Fallen Men, published on Amazon Kindle in September 2012, is a story of three priests. All are good, spiritual men so why does young Father Ray Canavan Ray find himself on trial in a Dublin court for statutory rape of a minor? And why is his equally popular friend, Father Dan Patterson, raucously accused of murder by a member of his congregation as he attempts to celebrate a Requiem Mass? And why does Canon Tony Mulholland so lose sight of his priestly responsibilities that he tries to cover up Ray’s indiscretions by sending him to hide in Italy ?

Fallen Men touches on dark themes but ultimately it is a novel of redemption. It is a story that will bring tears to many eyes and characters who will remain in your heart long after you have put the book down. John Anthony, publisher, says: “Anyone who has read and enjoyed Colleen McCullough’s Thornbirds will also enjoy Fallen Men.”

Praise for Fallen Men

Fallen Men has received seven reviews since it was published.  Among the comments expressed are:

     Fallen Men is as good an example of quality fiction writing as I have seen
      gritty, serious and thought-provoking… The reader is left at the end with a
      positive feast in the way of food for thought. This is something very few
      writers have the ability to do, thus ensuring that Fallen Men is not only an
      entertaining book but also, vitally, a very memorable one.  (A. Grey)
 “Brian O'Hare has talent to describe people and situations without boring the reader. He can also make you enter the characters' thoughts so you are deeply into the situation with them. And he creates real people, defected, sometimes weak, sometimes strong people. Priests, lay people... they are all real in a way you can relate to them here… Fallen Men is an excellent, well-written story.”   
                                                                                         (Renata F. Barcelos)

“'Fallen Men is a wonderful book! It was absolutely 'unputdownable' from start to finish. The plot was gripping and I found myself absolutely enmeshed in the lives and dilemmas of the beautifully penned characters! The author clearly has his finger on the pulse of our modern era and challenges us to think about many areas of life! A skilfully written and most enjoyable read!” (Sr. Treasa Davey)

As I mentioned on the blog page, Fallen Men received this award on January 16th, 2013.

The Doom Murders    My second novel has just been published on Amazon Kindle (December 2012) and represents an even more dramatic change of genre.  This time I have written a murder mystery set in Belfast. Echoes of ‘the Troubles’ and their lingering aftermath are never far from the surface but these echoes are just background. The story, the themes and the plot have a much more general appeal.

What triggered The Doom Murders?    Among my various interests, I like to read about art and have many books on artists from all over the world.  I was browsing through one of these books and spent some time contemplating a painting of The Last Judgement by a fifteenth century artist, Rogier van der Weyden.  For some reason, a piece of advice to writers from Stephen King came into my head.  King said, “Always ask ‘why?’, or ‘what if?' ". I was studying the distorted figures of the damned souls hurtling down into the abyss and wondered: “What if a Chief Inspector was faced by a series of gruesome murders and found the bodies posed in strange and grotesque shapes identical to those on this Doom?”  And came the next question, “Why would anyone want to do that?”

From these two questions came the inspiration for a new story and The Doom Murders was written. Dooms are mediaeval paintings of The Last Judgement.  The killer in this novel has been inspired in his “work” by the painting of The Last Judgement by Rogier van der Weyden.

This “work” comes to the notice of Chief Inspector Jim Sheehan when a number of high profile figures in Belfast are brutally murdered. The bodies are left naked and oddly distorted. No clues are left at the forensically immaculate crime scenes except seemingly pointless theatrical props and some random numbers and letters. Sheehan is baffled. How are the victims linked?  What message is the murderer trying to send via the vaguely religious symbolism of the killings?  Faced with one of the most complex cases of his career, the Chief Inspector turns to an eminent Professor of Psychology at Queen’s University and a senior cleric who is a biblical expert. With their help, he begins to piece together some understanding of the killer’s psychopathy but can he learn enough to identify the killer and put an end the murders?
The Doom Murders is now available from Amazon Kindle Books.

Added Note:  February 2nd, 2013
In January, The Doom Murders climbed to #3 in the Top 100 British Detectives.  It has started to slide lately but it would never have got there if it was not a reasonably enjoyable book.  If you are looking at this blog and have not yet downloaded The Doom Murders ,  give it a try.  It costs only a little more than one pound.  And please leave a comment.  I would love to hear from readers

"A Spiritual Odyssey"  is the compelling story of a six-year journey that took the author on two converging paths - a burgeoning spirituality, and a dramatic physical degeneration that took the author to the doors of death. It is essentially a witness to the miraculous grace of God, and how it reaches into both soul and body. The author struggles with questions of a theological nature, but not in an academic way. The questions emerge from the practical, often confusing circumstances, in which the author finds himself and he tries to understand his growing spirituality and to seek intimacy with Jesus.

