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Breakout from Sugar Island Paperback – August 25, 2015
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Reviewed By Tracy Slowiak for Readers' Favorite--5 stars
In an excellent new work of historical fiction by author Seamus Beirne, Breakout From Sugar Island is a book that will grab readers from the very start and keep them reading obsessively all the way through until the very end . . . I so enjoyed Breakout From Sugar Island. Author Seamus Beirne has done a simply magnificent job in creating characters that his readers will relate to, connect with, and truly come to care about. If that isn't a hallmark of a great author, I'm not sure what is.
His writing is extremely clear and vivid, and readers will often feel as if they have simply slipped through the pages into the life of Michael Redferne, the main character, and that of the surroundings of the Sugar Islands. Any lover of historical fiction should absolutely read this book, and any reader who loves wonderful works of fiction in general should also give it a chance. I am so pleased to be able to give Breakout From Sugar Island my highest recommendation, and I look forward to reading more from Seamus Beirne as soon as I possibly can!
Reviewed By Joel R. Dennstedt for Readers'Favorite--5 stars!
The best feeling a reader and reviewer can experience comes from knowing in the first few paragraphs of a book that one is in the sure hands of a professional and skillful writer about to tell a rip-roaringly good yarn. Seamus Beirne is an exceptionally polished writer and his novel, Breakout From Sugar Island, provides an exceptionally good tale. This powerfully hypnotic book represents historical fiction at its finest, providing both detailed, accurate, and exquisitely rendered descriptions of a distant time and community of people, and a story so richly dramatic and adventurous that one is tempted toward cliché. You see, I really couldn't put it down.
Reviewed By Viga Boland for Readers' Favorite--5 stars
Breakout From Sugar Island, "the forgotten story of Irish slaves in Barbados" by Seamus Beirne, is historical fiction that even non-fans of that genre will never forget. What a superb novel! From the first chapter to the very last, Seamus Beirne grabs the reader and never lets go. Just when you think Breakout From Sugar Island couldn't hold any more surprises, something else happens that readers don't expect. Given the fact that this book is 422 pages long, it's quite incredible an author can hold readers riveted for such along time. But riveted we are from the moment Michael Redferne's son, Padraig,spots something red beneath a frozen lake (which turns out to be the body of a woman Michael once bedded) to the horrific events that find both Michael and his son enslaved in the sugar producing colonies of Barbados, along with many of their poor Irish countrymen.
. . . "The forgotten story of Irish slaves in Barbados" will never be forgotten by readers of Breakout From Sugar Island. If you don't read it, you will rob yourself of one of the best historical fiction books ever written. And that, coming from someone who rarely reads this genre, is high praise indeed.
Reviewed by Christian Sia for Readers' Favorite--5 stars!
Breakout From Sugar Island by Seamus Beirne is a historical fiction set against the background of 18th-century Ireland and Barbados, a well-told story with great characters and historical references. Seamus Beirne's novel took me by surprise, a pleasant one, of course. I didn't except to find so much to savor in it. It begins on a deceptively slow note, with an interesting conversation, and moves on pretty fast. The author introduces the conflict at the start of the novel and awakens a sense of curiosity in the reader almost immediately. The language is beautiful,at times poetic, and the dialogues are very well-developed, reflecting the level of education of the characters and their backgrounds.
Breakout From Sugar Island is a story with powerful themes, including conspiracy, crime, loss, and redemption. Readers will enjoy following the protagonist right to the end. It's a very captivating read with a compelling, intriguing plot
From the Back Cover
Praise for BREAKOUT FROM SUGAR ISLAND
"Seamus Beirne has written a rollickingpage-turner, an indelible chronicle of crime and punishment set in the Ireland andBarbados of more than two centuries ago. The novel reads like a mixture ofJames M. Cain, Alexander Dumas, and John Millington Synge. 'Breakout from Sugar Island' is a dazzling achievement guaranteedto keep readers enraptured until its final, startling pages."
--Peter Duffy,Author of The Killing of Major DenisMahon, The Bielski Brothers and DoubleAgent. He also writesregularly for the New York Times, The WallJournal, and New York Magazine.
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