Harrigan ★★★☆☆

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Title: Harrigan
Series: ———-
Author: Max Brand
Rating: 3 of 5 Stars
Genre: Action/Adventure
Pages: 225
Words: 65K



Harrigan, a red irishman, is in Hawaii, looking for something to keep him moving. He joins in a fight and backs up a black irishman and finds out he’s a captain of a vessel. They go their separate ways until Harrigan’s wanderings bring him to the docks. He sees the captain’s ship taking off and jumps aboard. The Captain takes him aboard as a common sailor but promises that he’s going to break Harrigan.

A woman sees Harrigan being broken and tries to intervene, thus making things even worse. This brings her to the Captain’s attention however and suddenly there is even more bad blood between Harrigan and him. A hurrican destroys the ship and the woman, the Captain and Harrigan all end up on a deserted island. The woman uses deception to keep a fragile peace and both men abide by it until they are rescued.

They are rescued by a crony of the Captain who is even more powerful and even worse than the Captain. The breaking of Harrigan begins all over again. The new Captain is a cruel hard man and his crew eventually mutinies. Harrigan gets dragged in to protect the woman and the old Captain gets involved to try to take her away from Harrigan. Things go badly for everyone, the ship is destroyed and our trio make their way to some homestead in South America. There they find out that The Great War has started and they all, unbeknownst to each other, join up.


My Thoughts:

Love triangle. And yet I never once considered putting this book down. If you want two testosterone laden Irishmen trying to beat the living daylights out of each other and break the other’s spirit, all the time, this is the book for you!

And for anyone who doesn’t know (cause I didn’t for years and years) red irish and black irish refer to the hair color, not their skin.

This was a story about men being stupid and yet glorious all at the same time. I laughed, I groaned, I sympathized, I shook my head and rolled my eyes. Why I didn’t abandon this? Because the action between them was so intense it was like the words jumped off the page and grabbed hold of me and didn’t let me go. While their hands were around each other’s throat, they were just as much around mine. But even with that, it still only gets 3 stars because of love triangles and stupidity.

Also, this isn’t a western. It is a Men’s Adventure Story.



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31 thoughts on “Harrigan ★★★☆☆

  1. This sounds really good! What year was it published?

    The island situation sounded like it could have veered off into dicey territory really quickly. Glad it didn’t.

    I had Black Irish grandfather and he came with all the virtues and vices you’d expect.

    In the book Brendan, about the Irish saint, there are two men named Hugh, cousins, who are both in line for the throne. “Hugh the Black” is a very handsome fellow with thick black hair and a peaches and cream complexion. “Hugh the Handsome” isn’t actually handsome.

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    1. I believe it was published in the 1920’s.

      The island situation would have veered off into dicey territory if the woman hadn’t played the two guys off of each other in just the right way. It was masterfully done!

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        1. Ha ha, no, I just meant the story contained in the song! Because it’s basically a ballad, right? That scene where the two of them are fighting in the street, it’s obvious neither one is very bright. But then it turns out to be this beautiful redemption story and the name was his dad’s gift to him. Stupid, yet smart.

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          1. I do believe you are correct about it being in the ballad style. Not being up on my musical terms, I’ll just say you sound correct and then say you ARE correct 😀


    1. I have been trying to keep the western genre in my reading rotation after I re-read the Sacketts saga by Louis Lamour. I tried some Zane Grey and hated them, so the other big name I’d heard of was Max Brand. so with a free shipping credit, I got an omnibus of his stuff from amazon and have been working my way through it. I think there are 10 or 11 novels and a bunch of short stories? Great deal and since I’m liking it more than Zane Grey, 99cents well spent 🙂

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        1. A lot of his stuff has fallen by the wayside, so I guess publishers figure a little money is better than none.

          I hope I find more good stories too. Lamour is a hard act to follow though…

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    1. Hahahaha! Yep, it’s a mens adventure book for sure 😀

      But now you’ve at least heard of this book. (and going tangential here) And that is part of my quiet philosophy behind this book blog. To read books that I haven’t heard of and to hopefully expose them to other people, so even if they have NO interest in reading them (case in point for you) your knowledge is incrementally increased simply by knowing it exists.

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  2. Huh, hadn’t ever heard of Max Brand before. But the internet claims he wrote a lot of stuff, so… have you read anything more of his, and if so is this about par for his work? I’ve noticed his omnibus collections are pretty much dirt cheap, but I don’t want to get them if they’re all going to be meh, you know? Great review!

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    1. This is only my second Max Brand, so I’m hesitant to say. The first one I read was his initial foray into the western genre and it was pretty cliched. I figure his stuff is going to range from the 2.5-3.5 star rating.

      I used one of those free shipping credits from amazon to pick up the omnibus for cheap or free so even if I abandon it (like I did the Zane Grey omnibus), I’m only out time, not money 🙂

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