Wolves of Eden

Wolves of Eden

A Novel

Book - 2018
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"A saga of loyalty and survival in the vast, severe American West. Irish immigrant brothers Michael and Thomas O'Driscoll have returned from the brutal front lines of the Civil War. Unable to adapt to life as farm laborers, they reenlist in the army and are thrown into ferocious combat with Red Cloud's coalition of Indian tribes in the heart of Montana's Powder River Valley. Thomas finds love amidst the daily carnage--which leads to a moment of violence that will change the brothers' lives forever. Meanwhile, following a double murder in an illicit brothel, Lieutenant Martin Molloy sets off to track down the killers. As he journeys to a remote outpost, he meets Irish nationalist rebels and anti-immigrant nativists who prove to be violently opposed to his investigations. Wolves of Eden blends intimate historical detail and emotional acuity in a haunting narrative that explores timeless themes of morality, the resilience of the human spirit, and the injustice implicit in warfare"-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York : W. W. Norton & Company, [2018]
Edition: First edition
Copyright Date: ©2018
ISBN: 9780393652048
Branch Call Number: WES MCCA
Characteristics: 352 pages : map ; 25 cm


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Jul 28, 2019

The blanked out words at first left me wondering but as I read this fascinating piece of historical fiction, I realized this format made it realistic to the time and place it was written about...without offending the reader. Post Civil War and Wonderful. The book flows in a diary format. An Irish Immigrant, (Post) Civil War Soldier writes to his Civil War Commanding Officer as they cross paths on the Western Plains. Much of the story takes place at a fort near the Big Horn Mountains which will make it even more realistic to you if you have visited the area.

Jan 27, 2019

This western detective novel threads together three basic themes: the impact of the civil war on the combatants, integration of Irish immigrants into American society, and the American drive to for unfettered access to the west. A lieutenant, sergeant, and private are given orders to find and apprehend a murderer of the civilian owner and operators of a tavern, brothel, and goods store just outside Ft Phil Kearny in northeastern Wyoming. This is a well told story with chapters alternating between the protagonist in the present, and the antagonist in the past. This device is effective in building up the tension to the end where present and past threads meet.

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