Never read anything by Walter Macken before, but he is a favorite of one of my sisters. (We have "Seek the Fair Land" by him about Cromwell's persecution in Ireland-but I have never read it.) This one (The Scorching Wind) is about the rising (in Ireland) in 1916. All are historical novels. So far my judgement is good. I will be reading the others when this one is done.
We are in the Berkshires at my in-laws. I am nursing what appears to be a case of gout (a new thing for me.) I can see how a writer may want to have a retreat out here. It is peaceful and quiet (and while hot-it cools down at night, unlike SC).
Oremus pro invicem!