I’m thrilled to be on the blog tour today for The Name Beneath The Stone: Secret of the Unknown Warrior written by Robert Newcome and published by Universe in September 2019. Many thanks to Aimee Coveney of Bookollective for organising the blog tour.
Three generations, one family, connected by an historic secret. 1917 Private Daniel Dawkins fights at Messines Ridge and Passchendaele. He writes home to his true-love Joyce, but reveals little of his extreme bravery, his kindness, his loyalty to his comrades and the horrors they experience on the Western Front. 1920 Captain Peter Harding is tasked with a secret mission to assist in the selection of a body dug up from the battlefields of Flanders to be buried in Westminster Abbey as the ‘Unknown Warrior’. Events take place on that expedition that come to haunt him for the rest of his life. 2011 Sarah Harding discovers Daniel s letters and Peter s diaries. Together with historian James Marchant she pieces together the hidden truth behind the Tomb of the Unknown Warrior and must decide what to do with it. Values are challenged and characters are tested in this gripping novel which asks what if the identity of the Unknown Soldier was discovered – and should that secret ever be revealed?
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
After five years serving as an officer in The Light Infantry, Robert studied Political Philosophy at Exeter University. Following this he had various management positions in the John Lewis Partnership, finally running management training. He then spent a number of years working for management consultants before setting up his own business with a colleague in 2007. Throughout this period he was writing articles, short stories and novels in his spare time.
MY REVIEW: I would like to thank Robert Newcome, Aimee Coveney and Bookollective for allowing me the opportunity to read The Name Beneath The Stone: Secret of the Unknown Warrior as part of the blog tour. I can confirm that I chose to read The Name Beneath The Stone: Secret of the Unknown Warrior and all opinions in this review are my own and are completely unbiased.
When Aimee first contacted me regarding The Name Beneath The Stone: Secret of the Unknown Warrior, asking if I would like to take part in the blog tour I jumped at the chance. Anything war related, whether that be WWI, WWII or any other war, I say yes immediately. Why? Because I am enthralled and wholly captivated by it. I am fascinated by those who paved the way for us today. They put their lives on the frontline for us, as do our soliders today, and for that I like to think I am giving back. I like to read their stories and feel I am a part of their lives too. I want to know what they went through for us. If it weren’t for them, we wouldn’t be where we are today taking hold of the opportunities that come our way. History is a huge part of us, and will continue to be a part of us and for those generations to come too and for that, we cannot just take … we have to give back too.
The Name Beneath The Stone: Secret of the Unknown Warrior is the first book I have read by Robert Newcome. I have a feeling it won’t be the last. Weaved between its many pages, you find a story so deeply rooted with well researched historial aspects, you soon gain a vast understanding of what life was like 100 years ago, and not just on the frontline trenches, but back home where families await their soldier’s return, if there ever is one.
Relationships, morals, revelations and secrets are at the forefront of The Name Beneath The Stone: Secret of the Unknown Warrior and with it comes quite a complicated plot to get your teeth into, but somehow with a skilful approach, Newcome administers a developmental breakthrough showcasing a strong assurance of characters, both in lead roles and behind the scenes.
With a cracking mystery at its heart, The Name Beneath The Stone: Secret of the Unknown Warrior did not disappoint one iota. Full of pace, intelligence and a seamless easy flow throughout the timelines, you never lose the thread, it is always with you, and despite being a tragic and heartbreaking subject matter, I found Newcome handled it with his utmost respect.
Overall, an impressive and highly poignant undertaking that is beautifully executed, and definitely a story I can recommend.
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