Title: Delilah Dirk and the Turkish Lieutenant
Author: Tony Cliff
May Contain Spoilers
What a fun read! Selim is a lieutenant in the Turkish Janissary Corps, and he’s content to be a soldier. Sure, the sultan is a blood-thirsty jerk, but Selim’s life isn’t so bad. He enjoys living a quiet life, brewing his delicious tea and keeping his head firmly attached to his neck. All of that changes when he’s given the task of acting as the translator for a new prisoner. Delilah Dirk is everything that Selim is not. She’s bold and confident, and she thrives on danger. She’s a master swordswoman, she’s traveled the world, and nothing intimidates her. When Selim relates Delilah’s boastful stories to the sultan, his peaceful life comes to a screeching halt. Delilah has arrived at the palace with one goal in mind, and that’s robbing the sultan. When she escapes, Selim is accused of being her accomplice, and suddenly he’s living a life on the run.
I enjoyed the interaction between Delilah and Selim. Delilah is like a forest fire; she is a force of nature, and if you find yourself standing against her, good luck! She is clever and resourceful, and nothing phases her. Like a cyclone heading for landfall, it’s best to just get out of her way. Selim, on the other hand, is quiet spoken, and he wants to live a long, happy, healthy life. He immediately realizes that he’s live a short, painful life if he continues hanging around with Delilah, but honor requires that he pay back the debt that he owes her. She rescued him when he was about to be executed, and while he’s rather go hide somewhere safe, his pride won’t allow him to shirk his obligations. Never mind that Delilah drags him from one deadly adventure to the next. A debt is a debt, darn it!!
I loved Selim. He thinks he knows what he wants out of life, but he really hasn’t a clue. Racing about after Delilah is one heart pounding thrill after another, and while Selim professes to dislike his new circumstances, he has to admit that there are some advantages. Fresh air, nights under the stars, the satisfaction of a good meal cooked from scratch. Delilah’s an entertaining companion, full of death-defying tales of her previous endeavors. When he’s given the opportunity to settle down and have that peaceful existence he’s longed for, he realizes that there’s something to be said for the company of a good friend.
At it’s core, Delilah Dirk and the Turkish Lieutenant is the story of friendship. Sure, it’s got all of that fun sword fighting, mass destruction, and running for your life, but this is the story of two polar opposites who discover that together they make a team to be reckoned with, and that together, they make a more cohesive whole. The full-color, expressive art is just as engaging as the storyline, and the dialog is snappy and keeps the plot racing along. This is a fun read, one that’s hard to put down. I read it in one sitting, and was entertained from the first page to the last.
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