The Alleyman. Book Review

alleymanTHE ALLEYMAN by Pat Kelleher

Abaddon Books, p/b, 349pp, £7.99

Reviewed by Matthew Johns

During the First World War, the Pennine Fusiliers vanished from the middle of the Somme.  This book is the second part of their chronicle after they found themselves on an alien world.

Equipped with an ironclad tank (one of the first to be used in modern warfare) and a Sopwith Camel, the troops find themselves battling aliens, deadly fauna and the threat of insurrection amongst their own ranks.

Led by the very human (read “flawed”) and humble Lieutenant Everson, the Fusiliers have been split into two groups – those still at their small patch of the Somme that was transported with them, and the tank crew.  Trying to reunite, rescue their stranded tank, make peace with some of the local insect-like population, the Khungarrii, the Fusiliers have their work cut out for them.

Kelleher does a fantastic job of portraying First World War era Tommies – their prejudices and the technology they would have to work with.  He has clearly researched his topic well, ensuring that the action and dialogue is authentic.

An action-packed storyline, and well executed characters makes this a book that really immerses the reader into this strange new world the Fusiliers find themselves stranded on.