Monday, November 22, 2010

Brave Boys of Derry or Surrender! by W. S. Martin

This book was a short quick read, but packed full of information any history buff would enjoy reading. It's not a big long book only 69 pages. Very easy to read.  I had it read under two hours.  It's an historical narrative of what happened in 1689 in the town of Londonderry, Ireland.  Very interesting to say the least.  You'll enjoy learning how the brave boys stood the stuff and didn't surrender.  What a challenge they had, but they held to their NO SURRENDER tactic and it paid off for them.

The story of the 1689 siege of Londonderry proclaims the power of God in the incredible resistance of the City of Londonderry against the attempted Jacobite conquest of Ireland by the deposed King James II of England. While the city leaders vacillated, thirteen bold and brave young apprentices took the initiative to close the city gates. “No surrender!” became the rallying cry. Faith in Christ gave the people of Derry the courage to resist in the face of extended siege, blockade, starvation, and disease. Liberty lovers—young and old—should read this book.

It was now clear that the city was not to be taken by assault. Other means must be tried.

It was not only the enemy outside the walls that the brave defenders had to contend with; remorseless foes, in the shape of hunger and fever, came to the aid of the Irish, and it was now evident that the besieged would have to be starved out of their position. The most extraordinary means were adopted to prevent any food being taken into the town.

Not much is known about the author. Mr. W. Stanley Martin was a stationer and was partner in the City of London firm, Martin & Purnham. He spent his last days in Felpham in Sussex, England and used to attend services at the Chapel of the Bannister, Theological College in Felpham.

You can visit the publisher online at to learn more about the Brave Boys of Derry or No Surrender!

A copy of this book was provided for review by Virtual Book tours


1 comment:

Cheryl said...

Thanks for the wonderful review of this book. The majority of the reviews during the tour have been favorable, and I also enjoyed this one.

Wishing you and your readers a blessed Thanksgiving.