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Sherlock Holmes and the Irish Rebels Paperback – November 28, 2011
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Part of the appeal of the book to me is the time frame. The post-1914 adventures of Holmes and the faithful Watson have always been a source of enjoyable speculation to me, and this tale concerns the events leading up to the Easter Rising of 1916.
Mycroft Holmes has enlisted his younger and more energetic brother, still in the guise of the Irish-American Altamont, to infiltrate the Irish Volunteers, find out their plans, and -- if possible -- stop the looming rebellion.
The great detective calls in Watson, who is back in military harness at Lt. Col. John Watson, RAMC, but going by the name of Dr. Thomas Ryan. They reconstruct the Baker Street menage as they board in Dublin with a certain Mrs. McGuffey, who turns to be Mrs. Hudson using her maiden name.
Although this is primarily an adventure and war story, there is also an appropriately criminous subplot that Holmes manages to uncover even amid the fog of approaching war.
The fact that we know what is going to happen on Easter 1916 while the characters do not know the future makes the story more suspenseful rather than less so. And it gets increasingly exciting as our heroes approach their rendezvous with history.
The author of Watson's Afghan Adventure and a serious student of Irish history, McMullen has filled his book with real people and historically accurate incidents. It's as if Holmes and his troupe had stepped into history, much like Zelig in the Woody Allen film of that title. And we all know that anything can be made just a little better with Holmes & Co. as part of it!
I can't even say the book wasn't well written. And if you're interested in the Easter uprising in Ireland, it may be well up your alley. I wasn't.
I bought this book because of Holmes & Watson. And the Holmes & Watson in this writer's book are just generic characters. They could be called Smith & Jones fwiw - only then there would be far less Holmesian/Sherlockian potential readers. So, as long as you're content to every now and then see the beloved names in print and don't care too much about characterisation - go and buy this book.
If you're expecting to see a bit more of the characters you love and the interaction typical for them, you'll probably be as disappointed as I was.
For me this is just cashing in on the hype.
My knowledge of 20th Century Irish History is spotty at best, so I cannot speak to the accuracy of Mr. McMullen's portrayals, but I suspect they are fairly true to life. Many of the participants in this tale died during or within a short time after the events narrated. Most of the prominent survivors died within the next few years, so our knowledge of these times relies mostly on the memories of a very few survivors and on those of friends of the participants. Paper evidence, outside of court records, is in short supply and the courts were mostly English, with little regard for the truth of events in Ireland in the face of the urgency of The Great War.
The History between England and Ireland begins shortly after the Norman Conquest. From the traditional English point of view, Ireland was a land of feuding tribes and pirate raiders. The period of anarchy that followed the death of Brian Boru, who turned back the Vikings and their allies at the Battle of Clontarf, offered all the excuse that the Norman overlords needed to extend their conquest to the island. Unlike England, the Irish were never integrated into the Kingdom. They retained their own language, customs and religious leadership.
When Henry split the English Church from Rome, the Irish remained in communion with Rome.Read more ›
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This is a very intriguing book. I had never read about the Easter Uprising. After traveling to Dublin and seeing some of the places in the book, I appreciated this nook... Read morePublished 6 days ago by Joyce Harmon
Sherlock Holmes and the Irish Rebels by Kieran McCullen
Homes is pressed back into service as Liam Altamont, and sent to Dublin, Ireland. Read more
The character of Sherlock is always interesting - as long as it is kept to the time period. I can easily imagine the dynamic duo helping in the cause.Published on December 29, 2012 by A. WRIGLEY
When I first saw the title, Sherlock Holmes and the Irish Rebels, I thought, " This is going to cause serious cognitive dissonance (holding conflicting cognitions at the same... Read morePublished on April 6, 2012 by Sean Mc Manus
Kieran McMullen's 2nd book "Sherlock Holmes and the Irish Rebels" was even better than his first. McMullen actually made me feel I was fighting right along with the rest in the... Read morePublished on January 11, 2012 by ANNE M.