At last ‘Gas! Gas! Gas!’, the third instalment of the Royal Zombie Corps has been uploaded to Amazon and is available now.
I’ve been sitting on this book for quite a while as it was finished in July, but I’ve only just got around to completing the editing. The great news for anyone following the series is that the fourth book is in the final editing stage. Also the covers for the fourth book have already been created.
I had quite a bit of fun with this book as the events are closely linked to the developing expertise in the British Army, during this stage of the war. This was especially interesting due to the ongoing debate about whether the Tommies were ‘lions lead by donkeys‘. This is a concept that has become shorthand for mainstream British remembrance of the subject. With the centenaries in recent years, many historians have been challenging this consensus. It was therefore an engaging academic exercise to investigate these arguments and then assign different characters to represent some of the more obvious points. By 1918, the British Army was almost unrecognisable. The failures and experiences of 1915-1917 had created an effective force that married new technology to hard-won experience in a way demonstrated by no other country at the time.
Following the failure to break through the German lines at Arras, the British look for new ways to turn their fearsome Tigers into a weapon that can turn the tide of the war in the trenches.
Book 3 of the Royal Zombie Corps continues the story of Alfie Marsh, and his friends, as they face the might of the Triple Alliance in the trenches of Western Europe. Along with the horror of zombies, Marsh has to content with the terrors of trench warfare and the ineptitude of some on his own side.
This story is written in British English and is approximately 23,500 words long.