Finn is drafted to fight in an escalating war against the enemies of democracy. He is twenty-four. Opposed to the conflict, disaffected with society and the state, afraid of dying, he sees no way out. Then a stranger slips him a calling card for an anti-draft network and the trauma of warfare is brought shockingly home to him with his brother's return from the front. Just days before he reports for duty, Finn faces a stark choice: go to war or go on the run, and be hunted down as a deserter and a coward. If he escapes, there is the promise of a new identity and a new life among people unlike any he has known. If he is caught, the punishment will be brutal. Finn must decide whether a government can order a young man to risk death for his country. And whether, in refusing to fight, he has what it takes to exchange bravery in battle for the courage of the dissident. Peace, if it comes at all, will come at a price.
Used availability for Martyn Bedford's The Island of Lost Souls
July 2007 : UK Paperback
May 2006 : UK Paperback