||M.J. Croan/Create Space
||Nov 21, 2009
Right Hand Up To God
SUSPENSE/THRILLER Alone in the Everglades, Lori promises her dying mother she will care for her newborn brother, Michael. Over the months and years that follow she will strive to keep her promise. But Lori has another brother Sean she never knew about. An IRA terrorist. Only with Sean’s help can she save Michaels life. But at what price?
“RIGHT HAND UP TO GOD” (351 pages)
Lori is only ten years old when she and her heavily pregnant mother flee an abusive husband and father.
Alone in the Everglades, Lori promises her dying mother she will care for her newborn brother, Michael. Over the months and years that follow she will strive to keep her promise. Not even being unwittingly caught up in a drug smuggling ring between Cuba and London, or the love of two brothers at the same time, will distract her from the promise she gave to her mother alongside a steaming Fakahatchee swamp.
Born into the violence and chaos of Northern Ireland, and after the fatal shooting of his sister Kelly by a British paratrooper, a teenaged Shaun O’Brien is recruited by the Irish Republican Army. Under the expert tutelage of Hugh Devlin, a veteran terrorist, Shaun will excel in his ability to spread death and destruction. Returning from intense insurgency training in the middle east, his talent for organization will bring together rogue governments and terrorist groups from all over the northern hemisphere. While proliferating his destructive creed, Shaun will cross paths with both Lori and Michael, but neither will be aware of their true kinship. Pursued by The Royal Ulster Constabulary in the form of Inspector Pete Doyle, the two men will eventually come face to face in a confrontation that only one can survive.
After leaving Lori in Queensland, Australia, Michael, searching for a cause to champion, travels to Santiago, Chile, where he meets, and falls deeply in love with, Rosa, a fourteen-year-old shanty dweller. The two teenagers, after pledging themselves to each other before the Madonna on San Cristobal Hill, are caught up in an anti government rally. Unable to save Rosa’s life, Michael returns to Florida, grief stricken and consumed by guilt. He takes solace in his faith, and after ordination as a Roman Catholic priest, his first posting is to Belfast, Northern Ireland.
Charged with membership of the I.R.A., Michael is incarcerated in the notorious Maze prison alongside Ireland’s most desperate terrorists. After the widely publicized, martyred death of Bobby Sands, Michael becomes a willing participant in the hunger strikes.
For the love of her brother, and to keep faith with the promise she made to their mother, Lori solicits the help of the I.R.A. to free Michael. The one man that can help her is Shaun O’Brien, but the price of his help is to kidnap a prominent Protestant church leader and hold the British Government to ransom. Michael is dying! Will the plan work, and will it work in time to save Michaels life?
The story culminates in Geneva Switzerland, but will Lori, Michael, and Shaun ever find out that they are, in fact, siblings?
Official Apex Reviews Rating:*****
Making a solemn promise to her dying mother, Lori swears to protect her
newborn brother, Michael – vowing to preserve his safety and well being in the
face of any and all danger...meanwhile, thousands of miles away in Ireland, Lori’s
half-brother, Shaun – forever traumatized by the violent death of his sister – joins
the IRA as a means of exacting the personal vengeance he desperately
seeks...when Michael is wrongfully imprisoned, Lori solicits the help of the IRA to
free him, which ultimately leads her to cross paths with Shaun – but will she be
able to survive the twisted web of terror and mayhem that ensues...?
With more than its fair share of drama and suspense, Right Hand Up To
God is a fast-paced, all-engrossing read. In masterful fashion, author M.J. Croan
weaves a host of intriguing plots and subplots into a seamless tapestry of intense
action and tantalizing mystery. Also, Croan’s considerable geopolitical expertise
shines through, further bolstering his compelling tale by lending it a touch of
genuine authenticity that ultimately draws the reader in even more to his vivid
descriptions of various cultures and locales.
Expertly crafted, Right Hand Up To God is a powerful, nonstop suspense
thriller sure to leave readers wanting more. Be on the lookout for future instant
classics from this highly talented purveyor of tales of international intrigue.
By Ann B. Keller/Cold Coffee.
An incredible read! I'm still reeling. Once I picked up this book, I couldn't put it down. What began as a horrific birth in the untamed Florida Everglades leads ten-year-old Lori and her baby brother, Michael, to the decrepit houseboat of Casey and Christy MacGowan, their only familial refuge in a storm of pain and regret. Father Fitzpatrick attempts to guide and counsel the youngsters, but Lori is too pretty to remain unnoticed for long. Soon, her young body draws the eyes of even her uncle, but Lori ensures that Casey's brutal assault doesn't remain unanswered. Casey's unexpected death leaves the local authorities with too many questions and Lori is shipped off to a convent to mend her ways.
Far away in Belfast, Lori's half brother, Shaun O'Brien, lies gasping beneath his sister's bullet-riddled body. Kelly's death so angers Shaun that he is ripe pickings for Hugh Devlin, an old school I.R.A. man. Little by little, Shaun learns from terrorism's best and his life runs a path of death and destruction, eventually drawing the attention of anti-terrorist officer Peter Doyle.
Meanwhile, Lori finds some happiness beneath the Florida sun in the company of Bruce and Roy, two rich brothers from Australia who seem determined to enjoy life in all of its facets. Unfortunately, a storm casts their luxury yacht into the world of Vigo Tortosa, a drug dealing entrepreneur who will stop at nothing to keep his illegal operation beneath the eyes of the law. In a cruel twist of fate, Shaun is sent to eliminate Lori and Bruce, but something stops him. Lori's face seems achingly familiar.
Lori and her new husband, Bruce MacDonald, find a new life on his father's Australian cattle ranch and Lori is ecstatic when her brother Michael joins them on the station. Michael, however, feels a higher calling and soon joins the seminary, eventually becoming a Roman Catholic priest. His first assignment: Belfast.
In a swirling vortex of violence, Shaun seeks out Peter Doyle, a man who stands for all he is against. Unfortunately, Shaun is wounded in the crossfire and stumbles into a nearby church, coming face to face with the new Father Michael. Aiding and abetting a known fugitive does not sit well with the local authorities and Father Michael is imprisoned in Maize Prison, one of the most horrific and degrading places on Earth.
Lori plays a dangerous game as she tries to free her brother, Michael, calling upon past favors and playing one dangerous player against another. Can one woman triumph against the odds as the growing web of terror closes around her? Or will Michael, like Christ, allow himself to be nailed upon the cross of power so that others might live? Right Hand Up to God will find the reader frantically turning the pages as a tsunami of excitement and intrigue, desperation and terror race headlong toward the tumultuous conclusion.
Linda Johnson "Linda Barnett-Johnson"#
Great Suspense with Twist and Turns., April 30, 2010
Right Hand Up To God, No More Will Die by M.J. Croan
SUSPENSE/THRILLER Alone in the Everglades, Lori promises her dying mother she will care for her newborn brother, Michael. Over the months and years that follow she will strive to keep her promise.
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PRLog (Press Release) Right Hand Up To God, No More Will Die is a fascinating account of a young girl, Lori, living in the squalor of life in the Everglades, raising her newborn brother, to clear across the world to Shaun O’Brien, born into the bloodshed and bedlam of Northern Ireland. If you like to travel from country to continent, with plots that twist and turn and characters that you grow to love and fight for, then this is the book for you.
The book grabs you from the beginning and won’t let you rest. Lori has to raise a newborn, at the age of ten and fight off the drunken bouts and the unfortunate attack on her young body. What happens next is… well; you’ll have to buy the book. I don’t want to give away the secrets of this suspenseful story. It will hold your attention until the very end.
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