Books by Stephen Rea
Stephen Rea lives in Dublin. He has written a historical fiction novel and two literary fiction novels. All three novels have arrays of characters that are on a constant quest to explore identity, openness and a meaningful expression of hope for themselves and those around them. His protagonists are reluctant interventionists that also appreciate the difference they can make - in their diverse personal spheres of interest and influence - to wider communities of people that - in an increasingly inter-connected world - allow those cherishing simpler, more culturally isolationist lives, to be too easily exploited by snake-oil salesmen and those that ascend to power with an excess of misdirected personal ambition and a misplaced sense of their own importance and abilities. All three novels also have wider over-arching societal and related spatial elements that serve both as a source of solution-driven sustenance and plot-weaving obstacles for heroes, heroines and the teams that are built in each novel to tackle expedient and atavistic antagonists generating division amongst those prone to see catch-all, cut and dried consequences emerge from intertwined and complicated resolution conditions.
Stephen has also written award-winning feature film screenplays. Almost A Movement - the local and global story of the 2015 Irish Equality Referendum - was selected in September 2018 as Screenplay winner at The American Tea Dance Film Festival. In the same year this script was also a finalist at The South Carolina Underground Film Festival and the Cannes Screenplay Contest and in 2017 at New Renaissance, Amsterdam. Also in 2017 his thriller On Message was a Feature Screenplay Finalist at the Oaxaca Film Festival in Mexico.
Twitter: Stephen Rea @stephenrea2
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A contemporary social-cause awakening Dublin college student discovers a trove of historically sensitive photographs and documents that reveal how an early era Cold War road-trip around post WWII Re-construction Europe intertwines with a sweeping societal change story in Ireland. As the student visits the old man in Boston, he learns of how a reflective American veteran strayed into 1946 Ireland to explore his Eisenhower inspired American Dream, only to find his ancestral homeland in a theocratic grip, expediently supported by a political elite that ceded social control to cover-up decades of disastrous decisions that were felt most keenly by the poor and the propaganda prone that continued to soak up the revolutionary make-believe, even as it made so many poorer and worse off in terms of their human rights and real chance for economic improvement.
With obvious parallels to the wrecking ball populism of Trump’s America and Brexit Britain, Conscience Baton is written in the vein of a Robert Harris novel that imagines a stronger society that could have emerged from the ashes of Independent Ireland had stronger civil rights leaders emerged from outside or inside the Irish nation at an earlier time than they did in the 1960’s. The American Hero’s story is imagined but it is applied to real events in historically rooted ways where outcomes are different based on enlightened common sense - that was available at the time - and could have been applied in Ireland at the same moment that saw Irish-Anglo-American political culture interact in very real constructive ways that would not be repeated again until the Good Friday Agreement in 1998.
Schadenfreude Secrets is a modern age Our Man in Havana type tale of a former Aussie Espionage Officer, his American wife, her home town pal, an out-of-step MI5 guy and a case juggling Russian spy co-ordinator striving to contain fallout from an apparent killing in London that began as a single trigger ruse for an urbane Espionage War Game which plays out into a scaled story that spreads out and about in London, Moscow, American Oceania Territory and a small fictional town in continental America. A core theme is how bungling big government - masquerading as something else entirely - need not get in the way of those seeking to make the world a more secure and prosperous place.
The Contango Castle Cafe is ostensibly a sardonic story about a young technology entrepreneur - that gets mixed up in an intelligence trawl exercise which never gets the better of him or his international café culture chums - as they travel in and out of Dublin from hubs and hotspots that wrongly put them in the frame for a data breach event that involves The White House and some insider expert software shakedown specialists, while also delving into social and cultural themes that expose deceptive barrier-beacons for those that feel left behind or fear change from foreigners and intercontinental enthusiasts appearing to have more of an ear with ostensibly non-socially disruptive elites, than they do.