The Blasphemer, Paperback
2.5 out of 5 (2 ratings)


He had always been scared of flying. Now, the fear is real. A plane crash. The water is rising over his mouth. In his nostrils. Lungs. As Daniel gasps, he swallows; and punches at his seat-belt.

Nancy, the woman he loves, is trapped in her seat. He clambers over her, pushing her face into the headrest.

It is a reflex, visceral action made without rational thought...But Daniel Kennedy did it. And already we have judged him from the comfort of our own lives.

Almost a hundred years earlier, Daniel's great-grandfather goes over the top at Passchendaele.

A shell explodes, and he wakes up alone and lost in the hell of no-man's-land.

Where are the others? Has he been left behind? And if he doesn't find his unit, is he a deserter? Love; cowardice; trust; forgiveness. How will any of us behave when we are pushed to extremes?




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While I appreciate all the research and details in the WWI sections of the book, ultimately, I thought Farndale overburdened this novel with too many plotlines that never successfully resolved or jelled.

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This is a very readable book about bravery, duty and personal fulfilment - in war and peace time. Overall, I found it engaging, but it was a bit distracting to switch between the two storylines, and sometimes the plot links between the two stories felt a little forced.