Advance Praise

“Think of the novel Madness as a national birthday

present—Happy Bicentennial, War of 1812—telling

us of an unsung time in our early history that was as

dramatic, and as dangerous, as any.

“But Madness does more than take us back to a

time we should know better. It is a choice yarn of war

and intrigue. It is the kind of yarn Tom Clancy, say,

might tell us about 1812—if Clancy were as sweet a

writer as Dennis Byrne. Or put it another way: Don’t

buy the book for your bedside table. It is the kind of

book that makes you want to read on. You likely will

stay up too late reading it.”

—Zay N. Smith, Contributing book reviewer, Chicago Sun-Times

“It is one thing to brush history’s dust from the past

but quite another to bring the past back in vibrant

detail. Dennis Byrne has done that and more in

Madness: The War of 1812, offering a compelling

cast of characters in an action-packed tale. Grounded

solidly in deep historical research and understanding,

this is a remarkable accomplishment that makes

terrific reading.”

—Rick Kogan, WGN Radio Talk Show Host and Chicago Tribune writer