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Summary

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The guns are silent. The dead are not.

1919. On the desolate battlefields of Northern France, the guns of the Great War are silent. Special battalions now face the dangerous task of gathering up the dead for mass burial.

Captain Mackenzie, a survivor of the war, cannot yet bring himself to go home. First he must see that his fallen comrades are recovered and laid to rest. His task is upended when a gruesome discovery is made beneath the ruins of a German strongpoint.

Amy Vanneck's fiancé is one soldier lost amongst many, but she cannot accept that his body may never be found. She heads to France, determined to discover what became of the man she loved.

It soon becomes clear that what Mackenzie has uncovered is a war crime of inhuman savagery. As the dark truth leaches out, both he and Amy are drawn into the hunt for a psychopath, one for whom the atrocity at Two Storm Wood is not an end, but a beginning.

©2022 Philip Gray (P)2022 Penguin Audio

Critic reviews

"The world has been waiting for a worthy successor to Sebastian Faulks' Birdsong - now Philip Gray has delivered it." (David Young, author of Stasi Child)

"Atmospheric and meticulously researched, Two Storm Wood sheds light on the horrors and the trauma that continued even after the Armistice...a novel that informs while keeping you on the edge of your seat." (Abir Mukherjee, author of The Shadows of Men)

"Gray succeeds in entwining two powerful tales - a love story and a hate story - in a way that, right from the shocking start, is both convincing and enthralling." (Virginia Baily, author of Sunday Times best seller Early One Morning)

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Totally immersive - brilliant narration too

Very original storyline, with excellent narration. Brings home the horrors of World War 1 while combining it with a thrilling story. Had to listen in one go.

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A thriller based in WWI

What a treat. Superb story, history and performance. Loved it. A twist at the least expected moment - right to the end !

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A Thrilling Journey!

Two Storm Wood is a fantastic listen. The story, emboldened by Justin Avoth's performance keeps you gripped and wanting more. The story perfectly strings together characters and plot lines into a satisfying conclusion. You feel as if you are there, in the landscapes, towns and rooms with the characters.

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Enthralling

I found listening to this book immersive so had to ration it to one or two chapters a day so as not to finish it to quickly but even taking this type of drastic action it still ended far to quickly for my liking
Highly absorbing and a great listen

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Absorbing

Certainly on a par with Birdsong, same background to the story with a sinister twist. Well written and very well read, all the characters are developed and credible.

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paints a picture if the Great War and the lives it affected. really enjoyed it

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A rambling plot. Lost interest in the end. Hoping they'd all get murdered. Grim.

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loved it .Hope the author writes another book soon

Such a good read, well written and narrated..a gripping story I could not stop listening to it. Great ending too

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A must. Compelling until the very last word

A fantastic story of love, anguish and devotion set in the dreadful events of the First World War. I was riveted until the last ironic word, had it been a book I wouldn’t have put it down.
A must listen excellently narrated.