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The Shadow of War The Great War Series Book 1

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The beginning of an ambitious series with a book for each of the four years of World War I so we start just before the outbreak and go into the trenches and on into the now famous Christmas Day football game.  We all know how tragic this period was.  Here it is presented to us through a huge canvas of characters from all walks of life with the political scene running alongside the family stories.  No doubt we will follow the same families throughout the series so get to know them now.  It is not the most riveting of reads but a fascinating portrait of the period which I am sure will build to be thrilling.  If you are reading electronically beware there are a good seventy pages of glossary once the tale is finished.

 

A 'Piece of Passion' from the author...

 

Dear Reader,


Shadow of War, the first of my new Great War series, is a long way from my quartet set in the distant past of the Anglo-Norman Middle-Ages but it is a journey I felt compelled to make. There are several reasons, not the least of which is that 2014 is the centenary of the outbreak of the war and the next five years may well be the last occasion when the conflict is at the forefront of national consciousness.


As Kipling wrote in Recessional (written in 1897 for Queen Victoria’s Diamond Jubilee, not as an epitaph for the Great War),


Lord God of Hosts be with us yet,
Lest we forget – Lest we forget!


But I also had other reasons. I have read a fairly wide range of material about the war, but the almost countless tomes in the enormous library of the conflict, both fiction and non-fiction, contain numerous flaws and have created as many myths as they have offered truths. The Great War is too often sentimentalised, sensationalised, or over-simplified.' Click here to read more.

Sarah Broadhurst

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