An Explosive Saga Spanning Two Continents!
This is a tale of two men—Thomas McDonnell, master carpenter and stonemason; and Harold Marston Fitch, heir to the title Viscount of Dermont in the County of Meath—“rebels abroad” who take radically different paths on two different continents. Both are strong-willed men separated by class, politics and religion—inextricably linked by Brigid McDonnell, Thomas’s fifteen-year-old daughter, Harold’s secret lover.
In 1739-1740, Ireland is stricken by a severe cold wave known to history as the “The Great Frost.” Evicted from their cottage, Thomas and Brigid must seek lodgings in Dublin in a time when the Protestant nobility marginalized and persecuted Catholics with a set of restrictions known as the Penal Laws. As famine and riots rage across the island, the McDonnells embark on a voyage to the American colony of Maryland. But the Atlantic crossing is a dangerous one, complicated by Great Britain’s war with Spain and the onset of hurricane season. Tragedy and hardship beset the family, ultimately forcing Thomas to become an indentured servant. He must adjust to his new life on a Maryland tobacco plantation, living among slaves and observing the institution of slavery close up.
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Harold’s drinking and debauchery lead to expulsion from Dermont Manor and his enlistment in the prestigious Inniskilling Dragoons, an adventure that weaponizes his already-frightening tendencies and hones his considerable skills. From daring anti-smuggling raids on the Lincolnshire coast to the wild underworld of Georgian London, and finally to the battlefields of the Holy Roman Empire, Harold ascends in rank and becomes a top-rate soldier, earning the respect and loyalty of those in his command. At the same time he descends gradually into the world of the psychopath—although this term did not exist in the 1740’s. A true narcissist and con-artist, liar and manipulator, Harold grows more sinister as the story progresses.
Driven by impulsivity, feelings of entitlement and superiority, promiscuity and other forms of self-gratification, he seizes upon opportunities which bring him even more success. But he is compelled to expose a dark family secret and to find those who betrayed him.
Passion and violence collide in a drama of epic proportions. Set against a turbulent age of starvation and riots, oppression and war, Rebels Abroad teems with a vivid cast of heroes and villains.
Eddie Price, author of the award-winning historical fiction novels Widder’s Landing and One Drop—A Slave!, and the illustrated children’s books, Little Miss Grubby Toes Steps on a Bee!, Little Miss Grubby Toes Plays with Fire!, Little Miss Grubby Toes Falls in the Pool,! Little Miss Grubby Toes Eats Too Much Candy! and Little Miss Grubby Toes Gets Stuck in a Tree! (All “Gold Medal” winners at the Mom’s Choice Awards.)
He has also written a sports history entitled The Unlikely Trio—The Winners of the 1913 Kentucky Derby.
A lifelong native of Kentucky, Eddie is a Chautauqua performer and a Speaker for the Kentucky Humanities Council. A graduate of Kentucky Wesleyan College (BA) and Western Kentucky University (MA and Rank I), Eddie taught history for 36 years (31 at Hancock County High School). He also taught part-time classes for 21 years at Owensboro Community & Technical College. In that time he received Ashland Oil’s Golden Apple Teaching Award, was included in Who’s Who Among America’s High School Teachers, and won the Outstanding American History Teacher Award from KATH (Kentucky Association for the Teachers of History) and KCSS (Kentucky Council for the Social Studies.) Murray State University named him Outstanding Kentucky High School Teacher in 2000. He also received the Excellence in Teaching Award from Campbellsville University, Kentucky in 2012.
His students voted him “Teacher of the Year” numerous times. Eddie has coached many award-winning academic teams and history contest winners. He is active in the Hancock County Historical Society and helped organize the Young Historians Club there. Eddie has emceed and presented at the “Readers Favorite Awards” in conjunction with the Miami Book Fair, at Florida Authors & Publishers Conferences in 2019 and 2021, and presented twice for “Authors in Schools” at the Amelia Island Book Fest, 2019, 2020.
**Designated a “Kentucky Writer” by the Kentucky Arts Council 2012
* *Kentucky Humanities Council Speaker’s Bureau 2012-present
**Kentucky Chautauqua Performer, 2016-present,
**Kentucky Historical Society/Kentucky Bicentennial Commission War of 1812 endorsement.
**Endorsed by the Kentucky Department of Libraries and Archives
** Widder’s Landing received the National Society United States Daughters of 1812 “Spirit of 1812 Award” http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~mimssusd/spirit-1812.pdf
**Novel Widder’s Landing honored on the Kentucky Senate Floor and recognized by Kentucky Governor Steven Beshear
**Commendation from Kentucky State Senate
**Presented to Kentucky Governors Steve Beshear and Matt Bevin, Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner, and Cardinal Timothy Dolan.
**Widder’s Landing named “Gold Medalist” in the 2013 Reader’s Favorite Award Contest: for Best Historical Fiction at the 2013 Miami International Book Fair; Gold Medal, National Literary Habitat Award.
**Widder’s Landing was included in the 2014 Kentucky State Fair Special Exhibitions Bibliography http://www.kystatefair.org/education/2014%20Education%20Materials/Annotated%20Teacher%20Bibliography.pdf
**National review in “1812 War Cry” Magazine Winter 2014, General Society of the War of 1812
**Review in “Kentucky Pioneer” the Kentucky State Sons of the American Revolution newsletter.
**Juried and accepted as a Kentucky work at the Kentucky Artisan Center, Berea, KY
**Presenter for the Carnegie Center, Lexington—summer children’s programs
**Director, Hancock County Museum
**Board Member, Hancock County Historical Society
**Author of the “Little Miss Grubby Toes” Misadventure Series. June 2015-ongoing
**Little Miss Grubby Toes Steps on a Bee! Gold Medalist in the 2015 Mom’s Choice Awards for “Values & Life Lessons” and the 2015 Readers Favorite Award for Best Preschool Children’s Book.
*Widder’s Landing, 2015 Gold Medal “Best Historical Fiction” National Literary Habitat Award.
**Little Miss Grubby Toes Steps on a Bee! selected for the Renaissance Learning Incorporated Accelerated Reading Quiz program. 2016.
**Little Miss Grubby Toes Steps on a Bee! Gold Medal, Illustrated Children’s Books Age 7-12, Florida Authors & Publishers Association.
**An Unlikely Trio: The Winners of the 1913 Kentucky Derby (sports history) published 2017
**Little Miss Grubby Toes Plays with Fire! (illustrated children’s book) published 2018, Silver Medal Florida Authors and Publishers Award, Gold Medal, Mom’s Choice Awards.
**One Drop—A Slave! 2018 Gold Medal “Best Historical Fiction,” Florida Authors and Publishers Awards 2020
Little Miss Grubby Toes Falls in the Pool! Summer 2019; Gold Medal, Mom’s Choice Awards, Gold Medal Florida Authors and Publishers Awards 2021
Little Miss Grubby Toes Eats Too Much Candy! Gold Medal, Mom’s Choice Awards 2021 Little Miss Grubby Toes Gets Stuck in a Tree!! Gold Medal, Mom’s Choice Awards 2021; Gold Medal, Florida Authors & Publishers Awards 2021.
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An Explosive Saga Spanning Two Continents!