By Stephen Rea
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.
Additional Information :
Seeking initial publication as well as Foreign Rights
119.000 Words - World Rights (incl. World English)