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Unknown Soldiers

Publisher: The Vanguard Press (01223 370012)
ISBN 1843860090 : Price 7.99

"Ricard surveyed the pit in front of him. On the other side there was a broken line of sandbags. Beyond that, two stuttering parallels marked the real front line. Then there was no man's land, where the ground was so churned it barely looked solid. Ricard tried to imagine a night here, and dared not."

In the early months of 1919, Captain Ricard Villier is recalled from duty in the Caribbean, where he has served out a quiet Great War. He is despatched to the old Western Front to take charge of clearing up part of the battlefield around a village called Pericard. He finds himself in a devasted world he doesn't understand in which the living spend their lives dwelling on the dead.
Celine has come to the Front to take her husband's body home. As Ricard becomes involved in her struggle to fulfil her husband's last wish, he finds himself also drawn closer to the world of the dead, which is made up of thousands of unlived lives.

"Unknown Soldiers" is about war, but it's also a love story, a ghost story and about the ways people find to recover.

Mark Leech was born in 1977 in Newcastle-under-Lyme, Staffordshire. He has a passionate interest in history and literature and was inspired to write "Unknown Soldiers" by the written accounts of French soldiers and their families. He has had a number of poems, short stories and articles published. This is his first novel.
© 2001; Mark Leech
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