FOUR BULLETS FOR DILLON
By Derrick Ferguson
Over past few years several new pulp writers have created terrific heroes that easily compare with the classic characters of the 30s magazines. One of these is Dillon by the talented Derrick Ferguson. Dillon is an African American modern day adventurer who travels the globe aiding people in desperate need of rescue and at the same time taking on insidious villains of every imaginable form. The thing I absolutely love about Dillon is that even in the midst of the most dire situations, when death practically is assured its ultimate victory, he manages to retain his sense of humor making him the coolest pulp hero of them all.
After offering up a couple of fast paced novels which first introduced us to Dillon and his exploits, Ferguson this time collects four short tales that were published in various projects over the years and this fan is most grateful for this. These four action packed thrillers display the range of settings and atypical missions our hero takes on, each is a fast, mile-a-second read that will leave blisters on your fingers.
“Dillon and the Bad Ass Belt Buckle,” finds our hero and his mentor, Eli Creed, in the jungles of Cambodia to rescue an American film actress. Their mission is successful up to the point they lose their transportation and have to seek refuge in a fortified camp called Cheap Prayer. It is by a mercenary outlaw named Kudro Mayoka. I won’t spoil the fun with any more details except to add the plot revolves around Dillon challenging Kudro to a survival race with the winner becoming the enclave’s new leader and claiming a giant belt buckle studded with jewels and emblazoned with the words BAD ASS. Honestly, I don’t think I stopped laughing once while reading this one.
“Dead Beat in La Esca,” is a real collector’s treasure as it was co-written by Joel Jenkins and has one of Joel’s pulp characters, guitar player Sly Ganlet meeting up with Dillon one night in a fancy nightclub. Unbeknown to the both, they’ve been set up by a mysterious organization that wants them both out of the way. The irony is both men may actually do the bad guys a favor by killing each other first. A different kind of story and though worthwhile, was the weakest in this collection. Guess I just like my Dillon flying solo.
“Dillon and the Escape From Tosegio,” is another one of those oddities. It’s a rollicking, non-stop thrill ride which was penned as a prequel to the first Dillon novel. It reminds one of those opening action prequels in the James Bond movie, done to set the stage and get the audience in the proper mood. Having read “Dillon and the Voice of Odin,” when I came to the end of this short, I could easily envision the opening credits of the bigger movie. Really happy to see this one in print for all Dillon fans.
Finally, Ferguson saves the best for last in “Dillon and The Judas Chalice.” Although I likened Dillon to action heroes like Bond, there’s also a great deal of Indiana Jones in his adventures and they revolve around arcane lore long forgotten in time. Such is the plot of this yarn wherein a chalice made from the thirty pieces of silver paid Judas Iscariot for betraying Jesus, has survived through the ages bringing both power and tragedy to any who possess it. Dillon is hired by a dying rich industrialist to procure the cup and once and for all hide away so that it can never again curse mankind. To do so he must recruit two of his associates, a cat-burglar and a computer hacker. Along with the industrialist beautiful daughter, they fly to the remote island where it is being held and launch their Mission Impossible-like plan to steal it. Of course, like any other Dillon caper, things never go as smoothly as envisioned and soon all of them are racing for their lives to flee the atoll before its volcano erupts and sinks them all. It’s a grand finale to a wonderful anthology.
If you’ve yet to meet Dillon, this the book is your invitation to a world of thrills and spills as delivered by a writer at the top of his game. Ferguson’s love of action adventure explodes from every page and he always leaves his readers both satisfied and begging for more. Four Bullets For Dillon is a hands down winner and I’d be remiss not to mention it comes wrapped by a gorgeous cover by artist Anthony Castrillo. What more could any pulp fan want?
Ron Fortier, Author of The Captain Hazzard Series, Mr. Jigsaw and Editor-In-Chief of Airship 27
DILLON AND THE VOICE OF ODIN
by Derrick Ferguson
Tom Clancy once said that a new Clive Cussler “Dirk Pitt” novel was like a visit from an old friend. This is my second Dillon novel, and I can honestly say that I know what he’s talking about. Spending time with a Dillon adventure is like hanging out with a funny, slightly crazy friend: you don’t know where you’ll end up or how you’ll get there, but you know you’ll have a good time in the process.
