Saturday, March 31

Book Review: Shannon

Title: Shannon

Author: Frank Delaney

Pages: 398

Summary:  In the summer of 1922, Robert Shannon, a Marine chaplain and a young American hero of the Great War, lands in Ireland. He still suffers from shell shock, and his mentor hopes that a journey Robert has always wanted to make - to find his family’s roots along the banks of the River Shannon - will restore his equilibrium and is vocation. But there is more to the story: On the return from the war, Robert witnesses startling corruption in the Archdiocese of Boston. He has been sent to Ireland to secure his silence = permanently. As Robert faces the dangers of a strife-torn Ireland roiling in a civil war, the nation’s myth and people, its beliefs and traditions, unfurl healingly before him. And the River Shannon gives comfort to the young man who is inspired by the words of his mentor “Find your soul and you’ll live.”

My Rating: 7.75/10

What I liked/disliked about the book: The writing quality and storytelling were wonderful. As was the characters and characterization, but I found some aspects of the plot to not mesh into the story as well as I would have liked.

As with previous works I've read by the author, the quality in the writing and telling the story were top notch. The author takes care in writing the story, writing a very detailed and is able to bring the reader to the heart of the story. He has a wonderful ability to paint a picture of the lands of Ireland and it's people beautifully, it's almost like being there in the flesh.

He also had a cast of incredible characters, some eccentric, others tying to live their lives, but a lot of them leave an impression on the reader, even after they leave the pages. One of the things I like best about the author is how much he puts into his characters, which creates some very interesting and fleshed out characters.

I also found that details of the plot and all of its strings were written and  handle very well. I may not have like some aspects of the plot, I would have preferred the corruption with the Archbishop wasn't part of the book - I enjoyed the other aspects, the journey, recovering, finding one's self again, but that part just didn't seem to fit in to the story as well as I would have liked.

In the end I enjoyed the book, but I do prefer his other works over this one.

Would I recommend it to read: Although the actual story wasn't something that gripped me, everything else about it makes it well worth reading.

What to read next:  Other works by Delaney (Ireland, Tipperary), Paco's Story


  1. Even though you didn't like this one as much as Delaney's other books, it still sounds really good. I saw this book in the used book store awhile back and I'm kicking myself that I didn't snap it up!

    1. It was really food, and it's a great choice for the War Through the Generations Challenge. It goes through a lot of character exploration on a shell shocked solider. :) I hope you find it again.

  2. Delaney is my uncle's favorite author, and I think he has read all of his books. I, on the other hand, have only read one, so I need to catch up! It sounds like you had a mixed experience with this one, so I might start somewhere else, but I do appreciate your candid and thoughtful review!

    1. I did have mix feelings about this one - I do prefer Ireland and Tipperary they were fantastic read. And a good choice to start for the author (Ireland more so than Tipperary). I hope you get a chance to read more by the author soon.

  3. It's too bad this isn't as good as some of his others, but a "not his best" book by Delaney is still going to be mostly fantastic! I have this one on my list to read this year. I loved Ireland and Tipperary - and The Last Storyteller was simply amazing. I've added a link to this review on the main challenge page. As always, thanks for reading along with the challenge!

    1. Exactly, even though it was not his best, it was still mostly fantastic. I haven't read the Last Storyteller yet, but I will very soon.