Dragonslayers: Battle Rhythm
Manufacturer: Sturgeon Creek Publishing
Blood is thicker than water… and when it’s the blood of a Dragonslayer, there will be hell to pay.
The Dragonslayers return with a vengeance to fight terrorism with in another installment of the exciting Dragonslayers Saga. The unorthodox team comes under fire from the most unlikely source, so they must stick together, or be destroyed. They find out that state-of-the-art body armor isn’t the only thing that will save them when bullets are flying.
Not all of their battles happen on the battlefield. For many, there’s a battle raging within, as they grapple with their own demons and a society that doesn’t accept them. In Australia, Captain Tige St. Ivor is faced with his own dilemma: an assignment that involves killing one of his best friends. Captain Cabbott Westmoreland fights to be accepted by his own family. And terrorism hits too close to home for Major D.M. Elliott, as he must find a way to protect his father from extremists. Through it all, they live by the code of honor, valor, and sacrifice.
Be sure to read: Project: Dragonslayers, the book that started it all, which was nominated for the Military Writer’s Society of America Fiction—Thriller Award for 2011.
"Battle Rhythm: Dragonslayers" is the third installment of author K. Rowe’s continuing series about an “anything-but-conventional” Special Forces unit. The Dragonslayers' international roster includes an illegitimate son of the King of Spain, a mass murdering Maori, a Viking Princess, a mechanic turned pilot, a cook, a sumo wrestler, and many other unforgettable characters. If that weren’t enough, the unit’s two top-ranking leaders' relationship is as unconventional as their war fighting: eventually becoming husband and wife.
However, just as nothing comes easy to this offbeat cast of characters, the "courtship rituals" through which the groom-to-be must pass before he "ties the knot" are as bizarre as the military unit to which he belongs. On a break between assassinations and gunfights, the Dragonslayers' second-in-command, Major "DM" Elliott —an incredibly rich MIT graduate who also suffers from lingering bouts with PTSD—learns that he must survive a series of death-match sword fights and take hallucinogenic drugs in order to win the hand of his mate and head Dragonslayer: Lt. Col. "Eagle" Tryggvesson.
In addition to swords, the unit must also master a more modern arsenal—including experimental aircraft, weapons and high-tech armored suits of their own design. The unit’s leading-edge weapons and decidedly unconventional tactics are regularly tested as they face-off against terrorist groups around the globe. The action is intense and riveting. But Dragonslayers is not all blood and destruction. Along the way, the reader will also see the human side of Rowe's characters—their lives, their loves, their emotions and innermost struggles.
A mixture of fantasy, romance and fast-paced military fiction, Dragonslayers is truly in a genre unto itself.
Reviewed by: John Cathcart (2012)