Right Hand Up To God  by M.J. Croan – ISBN: 9781449535414

 Making a solemn promise to her dying mother, Lori swears to protect her newborn brother, Michael – vowing to preserve his safety and well being in theface of any and all danger…meanwhile, thousands of miles away in Ireland, Lori’s half-brother, Shaun – forever traumatized by the violent death of his sister – joins the IRA as a means of exacting the personal vengeance he desperately seeks…when Michael is wrongfully imprisoned, Lori solicits the help of the IRA to free him, which ultimately leads her to cross paths with Shaun – but will she be able to survive the twisted web of terror and mayhem that ensues…?Right Hand Up To God is a fast-paced, all-engrossing read. In masterful fashion, author M.J. CroanRight Hand Up To God is a powerful, nonstop suspense.

With more than its fair share of drama and suspense, God weaves a host of intriguing plots and subplots into a seamless tapestry of intense action and tantalizing mystery. Also, Croan’s considerable geopolitical expertise shines through, further bolstering his compelling tale by lending it a touch of genuine authenticity that ultimately draws the reader in even more to his vivid descriptions of various cultures and locales.

Expertly crafted, thriller sure to leave readers wanting more. Be on the lookout for future instant classics from this highly talented purveyor of tales of international intrigue.  
Reviewed By Josee Morgan – Official Apex Reviews Rating:  *****


This review is from: Right Hand Up To God: No More Will Die (Volume 1) (Paperback)  By Ann B. Keller/Cold Coffee.

An incredible read! I’m still reeling. Once I picked up this book, I couldn’t put it down. What began as a horrific birth in the untamed Florida Everglades leads ten-year-old Lori and her baby brother, Michael, to the decrepit houseboat of Casey and Christy MacGowan, their only familial refuge in a storm of pain and regret. Father Fitzpatrick attempts to guide and counsel the youngsters, but Lori is too pretty to remain unnoticed for long. Soon, her young body draws the eyes of even her uncle, but Lori ensures that Casey’s brutal assault doesn’t remain unanswered. Casey’s unexpected death leaves the local authorities with too many questions and Lori is shipped off to a convent to mend her ways.

Far away in Belfast, Lori’s half brother, Shaun O’Brien, lies gasping beneath his sister’s bullet-riddled body. Kelly’s death so angers Shaun that he is ripe pickings for Hugh Devlin, an old school I.R.A. man. Little by little, Shaun learns from terrorism’s best and his life runs a path of death and destruction, eventually drawing the attention of anti-terrorist officer Peter Doyle.

Meanwhile, Lori finds some happiness beneath the Florida sun in the company of Bruce and Roy, two rich brothers from Australia who seem determined to enjoy life in all of its facets. Unfortunately, a storm casts their luxury yacht into the world of Vigo Tortosa, a drug dealing entrepreneur who will stop at nothing to keep his illegal operation beneath the eyes of the law. In a cruel twist of fate, Shaun is sent to eliminate Lori and Bruce, but something stops him. Lori’s face seems achingly familiar.

Lori and her new husband, Bruce MacDonald, find a new life on his father’s Australian cattle ranch and Lori is ecstatic when her brother Michael joins them on the station. Michael, however, feels a higher calling and soon joins the seminary, eventually becoming a Roman Catholic priest. His first assignment: Belfast.

In a swirling vortex of violence, Shaun seeks out Peter Doyle, a man who stands for all he is against. Unfortunately, Shaun is wounded in the crossfire and stumbles into a nearby church, coming face to face with the new Father Michael. Aiding and abetting a known fugitive does not sit well with the local authorities and Father Michael is imprisoned in Maize Prison, one of the most horrific and degrading places on Earth.

Lori plays a dangerous game as she tries to free her brother, Michael, calling upon past favors and playing one dangerous player against another. Can one woman triumph against the odds as the growing web of terror closes around her? Or will Michael, like Christ, allow himself to be nailed upon the cross of power so that others might live? Right Hand Up to God will find the reader frantically turning the pages as a tsunami of excitement and intrigue, desperation and terror race headlong toward the tumultuous conclusion.

Ann B. Keller.  ( http://www.prlog.org/10740725-incredible-writing-by-new-author.html )


SUSPENSE/THRILLER Alone in the Everglades, Lori promises her dying mother she will care for her newborn brother, Michael. Over the months and years that follow she will strive to keep her promise.
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PRLog (Press Release)Apr 30, 2010 – Newfoundland .CA.  Malcolm J. Croan, author of Right Hand Up To God, No More Will Die is a fascinating account of a young girl, Lori, living in the squalor of life in the Everglades, raising her newborn brother, to clear across the world to Shaun O’Brien, born into the bloodshed and bedlam of Northern Ireland. If you like to travel from country to continent, with plots that twist and turn and characters that you grow to love and fight for, then this is the book for you.

The book grabs you from the beginning and won’t let you rest. Lori has to raise a newborn, at the age of ten and fight off the drunken bouts and the unfortunate attack on her young body. What happens next is… well; you’ll have to buy the book. I don’t want to give away the secrets of this suspenseful story. It will hold your attention until the very end.

Your heart beats with the explosions of bullets and the chaos of war, when Shaun O’Brien risks his young life as he constantly faces The Royal Ulster Constabulary of Inspector Pete Doyle.

Lori grows up fast in a world of high society, drugs, sex and death. When she asks for the help of Shaun to save her brother, the climax grows to an explosion of love and loss.

Linda Barnett-Johnson


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This review is from: Right Hand Up To God: No More Will Die (Volume 1) (Paperback)

I promise that if you purchase this novel” Right Hand Up to God” you won’t be disappointed. Malcolm is an excellent storyteller and you will never be bored with this novel. I found it to be so interesting that it was hard for me to put the book aside once I started to read it. The main character Lori is confronted with one challenge after another through this book. All the characters are interesting and all play an important role in the story. I bought a couple of copies for gifts. Books make wonderful gifts for that person that has everything. I will be watching and waiting for his next novel as soon as it is on the market for sale.

Sara Brannon


5.0 out of 5 stars

A fast-paced novel that’s almost impossible to put down, June 22, 2010
By #Matthew D. Stephens “M. Stephens” (Minnesota) 
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This review is from: Right Hand Up To God: No More Will Die (Volume 1) (Paperback)

Mr. Croan sucks us in to this brilliantly worded novel from chapter one. With it’s weaving plots and heart wrenching drama, mixed with a bit of humor, it is a damn hard book to put down. He has a way of drawing you into his characters emotionally, whether it’s the protagonist or antagonist and leaves you breathless with his incredibly intense scenes. It’s a must read is all I can say. I could try and describe a book like this, but I could do it no justice. There is too much in the story. I highly suggest you just buy it and give it a read yourself. Trust me, it’s money well spent. I really hope to see another novel from M.J. Croan in the future.

M. Stephens

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