The Blackwood Saga continues. Captain Jonathan Blackwood, a Royal Marine officer, has his baptism of fire fighting the Turks at Gallipolli. Severely wounded, he is evacuated to Britain, where he recuperates in a specially arranged rest home for wounded servicemen (in peacetime, the building had served as the residence of a wealthy landowner; with the coming of war, he lent it out to the government). Once fully recovered, Captain Blackwood is given a command in Flanders on the Western Front. There he is exposed to the full fury of the war's ugliness. Blackwood is one of those "fighting officers" who prides himself on sharing the hardships of his men.
Reeman has created a character in Captain Blackwood who --- by his dedication to duty, while battling his own mounting fears and doubts --- will endear himself to the reader --- as he did to me.