I look forward to reading the I picked this book up in my local library, I read the first 50 pages and I was hooked. I look forward to reading the others. Dec 23, Gareth rated it liked it Shelves: sf. Well researched and strongly written SF adventure, which freshens up the genere by mixing it with a British WWI perspective. The alien horrors are imaginative too. My only criticism is that despite the author's attempts to give the named soldiers individuality, once the action starts they quickly merge into a generic collection of cockney privates called 'Nobby'.
But this is a good example of pulp adventure. Jul 30, Nick Brett rated it really liked it. In the midst of the battle of the Somme in , a battalion of British troops are instantly transported to an alien world. Almost immediately under attack from a hostile environment and dangerous creatures, things are only going to get worse. To me pulp fiction is sort of low brow and churned out with minimal effort.
This is far more than that, yes it is science fiction and has been done In the midst of the battle of the Somme in , a battalion of British troops are instantly transported to an alien world. Research here has been done properly and characterisation rings true and a number of characters are well done here. The plot takes time as our troops establish themselves and then explore the unknown lethal world they have been plonked into. Nice to see that the British Tommy can hold his own against alien blighters….
I enjoyed this. I felt it was a gripping tale.
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The characters are very well developed, some likable some not. I think it is a really good series, bring on the next. Nov 04, Daniel Beazley rated it liked it. This is an interesting book and the author seems to have done some extensive research into WW1 and the Pennine Regiment. I enjoyed the beginning of the story very much and Kelleher paints a very vivid picture of life in the trenches and the camaraderie that abounds.
It is also broken up nicely by interludes of letters from the sweetheart of the main character, Atkins. The premise of the regiments 'shift' to an alien world has shown an intriguing use of one of the many conspiracy theories of the This is an interesting book and the author seems to have done some extensive research into WW1 and the Pennine Regiment.
The premise of the regiments 'shift' to an alien world has shown an intriguing use of one of the many conspiracy theories of the time and has plenty of legs for future books. I did struggle when I was about halfway through the book and it took me a little longer than normal to finish. I can't quite put my finger on why this was though as the story continued with its path of action and pace. After some further thought I can only put it down to not really enjoying the storyline of the antagonist, Jeffries.
His character was interesting and wicked enough, however his overriding motives seemed a little stretched beyond belief, which in itself was not unbelievable but just didn't ring true enough with me. The other part I struggled with was the alien race they encountered, the creatures they nicknamed the Chatts after the lice that infested their clothing in the field.
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I found the parts of the story that explored them were a touch boring and slow. The end of the book picks the pace up again and the action of a rescue mission grabbed my attention back.
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The edition of a tank crew and RA spotter plane that ended up on the alien world with the regiment was a nice little touch as well and Kelleher has used them well in the story. Also the way he writes about their integration within the new world is very well done and quite colourful, in all of its horrific detail. All in all, I liked the book and will certainly pick up the second at some point in the future.
Nov 24, Guy Haley rated it really liked it. A battalion of Great War Tommies, along with a chunk of the Somme, a tank and an aeroplane, find themselves abruptly transported to an alien world. Mmm, pulpy. Kelleher manages both, giving his hero Tommy Atkins yes, really enough angst to make him accessible to modern readers without undermining him. But, minor gripes all. This is rip-roaring fun from beginning to end.
Apr 21, Isidore rated it liked it Shelves: horror-noir-fantasy. It's WWI, and a murderous Crowleyite magician has concealed himself within the BEF, plotting to use the vast carnage of the Somme as the sacrificial basis of a great Working——and botches the job, landing himself and those around him in a strange alien world, menaced by weird dangers and mysterious entities. Now there's a fine premise for good pulpy fun.
Kelleher makes an honest job of it, crafting his narrative and characters with care, and with admirable fidelity to the period amidst the It's WWI, and a murderous Crowleyite magician has concealed himself within the BEF, plotting to use the vast carnage of the Somme as the sacrificial basis of a great Working——and botches the job, landing himself and those around him in a strange alien world, menaced by weird dangers and mysterious entities. Kelleher makes an honest job of it, crafting his narrative and characters with care, and with admirable fidelity to the period amidst the catastrophic climactic tumult one character has time to be discomfited by the sight of a lady's stockings.
My only real reservation about it is that I sense a certain failure of imagination.
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The premise is so wide-open, and promises so much in the way of atmosphere and thrills, that one is a little disappointed that Kelleher so quickly dispels the mood of mystery and the unknown in favor of relatively straightforward action. But I am sufficiently happy with the result that I look forward to seeing what he does with his story in subsequent installments.
Jul 26, Tyler rated it really liked it. A fun, fast paced romp in an alien death world. We travel to this arena with the Pennine Fusiliers. One of WWI's greatest mysteries surrounds this regiment as they disappeared during battle leaving only a massive crater in their wake.
With solid military history backing this tale we find out where they went. Feb 10, Sean Randall rated it really liked it. This was a wonderful read, capturing well the atmosphere of the trenches as well as cleverly showing an alien world. I loved the dramatic end of the first chapter, the sudden, unexpected, heartstopping battle in the shell-hole in the second, and the wonderful tension of the seventeenth and eighteenth.
A kinda goofy premise, but god help me if I didn't enjoy it. Very similar concept to Stargate. Absolute pulp fiction, but well written and engaging unlike Death's Apprentice. Kelleher doesn't overdue the exposition and the dialogue, while a bit staged, is natural enough not to distract the reader. Jan 01, M rated it liked it.
I enjoy alternate histories, World War 1 fiction, and Lovecraft so this was right in my wheelhouse. The writing is a stark pastiche of WW1 fiction and early science fiction - to some this might seem a bit dry, but to the fan, it was an enjoyable read. Aug 09, Michael Hall rated it liked it.
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Didn't really seem like the type of Science-Fiction I had predicted in my head, that being said I still rather enjoyed it. There were parts that had me laughing and parts that had me cringing so it was definitely doing something right. Will be adding the sequels to my "To-Read" list.
Feb 13, Steve rated it liked it. Interesting idea, but the author was a little too much in love with his research. I found it a compelling slog.
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Apr 23, Tom rated it it was amazing. Loving this so far. Kind of like Tommies in John Carter. Sep 06, Sim rated it really liked it Shelves: fantasy.