Celtic Tale Unravels Famous Historical Mystery, Revealing a 400-year-old Romance

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Melvin Charles Hathorn's latest novel "Celts and Kings" offers an intriguing explanation for the Irish Flight of the Earls in 1607, with an enthralling story of kidnapping, murder, art theft and forbidden love.

Imagine waking up one morning to find that the 99 most powerful men in your country had disappeared without a trace overnight, leaving their families and lands completely abandoned, vulnerable to a powerful and greedy nation across the sea. This nightmarish situation was a reality for Ireland in 1607, when 99 Earls -- the cream of Irish nobility -- deserted their wives, children and homes mysteriously, an act that remains unexplained to this day.

Melvin Charles Hathorn provides a plausible explanation for the Flight of the Earls, confronting the event's unanswered questions in his compelling and romantic historical fiction novel, "Celts and Kings" (ISBN 9781593304119, Aventine Press, 2006). "Celts and Kings" is set in modern-day Ireland, where college professor John Michaels is searching for his identity, estranged from his father and recently fired from his job.

John Michaels is a happily married husband and father, known for his integrity and uncompromising stance on his principles, but when he encounters Megan O'Rourke, a graduate student researching the Flight of the Earls, the attraction between them is almost mystical, and profoundly undeniable. The reason for their powerfully intuitive connection reaches 400 years back in history, to a forbidden romance that played a crucial role in the Celtic Earl's mysterious disappearance.

Together, John and Megan piece together the mystery of the Flight of the Earls -- what they find illustrates the deep differences between the English and the Irish and sheds light on the problems facing contemporary Ireland. As John becomes familiarized with the Celtic mindset, values and religion, he discovers he may have an alternative in the search for his true identity, but he must make an important choice first. What he decides will impact himself, his family, his father and ultimately the relationship between the Republic of Ireland and England.

Steeped in history, Celtic lore and Irish tradition, "Celts and Kings" is the story of a violent and passionate 400-year-old mystery, a must read for anyone who wants to understand the past secrets and the rich history underlying Ireland's biggest issues today.

About the Author
Melvin Charles Hathorn resides in Cromwell, Conn. He is a nationally recognized facilitator with over 20 years experience in the training field. He is a former educator, behavioral therapist and college instructor who has traveled extensively across the United States, Europe, the former Soviet Union and Central Asia. He is also the author of "The Castlereagh Connection," a dramatic political thriller centering on globalization.

"Celts and Kings" (ISBN 9781593304119, Aventine Press, 2006) can be purchased through local and online bookstores. For more information, visit http://www.authorsden.com/mel. Publicity contact: http://www.readerviews.com. Review copies available upon request.

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