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The Irish Pioneer: A historical novel of the life of Tobias Boland Paperback – July 13, 2009
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Judge Jay Westfaul, author of Saving Mississippi
The Not-so-good: First, let's address one major factual flaw. On page 17 the authors state "[The White House] suffered damage during the 1812 war while President John Adams was the first presidential occupant. ... Adams' wife, Abigail, (took) the large portrait of George Washington to safe keeping when the attack was near." It does not take much of an historian to know that this episode involved James and Dolley Madison. An error this basic should put the reader on notice about other facts.
The "historical novel" style is off putting to me, attributing quotations to the characters which seem contrived and simplistic. With deeper research and better technique, this could have been a serious subject for a good biography.
If the intended audience is middle school students, I may be too hard on the authors. The story might have an appeal for that age group. For an adult reader, the superficiality and even the "voice" of the book is disappointing.
Also, this book begs for illustrations and specific detail around Boland's achievements. It is a story worth telling well.