Book Review: Tetherbird by Emily McDaid


Former sniper Benjamin Cane’s life is ripped apart after his version of the Bin Laden assassination is disavowed by the Marines, written off as a conspiracy theory. Displaying symptoms that could be PTSD, the man who returns from war is an entity his wife Mackey struggles to comprehend. Following an accident with his twin boys that never should have happened, Benjamin leaves the service, his life in a tailspin.

A Duke in the stately Gloucestershire countryside offers Benjamin a job in security. Surrounded by characters as eccentric as they are paranoid, Benjamin tries to navigate an environment rife with guns and outdated class structures, feeling like flotsam as a new civilian without his family.

Grisly and emotional twists surprise in this poignant tale narrated by cynical war crimes journalist Stanley Tern, who enters Benjamin’s life to offer redemption and to pursue his own hidden agenda. Through layered, textured prose, TETHERBIRD asks whether our modern-day, gun-toting homelands may be more treacherous than any battlefield.


A suspenseful thriller with 3 facets from which the story progresses. Benjamin is deployed to Afghanistan where a hunch pays off but he is captured and tortured as a prisoner of war. When rescued and returned to the USA he deals with the aftermath of his experiences. His wife Mackey has issues of her own as she holds him accountable for deserting her with their twin babies. A horrific accident leads to Benjamin going abroad on a security job for an English Duke where things are not as they appear.

As he recounts his experience to a journalist we are taken on a journey to discover what really happened to Benjamin and where life will take him next. A well told thriller.

Amazon UK

Amazon US


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