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Irish and Napoleonic Historical Novels — In 2006 Mark Bois fulfilled a longtime ambition and returned to school to earn a master’s degree in history. His Irish ancestry and a fascination with military history prompted him to write his thesis on the Inniskilling Regiment and their bloody stand atop the ridge at Waterloo. Amongst the dusty rosters and letters in the British National Archives, and then in the artifacts and records of the Inniskilling Regimental Museum, he found what he needed to write his thesis. He also discovered the fascinating personal stories that inspired The Lockwoods of Clonakilty.
As a happily married man and the father of five, Bois believes that it’s important to share the stories not only of soldiers, but also of those who wait for them to come home. He writes of the burdens they bear alone, and together.
The Lockwoods of Clonakilty
Bearing wounds from the Battle of Waterloo, Lieutenant James Lockwood returns to Ireland seeking the refuge of home, his wife, and their five children. But the joy of their reunion is short-lived. As an Anglo-Irish family they find themselves caught in the sectarian strife that plagues their country. And they continue to be haunted by a twisted madman, Captain Charles Barr of the regiment, who possesses knowledge of a secret that could ruin them. As Barr’s sanity slips away, he betrays the Lockwoods, and James is ordered to leave Ireland. Before sailing for India, the Lockwoods allow their daughter Cissy to remain at home to care for their dying housekeeper. Cissy soon discovers that she is being stalked by a man who intends her great harm. She is determined to face the threat—but has few allies she can count on. Set against the sweeping backdrop of foreign wars and a country violently divided against itself, The Lockwoods of Clonakilty tells the story of a family that must rely on cunning, courage, and—above all—love in order to survive.
“Bois has accomplished a rare feat, in having written a sequel better than the first book. He demonstrates his attention to detail and meticulous research that we, the readers, have come to take for granted. He is a true storyteller, making you feel as if you are part of the story. You will devour this book faster than his first, and have you begging for a third. Bois proves he is here to stay.” Brad Luebbert, Colonel, US Army
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