Praise for A Spiritual Odyssey
“Some of the medical descriptions chill the blood but the religious explorations are heart-warming, ranging from reading theologians as different as Sean Fagan andBasil Hume, to a meeting with the sensible and down-to-earth Sister BriegeMcKenna, and to a pilgrimage through the holy places of France, all of which makes this a fine exposition of the riches of the Catholic tradition.”
                                              [David McLaurin,
                                                    The Tablet]

Intelligent and sensitive…very moving…gives a graphic account of suffering and anguish…gives us wonderful vignettes of people he met on his journey.  His description of Lourdes is truly evocative and marvellous.  
                                   [Anthony Redmond, Reviewer,
                                         The Irish Catholic]




  1. Will you write another book with chief inspector Sheehan?

  2. Sorry for taking so long to reply, Easter Egg. Not very computer literate and forgot how to get into this blog site to add to it. Only just tonight remembersd that it is a different email address to mu usual one!!!

    Yes, I have just started a new Inspector Sheehan book. It is called "The 11.05 Murders". It has an interesting end-twist but I still have to invent worlds for the various new characters to live in. Sheehan's new sergeant is a lovely young woman (with issues of her own) who will feature prominently in the story.

  3. Almost afraid to ask, Easter Egg, but did you enjoy the first Inspector Sheehan story?

  4. New book published at the end of 2013: Check it out on either or

    Publication Date: November 30, 2013
    Do you believe in miracles? Do you believe in miraculous healing? Do you believe in demonic possession? Do you believe in exorcism or deliverance? Perhaps you should hold your response until you have read this remarkable book.

    Recently a little girl with irreparable brain damage was pronounced dead by two hospital specialists who advised her parents to switch off the life support machines. Today she is a healthy teenager. A teenage boy whose spinal cord and several vertebrae were crushed by a lorry was destined to spend his life in a wheelchair, able only to move his head. He now plays football with his friends. A gypsy curse that brought death to numerous members of a single travelling community over five generations has been lifted and ended. A young man tormented by six demons has been delivered and set free.

    How were such miracles wrought? What do they have in common? They have John Gillespie in common. John spends his days travelling North and South of Ireland bringing miraculous healings to people (numbering already many thousands), delivering others from demonic oppression, and preaching the Word of God. Who is he? How has he been gifted with such extraordinary power? This true account of his life, of the miracles and deliverances that follow his prayers, will amaze you. If you read and liked Briege McKenna’s Miracles Do Happen, you’ll love The Miracle Ship.

    1. Addendum to The Miracle Ship blurb:

      The Miracle Ship tells John’s story. But it does so much more than that. Yes, the book essentially focuses on miracles. Yes, it contains many extraordinary stories of healing and deliverance. Yes, it focuses strongly on the spiritual warfare that so many Christians are engaged in without any awareness of its dangers. But the book goes to the very heart of what is needed to find healing and deliverance. It tells of the obstacles and difficulties that get in the way of true healing prayer. It reveals the many pitfalls that lie in wait in seemingly innocent healing practices. It spells out in detail the serious dangers that underpin many apparently beneficial New Age therapies. And it offers many examples of the kinds of prayers and life-styles that can bring healing to the body and to the mind. It can even turn around lives that are falling apart (and this has already been several times communicated to the author or John Gillespie by people who have already read this book on Kindle.) This is a book that should be read by all Christians. John’s message is profoundly insightful and, if it is uncompromising, it is laced with faith, forgiveness and truth. Many who have already read the book have described it as ‘life-changing.’ This true account of his life, of the miracles and deliverances that follow his prayers, will amaze you. Millions of people love to hear and read about miracles. Sr. Briege McKenna’s book Miracles Do Happen has sold all over the world in its millions. If you read and liked Miracles Do Happen, you’ll love The Miracle Ship .

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  5. Se what BookViral has to say about The Doom Murders"

  6. Tweet from Book Viral


    A wonderfully graphic murder mystery with real depth - The Doom Murders by #author @brianohare26

  7. This is Book Viral's Review

    Prominent figures in Belfast are being murdered. The bodies are left naked and posed in grotesquely distorted shapes. No clues are left at the forensically immaculate crime scenes except odd theatrical props and some random numbers and letters concealed at each scene by the killer. How are the victims linked? What is the connection between these killings, the bible, and a famous mediaeval painting of The Last Judgement?

    It is always uplifting to review something a little different and with the intriguing title, The Doom Murders, Brian O’Hare delivers just that. A wonderfully graphic murder mystery with real depth, O’Hare writes with a keen eye for detail with his tale evolving at a surprising pace. Eschewing stereotypes that dominate popular crime thrillers, O’Hare leans toward the fallible side of his characters, imbuing them with a real world presence that is by turn witty and darkly introspective. This most evident in his lead, Jim Sheehan, who wrestles with the conflicts of faith as his investigations progress. It’s cleverly connived and highly thought provoking in the vein of all great crime thrillers and it makes for an enthralling read.

    A absolute must read for fans of the genre, The Doom Murders will certainly win a host of followers for author Brain O'Hare and is highly recommended.

  8. The Miracle Ship will be available as a paperback by the end of June (with new cover)

  9. The Doom Murders was awarded Amazon's IDB award on 9th March 2014. Regrettably, I have completely forgotten how to upload the pictures of the certificate and the wreath. I also have a lovely new cover for The Miracle Ship which I do not know how to upload either.

  10. The Miracle Shipis now available in paperback

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