'Brilliant. An explosive thriller with true authenticity' Tom Marcus, bestselling author of Soldier Spy
January, 1981. They're undercover in Belfast.
Determined to put an end to a war.
But in doing so, who will they betray?
Jim Dowd and Maureen O'Brien, special forces soldiers, enter a bitterly divided Belfast with a mission: to go undercover, infiltrate one of the city's most dangerous Catholic neighbourhoods, and help change the course of a war that nobody is winning.
The Ardoyne is a perilous world, where even a hint of their true identities will prove fatal. But it is also full of courage and loyalty, and Jim realises he admires this community - and his guilt at their deception grows ever stronger.
When they receive shocking orders, Maureen knows they must act swiftly and ruthlessly, but can she rely on Jim? And if they rebel, are they betraying their country; or are they being betrayed?
'Stunningly realistic . . . A must-read for anyone who cares about the history of our islands' Nick Hewer
Praise for Stewart Binns
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