BookView Review: On Distant Shores by Wes Snowden

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Rating: 5 out of 5.

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Pub date May 2, 2021


Price $2.43 (USD) Kindle edition, $14.98 Paperback

Snowden spins a riveting tale of destitution, stroke of luck, and revenge in this historical thrill ride. It was 1847 in Bellyclaven, Ireland, when eighteen-year-old Jonathan Flynn lost his whole family to an unfortunate tragedy. A minor scuffle with a local landlord forces him to leave the country and escape to distant shores. More than 150 years later, the long-buried secrets of Jonathan’s carefully built past unravel, threatening to ruin the present of his descendants. Snowden’s assured prose paints a vivid contrast between the destitution and cruelty that led Jonathan’s escape to Canada and his seething desire for revenge even when he has realized his ambition of owing abundant wealth. Jonathan’s empathetic nature along with his ruthless determination and roguish ways make him a memorable hero. The antagonists, all of them are thoroughly despicable and sketched with conviction. Snowden deftly weaves together 1850s Irish culture and themes of revenge, retribution, and salvation, elevating the fast-paced narrative. The book has it all—love, lust, revenge, greed, ambition, the devastatingly painful tragedies, and heartening twists. The convincing portrayal of Jonathan’s rise to power captivates, and the fast-moving plot twists keep readers hooked right up until the satisfying finale. This is a page-turner.


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