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The 13th Apostle Audiobook

The 13th Apostle: A Novel of a Dublin Family, Michael Collins, and the Irish Uprising

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Publisher's Summary

The story - both romantic and terrifying - of how a handful of men, armed with nothing more than handguns and guts, forced the greatest nation in the world from their shores.

On Easter Monday, April 24, 1916, the first great revolution of the twentieth century began as working-class men and women occupied buildings throughout Dublin, Ireland, including the general post office on O’Connell Street. Among the commoners in the GPO was a young staff captain of the Irish Volunteers named Michael Collins. He was joined a day later by a fourteen-year-old messenger boy, Eoin Kavanagh. Four days later they would all surrender, but they had struck the match that would burn Great Britain out of Ireland for the first time in seven hundred years.

The 13th Apostle is the reimagined story of how Michael Collins, along with his young acolyte Eoin, transformed Ireland from a colony into a nation. Collins’s secret weapon was his intelligence system and his assassination squad, nicknamed “The Twelve Apostles.” On November 21, 1920, the squad - with its thirteenth member, young Eoin - assassinated the entire British Secret Service in Dublin. Twelve months and sixteen days later, Collins signed the Treaty at 10 Downing Street, which brought into being what is, today, the Republic of Ireland.

An epic novel in the tradition of Thomas Flanagan’s The Year of the French and Leon Uris’s Trinity, The 13th Apostle is a story that will capture the imagination and hearts of freedom-loving readers everywhere.

©2014 Dermot McEvoy (P)2014 Audible Inc.

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    Mark 05-04-16
    Mark 05-04-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Enjoyed the history, not the bad sex"
    What did you love best about The 13th Apostle?

    Great view into the "everyday rebel" in 1916-1922


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Michael Collins-great personification of a historical figure, showed strengths, flaws and difficult choices before the young revolutionary


    What about John Keating’s performance did you like?

    Great Irish Accent. had a good distinction between characters


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Man enough to admit I was fighting tears at the death of Mic Collins even though I very well knew it was coming


    Any additional comments?

    Really enjoyed the book, agree with other reviewers that the modern-day story was completely and entirely unnecessary. The author also has no experience or reason to describe sex...my 14 year old self could have done a better job on those parts. I recommend skipping as many "sex" scenes as possible.

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    Anna Murray 04-19-16
    Anna Murray 04-19-16

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    "Let me know when it's 1919 again"

    As other reviewers mentioned, the historical element of the book (which is happily the vast majority of it) is great--exciting, accurate as far as I could tell, and with interesting personalities. But I found Johnny and Diane, our modern day narrators, to be insufferable--when not making bizarre non-sequitur sexual innuendos, they're over-explaining what was just read as if it were a Wishbone episode, with inane questions from Diane and smug responses from Johnny.
    However, the historical narrative is compelling enough and the reader is engaging enough that I did like it, overall. I knew very little about Ireland's journey from rising to civil war before, and now I feel as if I had been there, which is in the end all I want from a historical fiction novel!

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    Diane ALBANY, NY, United States 03-06-16
    Diane ALBANY, NY, United States 03-06-16 Member Since 2010
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    "A Must read"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The 13th Apostle to be better than the print version?

    With this narrator definitely.


    What does John Keating bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Character.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Yes, both.


    Any additional comments?

    If you're interested in Michael Collins and the uprising, this is the book to read.

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    Kim A SC, USA 03-02-16
    Kim A SC, USA 03-02-16 Member Since 2013
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    "Fabulous historical fiction!"

    What a great way to learn history. McEvoy takes you through the twists and turns of the turbulent birth of a nation with ease, strong personalization and rich historical details. It's a long 'read/listen' but well worth immersing yourself in to live history through the lives of those who made it. Young Owen may be the fictitious springboard but he lives along side the reader making you feel as if you are a brother/sister in arms.

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    Gary Ryan Gettysburg, PA United States 11-24-15
    Gary Ryan Gettysburg, PA United States 11-24-15 Member Since 2010
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    "One of the best historical novels I've read.!"

    A novel filled with historical accuracy and a wonderful story line. A novel I will highly recommend to my friends.

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    Dooze's Mom 10-09-15
    Dooze's Mom 10-09-15 Member Since 2016
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    "Thoroughly entertaining and sad history lesson."

    The painful birth of the Irish nation, seen through the eyes of Michael Collins' loyal friend and bodyguard. Adds some perspective to a history that until now has been very confusing.

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    Sharon 08-14-15
    Sharon 08-14-15 Member Since 2013
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    "Almost did not buy this book but glad I did"

    Could have left out the whole Grandson Johnny sections. Did not add to the story but distracting and ruined the flow of the story. Felt like I was there running through the streets of Dublin with Michael Collins.

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    Veronica Seekonk, MA, United States 04-11-15
    Veronica Seekonk, MA, United States 04-11-15 Member Since 2013
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    "Lovable Mick"

    An in depth imaginative look at a mythical figure, as well as an emotional and thoughtful view of the average persons trials during a horrific time.

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    Larry Sandusky 10-26-15
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    "Terrific Historical Fiction"
    What made the experience of listening to The 13th Apostle the most enjoyable?

    Learning about the Irish Revolution in more detail. Yes, it's historical fiction but the characters and events are very real.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The 13th Apostle?

    The death of Michael Collins


    Which scene was your favorite?

    No particular scene was my favorite, but I particularly liked the maturation of Eoin Kavanaugh


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    There's not a lot to laugh about, but there is a lot to cry about when it comes to Ireland


    Any additional comments?

    Arguably the best I've listened to in years!

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    11/22/15
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    "1916- 2016 a rare story"

    Loved it, "a drink is as good as a payer".
    An excellent insight into a tumultuous period in history.

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  • Pamela Hughes
    5/6/15
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    "Mixed feelings"

    A lot of the 1916 story I found interesting but I couldn't stand the modern narrative between the grandson and his wife, it really distracted from the story.

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  • Clare
    1/3/15
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    "Story of a true Irish man."

    Fantastic representation of a true Irish hero and his friend and mentor. Great tale of Irish history.

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  • wulfgar
    8/26/15
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    "absolute twaddle!"

    this is an awful story, all this book is, is an Americans wet dream of what it was like to live in revolutionary Ireland. it's full of rubbish about Irish culture and life that is insulting to the entire history of Ireland. also the michael Collins portrayal is God like, the man was a good man but he wasn't a bloody saint! all in all this book is full of rubbish and inaccuracy, and incredibly badly written.

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  • ED
    Hoddesdon, United Kingdom
    6/18/15
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    "Excellent, Excellent"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, its absorbing, fascinating insight into Irish politics between 1916 and 1922. Whilst it is partly fictional account of a number of characters , I believe the story line is quite accurate to the events of that time, an insight into Eamonn de Valera and Michael Collins and the reason for the Civil War


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The 13th Apostle?

    Michael Collins wit


    What about John Keating’s performance did you like?

    Told a Historical event through a partly fictional novel.


    If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    They already have ..


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  • Catherine
    1/9/15
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    "Definitely Worth a read "

    As a lover of all aspects of Irish history I fully enjoyed this book. It's story is well told and thoroughly enjoyable. I also shed a tear when "The Big Fella" died. Although I found the parts set in the present day to be a bit too focused on sex. I just wanted to get back to the historical aspect of the book.
    But overall I would recommend this book to anyone who has an interest in the Easter Rising, the war of Independence and the civil War in Ireland. Michael Collins remains my hero as he does thousands of other people and this book did him justice.

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