The Name Beneath The Stone: Secret of the Unknown Warrior by Robert Newcome @NewcomeRobert @UnicornPubGroup @Bookollective #HistFic #Remembrance #UnknownWarrior

the name beneath the stone

The Name Beneath The Stone written by Robert Newcome, publisher Universe (Unicorn Publishing Group), is available NOW in ebook and paperback format.

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Book Blurb

Three generations, one family, connected by an historic secret. 1917 Private Daniel Dawkins fights at Messines Ridge and Passchendaele. He writes home to his true-love Joyce, but reveals little of his extreme bravery, his kindness, his loyalty to his comrades and the horrors they experience on the Western Front. 1920 Captain Peter Harding is tasked with a secret mission to assist in the selection of a body dug up from the battlefields of Flanders to be buried in Westminster Abbey as the ‘Unknown Warrior’. Events take place on that expedition that come to haunt him for the rest of his life. 2011 Sarah Harding discovers Daniel s letters and Peter s diaries. Together with historian James Marchant she pieces together the hidden truth behind the Tomb of the Unknown Warrior and must decide what to do with it. Values are challenged and characters are tested in this gripping novel which asks what if the identity of the Unknown Soldier was discovered – and should that secret ever be revealed?


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I feel honoured to be involved in the blogtour celebrating and promoting the launch of Robert Newcome’s debut novel: The Name Beneath The Stone.

The Name Beneath The Stone is a remarkable story that’s insightful, thought provoking, poignant filled with raw, authentic images and scenes.  I was completely enthralled by the story and the book is very current with many countries taking time to remember and never forget the fallen heroes from all hostilities with Remembrance Day on the 11th November.

Robert Newcome has taken hold of a fact from 1916 and a pivotal moment in the world’s history of wartime remembrance and he has cleverly woven this fact with fiction.  He has created a brilliant historical time-slip novel that spans almost a hundred years.  I have found often that I’ve been ignited by history through fictional novels based around certain historical events and I would highly recommend picking up a historical fictional novel to gain a thirst for history.

This is the story of three lives: it’s 1917 and we have Private Daniel Dawkins fighting at Messines Ridge and Passchendaele.  In 1920 Captain Peter Harding was issued with a top secret mission to dig up the body of an unknown warrior to be brought back to London to be buried in Westminster Abbey.  In 2011 Sarah Harding, the granddaughter to Peter Harding, discovers personal letters and diaries dating back to WWI.  These three individuals hold a link to each other and Sarah with the help of a historian delve deeper in uncovering what becomes an astonishing chain of events that was equally riveting and so very poignant.

Private Daniel Dawkins was confident in his role as a soldier he was brave, he supported his colleagues and had a knack of understanding wartime strategies.  Daniel had had a very difficult upbringing so being in the thick of things in the war fields felt almost calm like compared to his past.  Daniel had a sweetheart back home in the UK and when his relationship became more serious his feelings towards the intensity of the warzone changed and he held a different perspective for the future.

A few years after the war had ended and peace was declared Captain Peter Harding was sworn to secrecy with a mission that felt overwhelming for any man.  However, this was only the start for Peter for what was to become a lifelong struggle with something that would play on Peter’s mind since the eventful day back in 1920.

When Sarah Harding discovers the wartime notes dating back to WWI and tries to ask her ailing father the significance of them she is left with more questions than answers.  What follows is a mystery of her own heritage and how it may hold a vital role in the commemorative stone of the Unknown Warrior at Westminster Abbey.

I was totally transfixed by this fictional story based on a remarkable event in history.  The author, Robert Newcome, did not spare us any details and we witness the raw reality of war.  The story was gripping, authentic and absorbing and the ending left me with shivers of emotion and with a whole heap of desire to know more.

About the Author

the name beneath the stone robert newcomeAfter five years serving as an officer in The Light Infantry, Robert studied Political Philosophy at Exeter University. Following this he had various management positions in the John Lewis Partnership, finally running management training. He then spent a number of years working for management consultants before setting up his own business with a colleague in 2007. Throughout this period he was writing articles, short stories and novels in his spare time.

Robert has just joined Twitter @NewcomeRobert


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