Two decades after the Civil War, first-generation Irish-American Zachary O'Hara, son of a legendary Marine and a force of a man in his own right, finds himself playing a critical role as the very existence of the Marine Corps is being decided. If he can help persuade the Secretary of the Navy that the Marines will be crucial to America's security in years to come-- all the while hefting a heavy, secret weight in his heart-- he'll save the Corps and make his career.
Uris’ death, three months prior to this book’s publication, not only cut short the career of a great novelist, but also another sequel.
I loved his novels Trinity, Redemption and QBVII. They were great stories spun in the tradition of historical novels. His story-telling ability and character creation communicate the humanity of the age and culture about which he writes.
O’Hara’s Choice is no exception. Patriotic Duty and family loyalty duel in this tale set in the Gilded Age that followed the U. S. Civil War. Leon Uris was a great writer. He had the ability to create characters who communicate the age and times in which Uris set his novels.
The worst part of coming to the end of this book is the nagging awareness that this is the last Uris novel the reader will read.
Private Zachary O'Hara is in the Marines where he has found a family of sorts. His father, Paddy, also a Marine died of cancer just as Zach entered the Marines. His mother died of TB just after his birth and his father abandoned him to the care of his aunt Brigid for some years until Brigid became too ill to look after him. Paddy's old mates look after him as a way to repay the debt they owe Paddy for saving their lives. Then the lovely and rich Amanda Kerr comes across Zach and decides she wants him. What started out as a fling becomes a serious love for both of them but they know they can never have a life together. Or can they? That is O'Hara's choice.