A Blackthorn Winter
Pursuit, life, love and revenge in the English countryside. Captain Mark Wynstanley, ex SAS, is a man on the run pursued by the Provisional IRA. He finds a safe house in rural Kent, where he tries to realise his vision of Arcadia and recuperate through the healing powers of love and nature. However, unexpected encounters and events, linked to his past, play havoc with his new found tranquillity, and he becomes increasingly disillusioned . . .
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The achievement of Peter Webster in 'Blackthorn Winter' is to generate a sense of authenticity. This is due to more than just a knowledge of his subject, which is deep and detailed. He tells a story about the workings of the SAS and security services and sets it in the peace of a lovingly described countryside. The contrast heightens the impact of both.
Peter avoids clichéd heroics and tells his story with characters who are not simple and likable, but variously inept, duplicitous, violent, treacherous and deeply unreliable whilst at the same time doing their best to achieve the aims that they value. They are flawed like all of us and more believable as a result. His hero is introduced as a failure and the story shows how the guttering flame of his training, and his deep loyalty to the values of the regiment and establishment which let him down, can be fanned into a flaming conclusion.
A Blackthorn Winter is a story which will be remembered and re-read.