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.
The beginning of another long, prosperous summer for Britain. But beneath the clear skies, all is not as it seem - as 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 for ever 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.
Praise for Stewart Binns:
'Anyone with even a vague interest in Britain and the Great War should read Shadow of War' Celia Sandys, granddaughter of Winston Churchill
'A fascinating mix of fact, legend and fiction . . . this is storytelling at its best' Daily Mail
'Stewart Binns has produced a real page-turner, a truly stunning adventure story' Alastair Campbell
'Once again Stewart Binns has managed to create something unique, entertaining and eye-opening' Parmenion Books
'Unarguably heart-warming... will leave any reader with a sense of British pride' Goodreads
'Truly a book that educates while entertaining, a talent of this best-selling author' Historical Novel Review
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
Anyone with even a vague interest in Britain and the Great War should read Shadow of War
An epic . . . the book on the conflict remembered this year 100 years on
Stewart Binns has produced a real page-turner, a truly stunning adventure story
A fascinating mix of fact, legend and fiction . . . this is storytelling at its best
Stewart's books always leave me with a sense of pride for my country, and this book is no exception, but this is tempered by the individual courage and the individual loss. The personal tales that inspire and horrify in equal measure. By the time I finished the book I felt entertained and educated, which for me form the key pillars of a great Historical Fiction novel. Once again Stewart Binns has managed to create something unique, entertaining and eye-opening, I'm very much looking forward to book 2.
The whole thing is a tour de force of writing brilliance, and it's great to know that in five years' time, Stewart will have delivered a book for each of the first world war years. A totally enjoyable experience, a brilliant start to a terrific project.
Unarguably heart-warming... will leave any reader with a sense of British pride
Truly a book that educates while entertaining, a talent of this best-selling author
A sensational historical piece . . . captures the realism of the war and the people involved. Readers will finally be able to get an insider's view to the battle that happened in June 1914. Fast-paced, thrilling, and absolutely spectacular