The Ironclad Prophecy by Pat Kelleher

It wasn’t until I started reading this book that I realised that it was the second in a series. The first in the No Man’s World series is Black Hand Gang. I would recommend reading this first, but it is not required to enjoy this book. In my defence it is not clear on the book whether it is the first or second book in the series.

There are some books that make it obvious that a lot of research has gone into it, others have an almost obsessional level of detail and feel. Having been to my fair share of military shows and having read a few books it is quite obvious that Mr Kelleher has a passion and feel for the British army in World War One.

This book bridges the gap between historical fiction and science fiction in an interesting way.  The Great War, and in particular the Battle of the Somme are inspirational in many respects. When a whole Battalion of Fusiliers are transported by an occult ritual to a hostile alien world they suddenly wish they were back on the battlefield facing an artillery barrage again.

The world building is detailed and yet does not appear to take up a huge amount of space on the page. The characters are vibrant and believable and make for a thoroughly entertaining read.

I have put the first book on my birthday list, and will be looking out for the next one too. If you have any interest in military fiction then this will make an interesting change of pace. If you like science fiction too, then this will be a great read.


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