Gaelan’s War

Gaelan Kelly Book 1

Fiction - Supernatural
328 Pages
Reviewed on 03/06/2019
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Author Biography

Thaddeus McGrath is a former U.S. Marine Corps fighter/attack pilot, a veteran of the War on Terror and a graduate of the United States Naval Academy. He has loved writing since he was a boy. His debut novel, Gaelan’s War, was inspired by a desire to continue the discussion about PTSD, and a love of all things supernatural. In his world, werewolves aren’t big dogs and vampires definitely don’t sparkle! He lives in Northern Virginia with his wife, kids, and oversized dogs.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Romuald Dzemo for Readers' Favorite

Gaelan’s War is the first book in the Gaelan Kelly series by Thaddeus McGrath, an opening that is powerful and full of promise, a novel with strong supernatural hints. Gaelan Kelly is a broken man. He is haunted by the horrors of war. He is still having nightmares inspired by the gory experience of war, and while he still struggles with his inner demons, he is irresistibly pulled into a battle he never saw coming. Humanity is threatened by a ruthless, unforgivable enemy and Gaelan is the last hope of protecting it. But can a broken man like him still have enough fight left in him to protect humanity from a fatal menace?

The author starts the story on a strong note, allowing readers to get a feel for the characters while introducing an element of the setting. The prose is beautiful and filled with vivid images: ‘Sam Carver had just finished another unsuccessful day of hunting in the Northern Virginia woods. “Goddamn deer scent isn’t worth a shit this year,” he mumbled under his breath.’ I particularly enjoyed how the author brings life to the writing, spreading smells, exotic sights and images throughout the narrative. The story has a powerful conflict and it starts with the hunter at the opening of the narrative, morphing into a phenomenal conflict involving the very existence of the human species. Gaelan’s War is tightly written, ingeniously plotted, and featuring a multi-faceted conflict that moves the story to unexpected places. I loved the gorgeous prose, the exciting characters, and the strong plot points.