We are happy to announce our selection of “Blood From a Shadow,” as an official Wild Geese “Summer Page-Turner.” Full of references to Irish history and mythology, "Blood From a Shadow" seems likely to keep you flipping screens for days to come. - The Wild Geese Team
"A delicious hocus of old school convoluted, reader-manipulating, treachery-dripping, double-dealing thrill fest shot through with just enough Irish melancholy and regret to raise it above the usual formula driven fare we are becoming all too used to"
"Cornelius Maknazpy, a Polish-American Rambo tormented by his experiences in Iraq, and especially by an incident in which his closest friend went insane, is approached by an untrustworthy acquaintance to investigate a property scam in Turkey. Things just get more complicated from there, particularly as virtually nothing in the preceding sentence turns out to be true. It's a tribute to the author's abilities that his book can demolish both its hero's illusions and its readers' expectations (psychological, national or parental) without ever seeming contrived, manipulative or politically correct. The story also displays a commendable ruthlessness: unlike many thrillers, this one treats the death of innocents as considerably more than a plot motor, and we are never allowed to forget that being injured hurts (Con is tough, but he never degenerates into a superhero) and that redemption comes at a price."
Phillip Challinor, author of 'Providence Fell' and 'The Voivode'
"On one level, Blood from a Shadow, can be read as a page-turner, and on that level it works perfectly. I can recommend it highly to anyone who wants thrills from beginning to end and value for their money.
But Cappa does not present Con solely as a mindless Rambo figure. Although limited by the cultural boundaries of his upbringing, Con is an observer who becomes keenly aware of the individuals, men, women and children he sees in Iraq and Turkey and realizes that the people who have been misrepresented to him as primitive and violent are, in many ways, equal or superior to the ones he comes from, which have been waging terrible warfare and attempted genocide on the rest of the world since the beginning of the modern era.
So, on another level, this book can be read as a scathing indictment of what Northern Irish bigotry, American redneck patriotism, the billions of Western dollars invested in weapons and men of mass destruction, what Eisenhower described as the "military-industrial complex", and the wish to transform the rest of the world into fawning clones of Western democracy can do to their own trusting children: make monsters of them.
In this novel, Con begins to doubt the ideology that formed him: he cannot ignore the finer points of the people and cultures he has been trained to destroy. That is what makes Blood from a Shadow even more than an action thriller."
John J Gaynard, author of 'Green Blood is for France'
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"Red herrings abound, and false leads. The Turkish sections become very intricate, so the busy plot demands patience amidst the threats and mayhem, as in the midst of rapid movements and conversations with which I sought to keep up. Similarly, its New York scenes turn as energetically as a quickly edited sequence from a film such as 'The Bourne Identity'." - Fionnchú, Los Angeles, Amazon Top 500
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"Whether it's through this literary subtext or whether it's through the strengths in the writing itself, it does have an indefinable quality and true originality, finding a way to delve into a particularly Irish sensibility that has deep historical and mythological roots in its connection with the United States, and it places an unusual spin on a conventional genre that at times gives it an almost otherworldly quality."