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Once In Another World

Once In Another World

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By Brendan John Sweeney

Dublin, March 1937. Holland, an idealistic young IRA recruit, is offered a strange assignment. He is told to guard and spy on a sinister Hungarian businessman and Sabine his secretary, a Jewish refugee.

B-format, paperback | 256pp | ISBN: 978-1-84840-233-1 | Release Date | June 2013

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Once In Another World is rated ☆☆☆☆☆ on Amazon & Goodreads!

Dublin, March 1937. Holland, an idealistic young IRA recruit, is offered a strange assignment. He is told to guard and spy on a sinister Hungarian businessman and Sabine his secretary, a Jewish refugee. The mission tests Holland’s loyalties and his idealism to the utmost and ends with a sordid shooting match in a field in England. Holland finds himself fleeing with Sabine into the depths of the Irish countryside, where treacherous swamps and dense woods protect them from their pursuers. An intense love affair between two young people from vastly different worlds suddenly becomes possible. But Holland’s closest friend in the Movement knows his mind too well, and seeks him out, leading to a confrontation as fateful and tragic as any Irish myth.

This book is a blend of mystery, love story and thriller complete with killings, pursuit and betrayal. Yet it’s written with a literary sensibility, with lovely description.
— The Irish Times