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Johnny Mcclintock's War: One Man's Struggle Against the Hammer Blows of Life Paperback – August 15, 2014
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The story of one man's struggle to maintain his faith in spite of everything life throws at him.
As the outbreak of the First World War looms closer, John Henry McClintock, a Northern Irish Protestant by upbringing, meets Rose Flanagan, a Catholic, at a gospel tent mission - and falls in love with her.
When Johnny enlists and sets off to fight in the War he finds himself surrounded by death and tragedy, which pushes his trust in God to the limit.
After more than five years absence he returns home to a bitter, war torn Ireland, where both he and Rose are seen as traitors to their own sides.
John Henry and Rose overcome all opposition and, finally, marry. But a few years later comes the hardest blow of all. Can John Henry still hang on to his faith in God?
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When young Johnny goes off to fight in World War I, I wanted to beg him to stay home and marry his sweet little Irish Catholic girl. But Johnny has ideals and wants to make his mark on the world. He leaves the shelter of his friends and family and marches off to almost certain slaughter. Rose Flanagan, the perfect Irish rose, is left to deal with a war on the home front. It was a pointless war that tore Ireland asunder for ages.
Johnny lives through a battlefield scene on Christmas Day that will haunt me whenever I think of the word “war.” Exquisite writing.
As other reviewers have mentioned, Johnny’s faith is hardened and our hearts go out to him. This book is a testament to the talents of the very gifted Gerry McCullough. This is pure Irish story telling and yet so very real. I highly recommend this book. It is literature at its finest.
Written by Gerry McCullough
Reviewed by Roy Murry
The concerns of man with the respect towards others are based on many factors, none of which binds us together as living beings closer than the belief in a God. We gather in groups: countries, religious, military or political that do not give us true fulfillment, but are the corner stone of our existence from the time of birth.
In John Henry McClintock’s War, Ms. McCullough uses the life of an Irishman, brought up in the turmoil of World War I and the internal strife of his beloved country, bringing to light the sometimes ignorance that us humans live by. Wars have been fought by man since the Stone Age, but it is the internal war within us that Ms. McCullough shares in the life adventure of her main character.
It is that war that John Henry must come to terms with. He sees death all around him because of illogical reasons. He muddles through because of his love for Rose and the God they believe in, not the religious groups that separate them.
John Henry’s journey is a difficult one, knowing the historical facts which we get a touch of in this fast pace novel. Ms. McCullough prose is somewhat poetic at times, but her writing gets to the root of evil vs good in the human mind. This is where her John Henry excels: he sees the good and over comes the evil.
I recommend this short adventure into the turmoil of war. Many of us have been there and are still trying to overcome what John Henry overcame. We have to be reminded of it from time to time, as Gerry McCullough has done so elegantly.
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scenery to character description within a moving story. The love of Rose And Johnny.Read more