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A Cruel Harvest [Format Kindle]

Paul Reid

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"The characters are memorable, the suspense is visceral and the swashbuckling set pieces are as compelling and well described as the quieter moments of inner conflict and moral dilemma." (Publishers Weekly) --This text refers to the manuscript reviewed as a part of the 2009 Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award contest.

Set in 1790, A Cruel Harvest tells the epic tale of Orlaith and Brannon, young lovers whose futures are jeopardized when Moorish pirates raid their Irish fishing village. Orlaith and her infant son manage to escape the savage attack, but Brannon is captured. Thrown into the hold of the pirates’ ship, the young farmer is spirited away to the harsh confines of North Africa. There he is sold into slavery and forced to serve in the army of the sadistic Sultan of Morocco. Back in Ireland, a heartbroken Orlaith faces certain ruin unless she agrees to marry wealthy landowner Randall Whitely. But Whitely is a cruel man, and life with him quickly becomes a waking nightmare. Though separated by thousands of miles, Orlaith and Brannon draw on their great love to challenge the oppression of the tyrants keeping them apart. Stretching from the windswept coast of Ireland to the sun-baked hills of Morocco, A Cruel Harvest is a thrilling novel of adventure, survival, and once-in-a-lifetime love.

About the Author
Born and raised in Cork in the south of Ireland, Paul Reid has spent years trawling the Irish coast, searching out its history and lore. A former musician who also spent time in Australia working as a ranch hand in the Outback, Reid developed a love for story-telling while still very young. A Cruel Harvest is Reid’s first novel and marries his fascination with the tales of his homeland with his love of imagination. He lives on the shores of the Atlantic Ocean in Cork Harbour.

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  • Format : Format Kindle
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  • Nombre de pages de l'édition imprimée : 350 pages
  • Pagination - ISBN de l'édition imprimée de référence : 1935597078
  • Editeur : Lake Union Publishing (20 avril 2010)
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  • Langue : Anglais
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Romance and adventure in one breathtaking sweep 20 avril 2010
Par W. Sparrow - Publié sur
Paul Reid's debut novel, A Cruel Harvest, is an irresistible tale that intertwines romance and adventure in one breathtaking sweep. Reid's book transports the reader to faraway places with striking realism: from the verdant, wind-blown Irish coastline, to the squalor of a slave ship, to the opulence of a sultan's palace, and to the desolate sun-scorched deserts of Morocco. This book will not only capture your imagination, but your heart, as well.

The story begins with two young lovers, Brannon Ryan and Orlaith Downey, whose lifelong future together is clearly fated. But when Moroccan pirates raid the tranquil little village of Dromkeen, their courtship is cruelly interrupted as Brannon is seized and tossed into the hold of a cramped and filthy ship. For those captives who survive the voyage, the ordeal is far from over. Brannon's trials begin with backbreaking labor and his plight increases tenfold when he is forced to serve in the sultan's army. Through it all, we see a fearless and sometimes headstrong Brannon, determined to do whatever is necessary to return to his beloved.

Back in Ireland, even though Orlaith evaded capture, she soon faces her own grueling hardships. Even while trying to raise her son on her own and scratch a living out of a meager patch of land, she still clings to the faith that Brannon has survived. But as Brannon's absence lengthens and starvation threatens her son's very life, it seems her only hope is to wed the heartless and ignoble landowner, Randall Whitely. In her own right, Orlaith is both courageous and strong, a heroine to root for. It is impossible not to become emotionally engaged with both Brannon and Orlaith, as each battles their own moral dilemmas.

A Cruel Harvest is an ardent love story filled with majestic vistas, characters both frighteningly and heartwarmingly real and action so intense you'll feel your pulse quicken. The contrast between the two settings, Ireland and Morocco, and the exquisite detail with which Reid portrays them guarantees that this will be a captivating read from beginning to end. This is one of those rare books you won't rush through, simply because you'll want to savor every word. The clarity of the storytelling and poeticism of the prose makes it a truly memorable read.
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 Action, adventure, historical novel, piracy, slavery in Islamic lands, 18th century Ireland 21 avril 2010
Par Beesusie - Publié sur
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This book is action-adventure-romance starting in 18th century Ireland which is a colony of the English. This is partly a historical novel, however, not immersed in the historical atmosphere. It does depict the plight of the Irish under English rule which would apply to both the 18th and 19th centuries. The interesting aspect of this is the slave trade by Moorish Islamic pirates and the conditions under which of one of the captives, Brannon Ryan, lived as a slave. There are vivid and fascinating descriptions of life among Moorish royalty, where Brannon ends up being a slave. This alone makes the book worth reading.

Orlaith, a widow with a toddler, and Brannon, a local farmer are in love, and though not betrothed, do plan to marry in the near future. Orlaith manages with Brannon's help and life has steadiness until the slave raid by Moorish pirates. Orlaith's life in Irland is described including her marriage to a local lord struck by her beauty--she thought Brannon was dead, and her child almost died of starvation.

This book is a good read and the characters are depicted so we care about them. I recommend this book for engrossing light reading also giving the reader the opportunity to learn about historical cultures and life.

