Resistance: In a Nazi-Occupied Ireland, Where Would You Stand? by Brian Gallagher
My rating: 2 of 5 stars
As a fan of the great ‘what if’ genre, the basic premise of this book immediately grabbed my attention. That it was set in Ireland, a country I visited only twelve months ago, was an additional draw to my attention.
Alas, I was to be a little disappointed.
The storyline is an interesting one. Ireland has been invaded by German forces of the Third Reich and is now under occupation. As was oft experienced by countries occupied by Germany during the Second World War, there is oppression, the persecution of anyone who was deemed ‘enemies of the state’, there was resistance both passive and overt, and there were those who took the opportunity to ‘get ahead’. All of these elements are to be found in the text and narrative of Resistance. As far as they go, represented in the characters painted in the story, they are enjoyable.
The problem, however, is that the entire narrative felt rushed. This is particularly so at the end, when the major characters orchestrate the escape of one of their own from Ireland, only to immediately move to an epilogue that deals with events after the liberation of Ireland. Even the events leading up to the escape seem to develop at such a pace as to leave this reader at least struggling to stay in touch.
The only ‘saving grace’ from my perspective was the masterful way in which Brian Gallagher captured the place and country of Ireland, but then again I would expect nothing less from someone who makes his home in such a place.
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