Tue, Dec

Molly Malone and the San Patricios by Michael Hogan

historical fiction

Hungry, homeless and in trouble with the law after fleeing slow death from the Irish Famine, Kevin Dillon enlists in the American Army. When he discovers that the “Army of Observation” in Texas is poised for the invasion of a peaceful Catholic country, Kevin and his friends slip across the Rio Bravo at night. There they join John Riley of the St. Patrick’s’ (San Patricio) Battalion and fight on the Mexican side.

The last of the recruits, a golden-eyed street dog dubbed Molly Malone, proves to be a warrior of unquestioned loyalty and courage.

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She follows Kevin and the Irishmen through the deadliest of battles, even to the gallows where 85 of them are hanged. Praised by critics for its characterization and by the Mexican military for the accuracy of battle descriptions, Michael Hogan’s remarkable recreation bring the history of the era alive with all its violence and sex, contradictions and ideals. WINNER OF THE OJO DEL LAGO FICTION AWARD

About the Author
Michael Hogan Michael Hogan is the author of 27 books, including the best-selling Irish Soldiers of Mexico and which has been the basis of an MGM movie and three documentaries. He is Emeritus Humanities Chair at the American School Foundation of Guadalajara, and a former professor of International Relations at the Autonomous University of Guadalajara.  He is a member of the Organization of American Historians, the International Association of Military History, and the Society of Geography and Statistics in Mexico. Dr. Hogan is a second-generation Irish American with roots in both County Kerry and County Clare and has worked extensively in Ireland with the Mexican Embassy promoting Irish Mexican solidarity and shared traditions.