The Wild Irish by Robin Maxwell

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Two female titans -- perfectly matched in guts, guile, and political genius.

Elizabeth, queen of England, has taken on the mighty Spanish Armada and, in a stunning sea battle, vanquished it. But her troubles are far from over. Just across the western channel, her colony Ireland is embroiled in seething rebellion, with the island's fierce, untamed clan chieftains and their "wild Irish" followers refusing to bow to their English oppressors.

Grace O'Malley -- notorious pirate, gunrunner, and "Mother of the Irish Rebellion" -- is at the heart of the conflict. For years, she has fought against the English stranglehold on her beloved country. At the height of the uprising Grace takes an outrageous risk, sailing up the Thames to London for a face-to-face showdown with her nemesis, the queen of England.

In this "enthralling historical fiction" (Publishers Weekly), Robin Maxwell masterfully brings to life these strong and pugnacious women in order to tell the little-known but crucial saga of Elizabeth's Irish war.


About Robin Maxwell

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ROBIN MAXWELL grew up in New Jersey, graduated from Tufts University School of Occupational Therapy, and practiced in that field for several years before moving to Hollywood to become a parrot tamer, casting director, and screenwriter. Working for the major studios and networks, she wrote comedy, drama, and even feature animation for Disney. Maxwell is the author of several historical novels featuring powerful women, including the award-winning Secret Diary of Anne Boleyn, now in its 22nd printing, and Signora Da Vinci. Her books have been published in England, Ireland, France, Germany, Italy, Greece, Turkey, Indonesia, Hungary, Portugal, Czech Republic, the Ukraine, Japan and all the Spanish-speaking countries in the world. Maxwell lives in the high desert of California with her husband, yogi Max Thomas. Vist her Online at
Published October 13, 2009 by HarperCollins e-books. 404 pages
Genres: History, Literature & Fiction, Romance. Fiction

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Moved by her tale, Elizabeth grants her wishes, but soon finds herself sending Essex to destroy the rebellion raging in Ireland.

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