In this, the first Dillon adventure novel, Derrick Ferguson is in top form as he weaves us a tale of mystery and action. What seems to be the simple task of retrieving a ring from a derelict ocean liner (a great atmospheric opening setting) becomes a mad scramble as Dillon and his lovely & unwilling (at first) accomplice are hunted by everone from Dillon’s former employers and mercenaries to British government agents. There’s some great set-pieces involving the assault on a passenger train, an island interrogation facility with methods straight out of “The Prisoner”, and a very cool sequence involving a mad-scientist’s castle (which could have been the setting of a whole other adventure). This all leads to a really exciting conclusion at a great Bond villain-like hidden stronghold deep in the jungle and an edge-of-your-seat escape.
At center stage of course is Dillon, a mystery-shrouded adventurer who often seems to get into more trouble than he might be able to handle yet always wades out of it was a smile and a wisecrack. The character is very endearing: he’s bad-assed enough to be dangerous but human enough not to be a superman, while his cocky personality is never too over-the-top to make the reader dislike him. Dillon’s mysterious past is touched on here: we get a glimpse that tantalizes readers and makes us want to learn more. There’s another one in Dillon and the Legend of the Golden Bell (the second Dillon novel), and from these I truly hope Ferguson gives us the inside scoop on his hero’s past one day.
No book is 100% perfect, but it’s hard to find a flaw with Dillon and the Voice of Odin. If I had to pick a flaw, it’s that somewhere around the middle of the book I remember feeling a bit lost suddenly and wasn’t sure where the plot was supposed to be going at that point. Several pages later, however, “…Voice of Odin” guided me back on course and kept me there. I know that I liked this book a lot, though as good as it is I preferred “…Legend of the Golden Bell” more. Had I not read that book first, however, I would have been more blown away by “…Voice of Odin”. Still, this book is an excellent read and gets 5 stars. It’s a great introduction to Ferguson and his creation, and I look forward to more adventures with my new crazy friend Dillon.
Don Gates, Author of Challenger Storm: The Isle of Blood
Every now and then a writer delivers a book that is just so pure pulp, you want to clap your hands and shout hallelujah. Derrick Ferguson as a writer is cut from the same cloth as Walter Gibson, Lester Dent, Ian Fleming and Clive Cussler. He’s a pulp wordsmith who spins a rollicking adventure yarn that never lets up from the first page to the last. It is clear to see in his black hero, Dillon, that Ferguson knows this genre inside out. He not only relishes it, he finds way to enhance it by upping the ante constantly.
Dillon encounters one familiar cliff-hanger threat after another in his battles against Odin, the criminal mastermind. But it is how he manages to escape each and every one of these death-traps that is fun, ingenious and totally captivating. I haven’t had this much fun reading a book in a long time.
Who is Dillon? Where does he come from and how did he become such a skilled, daring, near super human hero of justice? Well, would you believe he was raised in a hidden martial arts temple hidden in the mountains of Tibet? Of course you would, if you are a true believer. Or that he possesses such arcane skills as the ability to lower his body metabolism to appear dead, only to be comfortable resting in a deep, meditative trance.
Ferguson also provides a terrific supporting cast of absolutely larger-than life, eccentric characters both good and evil such as the old Eli Creed, Dillon’s one-time mentor and Chew Mi (pronounced me), a sexy oriental femme fatale whose single goal is to give him a glorious death. Add exotic locales from small English hamlets to the jungles of South America and you have a rollicking adventure romp that is highly cinematic in its orchestration.
Sadly this book was handled by a very small publisher and received very little notice or distribution when it was released in 2003. It is my fervent hope that this review will help correct that wrong and help bring it to the wider audience is so richly warrants. If you love action adventure novels with verve and imagination, you will not do better than Dillon and The Voice of Odin
Ron Fortier, Author of The Captain Hazzard Series, Mr. Jigsaw and Editor-In-Chief of Airship 27
Written in the fashion of the classic pulp novels made popular by characters such as Doc Savage and The Shadow, author Derrick Ferguson has created a new adventure hero whose toughness and bravado will be long remembered after you finish reading this book.
Dillon is hired to retrieve a ring. There wasn’t supposed to be any trouble. He was told by his client that it was an easy in, easy out retrieval. Dillon finds out rather quickly that nothing is as unproblematic as it first appears. With a huge bounty set on Dillon’s head, he and a reluctant maiden in distress are chased throughout the countryside of England by not only a group of ruthless mercenaries, but also by the British government.
Thing worsen as Odin, a criminal mastermind, uses a destructive weapon to cause havoc around the globe. The world’s governments must turn to one man to bring down Odin and his organization, but with assassins on his trail, you will wonder if Dillon can succeed.
