In 2016 my history of South Devon in the Great War was published by Pen & Sword ISBN 978 1 47383 425 5
Red Sky over Dartmoor is my first novel.
I have plans for 2 follow-on books: the first is another novel in which Bergeron and Ryan track down Captain Howard Wadham in Ireland. The second is a collection of short stories featuring lesser characters from Red Sky: Eber Trant, Gerry Finn, Sarah Wainwright and others.
I am currently planning a walk along the British sector of the Western Front in 2018 which will generate material for another book - In Step with the Devons.
Red Sky over Dartmoor is a fast paced, well researched and cracking thriller, with two dynamic and roguish main characters, set against the backdrop and the brutality of the First World War. Later in the book the action continues in the peaceful rolling hills of Devon, were murder stalks the moors, and dark deeds unfold. I would recommend this excellent book to anyone interested in the First World War, and also to those who have an interest in the lovely area that is South Devon.
by John McKenna
While reading Tony Rea’s debut novel, Red Sky Over Dartmoor, I cannot help but feel compassion for the young men and women caught up in the 1st World War.
Tony brings the reader into their lives, throwing our emotions in all directions as we admire the courage of the young soldiers caught up in France, and of Marc Bergeron as amongst all the hell they are living through, he tries to get to the bottom of the clandestine and unlawful death of a soldier by firing squad and the murder of another young soldier that has been covered up.
The novel is well researched, leaving the reader with a vivid sense place and what the characters are experiencing as the drama unfolds.
by Ann Wilingdale
On a September morning in 1920, beneath a striking, vividly red sky, three ex-soldiers meet in a sleepy Devonshire village. One of them is soon to die. Red Sky Over Dartmoor is a fast-moving war novel, featuring everyday heroism and moral failure. Marc Bergeron is a Canadian artillery captain who just can't keep out of trouble. His gritty sidekick, Bombardier Ryan, is a wiry Irishman with a reputation for fist fighting and deadly accuracy with a Mauser pistol. Whilst fighting in France, Bergeron encounters the incompetent Major Cross and the deplorable Captain Wadham, both of whom have an axe to grind with one of their NCOs. When two suspicious deaths occur, Bergeron is determined to find those responsible and ensure that justice is served. Tony's debut novel contains meticulously researched historical references, complimented by brief historical endnotes which separate fact from fiction. The fast-paced battle scenes are interspersed with post-war events in south Devon, helping readers to observe the effects of war on all those involved. Red Sky Over Dartmoor is a unique book that will appeal to fans of historical and war fiction, as well as those with an interest in Devon.
by Books Monthly
I grew up in Salford during the 1960s and 70s, made a lot of Airfix models and played soldiers. Later I studied history at Manchester and Loughborough universities, became a teacher of history and wrote some GCSE textbooks.