I must say, irrelevantly, that I put down a Pulitzer Prize-winning book, "The Known World" after a hundred pages feeling that the characters in that book were depicted very shallowly, and life in the American slave-owning south was not described in a coherent fashion. "A Cruel Harvest" IS MUCH MORE INTERESTING AND WELL-WRITTEN IN MY OPINION.
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3.0 étoiles sur 5 A good story that could use some more polish 23 mai 2010
Par poltroon - Publié sur
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Cruel Harvest is based on a story I had not heard before, of North African ships raiding the Irish coast for slaves. The depiction of the horrible conditions of the slave ships is thorough and vivid. And yet, Orlaith, lucky to escape the slave ship, and others, exist in a parallel situation as the landlord uses his power not only to extract draconian rents, but also to bed any woman he pleases, while allowing his tenant's children to starve.

Brannon, our strapping hero, deeply in love with Orlaith, is taken, and it is through his eyes that we see the slave trade, the ineffective response of the British, and the sands of North Africa. Brannon survives the initial journey and sale, and eventually ends up purchased by the Sultan of Morocco, a leader known within Morocco to be unusually and exceptionally brutal. However, the Sultan inexplicably takes a fancy to Brannon, and he eventually ends up a soldier in the Sultan's guard.

Brannon wants nothing more to escape and return home to Orlaith; Orlaith wants nothing more than to escape and find a way to ransom Brannon. Both are the property of brutal owners; both plot against them. Brannon's story is given considerably more coverage than Orlaith's, as he travels across Morocco and participates in a rebellion against the Sultan.

The basic premise of the novel is excellent, and I enjoyed the unusual settings. It reminded me of the universally tribal nature of slavery, that groups have been willing to buy and sell anyone "other" than the immediate tribe without much regard for shared humanity. However, there are some rough spots: a captive monstrous python who excitedly and eagerly pounces on human victims? Pythons are slow and torpid. Skilled fire walking does not involve burning the bottom of one's feet and withstanding the pain. There are several places in the story where an event or fact seemed improbable (not least of which the ending) and yet the improbable event was not necessary - it just disrupted the flow. At the end, the author seemed to feel the need to say SO THERE! TAKE THAT! to the last of the bad guys in a way that Brannon and Orlaith probably could have done without. But, our characters were game to the end and did their best to keep up with the plot.

I'm glad I read it, but I think it could have been a 5 star novel with another round of careful edits.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Could hardly put this book down! 3 août 2010
Par Shana - Publié sur
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This is the debut novel from Paul Reid. This is probably one of the best books I've read from the Amazon Vine program in quite awhile.

"Cruel Harvest" transported me to many fasinating faraway places and scenarios: from the salty breeze on an Irish coastline, to the disgusting squalor of a slave ship, to the grandeur of a sultan's palace and finally to the dry, depressing deserts of Morocco. This book really enslaved me until I finished it.

The story begins with Brannon Ryan and Orlaith Downey, whose lifelong happy future together is seemingly apparent. That is until evil Moroccan pirates raid their little village of Dromkeen. The pirates capture Brannon and enslave him in the hold of a filthy ship along with half the population of Dromkeen. For those captives who survive the horrible voyage, the nightmare is far from over. Brannon's trials begin with backbreaking labor, starvation and beatings. His time gets even worse when he is forced to serve in the evil sultan Yazid's army. Through it all, Brannon is determined to do whatever is necessary to return to his beloved Orlaith.

Orlaith evaded capture by hiding in a cave with her son Sean. She soon faces her own grueling hardships without Brannon. Even while trying to raise her son on her own and scratch a living out of a barren patch of land, she still clings to the faith that Brannon has survived. But as Brannon's absence lengthens and starvation causes her son Sean to be ill, it seems her only hope is to wed her philandering & cold landlord, Randall Whitely.

I loved the contrast between the two settings Ireland and Morocco and the detail with which Reid portrays them. Also the all too real human emotions of Brannon and Orlaith throughout were written with such attention to detail and so realistic. This is one book that I throughly enjoyed from cover to cover.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Magnificent! 24 avril 2010
Par Michael O'connor - Publié sur
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This is an extraordinary read, full of fast-paced action and beautiful romance. It cost me several sleepless nights as I was unable to put it down for long. The story follows a young Irish couple torn apart by slave traders from Africa, and how they struggle against the odds to become re-united. Brannon's determination to get back to Ireland lands him in the middle of a rebellion against the sultan Yazid, in which he participates with characteristic gusto. Orlaith is compelled into a desperate marriage to the boozing Randall in order to provide her sickly child with a roof over his head. Her experiences provide some of the most harrowing scenes in the book, and I must point out that some readers may find them difficult to read. It's all expertly delivered, however. Reid writes with a wonderful, lyrical prose, investing his scenes with gorgeous colour and passion. I particularly liked how he treats the parallel moral dilemmas experienced by Orlaith and Brannon when they find themselves in new, uncomfortable worlds - and with new people. The story builds with ever-growing tension, and when I reached the end I literally had to get my breath back. Superb entertainment.
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