Loyal Son by Wayne Diehl (Book review #806)

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Loyal son is a historical novel set in 1846. Hundreds of Irish Catholic immigrants are being abused under the command of officers that are part of a very fearful artillery unit in the Mexican Army.

The story begins with Patrick Ryan. He is 18, and his family has just lost their farm. They live in Ireland and so the family moves to their uncle’s house in Philadelphia. A group of nativists attack the neighbourhood, and this time Patrick defends. Things don’t turn out well for him there either, and he joins the army.

Rating: 4 out of 5.

The fictional story was written well, and the historical facts and references added a more realistic nature to the work. The author has the potential to create well-written stories, and it was effortless to bond with Patrick and felt the hardship he was enduring.

I admired the fact of how he wanted to get somehow everything he lost back. I liked the character build up and his perseverance. Many in the Mexican American war went through similar loss and pain. This was educational, as well as noteworthy.

I recommend this story to anyone who is interested in historical fiction.

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