What others are saying about Consumed In Freedom's Flame...

“As a rule I mistrust historical novels set in the Irish ‘Troubles’, as they tend to confuse issues of the recent past and the palpitating present, but I do like enormously this new book, Consumed in Freedom’s Flame, due to its style, attitude and ultimate purpose…” —Rev. Patrick J. Twohig, P.P., historian & author of Green Tears for Hecuba: Ireland’s Fight For Freedom, among others (Churchtown, Ireland)

“This engrossing novel, full of vivid scenes, pulls the reader into the mind-set and heart-set of the wholly committed radical. Writer Cathal Liam’s years of scholarly rambles in Dublin have produced his hero who is at one with the cause of Pearse, Connolly and Collins.” —Kevin Donleavy, historian & author of The Ballycarry Exile & Past Fellow at the Virginia Foundation for the Humanities (Charlottesville, VA)

“The hero of Consumed In Freedom’s Flame, Aran Roe O’Neill, embodies all the energies and enthusiasm of Ireland’s heroes and strives in the pages of this story to fulfill their cherished dreams.” —Turlough Breathnach, supervisor & guide, St.Enda’s-Pearse Museum (Dublin, Ireland)

“Cathal Liam has captured the patriotic idealism that inspired a generation of brave young Irishmen to sacrifice their lives for freedom.” —Jim Cooney, teacher & book dealer (Macroom, Ireland)

“Guided by massive research here is a huge effort to flesh out all of the major historical characters of the period as glimpsed through the enthusiastic eyes of the fictional hero Aran Roe O’Neill.” —Books Ireland (Dublin, Ireland), September, 2001

“NOVEL MIXES IRISH HISTORY, ROMANCE...[Cathal] Liam, using the endless dramatis personae on both sides of the Atlantic, molds the young [Aran Roe] O’Neill into a mature and resolute figure by novel’s end, dedicated to the cause of independence and primed for an obvious sequel to this first installment.” —The Vindicator (Youngstown, OH), 1 July 2001

“POET’S READABLE NOVEL EXAMINES IRISH HISTORY...The reader views five tumultuous years through the eyes of the fictional Aran Roe O’Neill, an associate of the [1916] rebellion’s very nonfictional leader, Patrick Henry Pearse.” —Chattanooga Times Free Press (Chattanooga, TN), 8 July 2001

“NOVEL SHOWCASES IRELAND’S STRUGGLE FOR FREEDOM... Poet Cathal Liam has entered the ranks of historical fictioneers who seek both the truth, and to tell an interesting tale, by weaving imagination with carefully researched fact in this, his debut novel.” —Green Bay Press-Gazette (Green Bay, WI), 1 July 2001

“NOVEL BLENDS IRISH HISTORY WITH FICTION...While [Cathal] Liam reveals his Irish allegiance, he avoids partisanship through a stronger desire to explain the origins of the [1916] uprising through [fictional character Aran] O’Neill. In that spirit, he provides a readable novel that is an impressive attempt to hold essential truths in living memory.” —The Sunday Oklahoman (Oklahoma City, OK), 16 September 2001

“...a solid book to read if it’s your first fact/fiction novel on the events of 1916-1921.” —Irish America (New York, NY), Feb/Mar, 2001

“The conflicts of Ireland are sometimes dubbed simply ‘the troubles.’ Liam wanted to fill in [their] how’s and why’s... In Consumed In Freedom’s Flame [Cathal Liam] follows Aran Roe O’Neill, an Irish rebel, through turbulent times. Only seventeen, [Aran] lies about his age to join the Irish Volunteers. A naive country boy in the beginning, he is passionate and optimistic about freeing Ireland from British control. [As] Aran’s path crosses with many noted rebels, from the idealistic Patrick Henry Pearse to the more pragmatic Michael Collins...Aran’s own ideas mature. [The book] ...brings history to life...” —Rebecca Lomax, Cincinnati CityBeat (Cincinnati, OH), 30 November 2000

"Consumed In Freedom's Flame: A Novel Of Ireland's Struggle For Freedom 1916-1921 by Cathal Liam is a powerful and provocative work of historical fiction. Written from an Irish point of view, it encompasses rebellion against injustice and the inward-turning flames of slow destruction. Consumed In Freedom's Flame is profound and irresistible reading." Reviewer's Bookwatch, Midwest Book Review (Oregon, WI), February, 2001

"In his novel, Liam explores the saga of Ireland's quest for independence through the story of seventeen-year-old Aran Roe O'Neill. Inspired by the teaching of Patrick Pearse, Aran decides to participate in the struggle to break free from England. He and his friends are swept up in the 1916 Easter Uprising and the ensuing "war for independence" that rages from 1919 to 1921. Fact and fiction are adroitly interwoven in this fast-pased, entertaining novel." The Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County (Cincinnati, OH)

"Mingling real and fictitious characters within a documented historical period, particularly one as contentious and relatively recent as the Irish War of Independence, is never an easy undertaking but Liam handles the task with aplomb. His considerable skills as a writer keep the novel moving at a griping pace and his descriptions of the era and actual events are inspired enough to bring them back to life in the reader's mind." Joe Kavanagh, Irish Connections (New York, NY), Summer (Vol. 3/No.2), 2002

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