Friday, 21 June 2013

Review: Lest the Dew Rust Them - Michael Drakich

Reviewer: John
Rating: 3 out of 5 Fairies
The book has good & bad points; the concept behind it is quite good, especially in the light of the recent horrific event in the UK, with terrorists out to scare middle America with small scale atrocities, a series of beheadings. The group is not too well explained & appears to be a random mix of members, with no real political aim and a couple of them in it just for the kicks!

The book contains a number of historical references which actually take up a quarter of the book & while interesting, I feel the space would have been better used to flesh out the characters; some of which are fairly well drawn, but others are very two dimensional, more stereotypes than anything else.

If you like the style of a book written by Robert Ludlum or Eric Van Lustbader, then this may well be for you, I would just have liked the book to be longer to allow more depth to be added to the plot & allow the final scenes to feel less rushed. In fact, to me, it reads a bit like a screenplay, with more to be added in the production.
Terrorism in America has a new game…decapitations! Homeland Security Director Robert Grimmson faces the task of catching five men in New York City. They call themselves the Sword Masters with a single minded plan of terror through decapitations. Barely has the task begun when a new arrival at JFK is a man importing thousands of swords! Alexander Suten-Mdjai is a trainer in the deadly art of swordsmanship and Robert cannot help but believe there is a connection between him and the Sword Masters. As he goes about the task, each step in his search is made more difficult through the interference of politicians, the media and his own government. Robert’s examination constantly draws him back to Alexander who regales him with a tale of swordsmanship from his lineage featuring events of mankind’s bloody past and often oddly having a connection to the case before him. With the clock ticking as New York collapses into a deep panic, he must catch the Sword Masters before it is too late!

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