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One Man's Flag (Jack McColl) by David Downing
Cover Artist: E.O. Hoppe, Getty Images
Review by Linda Marie Schumacher
Soho Crime Hardcover  ISBN/ITEM#: 9781616952709
Date: 03 November 2015 List Price $27.95 Amazon US / Amazon UK

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David Downing writes great historical fiction and his World War I saga continues in One Man's Flag. The characters are in India and Europe and see the war, and the life for the citizens not directly involved in the fighting, from many perspectives. One Man's Flag is an interesting read that helps the reader learn a great deal about the period.

From official release/information:

Product Description: World War One rages across Europe in the follow-up to the critically acclaimed  Jack of Spies and the British Empire is assailed on all fronts--domestic and abroad. Amidst this bloodbath of nations, where one man's flag is another man's shroud, a British spy is tasked with foiling revolutionary terrorists first in India and then in Ireland, where he is asked to do the impossible: seduce and betray the woman he loves, again. Only this time betrayal is a two-way street.

Spring 1915. As Europe erupts into war, Jack McColl, a spy for His Majesty's Secret Service, is stationed in India, charged with defending the Empire against Bengali terrorists and their German allies. Belgium, he finds, is not the only country seeking to expel an invader.

In England, meanwhile, suffragette journalist Caitlin Hanley begins the business of rebuilding her life after the execution of her brother--an IRA sympathizer whose terrorist plot was foiled by Caitlin's own ex-lover, the very same Jack McColl. The war is changing everything and giving fresh impulse to those causes—feminism, socialism and Irish independence—which she as a journalist has long supported.

The threat of a Rising in Dublin alarms McColl's bosses as much as it dazzles Caitlin. It was one Irish plot that came between Jack and Caitlin in 1914, and it will take another to bring them back together as both enemies and lovers.

(Source: Soho Crime)

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