Alternating from contemporary to Dark Ages Ireland and back, Clonmac’s Bridge explores the nature of discovery, the value of freedom, and the conundrums of love and work.
The novel’s medieval hero is an independent-minded builder in an age of stifling conformity. His love for individual creation is out of place in a monastery community whose Abbot views it as a sin. The story of its contemporary protagonist is a close parallel. The modern archaeologist is caught between his passion to freely explore and the machinations of those who oppose it out of envy, sloth, or cronyism.
Clonmac’s Bridge will be of interest to lovers of historical fiction, mystery, adventure, and anyone who loves a good story about heroic characters fighting mediocrity.
Clonmac’s Bridge Synopsis:
A maritime archaeologist recovers Ireland’s oldest bridge near Clonmacnoise Monastery – only to find it intact after 1,200 years underwater.
What could account for this astonishing longevity – and why are his colleagues, the Irish government, and the Church so desperate to stop him finding out?
Griffin Clonmac will go through hell to find out.
Jeffrey Perren Bio:
Jeffrey Perren is the author of the historical novel Cossacks in Paris. He wrote his first short story at age 12 and went on to win the Bank of America Fine Arts award at 17. Since then he has published at award-winning sites and magazines from the U.S. to New Zealand. He was educated in philosophy at UCLA and physics at UC Irvine, he lives in Sandpoint, Idaho.
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Rebellious Breutier Armande, a rising young civil engineer in Paris, is drafted into the Grande Armeé on the eve of Napoleon’s 1812 Russian campaign.
On a scouting mission in St. Petersburg he meets Kaarina, a Finnish mathematician and daughter of the counselor to Tsar Alexander I. The pair soon fall in love. But Kaarina is betrothed to Agripin, a vicious Cossack and a favorite of the Tsar.
When she refuses him, Agripin kidnaps her, aided by Kaarina’s envious twin sister, Kaisa. At a time of Europe’s brief, uneasy truce Breutier deserts Napoleon’s army and the Tsar’s employ to reclaim Kaarina. Dodging the vengeance of the world’s most powerful rulers sends Breutier on a perilous quest to hunt down the era’s most ruthless Cossack.
Interweaving the characters’ personal dramas with the epochal events of the following two years forms the core of the story. Historically accurate, the novel climaxes at the moment when, for the first time in 400 years, foreign armies invaded France, leaving behind Cossacks in Paris.
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