Oklahoma (PRWEB) October 25, 2011
Controversial author Kieran McMullen who was criticised by several groups for tackling Afghanistan in his debut novel ‘Watson’s Afghan Adventure’ faces opposition again as his 2nd book covers 1916 Ireland. McMullen writes Sherlock Holmes fiction and weaves the characters in with very detailed military history of key events. His new book tackles the uprising in 1916 in Ireland - the pivotal moment in recent Irish history.
Born in New York City and raised in Northport, NY. Kieran was commissioned a Second Lieutenant in the US Army Field Artillery in 1971 and served 21 years on active duty serving on the Korean DMZ and in Desert Storm. He retired as a Lieutenant Colonel in 1992 and spent twelve years in law enforcement and 20 years as a volunteer fireman. His family has a long history of military service dating back to the American Civil War. He is a former board member of the US Field Artillery Association and has a team of horses and supply wagon that are used on Civil War re-enactment weekends.
"Exciting and full of authentic military detail" is how the Sherlock Holmes Society of London described Kieran McMullen's first novel 'Watson's Afghan Adventure' published in January and the book has received rave reviews from around the world. McMullen now turns his focus squarely on Holmes in 'Sherlock Holmes and The Irish Rebels'.
It is early 1916 and the world is at war. Sherlock Holmes is well into his spy persona as Altamont following the capture of the German spy Von Bork at the opening of the Great War. Watson is called to London by Mycroft Holmes and is asked to join Sherlock, who has infiltrated the Irish Volunteers. War within the United Kingdom could deal a decisive blow to the war effort and Holmes must find out the rebels plans, and if possible, stop the rebellion which appears imminent. He has need of Watson once again.
The same level of military detail is applied as with the first book. Taking from the London Society's review of Watson's Afghan Adventure;
"Kieran McMullen, author of Watson’s Afghan Adventure is a former professional soldier and a specialist in American military history – an appropriate person to tell of Watson’s experiences as an army surgeon."
Award winning Holmes historian Alistair Duncan recently commented on his Sherlockian Blog;
"The author is a former US Army officer and his military background and knowledge of the Afghan campaign shine through in the rich detail that he offers us in the story".
Kieran's own blog is becoming very popular - especially his recent series of articles on the different actors that have played Dr.Watson.
Mcmullen's ability to capture the time and military has been described as "chillingly good". A leading Holmes reviewer from the USA - Philip K Jones comments that "the presentation is an accurate and intelligent view of what Watson would have seen and experienced". It is that accuracy that many have found disturbing and fascinating - replaying critical events from history with characters we are familiar with.
Sherlock Holmes and The Irish Rebels has already been picked up for pre-order at Book Depository (free worldwide delivery), Amazon UK, and Amazon USA and will follow through all bookstores and in all formats.
Watson's Afghan Adventure is available from all good bookstores and on Amazon Kindle, Kobo Books, iBooks (iPad and iPhone) and other formats.
McMullen is on Team 2 (Warner Brothers) in The Great Sherlock Holmes Debate on November 10th. He comments that the Guy Richie adaptations are the best of modern times "This is Sherlock as he really was. The character portrayed by Watson could not, given the time in which they lived, be portrayed as he truly was. For the sake of his straight laced audience of the Victorian period Watson had to make Holmes into a traditional picture of the Victorian male in order to sell stories."
Kieran McMullen's Blog
The Great Sherlock Holmes Debate