Written by Kevin Kiely
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SOS Lusitania by Kevin KielyOne of the most dramatic seafaring tragedies ever ...Thirteen-year-old Finbar Kennedy runs away from home in Queenstown (Cobh) to follow his sea-captain father onto the Lusitania. On the return journey from New York, Finbar works as a deck-hand, and running messages gives him a lot of information. He begins to understand that something strange is happening. But what can he do? And whom can he trust? Fact is stranger than fiction: In May 1915 the huge liner, the Lusitania, sank off the Cork coast near the Old Head of Kinsale. This happened during the First World War. But, unlike the Titanic tragedy, this was no accident. The ship was torpedoed by a German submarine. Rumour had it that there were spies, arms and gold on board the Lusitania. These rumours were true.
'well researched and contains many fascinating nuggets of historical fact'
'an intriguing read'
'I just couldn't put it down! Brilliant ... I would absolutely recommend this book to my friends'
.com 'Kevin Kiely manages to capture the essence of the early 1900s using subtle apt language, home life and innocence
.com 'Kiely uses genius foreshadowing in this plot to build suspense and hope
.com 'Kielys book would be perfect as a class novel
.com 'this fictional reworking is intriguing and fleshes out a past event
.com 'it would suit young and old in any setting, be it at home or school
.com 'a most enjoyable book
.com 'Kiely's well-plotted story, told by Finbar himself, is deftly knitted into the true story of the [Lusitania]
'a tense and dramatic story'
'a compelling mix of fact and fiction ... gripping'
About the Author
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O'Brien Press Ltd
25th February 2013
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