This novel is the second in a trilogy following two characters through the wars of the Blair/Brown period government. It is 2001, and Major Paul Illingworth is sent to the troubled Balkan region of Kosovo as a media spokesman. Once there he must win the hearts and minds of the local population, but all factions are volatile, and veteran war reporters are deeply cynical of anything he says. Can he trust Roza, his young Albanian interpreter? And which version of the truth does he believe?
He who controls the message, controls perception. And he who controls perception, controls behaviour.
The sequel to In the Shadow of the Mountain, this novel brilliantly captures the intense complexities, personal as well as military, of the Kosovo war. It explores the power relationships between the media, the government, and the individual and throws a light on the vanity at the heart of New Labour.
…builds the case for PR, spin and propaganda being every bit as important as firepower in gaining the upper hand in a conflict zone…