The Irish Connection: Kellan Maguire's Journey:
Part 4: The End Game

“The electors of President and Vice President of each State shall meet and give their votes on the first Monday after the second Wednesday
in December next following their appointment at such place in each State as the legislature of such State shall direct.”

Now we have to tread carefully here because we don't want to give away the end of the story.

If you have read or looked at the prologue of the book, you know that our hero Kellan is going to run for vice president on the ticket with Jordan Montgomery. You also know that Jordan is a Republican and Kellan is a Democrat, so it's something of a dare on their part. It wasn't too tough to convince the party faithful that it might work because after all, whoever hears anything about a vice president unless he does something stupid or unless the president dies?

But suppose something happens to a president very early in the game, before the political world is prepared to deal with it? Or even before the president is actually sworn in? Well that's where we find ourselves. And what's going to happen is that a huge can of worms is going to open up, and it will evolve around Kellan's Irish experiences and his Irish connections, the most visible of which of course is the beautiful Kathleen. The body politic seemed prepared to accept a split ticket, but suppose the split comes into sharper focus?

All I can give you here is the suggestion that the last part of the ride is going to be very interesting. You should be able to guess that the ending will be reasonably favorable, but you don't know how it's going to turn out.

Here are some possibilities.

  • Kathleen's true background is exposed and causes huge problems for Kellan, which he overrides.
  • Kellan takes over as acting president while Jordan is indisposed, and no sooner is he in office than impeachment proceedings begin. What will happen up on Capitol Hill?
  • The timing of new developments is such that it's unclear who is going to be sworn in and under what circumstances. The political world of the United States winds up in uncharted territory. Who winds up in the White House?
  • Kellan resigns his office, turning the mess over to Congrress, joins the IRA, and he and Kathleen move to Londonderry and become gun runners.

Well, I'd like to tell you that there's a happy ending, but I won't. I will suggest that there will be closure to some of the other stories, involving people like Fiona. But we will have to leave it at that. Maybe after the book has been around a while, we can begin to contemplate where all these people might go from here.

The Chapters in Part 4 are First Daughter, Tragedy, The Morning After, Turmoil, and The Countess Kathleen. That last chapter title comes from Riverdance—it is one of the numbers in which the lovely Jean Butler and her successors in the role dance on center stage. It is based on old Irish legends.

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