Authored by Marina J. Neary
Based on true historical events, "Brendan Malone: The Last Fenian" is a folkloric satire examining the dark,
destructive side of paternal love.
Roscommon, Ireland-1910. A string of crop failures and botched rebellions had left the country a pitiful wasteland. Brendan Malone, a struggling Gaelic landlord and memberof the secret Irish Republican Brotherhood, succumbs to a midlife flare-up of nationalism, while his two sons climb the academic Olympus at University College Dublin. Dylan, primitive and compliant, clings to his overbearing father, while Hugh, anglicized beyond recognition, harbors his own ambitions that do not include liberating his native land.
"M.J. Neary has added a well-crafted and finely researched novel to the genre."
--Kenneth Weene, author of "Memoirs From The Asylum"
"gripping read from beginning to end"
--Gary Inbinder, author of "Confessions of the Creature
The author has brought a difficult period of Irish
history to life through a combination of historical
and fictional characters.
--Jim Dougherty, President of "The Wild Goose
About the author:
Marina Julia Neary is an award-winning historical essayist, multilingual arts & entertainment journalist, novelist, dramatist and poet. Her areas of expertise include British steam-punk, French Romanticism and Irish nationalism. Her novel Wynfield's Kingdom (Fireship Press, 2009) was featured in the March 2010 edition of First Edition Magazine in the UK, followed by the sequel Wynfield's War in 2010. She is the author of two historical plays, Hugo in London (licensing available through Heuer), and the sequel Lady with a Lamp: the Untold Story of Florence Nightingale (illustrated edition available through Fireship Press). Her poems have been organized in a collection Bipolar Express (Flutter Press, 2010). Her sci-fi novelette My Salieri Complex is available as an e-book through Gypsy Shadow Press. Brendan Malone: the Last Fenian is her first novel exploring early 20th century Irish nationalism. Neary currently serves as an editorial reviewer and steady contributor for Bewildering Stories magazine.