Dead Ground

The searing introduction to the Simon Ellice books.

Utterly capable, appetite-driven and unencumbered by morality, in Simon Ellice we have a new British anti-hero as charismatic as he is objectionable.

In the mountains and passes of Nuristan, Lieutenant Si Ellice is grief-stricken and brimming with rage. In the battle to win the hearts and minds of local villagers while searching for Taliban leaders, Si and his loyal C section are under little illusion of progress.

Everyone knows trouble is coming. But from where? When Si sees a pattern no one else can, he must decide between obeying orders and doing what needs to be done.

Evocative, immersive and authentic, Dead Ground starkly encapsulates the impossibility of the task assigned to British soldiers in Afghanistan. A tale of loyalty, loss and individual responsibility in the chaos of war.

About the author

In his office you will find Rod typing, flanked by two enormous dogs, and surrounded by the ephemera he has collected on his travels.

Rod Humphris is the winner of N. N. Light Best Fiction Award 2016 @Rod_Humphris

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Why We Like It

  • ‘One of the best war books I have ever read.’ N. N. Light
  • ‘Utterly unputdownable after the first three pages.’ Reader Review, Amazon
  • ‘There's a stringency and elegance to the storytelling that elevates it above the war adventures of say, Andy McNab or Chris Ryan.’ Reader Review, Rat’s Tales
  • ‘The setting, characters and plot were totally believable ... we have the Kipling for our age.’ Reader Review, Army Rumour Service

In his office you will find Rod typing, flanked by two enormous dogs, and surrounded by the ephemera he has collected on his travels.

“I always read. Since I can remember. First Asterix, then Willard Price, then Conan Doyle, then everything else. I’ve had a paperback jammed into my back pocket most days of my life. I remember wanting to write a book when I was about 12 and wanting to put everything into it”

“I’ve read every kind of book, but the ones I love most are stories of adventure, so that’s what I write. I’ve put thousands of hours into learning to do it well. It’s taken me a long time, but I’ve developed my own voice and my own style. I spend so much time with Si, my main character, that he seems as real to me as anyone I know. In some cases, more so. I’m happiest and most productive when travelling about in my battered old truck with a canoe on top and a dog in the back.”

Rod Humphris is the winner of N. N. Light Best Fiction Award 2016 @Rod_Humphris

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