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A young priest's life spirals out of control when long-submerged memories of childhood abuse begin to surface. He seeks solace in a friendship with a beautiful seventeen-year-old-choir girl but this leads to a frenzied love affair that ends in disaster. Fallen Men touches on some dark themes but it is ultimately a novel of redemption.
Fallen Men has been the recipient of two literary awards - Top Medallist Honours in the General Fiction category of the prestigious New Apple 2015 Awards for Excellence, and the IDB Amazon Award in 2013.
Capturing the realities of the priesthood along with the raw emotional power of great drama, Fallen Men marks something of a step change from Brian O’Hare’s thrillers but it’s one that proves powerfully poignant. A hugely entertaining read from the start, when it comes to originality it doesn’t get any better as O’Hare quickly gets to grip with his overarching theme. Avoiding the temptation to concoct prescriptive characters he shows us, without compromise, the depth of their conflict and the totality of their emotional angst in uncompromising prose and pin-sharp dialogue. It wouldn’t be disingenuous to say there are times when O’Hare’s novel is quite harrowing and incredibly sobering as he juggles the reverent and the taboo and in the hands of another author it might have been a mawkish read. But O’Hare never loses sight of his novel's overall vision. Clearly sitting in the Religious & Inspirational Fiction genre it also fits the classical definition of tragedy, as his characters have no option but to face, and find some degree of dignity as they come to terms with the reality of their feelings.
With a superb plot, Fallen Men is one of those novels that not only delivers a great read but will leave you deep in thought and it is recommended without reservation.
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Brian O'Hare, MA, Ph.D., is a retired assistant director of a large regional college of further and higher education. Married, three children, ten grandchildren, one great grandchild. He plays golf three times a week off a ten handicap and does a lot of voluntary work. Any writing he has previously done was academic...very much restricted to a very specific readership. Several articles in educational journals were followed by a number of book-length reports for the Dept. of Education and the University of Ulster.