June 1914. The beginning of another long, prosperous summer for Britain. But beneath the clear skies, 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.
"Anyone with even a vague interest in Britain and the Great War should read Shadow of War." (Celia Sandys, granddaughter of Winston Churchill)
"An epic...the book on the conflict remembered this year 100 years on." (Sunday Sport)
"Stewart Binns has produced a real page-turner, a truly stunning adventure story." (Alastair Campbell)
"A fascinating mix of fact, legend and fiction...this is storytelling at its best." (Daily Mail)
"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." (Books Monthly)
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