Tim Pat Coogan, The Irish Times, 15th August 1992.
'A love story with a realistic, historical background.'
Manchester Evening News, 20th October 1993
'An exciting story of plot and counter-plot and of a doomed love. It paints a realistic picture of life in Ireland after the first war, the consequences of which we are experiencing today.'
Dillons News Sept-Oct 1992.
'The Blood Upon the Rose presents a different slant to the IRA with a heart-rending Romeo and Juliet tale spun against a background of the Troubles in 1919 Ireland. Young, beautiful and headstrong heiress Catherine O'Connell-Gort has a father in Military Intelligence, and a dashing boyfriend in the IRA. A recipe for instant, tragic, historical romance.'
City Limits August-September 1993.
'A love story within a political thriller that echoes the problems and tragedies of today.'
Huddersfield Daily Examiner, 30th October 1993.
From the Author
Sadly, the book's main characters face ideals and dilemmas almost identical to those which confront terrorists and security men and women today. It's the technology that changes, not the way people behave. And young love, surely, was once as beautiful and painful for our great grandparents, as it is now for us and our children.