Blood Forest by Geraint Jones

Blood Forest by Geraint Jones

Competition published on April 7, 2017.

It is AD 9. In Northern Europe an army is dying, and an empire is being brought to its knees.

Twelve Roman legionnaires have been senselessly massacred. A bloodied individual is found among the dead. He has no idea who he is, or where he’s been. Only that he is a soldier.

Forced to join Governor Varus’s army – fifteen thousand seasoned legionnaires – he heads north to help subdue hostile Germanic tribes. The army marches deep into enemy territory, a densely forested land of deadly traps and foes.

As battle begins, Varus’s army is swiftly destroyed. Trapped in the forest, the soldier must band together with a small group of survivors who neither trust nor believe in him. If they fight together they have a slim chance of staying alive. But which side is the soldier on? And is it the right one?

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In AD 9, three crack legions of Rome’s army were caught in an ambush and annihilated. It was a defeat so catastrophic that it threatened the survival of Rome itself and halted the empire’s conquest of Germany. Blood Forest captures the complexity and life altering realities of combat service. Like Band of Brothers and The Yellow Birds, this is a study of combat, guilt, and friendship forged under fire which could only have been written by a soldier.

 

About the author

Geraint Jones has been deployed on three tours of duty to Iraq and Afghanistan. For his actions in Iraq, he earned the General Officer Commanding’s Award for Gallantry. Following Afghanistan, he was selected for the Reconnaissance Platoon, the elite unit within the battalion. Upon leaving the military, Geraint worked to protect commercial shipping against Somali and Nigerian based piracy. Blood Forest is his first novel. Geraint lives in Wrexham, close to where he grew up.

Follow Geraint on Twitter @grjbooks

 

Blood Forest by Geraint Jones, published by Michael Joseph on 6 April, 2017, in hardback

 

 

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