Tom Bomford is gripped by guilt. Wherever he goes he cannot escape. For it was he who killed his sister Jane. They said it was an accident, that it wasn’t his fault, but Tom does not believe them. When war breaks out, Tom joins the army in a desperate attempt to escape the clutches of his conscience. Before he leaves, he is given a Bible by his parents. Venturing into the blistering sun of the Middle East, Tom holds on to the Bible as he tries to hold on to his home. He will realise that the war will bring him only more regrets.
Although I have come across a wide range of books about war, Testament is unique in the fact that it is set in the Middle East. This provided a whole new side to the story. Also, the book begins in Tom’s home before moving on to the war. This created an intriguing background for the whole story. This also diverted the plot from endlessly being about the war, which can be slightly monotonous in some circumstances. Testament is a very original tale of the war, with all the elements completely different to many other war stories. Although there was some swearing, characteristic to the young soldiers, the book had a very high level of vocabulary and I would highly recommend it to anyone who is interested in the plot.
I hope you enjoy this book as much as I did!