"The Mission" is the compelling story of the lives and deaths of two Irish Columban priests on the war torn island of Mindanao in the southern Philippines. The story begins with the kidnapping of Fr Des Hartford by the Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) in October 1997. Hartford was held hostage for 11 days in the jungle until his freedom was secured. Almost four years later in August 2001, Fr Rufus 'Popong' Halley was murdered in cold blood while travelling through Malabang. Like Hartford, Halley had dedicated his life to promoting peace among Christians and Muslims on the islands. He paid the ultimate price for his work. Harrington's book is a superb account of the lives of these missionaries - two men who dedicated their lives to helping the poor. Few will put this book down without understanding the Columbans, their way of life, the southern Philippines and the region's troubled history.
Jean Harrington has ghost-written several best-selling books:Survivor: Memoirs of a Prostitute (2003), The Irish Ballerina(2004), and Heroin (2005). She has a degree in journalism and worked as a researcher on the Underworld, a four-partdocumentary series broadcast on RTE television in 2003, and Sabhair ach Salach, a series profiling Ireland's richest criminals for TG4 in 2006. She works in publishing and has two children and two dogs.