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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (523 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Frank Delaney Narrator: Frank Delaney Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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In the summer of 1922, Robert Shannon, a young American hero of the Great War, lands in Ireland. A Marine chaplain, he was present at the frightful Battle of Belleau Wood, and he still suffers from shell shock. His mentor hopes that a journey Robert had always wanted to make to find his family roots will restore his equilibrium and his vocation. But there is more to the story: on his return from the war, Robert Shannon witnessed startling and lethal corruption in the Archdiocese of Boston. As a consequence, he has also been sent to Ireland to secure his silence permanently.

At dawn one morning, Robert steps ashore from a freighter in the river’s estuary and is thrust headlong into the maelstrom of Irish politics, with the country now roiling from the civil war that followed the 1921 Treaty with Britain. While Robert faces the dangers of a strife-torn nation and is pursued by the venom of true evil, Ireland’s myths and people, its beliefs and traditions, its humor and wit unfurl healingly before his feet every step of the way.

Shannon is a timeless and unforgettable account of salvation, belief, duty, and the healing power of discovering one’s roots.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “A rousing tale of forbidden love, civil war, horrible death, and other things Irish…A fine adventure in storytelling…[and] a well-crafted, satisfying work of historical fiction, as are all of Delaney’s novels; respectful of the facts while not cowed by them, and full of life.”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • “A tale of personal healing and spiritual redemption against the Irish Civil war…Delaney takes great pains to evoke not only the physical but spiritual beauty of the land and people along the River Shannon. He provides incredibly researched details about not only the geological nature of a river winding its way to the sea but the mystical effect this simple body of water has had on its residents for millennia [and] provides timely insights about the raw, damaged output of war and the far-reaching impact it can have…This book is almost impossible to put down and provides a very satisfying, and maybe even surprising, conclusion to all the different storylines.”

    Midwest Irish Focus

  • “Thoughtful, spiritual though not overbearing, and rounded out with a nice vein of intrigue.”

    Publishers Weekly

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Karen | 2/18/2014

    " I have read several of Delaney's books and this is the best so far. The search for ancestral and personal roots, and the healing that came from that, made for a compelling story. Plus the hero's journey along the Shannon brought back fond memories of a vacation in southwestern Ireland. Highly recommended. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Emily | 2/8/2014

    " Enjoyed book. Shows us what PTSD looks like and how people during WWI dealth with it. Very interesting "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Terye | 2/4/2014

    " I listened to this on a CD and it was brilliant. The story is a mysterious tale of what happened to an Irish American priest after his return from WWI, with the evidence of shell shock. I highly recommend listening to the story. The author reads the story and he is a delight. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Suzie | 1/26/2014

    " Frank Delaney is a great story teller. This novel is about an American priest who suffers from shell-shock after serving as a chaplin in France during WWI. To help Father Robert Shannon recover from the atrocities of war, he travels to Ireland in search of his roots along the river Shannon. "

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