It is May, 1798, and Ireland is a country at war.
One hundred thousand peasants have risen up against the Crown to the tales of men, women and children butchered as traitors. It is whispered that the feared and despised ghosts of Oliver Cromwell’s New Model army have returned seeking bloodshed, and no one is safe.
Major Lorn Mullone, a man forged by war and torn by past failures, is sent by the government to apprehend Colonel Black, a dangerous and shadowy figure, who is harming the fragile peace talks with his own murderous retribution.
In a race against time, Lorn must journey across a country riven by fighting, where at the walled town of New Ross, he discovers a new horror.
In the desperate battle for peace, Lorn must survive for the sake of Ireland’s future.
David Cook’s debut novella, Liberty or Death, draws the reader into Ireland’s tumultuous history. Set during Ireland’s Great Rebellion of 1798, Cook weaves a tight, action-filled tale that is vivid in description with well-developed characters and brutal battle scenes.
The story explores the hardships of the Irish people and the conflicting loyalties of those of Irish heritage fighting for the English. The action revolves around one man’s hunt for a savage murderer whose marauding hinders the fragile peace talks.
In Liberty or Death, Cook weaves together two genres—historical and thriller—into a gripping, raw tale that proves he’s a new name to be watched in historical fiction.