There Be DragonsAuthor: Peter Hallett
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Length: 212 pages
In 1968, Lieutenant Ethan Jacobs takes command of a platoon to protect the country from the NVA and Vietcong. Within the jungle, soldiers reported seeing strange flying creatures, but none was taken seriously. That is until Jacobs and his platoon discover fire breathing dragons. Now they must battle the opposition along with the deadly dragons.
I Have never been a fan of stories based around Vietnam or dragons. I set my preconceived notions aside and entered the jungles of Vietnam alongside Lieutenant Jacobs and his platoon. Right from the start you get inside the head of Jacobs and the author’s attention to detail added relevance to the characters point of view. I couldn’t connect with some of the secondary characters though, but it didn’t deter my enthusiasm for what awaited me and the soldiers. The action is quick, bloody, and brutal
On the technical side, the book is nearly flawless. Quick passages help with the sense of action and desperation. I didn’t notice any typographical or grammar errors which is a plus. The only downside is that the origins of the dragons are not really explored, and the readers are left guessing as to how they got there.
This review was originally posted at Invincible Love of Reading on September 24,2013.