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Reviewed by Tracy Slowiak for Readers' Favorite
Fallen Men: A Story of Three Priests by Brian O’Hare was a challenging read for me. Not challenging in a bad way; it was just challenging. I wasn’t quite sure what to expect when I picked it up. Was it a treatise on Catholicism or a moral lesson regarding the priesthood? Was it a cautionary tale regarding the perils of crossing boundaries? As a Catholic, I hoped it wasn’t going to be a bashing of my faith. What I found was none of those things. Fallen Men follows the stories of three priests, Father Dan, Father Ray and Father McGennity, each of whom has dealt or is dealing with some demons of their own. While each has an abiding love for God and their faith, each is tempted by the world, and their belief in the finality of their vows is shaken to the core.
Author Brian O’Hare does an excellent job of describing the inner turmoil of these three fallen priests. His writing style is clear and distinct and he writes with both a sensitivity and an empathy towards his characters that is second to none. Fallen Men: A Story of Three Priests would appeal to any reader who enjoys fiction, but especially those with an interest in Catholicism or Christianity in general, or those who enjoy a book that looks deeply into the psychology of how a decision is made. I am pleased to be able to recommend this book to anyone looking for an intriguing story by a very promising author.