I bought this book because the author is a friend. What a wonderful relief to have been enthralled by it from start to finish! No need to compose a difficult message of congratulation. I am an ex army wife and normally would not have picked up a military thriller...I'm so glad I did. I read the book in record time, it was so hard to put down. I thought the first section based in Ireland was particularly rivetting. It will make a great film too - if people are brave enough to make a movie about Northern Ireland from the British soldier's point of view. I look forward to seeing it on the big screen.