Size: 6 x 9
Riveting war scenes, raucous humor, and suspense combine in this emotionally devastating novel. Moving back and forth through time, this story's dramatic centerpiece is set during World War I, when Sean Devaney first encounters death and devastation. He falls in love with Lynn, a beautiful Red Cross nurse, who seems destined to become his bride. Tragedy intervenes and prevents the marriage, and Sean is plunged into a downward spiral of revenge that will eventually destroy him and all those who cross his path. Death Poem follows Sean into the Depression and Prohibition, and concludes when he is elderly and contemplating suicide. Passionate romances, heart-thumping mystery, and interwoven religion combine to make this a seductively compelling, darkly mystical novel.
I never forgot the one theme Dad repeated so often: "Sean, there is no substitute for character. The difference between people is rarely ever directly relational to their talent. The achievers of this world persevere and just don't know the meaning of quit. They understand the price that it takes to succeed, and they go out and pay that fiddler."
I jammed my rifle barrel into the slot and fired bursts until I'd emptied two clips. I kicked in the bunker door and peered inside. Pimple-faced boys and old men lay sprawled in every contortion. I experienced no emotion other than fury that there wasn't at least one survivor to bayonet. I didn't bother to assess the damage, screaming, "You sons of bitches! Kill me! Kill me!"
Bio: SNEEM KINSDALE offers this book as a tribute to his mother-in-law, who encouraged him to write shortly before her death as a result of a drunken driver.