Blast from the Past

Blast from the PastBlast from the Past by S.M. Rush
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

A very impressive debut novel...

S M Rush was born and raised in Lincolnshire, England. She began her career as a journalist in 1997, and she is most known for her witty pieces for women's magazines, as well as her profiles on athletes and celebrities from the stage, screen, and television. Her first action-packed military fiction novel, Blast from the Past, is her debut.

To summarize the synopsis: In the cold wastelands of Afghanistan, Kieran O'Neill, a young British soldier, faces the terror of blood and guts, where killing is a way of life. The men were frequently outmanned and outgunned, and they were subjected to incessant attacks and scorching temperatures. Surviving became the most difficult task of all and that was only the beginning. Meanwhile, Sophie had worked hard to leave her tumultuous past behind her, but fleeing her old life meant leaving everything and everyone she cared about behind. Despite everything, she is living the life she had fought so hard for. She's terrified that her past will be revealed when the military locates her with a life-threatening request. Kieran had spent ten years trying to find her, and he'd tried everything he could to put the past behind him, but she was impossible to forget. Can two people with a history save each other?

Based on true events as recounted by several of those who served in Afghanistan, Blast from the Past by S M Rush is a superbly written and richly descriptive novel. The author paints for the reader a dramatic and captivating tale about ‘obsession, loss, survival and self-preservation’ in a very vivid and convincing way. In addition, the characters are drawn with great credibility and conviction.

Blast from the Past had every element a good story should have. A solid plot, attention to detail, but best of all fleshed out, well-written and well-rounded character development. There’s an abundance of well-illustrated scenes that make you feel like you are right there in the story, and that’s something I look for in a good book.

Captivating and commendable this work had me immersed from the beginning. Inspired by real events, it’s a well-crafted fiction interwoven with true-life drama. The story flowed from scene to scene with ease, and the author shows exceptional ability when it comes to storytelling. There are plenty of attention-grabbing moments in this page turner that will take the reader on a truly compelling and mesmerizing journey. With scenes of violence, and language that may not be suitable for the linguistically sensitive, nonetheless, the themes and outcome are just as affecting in the arresting contemporary landscape. Very highly recommended and a well-deserved five stars from me.

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