This is immersive, transporting reading with an authentic period voice for a perfect Irish Summer destination.
An Irish family struggles to keep their sheep farm, beginning with The Red Gate, set in Co. Mayo in 1911 and continuing with The Gatekeepers, ten years later, at the beginning of the Irish Civil War.
When Finn brings up a hand full of mud after falling into a pasture sinkhole, their peaceful lives begin to unravel. Inside is a cannily worked antique bronze bead. It leads them to discover an ancient hall and its legacy hidden below their sheep.
Inside are secrets their family has been charged with preserving and protecting for more than a thousand years. Their legacy holds them to the land and despite the odds, they endure and prosper, finding new strengths and unexpected alliances. Lucky for them, ancient Pre-Celtic Earth-Magic abounds throughout, but no wizards or dragons.
This is a special Kindle bundle combining brand new editions of the first two books of the series into one volume at a very special price.
48 BCE: While Rome’s cruel cohorts set the torch to Alexandria’s quays and trading vessels, a thoroughly unexpected group of conspirators; a wizened astronomer, a young librarian, an sand-blown camel driver and a scribe, creep out of the city with a priceless hoard of ancient knowledge.
They believe their mission is to save the secrets hidden within for the future and mankind’s ultimate salvation.
But what do they actually know of the objects in their care?
What neither of the younger conspirators knows yet, is that they are part of a plan already in motion involving deceit, sleight of hand and distraction.
They are serving unknown masters and the star-gazer leading them onward has little light to shed on the coming voyage across the sea or their ultimate destination.
Gifts lie waiting aboard their first galley bound North, that will change them forever.
Whether the truth of their conspiracy will be revealed, remains to be seen.
A thought-provoking story in a scifi setting. Forty-two teachers, scientists, engineers and their children, have just completed a twelve year deep-space journey to escape the war and drought ravaged Earth. A carefully selected band of hardened survivors, they are to be colonists on the planet Nakis. Lying at the edge of the galaxy, it’s a new world that they hope will let them build a safe life together. Unfortunately, within two days, their ship, all their supplies, tools and technology are destroyed in an unforeseen melt-down of the crystalline core of their laser-driven vehicle.
Scrambling up to take shelter in a rough cave above the valley floor, those watching the melt-down find that survival will mean resurrecting the ancient technology and forgotten skills of their Paleolithic ancestors. If dodging the lurking predators isn’t hard enough, soon they discover the uninhabited planet they are marooned on, isn’t exactly uninhabited. Nakis has not provided the home they had willingly traded their old lives for. They have been reduced to foraging for subsistence. No strength, no defenses and now: powerful, potential enemies waiting in the darkness.
If lasting peace with the native humanoid species eventually comes, it will not be without incidents that try their empathic hosts’ patience. Rigid, bunker-mentality and religious stubbornness prevails among many of the original mission founders and a growing anger emerges that may doom the human colony. But a breakthrough cooperative experience binds them all together in a completely unexpected way from a source no one considered. Will this illuminate their path to finally finding the home they had hoped for, or will it drive a deeper and darker wedge between them and the Naku?