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Author: Paul Reid Narrator: Sarah Coomes Publisher: Brilliance Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: December 2012 ISBN: 9781469243061
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Ireland, 1790: In the midst of a violent storm, the small fishing village of Dromkeen comes under attack by Moorish pirates. Dromkeen is a poor settlement, but it is rich in what the pirates are hunting: slaves. Among those captured in the surprise raid is the young farmer Brannon Ryan, whose strength and fortitude make him a valuable commodity in the slave markets of North Africa. He is sold into servitude, forced to become a soldier of the sadistic sultan of Morocco. All the while, his heart remains in Ireland, where he can only hope that his beloved Orlaith has met a better fate. Back in Dromkeen, Orlaith has indeed survived, but she now faces a new nightmare. Widowed with an infant son and unable to manage her farm without Brannon’s help, Orlaith is forced to choose between watching her child starve to death or consenting to marry a man she does not love. With her farm in destitution, Orlaith must make a terrible decision and suffer its consequences. Stretching from the windswept coast of Ireland to the sun-baked hills of Morocco, A Cruel Harvest chronicles the adventures and heartbreaks that tie Brannon and Orlaith, no matter how distant their separation. Download and start listening now!


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  • “He characters are memorable, the suspense is visceral and the swashbuckling set pieces are as compelling and well described as the quieter moments of inner conflict and moral dilemma.”

    Publishers Weekly

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Annelise | 1/20/2014

    " Just finished A Cruel Harvest - what a great book! Action packed to the end - would make a great movie. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Djenii | 1/13/2014

    " Took my breath away "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Susan | 12/17/2013

    " Actually 3.5 stars. The story reminds me of Les Miserables, one disaster after another! There were too many (and too lengthy) fight scenes for my taste. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Bill | 7/20/2013

    " Basic premise is good (Arab slavers hitting the Irish coast, lovers separated, English aristocracy with its boot on the Irish neck) but lacks depth and the time period is too late (early in the 18th century rather than 1790 would be more historically accurate). "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jessica | 3/25/2013

    " The book is entertaining enough, in spite of the inaccuracies and the corniness. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Susan | 1/23/2013

    " I read this only because of the hope I had that it would be a great pirate story. What a disappointment! It was so predictable I actually wondered if I had read it before!! Great cover though! Love the ship;) "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sjancourtz | 1/15/2013

    " A surprisingly well-written bodice ripper. Cruel sultans, lustful lords, flashing scimitars, true love, treachery and honor, the true king vs. the usurper, sailing ships and spitting camels. Beautiful, almost lyrical descriptions of Ireland, the sea, the desert. Totally fun and engrossing! "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Eric | 12/30/2012

    " Anachronistic and highly inplausable. I was unable to finish it. "

About the Author

Paul Reid is an award-winning journalist and a former feature writer for Cox Newspapers. In late 2003 his friend, William Manchester, in failing health, asked him to complete The Last Lion: Defender of the Realm. He lives in North Carolina.

About the Narrator

Sarah Coomes trained at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in London and spent three blissful years there, learning how to cry, speak Shakespeare, and stage fight like a tiger. She is a comedienne and an actress, appearing in numerous television shows in England, including a recurring role as Nurse Leonard in the popular series EastEnders. She won the 2008 Westminster Prize for her play Hookie and an AudioFile Earphones Award for her narration of The Unforgotten Coat by Frank Cottrell Boyce in 2011.