DILLON AND THE VOICE OF ODIN is simply a thrill ride from beginning to end.
D.K. Gaston, Author of The Promise, The Friday House, 13: An Avery Hudson Adventure, Darkest Hours: A Joseph Hooks Novel
DILLON AND THE VOICE OF ODIN by Derrick Ferguson is an undeniable thrill ride. Modeled on the pulp heroes of yesteryear, Dillon is a super extraordinary physical specimen armed with a quick wit, iron determination, and a knack for getting out of the stickiest of situations. In Voice of Odin, Dillon is out to stop a mad scientist who is using a sound amplification device to terrorize the world. Of course, Dillon has to confront a motley, brutal assortment of nefarious types (including those ostensibly on his side) while in the process of tracking down the primary foe.
Reading Voice of Odin felt less like reading, more like a movie going experience. The author paints every scene with a vividness and dynamic that can be easily visualized. And the action is non-stop, ultra high octane. 171 pages of adrenaline rush. Snappy, humorous dialogue provides a rich accompaniment to the breakneck feats of daring permeating this novel. Dillon is truly a hero for the 21st century. I highly recommend this book!
Ronald T. Jones, Author of Chronicle of The Liberator and Warrior of The Four Winds
DILLON AND THE VOICE OF ODIN is the publishing debut of author, Derrick Ferguson, his previous work found in the form of online serials. The book centers on Dillon, a thirty-something mercenary with a mysterious past that has a reputation for escaping near-death situations. After stealing a ring from a downed ship, Dillon finds himself going up against government agencies, cyborgs, and bloodthirsty assassins employed by the Order of the Black Sun and its leader, the mysterious Odin. In the process, Dillon is the one thing standing between the planet and the devastating effects of a sonic weapon called the Voice of Odin.
An action book of the highest caliber, Dillon and the Voice of Odin borrows influences from all manner of action stories across all different mediums, primarily from the pulp stories of the early twentieth century. Dillon himself pays homage to various action heroes, combining elements of James Bond with Doc Savage, a bit of Indiana Jones and a touch of John Shaft.
The plot may seem a tad unrealistic and perhaps even predictable, but that’s part of what makes the action stories of this kind so much fun. It’s unapologetic, and it never becomes pretentious or pretends to be something more than it is. Ferguson even pokes a bit of fun at the action genre in a tongue-in-cheek fashion when Dillon encounters an Asian assassin named Chew Mi. Dillon makes no bones about the absurdity of the character’s name, saying, “You even talk like a cartoon character.”
Bottom line, Ferguson knows he’s here to write an action story to keep readers entertained by throwing the hero into impossible situations and watching him find a way out of them. From gunfights aboard an ocean liner being lifted into the air, to a battle on hover bikes, and Dillon going up against an attack helicopter while his land rover sits on a rickety old bridge. Ferguson never drops a beat in his crystal-clear depictions of the action. He keeps the story flowing in such a fashion that puts the reader right into the center of Dillon’s antics.
For a fun action story in the realm of the James Bond or Indiana Jones films, check out DILLON AND THE VOICE OF ODIN.
Percival Constantine, Author of Chasing The Dragon, Fallen and THE MYTH HUNTER series
I’m a huge fan of Derrick’s and Dillon just solidifies his place as one of my favorite writers. I have never been a big fan of action adventure books, finding that the visual description never does what it’s supposed to. DILLON AND THE VOICE OF ODIN is the exact opposite. Derrick manages to put the reader right into the action barely letting us catch our breaths before we are off on another adventure, running for our lives.
Plenty of characters are brought into the action and good or evil, you become attached to each.
I think my favorite parts of the book are random hidden references to some of the best cult and blockbuster movies. If you look close you’ll see a few. I think my favorite is the Princess Bride reference.
I love this book and if you read it plan to just sit down and read it, don’t expect to put it down and come back to it. It’s addictive!
Right from the very first page you get sucked straight into the world of Dillon. Derrick throws just enough descriptions and real world locations at you, at all the right moments, to visually build a world that you can envision in print. From murking around in dank waters, to smack talk face-to-face with the bad guy, to just sitting down and enjoying a cigar, you feel right next to Dillon during every moment… almost making you wish that Derrick could create a character just for you so you could really do all the cool stuff that Dillon does in stride. Derrick creates a character that probably has influences from dozens of classic movies and comics, from the adventures of Indiana Jones, to the rich sophistication and sly mind of Bruce Wayne, the headstrong attitude of Richard Roundtree’s ‘Shaft’, and dozen’s more that’ll make you go ‘Damn, what else does this remind of?! GAH I DON’T KNOW!’ which all comes together in a very original character… Suspense, Mystery, and Action Adventure all rolled into one tight story with enough believability, and fantasy to keep you going every page.
