The story - both romantic and terrifying - of how a handful of men, armed with nothing more than handguns and guts, forced the greatest nation in the world from their shores.
On Easter Monday, April 24, 1916, the first great revolution of the twentieth century began as working-class men and women occupied buildings throughout Dublin, Ireland, including the general post office on O’Connell Street. Among the commoners in the GPO was a young staff captain of the Irish Volunteers named Michael Collins. He was joined a day later by a fourteen-year-old messenger boy, Eoin Kavanagh. Four days later they would all surrender, but they had struck the match that would burn Great Britain out of Ireland for the first time in seven hundred years.
The 13th Apostle is the reimagined story of how Michael Collins, along with his young acolyte Eoin, transformed Ireland from a colony into a nation. Collins’s secret weapon was his intelligence system and his assassination squad, nicknamed “The Twelve Apostles.” On November 21, 1920, the squad - with its thirteenth member, young Eoin - assassinated the entire British Secret Service in Dublin. Twelve months and sixteen days later, Collins signed the Treaty at 10 Downing Street, which brought into being what is, today, the Republic of Ireland.
An epic novel in the tradition of Thomas Flanagan’s The Year of the French and Leon Uris’s Trinity, The 13th Apostle is a story that will capture the imagination and hearts of freedom-loving readers everywhere.
©2014 Dermot McEvoy (P)2014 Audible Inc.
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"entertaining and informative"
The story is fun and engaging. It also describes a very interesting period in Irish history. The narrator does an excellent job.
"Enjoyed the history, not the bad sex"
Great view into the "everyday rebel" in 1916-1922
Michael Collins-great personification of a historical figure, showed strengths, flaws and difficult choices before the young revolutionary
Great Irish Accent. had a good distinction between characters
Man enough to admit I was fighting tears at the death of Mic Collins even though I very well knew it was coming
Really enjoyed the book, agree with other reviewers that the modern-day story was completely and entirely unnecessary. The author also has no experience or reason to describe sex...my 14 year old self could have done a better job on those parts. I recommend skipping as many "sex" scenes as possible.
"Let me know when it's 1919 again"
As other reviewers mentioned, the historical element of the book (which is happily the vast majority of it) is great--exciting, accurate as far as I could tell, and with interesting personalities. But I found Johnny and Diane, our modern day narrators, to be insufferable--when not making bizarre non-sequitur sexual innuendos, they're over-explaining what was just read as if it were a Wishbone episode, with inane questions from Diane and smug responses from Johnny.
However, the historical narrative is compelling enough and the reader is engaging enough that I did like it, overall. I knew very little about Ireland's journey from rising to civil war before, and now I feel as if I had been there, which is in the end all I want from a historical fiction novel!
"A Must read"
With this narrator definitely.
If you're interested in Michael Collins and the uprising, this is the book to read.
"Fabulous historical fiction!"
What a great way to learn history. McEvoy takes you through the twists and turns of the turbulent birth of a nation with ease, strong personalization and rich historical details. It's a long 'read/listen' but well worth immersing yourself in to live history through the lives of those who made it. Young Owen may be the fictitious springboard but he lives along side the reader making you feel as if you are a brother/sister in arms.
"One of the best historical novels I've read.!"
A novel filled with historical accuracy and a wonderful story line. A novel I will highly recommend to my friends.
"Almost did not buy this book but glad I did"
Could have left out the whole Grandson Johnny sections. Did not add to the story but distracting and ruined the flow of the story. Felt like I was there running through the streets of Dublin with Michael Collins.
An in depth imaginative look at a mythical figure, as well as an emotional and thoughtful view of the average persons trials during a horrific time.
"Terrific Historical Fiction"
Learning about the Irish Revolution in more detail. Yes, it's historical fiction but the characters and events are very real.
The death of Michael Collins
No particular scene was my favorite, but I particularly liked the maturation of Eoin Kavanaugh
There's not a lot to laugh about, but there is a lot to cry about when it comes to Ireland
Arguably the best I've listened to in years!
"Thoroughly entertaining and sad history lesson."
The painful birth of the Irish nation, seen through the eyes of Michael Collins' loyal friend and bodyguard. Adds some perspective to a history that until now has been very confusing.
"1916- 2016 a rare story"
Loved it, "a drink is as good as a payer".
An excellent insight into a tumultuous period in history.
A lot of the 1916 story I found interesting but I couldn't stand the modern narrative between the grandson and his wife, it really distracted from the story.
"Story of a true Irish man."
Fantastic representation of a true Irish hero and his friend and mentor. Great tale of Irish history.
this is an awful story, all this book is, is an Americans wet dream of what it was like to live in revolutionary Ireland. it's full of rubbish about Irish culture and life that is insulting to the entire history of Ireland. also the michael Collins portrayal is God like, the man was a good man but he wasn't a bloody saint! all in all this book is full of rubbish and inaccuracy, and incredibly badly written.
Yes, its absorbing, fascinating insight into Irish politics between 1916 and 1922. Whilst it is partly fictional account of a number of characters , I believe the story line is quite accurate to the events of that time, an insight into Eamonn de Valera and Michael Collins and the reason for the Civil War
Michael Collins wit
Told a Historical event through a partly fictional novel.
They already have ..
"Definitely Worth a read "
As a lover of all aspects of Irish history I fully enjoyed this book. It's story is well told and thoroughly enjoyable. I also shed a tear when "The Big Fella" died. Although I found the parts set in the present day to be a bit too focused on sex. I just wanted to get back to the historical aspect of the book.
But overall I would recommend this book to anyone who has an interest in the Easter Rising, the war of Independence and the civil War in Ireland. Michael Collins remains my hero as he does thousands of other people and this book did him justice.
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