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In the Irish Brigade

G. A. Henty

Book Overview: 

In this adventure story by the novelist and war correspondent, G.A. Henty, Desmond Kennedy, a young Irishman flees political oppression and religious persecution at home to serve in the French armies of Louis XIV. We join Desmond and his loyal companions as, captured in Scotland during the attempted Stuart Restoration of 1715, they engineer a daring prison escape. There are adventures in Spain and the harrowing events of the battle of Oudenard. Returning home, our hero must discover his true identity if he is ever to resume his rightful place in his native land.

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .I and my men will not intrude. Our duty is solely to see that you do not escape, which indeed would be an impossibility for you, seeing that the wall that surrounds the garden is well-nigh fifteen feet high, and the gate barred and locked, and the key thereof in my pocket.'

"He called, and the old woman whom you brought here with Anne entered, and bid her ascend to the room that had been prepared for her.

"In that respect, she had nothing to complain of. Of course, you did not notice it, as you had other things to think of, but it was handsomely furnished. There was a bed in an alcove, some flowers on the table, some books, and even a harpsichord--evidently it was intended that her imprisonment should be made as light as might be.

"Looking from the window, Anne saw that the room was at the back of the house, and had probably been chosen because some trees shut the window off from view of anyone beyond the wall. The next day, the old woman announced. . . Read More

Community Reviews

I read this to my brother; just like the others there were fun parts and...parts we skipped. My brother liked the name Desmond Kennedy quite a bit more than Gerald O'Connor (spoiler), but he liked the plot twist.

A simple little collection of tales about young Irishman Desmond Kennedy and his adventures during wartime in the early rein of William and Anne, where rebels to the English crown fought with the French to place the young James Stuart on the English throne lost by James II.

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