John Hanley grew up in Jersey surrounded by the ruins of the WW2 German Occupation. His mother lived through it and every adult he knew had a story to tell. His passion in the 1960s was swimming and water polo and he virtually lived at the JSC swimming pool during the summer months. He was fascinated by the war and often wondered what it would have been like if he had been nineteen in 1939 and not 1965 and off to war instead of drama school in London. After retirement, he tried to find out and started writing this series which chronicles the lives, loves, and losses of four friends; Jack, Saul, Caroline, and Rachel — three of whom are eventually recruited into S.O.E. (Special Operations Executive) devised by Churchill to "set Europe ablaze". In the first four books, they have fought in France, Portugal, Spain, Jersey, and now Ireland.