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Head of Zeus
The Valley
The Valley by John Renehan

'You’re going up the Valley'

Lieutenant Black doesn't even know its proper name. But he knows about the Valley: it's the farthest, the hardest and the worst.

You have to travel far beyond the other remote outposts, deep into a maze of interlinked mountain passes, just to get to its mouth. Stories circulate periodically, but they are impossible to verify. Everything about the Valley is myth and rumour.

That Black has been sent there to investigate a warning shot fired by a near-forgotten platoon – the final bureaucratic insult in his short and unhappy army career. But as he starts to unearth the dark secrets of the strung-out soldiers besieged within Combat Outpost Vega, Black will find himself drawn into an obsessive odyssey of discovery that will threaten not only his life, but also the lives of everyone else in the Valley.

Head of Zeus * Action & Adventure
02 Jun 2016 * 448pp * £8.99 * 9781784082840
'A gripping, tightly wound mystery ... sharply observed'
Phil Klay
'An acid-rock infused thriller, a police procedural camouflaged in a mind job'
Los Angeles Review of Books
'A puzzling mystery, a relentless action chronicle, a riddling brain-teaser – and a book that's hard to put down'
Wall Street Journal
'An excellent debut ... A great military thriller that really grabs you and you feel the harshness of battle, plenty of action infused with mystery'
'A remarkable insight into the lives of the troops who daily face death and mutilation ... The author very credibly captured the complexity of the diplomatic sensitivity required ... the story offers lots of interesting and topical themes for group discussion'
Nudge Book

John Renehan

John Renehan
John Renehan served in the US Army’s 3rd Infantry Division as a field artillery officer in Iraq. He previously worked as an attorney in New York City. He lives with his family in Virginia. This is his first novel.