The War of 1812 is one of America's least remembered, most botched and most important wars. Follow junior army officer Will Quinn, an Irish-American immigrant with a gigantic grudge against the British; his love, Sally Martin; his Kentucky sharpshooter pal, Sgt. Maj. Frake and a Washington D.C. slave, Henry, contend with the dire straits in which incompetent, egoistic and cowardly senior military and civilian officers placed the country in its adolescence.
All the events that jeopardize the fictional characters are real. You will be amazed that the country survived a war in which they were vastly out-manned and outgunned by the most powerful army and navy in the world. And you will wonder whether, as all young lovers, Will and Sally will emerge from the war unscathed.
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Some advance praise: Rick Kogan, WGN-radio host, said:
It is one thing to brush history's dust from the past but quite another to bring the past back in vibrant detail. Dennis Byrne has done that and more in Madness: The War of 1812, offering a compelling cast of characters in an action-packed tale. Grounded solidlly in deep historical research and understanding, this is a remarkable accomplishment that makes terrific reading.
Zay N. Smith, Contributing book reviewer for the Chicago Sun-Times and commentator for WBEZ-FM in Chicago said:
Think of the novel, Madness: The War of 1812, as a national birthday present--Happy Bicentennial, War of 1812--telling us of an unsung time in our early history that was as dramatic, and as dangerous, as any.
But Madness does more than take us back to a time we should know better. It is a choice yarn of war and intrigue. It i the kind of yarn Tom Clancy, say, might tell us about 1812--if Clancy were as sweet a writer as Dennis Byrne. Or put it another way: Don't buy the book for your bedside table. It is the kind of book that makes you want to read on. You likely will stay up too late reading it.