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Summary

Captain Tom Barnes is leading British troops in a war zone. On all sides of this conflict, people are about to be caught up in the violence....

We see the characters not as they see themselves but as all the objects surrounding them do: shoes and boots, a helmet, a drone, a bag of fertilizer, a medal, a beer glass, dog tags, an exploding IED and the medical implements that are subsequently employed.

©2016 Harry Parker (P)2016 W F Howes Ltd

Critic reviews

"It is a novel of concentrated ferocity and chilling accomplishments, tense and unflinching but alive to every nuance of feeling." (Hilary Mantel)
"A brilliant book, direct from the battle zone." (Edna O'Brien)

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Absorbing

A unique, immersive and utterly compelling portrait of battle and survival. Emotionally charged, gripping and human.

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  • Booky
  • Kent, United Kingdom
  • 13-04-18

Reading group

Listened to this for a book club and was amazed at just how brilliant the storyline was.
Different from anything I usually read or listen to but completely addictive.

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Amazing book, don't think about it just get it!

Is a very involving book that keeps you enthralled and makes you not want to miss a beat.
There are a few twists to the story because of the way it's written and the non linear structure and that's all for the good.

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Amazing

Such a moving book. The way it's written as objects around BA5799 is cleverly done.

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Incredible narration

Using inanimate objects to describe events, thoughts and emotions makes the narration even more poignant. Inspiring, eye opening, insightful, refreshing, incredible.

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said, said, said said god but I'm so bored I could just yawn

I suppose it's all right if you like your stories told in a series of objects but frankly I made it to chapter 5 and got bored. Said, said, said all the way through virtually and though there is some tension it really is so tedious it nearly sent me to sleep. i was hoping for something better. At least the naration isn't too bad. What more can i say? not much really.

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