DILLON AND THE VOICE OF ODIN was a wild ride from page one and kept me interested throughout. Dillon himself is a character easily on a par with Indiana Jones, Remo Williams and James Bond, and the villains he faces- as well as his supporting cast- seem alive and real. The story was exciting and fast-paced, believable but just beyond reality enough to make you think- ‘is this possible?’
I hope so and look forward to the sequel.
In the thirties and forties, pulp heroes were a dime a dozen…Doc Savage, the Spider, the Avenger, the Green Hornet, and more graced the covers of monthly magazines. Their authors, Kenneth Robeson, Norvell Page and a hundred others were household names to some degree. Then the Pulp works dried up. In the sixties they flourished again briefly in reprints, inspiring new authors to try and capture the same adventurous spirit and wish fufillment inherent in those earlier tales. This too came to an end.
But now, with Derrick Ferguson’s delightful page turner, the third age of Pulp is upon us and it’s starting strong. Like the earlier works, Dillon is fast paced with roughly a daring escape or gun battle every three thousand words or so. Each chapter ends on a cliffhanger that has the reader biting their nails in anticipation of the next page. The dialogue is pulpy in the extreme, with enough tough talk and trash mouths to choke Raymond Chandler, but not so much so that it descends into comic book histrionics. And Dillon is without a doubt one of the more interesting protagonists to grace my bookshelf in quite a while. With a mysterious past, a violent present and an interesting future Dillon seems to combine Doc Savage, Dirk Pitt and Shaft on the surface, but stands readily on his own literary feet as an action hero worthy of being put up on the big screen. One can only hope we see more of Dillon in the future.
Joshua Reynolds, Author of Born Under A Bad Sign, Bury Me Deep And Other Southern Folk Songs
Action and Pulp fans rejoice! This is your kind of book.
Worldwide adventurer and international troublemaker, Dillon, races to uncover the secret of a deadly weapon known only as The Voice of Odin. This book is like a James Bond and Doc Savage novel all rolled into one heaping helping of wall to wall intrigue and cliffhanger action.
Joel Jenkins, Author of Through The Groaning Earth, Pirates of Mirror Land, The Nuclear Suitcase
DILLON & THE LEGEND OF THE GOLDEN BELL
By Derrick Ferguson
A few years ago I read and reviewed an adventure novel called DILLON AND THE VOICE OF ODIN. It was my introduction to Derrick Ferguson’s larger than life action hero, Dillon. I recall liking the book a great deal and giving it a major thumbs up in my review. Well here comes the sequel and I have to admit it caught me completely by surprise. I fully expected to enjoy it and I have, just much more than I ever expected. This book is truly leaps and bounds a better read than its predecessor and Ferguson has truly grown as a writer. His prose was always clean, but now he brings a new sense of confidence to every sentence as if he’s finally gotten comfortable with this character and is now just having fun spinning his incredible exploits.
And incredible they certainly are. Dillon, a big strapping African American mercenary adventurer, is asked by his old mentor, Eli Creed, to help save the troubled monarchy of Xonira. A civil war has broken out between a wise and benevolent ruler and a cruel, twisted usurper who is in league with demonic forces beyond this world. The Lord Chancellor hires Dillon and Creed to enter an ancient death-maze known as the Blagdasen Citadel and there retrieve the Golden Bell, an artifact that will hopefully reunite the divided land and bring back peace. It’s a noble undertaking, but accomplishing it proves to be the most daring, dangerous and fool hardy mission Dillon has ever undertaken. Accompanied by the cantankerous Creed, a lovely Xoniran agent named Dagna Summers and Brandon, a specially gifted young man, Dillon sets out to do the impossible.
Believe me when I say Ferguson is a master pulp writer and he lays on the action thick and heavy from page to page. It is a break-neck pace that never slows down from rocket-pack raiders in Manhattan, advanced dirigible warships soaring over foreign lands, to a genetically altered female assassin. He dishes out the jaw-dropping wonders with every new chapter. There’s more action and thrills in this one book than a half-dozen other pulp thrillers I’ve read of late.
