’Brien was born in Tralee, on the west coast of Ireland and now lives in Newport, South Wales with his wife Jennifer and daughters Shelly and Sarah.

As a child he spent his summer holidays in Listowel, Co Kerry, where his uncle Moss Scanlon had a Harness Maker’s shop, now long gone.

The shop was a magnet for all sorts of colourful characters. It was there that his love of words was kindled by the stories of John B. Keane and Bryan MacMahon, who often wandered into the shop for a chat and bit of jovial banter.

After serving nine years in the Royal Navy, Brendan progressed to retail management, working as a Department manager with the UK’s second largest Supermarket.

Now retired, his hobby is writing short stories, twenty of which have already been published individually over the years, and also as a collection called Dreamin Dreams

Dark September is his first full novel

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Review by: resonant on Feb. 02, 2014 : star star star star star
This was excellent.

This was different from usual alternate-history books in that the different history was a minor part of the story; the interaction of the characters was the main focus. It was also interesting to see it from the viewpoint of the parent of a child with disabilities.

There were a few anachronisms (for example, identifying smoking as unhealthy; although there were anti-smoking campaigns in Germany in 1940, it was still considered as healthful as beer in the UK at the time). However, there was nothing that detracted from the story. Well worth the read.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Mary Eaton on April 14, 2010 : star star star star star
Wonderfully written detailed story, of World War ll, And the German Invasion. And how a an Irishman flees with his son. I found this book to be a real eye opener, filled with excitement.... Very interesting and well worth the read... I look forward to reading more from this fantastic Author,
B Gerad O'Brian ... Great job! Mary
(reviewed the day of purchase)

Review by: Frederick Rodgers on March 29, 2010 : (no rating)
If you enjoy alternate history you will love this exciting story of the 2nd World War as the Nazis successfully invade England. The story races across Wales as a lone Irishman flees with his son. Unknown to him, he is thought to be the key to a new secret weapon that can turn the tide of the war. The story is cleverly crafted making it difficult to put the book down. I highly recommend it, and impatiently await the sequel. B.Gerad O'Brien is one of Ireland's best new thriller writers.
(reviewed the day of purchase)

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