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Dragon Over Washington: Book one of The Third War Of The Bir Nibaru Gods Paperback – June 1, 2010
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About the Author
Bruno Flexer has a degree in Computer Science, is a retired Air Force Captain and has a black-belt equivalent in Chinese Martial Arts. He's been writing for more than a decade and has published works of fiction in Orion's Child and other magazines.
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This makes for a unique kind of book, one that was very fun reading and really offered a new experience.
After the prologue the book went slowly. The plot moved between seemingly isolated events happening on different locations on the globe. All these events heralding the start of the war, coming together slowly.
The pace is quite slow, but a lot is going on. The author has taken it upon himself to tell the reader about a huge, globe engulfing war and though this is the first book in the series and describes mostly the start of the war, still it was captivating.
The reader is compelled to read on to find out what's going to happen and why, not to mention the fact the reader needs to know who is causing this war, a fact that remains shrouded in well deserved mystery for a lengthy part of the book.
This is a thriller or an adventure book, taking the reader through fights with demons, dragons, gods, witches and other wild things and everything is done in a cold, logical and methodical way.
I loved this first book in the series and I now breathlessly wait for the second book in this series.
This story made me think of Poul Anderson's The High Crusade; although plot is much different, there are similar devices where historic societies come back to earth to interact with modern man. It also reminded me of Larry Niven and Jerry Pournelle's Footfall; although again plot is much different, there are similar devices where man must learn to fight alien invaders. I am not saying that if you like either of these books that you will necessarily like Dragon Over Washington but it does have a similar feel. Of the two, Footfall is probably a better comparison since they both use similar devices of time stamped chapters moving between various characters and factions to provide multiple points of views.
This book is subtitled Book One of the Third War of the Bir Nibaru Gods. Book does not hold up well as a standalone novel since too many plot elements are left unresolved. There is some satisfying closing action but main plot lines are dangling. I could not find any information in the book, on Amazon or the book's webpage regarding expected number of books in series or on timing for next book. Considering that this book was published in April 2010, my expectations are that the next book should have been published by now. I did enjoy this story and would like to read the next novel. However, I am concerned about the author's commitment and timeline to finish this series.
There were regular, but not frequent, editing issues which were primarily spellcheck errors (real words but not the right word for the context). Dragon Over Washington is 8,273 Kindle locations long. Standard length novels seem to run in the 4,500 to 7,000 plus Kindle location range. For example, books in Jack Campbell's first Lost Fleet series were approximately 5,000 Kindle locations.
UPDATE May 5, 2012: Author posted the following on the Dragon over Washington facebook page on April 18: "Just wanted to add that the second book is in the works and will be published, hopefully, in 2012". Good News! Thanks to the author for the update and feedback.
The book is well written, and certainly had an element of suspense, but just not my kinda story. Please don't let my review put you off though, if you like Inter-dimensional Magic Fantasy Invasion stories, you'll love it.
The plot is certainly intriguing - infused with magic, fantasy and sci-fi, it has all the elements of a cracking good-read thrown together to create one altogether fantastic, thoroughly entertaining novel. Highly enjoyable, in my opinion, for lovers of sci-fi, high-tech, thrillers and fantasy, or any combination of those four!! Highly recommended!!