The War of Zero-Sum

By Mark Lynch

Action & adventure, Historical fiction | Paperback, eBook


Europe 1969. The failure of the Western Alliance has allowed the Soviet Union to expand its borders to the North Atlantic. The United Kingdom no longer exists and Her Majesty’s Government has long since been overthrown. Ireland remains divided, with the North controlled by the Communists and the South effectively an American client state. Two mighty armies glare at each other across a heavily fortified border, which the locals have grimly christened the 'Shamrock Curtain'. In the midst of this chaos is Sean McCann, a young Belfast man with a chequered past who is drawn into a war not of his making. Sean returns to his native city and is tasked with the unenviable mission of rebuilding the beleaguered resistance movement, operating right under the noses of the Soviet military. This is a gripping, thought-provoking debut novel from an author who has lived in Northern Ireland all his life, studied History & Politics at Queen’s University Belfast and maintains a keen interest in both of these subjects. Note from the Author: This novel is a work of alternative history and of fiction. The author's intention is to imagine how the Irish Troubles might have developed differently if the historical context of the late 1960s was significantly altered. Any sectarianism or political extremism in this story do not represent the views of the author; they are an attempt to create realistic characters who may hold intolerant views and beliefs.


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Europe 1969. The failure of the Western Alliance has allowed the Soviet Union to expand its borders to the North Atlantic. The United Kingdom no longer exists and Her Majesty’s Government has long since been overthrown. Ireland remains divided, with the North controlled by the Communists and the South effectively an American client state. Two mighty armies glare at each other across a heavily fortified border, which the locals have grimly christened the 'Shamrock Curtain'. In the midst of this chaos is Sean McCann, a young Belfast man with a chequered past who is drawn into a war not of his making. Sean returns to his native city and is tasked with the unenviable mission of rebuilding the beleaguered resistance movement, operating right under the noses of the Soviet military. This is...


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Mark Lynch, who has lived in Northern Ireland all his life, studied History & Politics at Queen’s University Belfast and maintains a keen interest in both of these subjects. He currently works as an office administrator in Belfast city centre and enjoys reading both fiction and non-fiction, but is particularly keen on the science fiction genre and its sub genres, such as alternative history and space colonisation. He has been interested in Irish history for many years and has long held an ambition to write a novel about the situation in Northern Ireland, something different from the standard stories set during the Troubles, hence ‘The War of Zero-Sum.’ He is presently working on a new novel entitled 'American Nemesis', set in the near future where America is on the brink of a new Civil War. The Author's first novel, the Sci-fi thriller Veritas Dawn, is also available for digital download.


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Mark Lynch, who has lived in Northern Ireland all his life, studied History & Politics at Queen’s University Belfast and maintains a keen interest in both of these subjects. He currently works as an office administrator in Belfast city centre and enjoys reading both fiction and non-fiction, but is particularly keen on the science fiction genre and its sub genres, such as alternative history and sp...


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