One of the sad truths of the old pulp era was its exclusion of minorities by both color and gender. There simply were no major black or female pulp writers, if any at all. Now Derrick Ferguson is among an elite group setting the ship alright, and he does so with a genuine flair and love of the genre. Dillon is part Indiana Jones, part James Bond and a whole lot of Imaro. And one of my personal favorite pulp heroes. He should be one of yours too.
Ron Fortier, Author of Captain Hazzard, Mr. Jigsaw, Editor-In-Chief of Airship 27
I had read reviews of this book before deciding to check it out, and they were extremely positive so I was pretty hopeful. However, even they didn’t prepare me for the experience that it was. I lost count of how many times during DILLON AND THE LEGEND OF THE GOLDEN BELL I said to myself “this is fun!”
Mixing modern action thrills, classic pulp sensibilities, and near-futuristic detail & flavoring, Derrick Ferguson has created a timeless hero in Dillon. A cocky & self-assured yet likable guy, Dillon is a great action hero in the traditions of Doc Savage and Dirk Pitt. Tasked with retrieving a mystical relic to stop a civil war, Dillon and his co-adventurers (and a whole lot of other interested parties) get sucked into a high-adventure maelstrom involving jetpacks, evil cultists, aerial dogfights, bizarre creatures, and a whole lot of bullets. I can seriously see this being turned into an action movie.
Ferguson’s style has plenty of charm, and descriptive details can be gleaned from context and not from exhaustive descriptions, so the pace never really slows too much and it stays at a constant vibe. He handles characters with warmth and humor, and imbued even his villains with some degree of humanity (well, most of the villains, anyway…). Some of the bigger scenes have a great impact, and I won’t discuss them too much for spoilers sake. I will say, however, that Dillon and Co.’s descent into the Blagdasen Citadel is appropriately eerie and will stay with me for a while… horror and action are both deftly juggled here.
My only complaint was there was a small scattering of typos, mostly toward the end of the book, but they weren’t anything bad enough to ruin the story or experience. Overall, however, the book makes me look forward to more of Dillon’s adventures (now I definitely have DILLON AND THE VOICE OF ODIN on my “to buy” list).
Don Gates, Author of Challenger Storm: The Isle of Blood
Ever since I was first introduced to Dillon in Derrick’s first book, DILLON AND THE VOICE OF ODIN, I became a fan of the character almost from the first page. Here’s the deal — Dillon is a mercenary, an adventurer-for-hire who seeks out priceless artifacts and faces up against the kind of villains that James Bond would think twice about crossing swords with. He finds himself in scrape after scrape, constantly defying death and making it look easy all the while with a bit of a gruff charm.
This latest adventure features Dillon being hired by Lord C’jai, one of the Chancellors of Xonira, to locate the Golden Bell of Malacar, an artifact that could help turn the tide of Xonira’s civil war. Dillon begrudgingly agrees to the job when he finds out his old friend Eli Creed is involved as well. Tagging along is Dagna, an agent of Xonira and Brandon, a young man with computer chips embedded into his brain. I mention these characters because one of the best things about this book is the way Dillon interacts with each of them. From the old soldier bond with Eli, to the sometimes antagonistic yet mutually respectful banter with Dagna, and ending up at the sibling relationship he shares with Brandon. Only saying that much is a disservice to these characters, though — Derrick is able to develop them extremely well within just a matter of pages so that when the excrement does hit the air conditioning, you really find yourself worrying about what will happen to the supporting players.
Of course, that’s not to say that this book is all talking heads. Like I said, there are times when the excrement hits the air conditioning, and it happens quite a lot. From car chases to airship battles, even jetpacks and a mammoth truck named Big Pig, Derrick pulls out all the stops and never risks the chance that either Dillon or the readers will get bored.
The book’s got everything an action junkie could ever want. So what are you waiting for?
Percival Constantine, Author of Love and Bullets, Fallen, The MYTH HUNTER series
You really don’t need to have read any of the Dillon Books to get an idea of who this man is, and how any of his adventures roll along. The novels really tend to be self-explanatory. If you’ve ever read James Bond, Jason Bourne, Doc Savage or ‘Man of Action’ style globetrotting hero for hire sort of book, then you know the sort of fair. That is not to say Dillon is simply a carbon copy of these classic heroes. But he’s ripped from same mold, but the substance is a little different.
Going into this novel, I had a slight understanding as to what I was getting myself into.
