[Ebook] Saint Patrick's Battalion By James Alexander Thom – Thomashillier.co.uk

Saint Patrick's Battalion In A Monastery Built By Franciscan Monks On The Site Of An Aztec War God S Temple, A Rogue Battalion Of Cannoneers Prepares To Make Its Final Stand Along A Strategic Road To Mexico City Reviled By Its Enemies And Lionized By Its Allies, Saint Patrick S Battalion Will Fight Under An Emerald Green Flag With The Fury Of The Proud And The Damned And As James Alexander Thom S Extraordinary New Novel Reaches A Shattering Climax, The Reader Hurtles Into A Collision Between True Loyalty And True Betrayal And Between The Best And Basest Reasons For WarNarrated By Two Soldiers On Opposite Sides Of The Mexican American War Of , Saint Patrick S Battalion Tells The True But Little Known Story Of An Irish Immigrant Who Deserted From The US Army And Was Joined Across Enemy Lines By Hundreds Of Comrades Driven By The Abuses Of Protestant West Point Trained Officers And The Realization That They Were Attacking Fellow Catholics, John Riley And His San Patricios Abandoned Their Adopted Country And Took Their Place Proudly Alongside The Dashing Hidalgo Horsemen And Stolid Native Indians Who Were Being Used By The Mexican Army As Cannon Fodder Against The Foreign Invaders Though Hopelessly Misled By The Vainglorious Santa Ana, And Facing Such Future Military Legends As A Brooding Young Ulysses S Grant And The Brilliant Captain Robert E Lee, Riley And His Fighters Were Responsible For An Enormous Number Of American Casualties And Would Eventually Pay A Brutal Price For Their TreacheryIts Narrative Foreshadowing America S Civil War, Saint Patrick S Battalion Asks Haunting Questions About American Expansionism, Racism, And The Machinations Of A War That Began Before It Was Declared From Horrific Depictions Of Cannonade Warfare To The Quiet Corners Of Doubt, Courage, And Love In Men S Hearts And Minds, James Alexander Thom S Novel Takes Us On An Astounding Adventure Into Beautiful, Harsh Mexico And Dramatically Chronicles A Crucial, Bloody Chapter In The Making Of America


10 thoughts on “Saint Patrick's Battalion

  1. says:

    A good historical novel about an awful incident in American history My only minor complaint is that it s so heavily based on one particular non fiction work Rogue s March, by Stevens, I think that, having read the book, I could recognize the specific passages being referenced Mr Thom openly credits the reference source, and does an excellent job on the fictional passages, but I wish he had broadened his sources a bit, so that it didn t feel like a fictional rewrite of a specific book.I espe A good historical novel about an awful incident in American history My only minor complaint is that it s so heavily based on one particular non fiction work Rogue s March, by Stevens, I think that, having read the book, I could recognize the specific passages being referenced Mr Thom openly credits the reference source, and does an excellent job on the fictional passages, but I wish he had broadened his sources a bit, so that it didn t feel like a fictional rewrite of a specific book.I especially liked the two teens in the story, and the framing device used to put the tale into historical context The story of the U.S soldiers who deserted to fight on the side of Mexico in the war in the 1840s is overlooked in older historical works, and this is one of several that have helped bring the story at least partway into the light


  2. says:

    Another good historical fiction this time about the Mexican American war Unusual in that the narrative view is from the perspective of two children one on the Mexican side and one on the American, I really enjoyed that, and the research was excellent I knew a little of that war, now I feel much better informed and have a desire to readabout it Very compelling story of race, religion, politics, and war Four and a half stars not sure why it didn t reach the 5 category for me maybe becaus Another good historical fiction this time about the Mexican American war Unusual in that the narrative view is from the perspective of two children one on the Mexican side and one on the American, I really enjoyed that, and the research was excellent I knew a little of that war, now I feel much better informed and have a desire to readabout it Very compelling story of race, religion, politics, and war Four and a half stars not sure why it didn t reach the 5 category for me maybe because it wasn t such a compelling page turner that I couldn t put it down, which is usually what a 5 star book would be Very, very good description of battle though gives a good feeling of the horror and of some of the racist brutality of a part of the US officer core at that time, makes me wonder why we haven t renamed Ft Bragg after someone elsedeserving of that honor I think this is an important book because so few Americans know anything about this period of our history we know so muchabout the Civil War where the young officers of this book became the Generals in that one I would be remiss if I don t mention the Irish who were placed in such a terrible position by the US Army that resulted in hundreds of them defecting to the Mexican side this book is their story and it s a very compelling story one that is full of tragic events, the United States politics in this story of manifest destiny is shown in a very dark light one that we should be ashamed of if we knew of it


  3. says:

    Outstanding book to see the Mexican War from another view point.I liked the part about the Irish soldiers, Zachary Taylor getting busted in the mouth and got back on his horse and rode off.Very detailed.Good read.


