The Shadow of War (The Great War, #1) by Stewart Binns

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Read from July 13 to 15, 2014


Description: The Shadow of War is the first novel in Stewart Binns’s new series which will see a book release for each year of the First World War. This is a story of love and comradeship, of hatred and tragedy – this is the story of the Great War.

June 1914: the beginning of another long, prosperous summer for Britain. But beneath the clear skies, all is not as it seems – the chill wind of social discontent swirls around this sceptred isle.

Shots ring out in a distant European land – the assassination of a foreign aristocrat. From that moment the entire world is propelled into a conflict unlike any seen before.

This is the story of five British communities, their circumstances very different, but who will all share in the tragedy that is to come. All that they have known will be changed forever by the catastrophic events of the Great War.

The Shadow of War, the first novel in The Great War series from Stewart Binns, is a thrilling read and perfect for those who enjoy the writing of Conn Iggulden and Bernard Cornwell.

Stewart Binns began his professional life as an academic. He then pursued several adventures, including a stint at the BBC, before settling into a career as a schoolteacher, specializing in history. Later in life a lucky break took him back to the BBC, which was gthe beginning of a successful career in television. He has won a BAFTA, a Grierson, an RTS and a Peabody for his documentaries. Stewart’s passion is English history especially its origins and folklore. His previous Making of England series: Crusade, Conquest, Anarchy and Lionheart, were published to great acclaim.

Dedication: To all those who endured the Great War

Opening: PART ONE, JUNE: Champagne and Plovers’ Eggs: Assembly Rooms, Presteigne, Radnorshire:

The Reverend Henry Kewley, rector of St Andrew’s, Presteigne, is in full flow. Tall, silver-haired and supremely self-confident, he has been holding bi-monthly meetings for the town’s business community for the past year. There has been a lengthy and tedious debate about the calibre of the town’s police force and the condition of its jail, but Kewley is now addressing the issue of Presteigne’s future livelihood.

Broad St., Presteigne

A solid read where I will look for the next episode this time next year. However, this Great War Trilogy is rather too similar in set up to Ken Follet’s ‘The Century Trilogy’ to award it any stars for innovation.

Signing up.

Isle of White

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