Having read my share of old pulp novels, and other books by Derrick Ferguson (I did a review on Diamondback ages ago) I was not all surprised by what I got. But I didn’t keep turning the pages of The Voice of Odin because of Dillon, which may or may not have been the point—much in the realm of Hideyuki Kikuchi’s Vampire Hunter D novels, or Robert E Howard’s Conan stories, the stoic stone faced unbeatable protagonist is hardly there for the reader to relate to. On the contrary Derrick Ferguson delivers a story that begs you latch onto the supporting cast, and antagonists. Because everything in Dillon’s world are two dimensional set pieces. It’s only the people who collide into this world that can give us that connection we ultimately desire. And it’s that very addition, that makes The Voice of Odin work, and allows us to digest this fantasy of blood and bullets.
The story begins in a similar fashion to any James Bond film or novel. We are instantly transported into a frenzy of pain and death. We are instantly drawn into Dillon’s world as he escapes certain death with the treasure he sought out. Ferguson tells us very little in this opening sequence, but we know enough about Dillon in the first few pages to draw conclusions. He’s a mercenary whose services are hired out to the largest bidder. Of course through all of this I couldn’t help but see Dillon as someone who is not so much as a hero, but more of a working stiff. He doesn’t care who he has to kill and what sort of pain and misery he inflicts on others. As long as he gets a paycheque, all is right in the world and the man can sleep soundly. At least that is what I got from this. But Ferguson has other plans for his merc. In a leap from that we are shown he does have a moral code, and backs up from our second of many antagonists (the first one was dispatched within 1,000 words) Lady Thelma and tells her no on this item he almost died retrieving.
Of course this scene sets up one of the most important characters in the whole story Kris who is the readers eyes and ears and that my friends is the moment we are finally given access into this world. And through the Personal Assistant, we can gain some foothold as we are thrust into a masterly woven plot of mystery and danger. Though Kris is the most accessible of the supporting cast, there are many other characters introduced mainly that drives for attention and show us that despite Dillon’s rather stony visage, Derrick Ferguson knows how to write characters. From the rough and tumble femme fatale of a Chinese general Chew Mi who despite the horrible spelling tends to be quite interesting, to the hardened sometimes partner Eli (who should get his own novel one day) Dillon’s world is peppered with interesting people to make up for Dillon’s rather one sided situation.
So should you read Dillon and the Voice of Odin? I do think if you are a fan of old pulp action adventure, and you like your blood pumping as you turn the pages then you can’t go wrong with Dillon. With the etchings of Dillon’s Mythical past in the mountains of Tibet, and other interesting teases as what is to come, I think we’ve just scratched the surface of this strange fellow. And if the characters in the other books of the series are as interesting and the ones we got this round, I think the best stories are still to come.
Dillon and the Voice of Odin isn’t just a great pulp adventure book. It’s a great book. Period. End of discussion. The main protagonist, Dillon, is a character reminiscent of Doc Savage, Luke Cage, the Black Panther of Wakanda, and Nick Fury. He’s a true ‘adventure capitalist’ and soldier of fortune taking on dangerous jobs around the world; leaving his mark wherever he goes. He is aided by a team of specialists who help to get the necessary gear and resources for any operation that he is undertaking. He’s pretty much a one man Marine Corps walking. He’s perhaps the most capable operative on the planet, able to adapt to any circumstance he finds himself in, and thrive. And Dillon has the best personality for a man in his profession. He’s laid back and cool. And his sense of humor had me in stitches. Dillon finds himself in a predicament that not only affects him, but the entire world. And he is the only man with the tools, and the means, to fix it.
I won’t go into too much of the plot, other than to say that Derrick Ferguson, much like his literary ancestor, Lester Dent, has created a threat so big, that when you read about it, you will be saying, or thinking, to yourself, “What the @#$%!!!” I can’t, and won’t, spoil how the threat is dealt with, or who is behind it. However, you will be laughing to yourself, when you find out. Especially, if you are a fan of the old Doc Savage pulps, like myself. Derrick Ferguson knows his craft. And his pacing for the book, which will give you a whiplash, if you’re not careful; as well as his comedic timing, are flawless, in my opinion.
As a gateway story that introduces the reader to a great character, and his world, you can’t beat it. As soon as you finish reading Dillon and the Voice of Odin, I recommend that you get its sequel, Dillon and the Legend of the Golden Bell, as well as Four Bullets for Dillon. I hope that Dillon, and his world, will last for a very long time. Because, as you will discover, there is more to the character known as Dillon than meets the eye. Dillon is never what you expect… he’s better. I highly recommend picking up, or downloading, a copy of Dillon and the Voice of Odin. You will not be disappointed. I know I’m not.