A Song for No Man’s Land by Andy Remic
He signed up to fight with visions of honour and glory, of fighting for king and country, of making his family proud at long last.
But on a battlefield during the Great War, Robert Jones is shot, and wonders how it all went so very wrong, and how things could possibly get any worse.
He’ll soon find out. When the attacking enemy starts to shapeshift into a nightmarish demonic force, Jones finds himself fighting an impossible war against an enemy that shouldn’t exist.
This novella is not for the fainthearted. Nor is it for those seeking a quick fix of what I understand to be the usual Remic fare of bloody action and violence.
Yes, it’s bloody. Yes, it’s exciting. But A Song for No Man’s Land is so much more than just a war story.
Bringing uniquely surreal and fantastical elements to a vivid backdrop of WW1 trench warfare, ‘Song’ explores the very nature of war and humanity. Eerie, visceral and poignant, A Song for No Man’s Land tells the story of Jones, a British soldier who becomes more and more disillusioned with both war and humanity as the war progresses. Told through a combination of first person diary entries and third person accounts, ‘Song’ is engaging and cleverly paced. Furthermore, it overflows with incredible imagery that would not be out of place in the poetry of Sassoon or Owen.
This is the first I’ve read of Andy Remic, and I can say for damn sure I’ll be going back for more.