Weatherlight The Tempest
One hundred Guineas (£105) is the reward offered for the live capture of Tom McCauley. He is wanted on two counts of murder, about which he knows nothing. In order to survive, he needs to escape Ireland, which is going to cost money. Tom is neither thief nor beggar. More
One hundred Guineas (£105) is the reward offered for the live capture of Tom McCauley. He is wanted on two counts of murder, about which he knows nothing. In order to survive, he needs to escape Ireland, which is going to cost money. Tom is neither thief nor beggar. He needs to find employment. He changes his appearance and identity. Mick Duggan is a common enough name to adopt, but unbeknown to him, there is at large, an escaped convict by that name. When soldiers capture McCauley assuming him Duggan, Tom needs to make a decision. Should he confess his identity and almost certainly face the hangman? Or should he accept Duggan’s sentence of seven years penal servitude?
WEATHERLIGHT the tempest is a story of forbidden love, horrific tragedy, and anomalous friendships. Initially set in the wake of Ireland’s cataclysmic famine, the pages are filled with shifting fortunes, skulduggery, miraculous escapes, with a modicum of wit and humour. The setting shifts, not without incident, from the Emerald Isle to Southern Africa, where Tom McCauley embarks on astounding new adventures.
“I found your story to be engaging, pacey, filled with interesting characters, unusual events and episodes, surprising little snippets of humour and unexpected outcomes that continually left me eager to find out what was coming next. I also loved the cultural contrasts and diversity, as well as the different vernaculars that you used throughout the narrative, as they all enriched the story and made it very colourful and cosmopolitan.”
About the author
From a seafaring background, the author studied Civil Engineering; History; and Ocean navigation. Much travelled, he lived and worked in the UK, South Africa and Namibia. During the 1970s and 80s, he enjoyed recognition as singer and songwriter, under the pseudonym Lorne Shields. He currently lives with his wife Ria, near his ancestral home in County Wexford, Republic of Ireland.
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