  4. says:

    An historical novel about the Mexican American War of 1846, which is a war barely mentioned in history classes The story is told from the perspectives of two young men, one on the Mexican side and the other American The real life hero was John Riley, an Irish Catholic who defected to Mexico with dozens of his countrymen after being treated so badly by the American officers, simply because of being Irish and Catholic Robt E Lee, U.S Grant, and Lew Wallace were all there, cutting their teeth An historical novel about the Mexican American War of 1846, which is a war barely mentioned in history classes The story is told from the perspectives of two young men, one on the Mexican side and the other American The real life hero was John Riley, an Irish Catholic who defected to Mexico with dozens of his countrymen after being treated so badly by the American officers, simply because of being Irish and Catholic Robt E Lee, U.S Grant, and Lew Wallace were all there, cutting their teeth on battle strategy The author is a Hoosier, so there was much mention made of Wallace and the Indiana regiments A nice quote from the Mexican to the American California and New Mexico, even Texas, are yours in name only, you should understand The Mexican people will take all that back, Senor Not suddenly or by force In the long time It is yours only for a little while


  5. says:

    An excellent look at a little known piece of American history Told through the eyes of two young boys , one American and one Mexican It not only is a commentary on war but also on the bigotry and brutality rampant in the US Army if that era.


  6. says:

    For content, 4 stars I listened to the audiobook so less stars for cartoonish mexican accents and pronunciation issues.


  7. says:

    I knew the bare facts about the war in Mexico This book took me deeper It was beautifully written fiction from the perspective of two young men on opposite sides of the conflict.


  8. says:

    Not my style.


  9. says:

    This is an inventive novel about the Battalion of Irish and German soldiers who fought for the Mexicans in the Mexican War of 1846 told from the perspective of a camp boy named Patrick Quinn and a cadet in the Mexican military academy Augustine Juevera It alternates between the musings of the Quinn kid in his diary and Juevera s description of the Mexican point of view of the events that eventually led to the capture and execution and humiliation of the soldiers who left the US army to figh This is an inventive novel about the Battalion of Irish and German soldiers who fought for the Mexicans in the Mexican War of 1846 told from the perspective of a camp boy named Patrick Quinn and a cadet in the Mexican military academy Augustine Juevera It alternates between the musings of the Quinn kid in his diary and Juevera s description of the Mexican point of view of the events that eventually led to the capture and execution and humiliation of the soldiers who left the US army to fight with the Mexicans.There is a lot of history presented here in a story which often follows the real events surrounding the struggles of John Riley who was the commander of this irregular brigade The Irish in the US army were the subject of a lot of harsh treatment as were many Catholics from other countries They were looked down upon by the US born officers Riley deserted the US army before the Mexican war started which is one of the reasons that Gen Winfield Scott spared his life after he was captured He is revered in Mexico with a special monument erected to him and the other Irish martyrs in the plaza of San Angel The book goes through the Mexican campaign and the tensions between Zachary Taylor and Winfield Scott It also points out that the war was a training ground for many of the key figures of the Civil War Among other things the novel points out that RE Lee was quite successful in outflanking the Mexican army in a couple of key battles.The book is also chock full of interesting historical facts for example, that Samuel Morse was a virulent anti Catholic When you do a search on Morse you can actually find some of his tracts that he wrote in the 1830s.I enjoyed this book a lot


  10. says:

    A disappointment Published by Ballantine Books in 2006.To start, let me establish my bonafides as a fan of Mr Thom s work Three of his novels sit on a shelf less than two feet from this computer I have the featured review on .com one of his novels The Red Heart Three or four of his novels are in my classroom library I actually designed a long term project for my world history classes using historical fiction with his books in mind, and I told him so when I met him at a state wide A disappointment Published by Ballantine Books in 2006.To start, let me establish my bonafides as a fan of Mr Thom s work Three of his novels sit on a shelf less than two feet from this computer I have the featured review on .com one of his novels The Red Heart Three or four of his novels are in my classroom library I actually designed a long term project for my world history classes using historical fiction with his books in mind, and I told him so when I met him at a state wide conference for social studies teachers So, I approached St Patrick s Battalion with much hope Instead of his usual quality, I found this book to be simplistic, with less detail and bent on beating two points home time after time the Irish were treated brutally and shamefully by the U.S army during the Mexican War and the Mexican War was an unjust war.Thom makes it clear in the opening dedication and acknowledgments that he is against the Iraq War and quite clearly he is drawing analogies between the two However, Thom never really gets off of his twin focuses on the unjust war and the unjust treatment of the Irish He never gets to his real strengths in his other books bringing the reader into another world and teaching us about larger movements in history, but also about the day to day lives and goings on of our ancestors Thom rarely gets beyond the superficial and develops the characters and that is a shame and a loss to Thom s loyal readers because when his books are good they are fantasticReadat