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Saint Patrick's Battalion - A Novel

James Alexander Thom

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Description:

A stirring fictional account of the amazing real-life story of John Riley, an Irishman who led his men to desert the American military during the Mexican-American War, as seen through the eyes of two memorable narrators. It is June 1845, and Paddy Quinn is a camp boy for the American army-which, by order of President Polk, is bound for Mexico. A young man with journalistic aspirations, Paddy writes letters for illiterate soldiers and learns that, like him, many are Irish, including the enigmatic John Riley. Riley rattles camp hierarchy when he rails against the brutal treatment of Irish soldiers, but he soon goes further, sneaking away at night to switch sides. Riley is not alone. Fed up with mistreatment and drawn by a Catholic bond, Irish, German, and other soldiers join Mexico. Led by Riley, a corps of Irishman called the San Patricios-in English, St. Patrick's Battalion-fights for the enemy in the war's major campaigns. But when they are captured, their resolve is tested in the extreme-as are Paddy's loyalties, to his country and to the man he most admires. Alternating between Paddy's account and that of Augustin Juvero, a Mexican soldier, nationally bestselling author James Alexander Thom constructs an enlightening novel about war, duty, and loyalty, and draws intriguing parallels to our current conflict in Iraq in his most powerful and relevant novel since Follow the River.

Language:

English

Narrators:

William Dufris

Length:

10h 35m


Chapters

Free Sample

05:00

Introduction
Introduction

10:42


Part 1, Chapter 1
Part 1, Chapter 1

42:44


Part 1, Chapter 2
Part 1, Chapter 2

18:11


Part 1, Chapter 3
Part 1, Chapter 3

15:51


Part 1, Chapter 4
Part 1, Chapter 4

31:55


Part 1, Chapter 5
Part 1, Chapter 5

05:04


Part 1, Chapter 6
Part 1, Chapter 6

10:25


Part 1, Chapter 7
Part 1, Chapter 7

33:20


Part 1, Chapter 8
Part 1, Chapter 8

20:52


Part 1, Chapter 9
Part 1, Chapter 9

46:35


Part 1, Chapter 10
Part 1, Chapter 10

25:15


Part 1, Chapter 11
Part 1, Chapter 11

31:03


Part 1, Chapter 12
Part 1, Chapter 12

17:40


Part 1, Chapter 13
Part 1, Chapter 13

18:06


Part 1, Chapter 14
Part 1, Chapter 14

51:31


Part 1, Chapter 15
Part 1, Chapter 15

10:14


Part 1, Chapter 16
Part 1, Chapter 16

09:37


Part 1, Chapter 17
Part 1, Chapter 17

04:34


Part 2, Chapter 18
Part 2, Chapter 18

44:17


Part 2, Chapter 19
Part 2, Chapter 19

17:16


Part 2, Chapter 20
Part 2, Chapter 20

37:01


Part 2, Chapter 21
Part 2, Chapter 21

32:25


Part 2, Chapter 22
Part 2, Chapter 22

01:26:05


Part 2, Chapter 23
Part 2, Chapter 23

14:51