THE RELUCTANT RAPPAREE
by Jim McComish

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1743, County Downe Ireland

When a band of feckless outlaws are chased into a haunted wood, their troubles have only begun!  

Murder, mayhem, horror and downright hilarity ensue as the boys struggle through an extraordinary landscape, where the physical world overlaps with the realm of spirits.

Hold on to your tricorner hat, the 18
th century is about to get messy!

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WHAT PEOPLE ARE SAYING

"This is an incredibly well written first novel.  I loved the setting, and the story flows with ease.  The author's passion for history is clear and he makes it his own.  Well worth a read."

Abby Williams

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“I thoroughly enjoyed this book.  I found I couldn't put it down and was finished in a couple of days.  By the third chapter I was in fits of laughter, absolutely hilarious.  The Reluctant Rapparee has a bit of everything, serious tragedy, love, romance, action, mystery and horrir wuth a huge dollop of humour in an historical setting."

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1743 County Downe Ireland.

Shane McGrogan, the son of a farmer evicted from his land, has taken to the road as an outlaw fighting a guerrilla war against tyranny and oppression.
He has recruited a small band of disparate outcasts ranging from hardened criminals to traumatised famine survivors.
McGrogan hopes to fashion the band into an elite fighting unit, but when they botch a relatively simple ambush and are chased into a haunted wood by an angry militia, their mission becomes a matter of survival. Archie McClung fell into being a rapparee due to his own peculiar circumstances; it is not the life that he would have hoped for. McGrogan aspires to fight for the common good, but McClung dreams of making a better life for himself.
Cast into an extraordinary landscape where the physical world overlaps with the realm of spirits, the rapparees dare not trust their own senses let alone one another.
Why has Shane risked everything by ambushing a guarded passenger coach?
What amongst their ragged stash of recently pilfered possessions is stirring their enemies to hunt the rapparees so voraciously?
Who is the mysterious Frenchman in their midst?
And who will be the first to cut and run?