Sunday, August 3, 2014

The Shadow of War: The Great War Series Book 1 by Stewart Binns

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.

June 1914

The beginning of another long, prosperous summer for Britain. But beneath the clear skies, all is not as it seems - as the chill wind of social discontent swirls around this sceptered 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.

This is a story of love and comradeship, of hatred and tragedy - 
this is the story 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.


The Shadow of War is Stewart Binn’s newest novel, the first of several that will cover the years that span World War I as it pertains to Britain. It takes place in a relatively short time frame, from June to December 1914, the months leading up to the start of the Great War. In this opening novel, Binns introduces the reader to several characters of diverse social ranks, roles, and genders, and some of the key politicians of the era. In the author’s usual easy style of writing, he relays the facts that led up to the conflict, so this is very much a story of the war as experienced by his main characters.

Stewart Binns has written a very factual fictionalized tale that gave me a glimpse into the era and how the war affected those directly or indirectly involved. It took me several chapters to “get into” the book, but then it truly caught and held my interest. It is truly a book that educates while entertaining, a talent of this bestselling author.

For those who would love to learn more about the Great War, and Britain’s role in it, then this is a good book to start with. Very interesting and definitely recommended!

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