No Man’s Land: a Novella

By (author)Francis J. Shaw

Amidst the aftermath of war, a local hero’s secret is revealed, shedding light on the untold stories of the fallen. Against the backdrop of a nation’s mourning, a narrator emerges to heal the wounds of broken survivors and bring truth to light. An unlikely hero is chosen to uncover the untold story of the man in the shadows, as the ‘war to end all wars’ uncovers a truth that needs to be revealed.


A local hero branded a coward. A community ravished by war. A nation mourns the many fallen without graves at the tomb of the Unknown Warrior.. One night, as a full moon illuminated a battlefield and the sound of shells pounding the muddy waterlogged earth slowly faded, I saw a man moving in the shadows in no man’s land. Three years later, I encountered him again under very different circumstances. The ‘war to end all wars’ had finished. Its completion had cut short the stories of so many and uncovered one that needed a narrator—to reveal a truth and heal the wounds of broken survivors—providence had chosen me—the least likely to be believed.