Islands of Silence is the story of the young Alec Marquand, who in the summer of 1914 has just graduated from college with a degree in archaeology. He has been hired by the lord of a remote country estate in the Scottish Highlands to survey the ancient Stone Age brochs that lie on his property.
Once there Alec comes upon a small island which is called Eilean Tosdach--the Island of Silence. What Alec discovers on that island changes him forever. And just as Alec makes his amazing find, he is shipped off to war . . . a war he does not want to fight, but one in which he ends up as a medic aboard a ship ready to storm the beaches of Gallipoli.
A brilliantly crafted novel in the tradition of All's Quiet on the Western Front and The Ghost Road, Islands of Silence is a tour through one man's hell in search of a path for redemption.
Praise for Islands of Silence
“Haunting...quickly sucks the reader in....It's impossible not to be moved.” —The Washington Post Book World
“The book's strength comes from a well-orchestrated sense of mystery that pulls us into the story and continually keeps us off balance....Written with an admirably contained fury.” —Newsday
“As emotionally stark as it is magnetic...Compelling and, ultimately, illuminating.” —Denver Post
“[A] haunting new novel....Islands of Silence cuts to the quick. It is a powerful meditation on the sanctity of life and the devastation of war. Particularly at this juncture in world affairs, its resonance is profound. Read it and weep.” —Seattle Post-Intelligencer-