Tuesday, 23 October 2012

SCIENCE FICTION REVIEW: No Man's World 3: The Alleyman - Pat Kelleher

Release Date: 11/10/12


It’s been four months since the Pennine Fusiliers vanished from the Somme and found themselves stranded on an alien world.
The Tommies have been surviving on this bizarre planet populated by lethal foliage and hostile human-like insects while desperately trying to find a way back to Blighty.
In The Alleyman, while Lieutenant Everson tries to discover the true intentions of their alien prisoner, Lance Corporal Atkins and his Black Hand Gang are on the trail of Jeffries, the diabolist responsible for their predicament. And above it all, Lieutenant Tulliver of the Royal Flying Corps soars free of the confines of alien gravity, where the true scale of the planet’s mystery is revealed. To uncover the truth, however, he must join forces with an unexpected ally.
A blazing mixture of genre-shattering SF, meticulously researched history, and powerful storytelling, The Alleyman is the third in this enthralling and exhilarating series.


All series have something to offer the reader and for me, this one has taken all the elements that I loved as a child in 2000AD and brought them under one compilation with a story that not only keeps me guessing to the final page but one that brings all the old Action comics back to life as the Penine Fusiliers seek to find a way to return to our own world.

Its definitely something unusual and for me there’s nothing else out there that comes close to the imagination or the scope that Pat Kelleher brings to the reader. It’s sort of Edgar Rice Burrough’s John Carter meets Flash Gordon with a solid helping of Charlie’s War thrown in. Add to this a cracking pace that won’t give you time to breath, a few novel sleight of hand twists within backed up with a variety of characters that you just can’t help but want to spend time with and all in a little piece of heaven was in my hands. Magical.

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