The Potato Thief

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19th Century,Earlier 20th Century

Harry Hallman

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The Potato Thief- A prequel to the Mercy Row Series of Novels It's 1881 and eighteen-year-old Irishman George Graham steals a bag of potatoes to feed his starving family. This simple act of desperation sets him on an epic journey to lands he never knew existed. George endures the sweltering Jungles of Indochina, faces bloodthirsty pirates in the South Atlantic, fights a war in Cuba, and finally makes it to the land of milk and honey, America. After he lands on the gritty streets of Kensington, the Irish section of Philadelphia, he finds the milk spoiled and the honey not so sweet. Prejudice and hatred for all immigrants, especially Irish Catholics, still thrives in the hearts of the rich and ruling class. To survive and prosper George and three other Irish immigrants join forces to supply weapons to both Irish and Cuban rebels. Teenager Charlie Byrne joins them, and together they build the beginnings of what one day will be one of the most successful Irish criminal organization in the City of Brotherly Love.


Action, Crime,,Adventure,Epic,Crime

Short Summary

This is a story of an Irish immigrant to the USA. How he got there and what he experiences along his journey around the world and finally to Philadelphia. His experience reveals to him that the brutal nature of colonialism, in Ireland, Indochina, Cuba and America. It is an action packed novel.


Ireland, Vietnam, South Pacific, Cuba, Georgia Florida, Philadelphia

Based on a True Story


Plot - Premise


Plot - Other Elements

Meaningful Message,,Other

Mature Audience Themes

Extreme Violence, Language/Profanity

Main Character Details

Name: The main character is george Graham, an 18 year old poor farmer who is now head of his family. He starts out relegious, but looses his faith becuase of what he sees. If I were to pick an actor he might be like it would be John Wayne.

Age: 18

Gender: Male

Role: Protagonist

Key Traits: Complex, Heroic, Honorable, Selfless, Badass, Empathetic, Faithful, Masculine, Adventurous,Adventurous,Badass,Masculine

Additional Character Details

Name: Billy Flannigan

Age: 18

Gender: Male

Role: Sidekick

Key Traits: Aggressive, Charming, Engaging, Heroic, Honorable, Adventurous, Aspiring, Faithful, Funny,Adventurous,Criminal

Additional Character Details

Name: Danny O'Boyle

Age: 16

Gender: Male

Role: sidekick

Key Traits: Adventurous, Aspiring, Engaging, Heartthrob, Heroic,Criminal,Charming

Additional Character Details

Name: John McBride

Age: 21

Gender: Male

Role: Mentor

Key Traits: Adventurous, Aggressive, Badass, Criminal, Decisive, Faithful, Heroic, Visionary,Charming,Confident,Leader,Criminal,Visionary

About The Author

Target Audiences

Age: 35-54,55+,18-34

Target Gender: Male leaning,Universal

Group Specific

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Publishing Details

Status: Yes: self-published

Year Published: 2018

Hard Copy Available