Sunday, May 4, 2014

Clonmac's Bridge by Jeffrey Perren

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"It made no sense to him, and things that made no sense bothered him in a very personal way." -Jeffrey Perren, Clonmac's Bridge

Griffin Clonmac has discovered something miraculous, a bridge that has been underwater for 1 200 years and yet is still intact. He wants nothing more to discover the secret to satisfy his curiosity. But there are forces behind the scene that would prefer he never get the chance to even look upon the bridge. How far are these mysterious forces willing to go? And will Griffin find his answers? Find the official description on Goodreads.

Jeffrey Perren is not afraid to jump right into the interesting things. And it shows in his book, Clonmac's Bridge. All we know at the beginning is that there is a discovery that Griffin has been looking for a long time. And one that he is willing to go to any lengths to discover. But we slowly uncover what he is looking for and the many different methods he takes to get there. The writing of the story was almost flawless and it was effortless to read.

Not only that but the characters of Griffin and Mari are quickly ones that you can't help but root for. You find yourself hoping that they will be able to succeed no matter the roadblocks that are brought before them and without too much personal loss. The point of view that we are given as third person, it isn't hard to get some kind of insight into their characters, ones that go a long way to reassuring the reader that they are truly good and just curious as all who are involved in history must be. 

Then we also get into the deep politics that can take place anywhere and everywhere. Frankly I found this most interesting. Mainly because delving into the human psyche is always interesting and finding out people's motives is one that is intriguing. It's hard to know how people tick and yet we also get to see that in Clonmac's Bridge.  The politics also helped to keep things jumping and moving. It was interesting to see how things played out and yet remain not involved. I felt as if I was casually watching a masterful chess game, one that had no clear ending in sight.

There is a bit of a voyage into the past as well. One that is seamlessly made and yet you know that you've gone back into the past, mostly with the names of characters or actions they're participating in. But it's kept interesting by the dialogue and finding out what has taken place in the past that could possibly affect the future. It was well done and a good move on the part of Jeffrey Perren.

Clonmac's Bridge was intriguing, and a book that I would recommend to any of my friends. If you have any interest in historical books or politically motivated characters than feel free to give this book a look! Have you read Clonmac's Bridge? What did you think about it? Did you enjoy the politics of the book? 


  1. I agree It's a great read. A perfect combination of historical fiction, mystery and thriller. Highly recommended.

    1. I agree. The author certainly made a smooth transition between the historical aspects and present ones, which I found easy to read.



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