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About the Author
- ASIN : B002UD5PXM
- Publisher : Gryphonwood Press (October 25, 2009)
- Publication date : October 25, 2009
- Language : English
- File size : 1363 KB
- Simultaneous device usage : Unlimited
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 292 pages
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #1,308,780 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Flank Hawk lays out a tale of fantasy, of a future yet to be made, and a tapestry of alZ the sword and sorcery familiars mixed with historical machines of death.
The characters are breathing, and the treatment of the yarn they weave will have you enraptured.
I'm sure you will not regret the read.
Very well done!
Now on to the next book.😊
With as much stuff as this book has going on in it, (ogres, zombies, magic, nazis, the list goes on)you might expect it to be an incoherent mess. You'd be wrong. It's told from beginning to end in a very straightforward manner through the eyes of a humble mercenary soldier, Flank Hawk.
He's just a guy trying to get by, doing his small part to hold back the undead forces that are sweeping across the land. He's by no means the toughest badass on the battlefield, nor the mightiest warrior. But he's brave, capable, and resourceful. He's the kind of guy you might even believe you could be yourself in his situation, and I think that's what I liked most about the character of Flank Hawk.
Fate isn't content to leave him simply stabbing zombies for long, and he gets swept up in matters far above his station, until he finally has the greatest responsibility of the war thrust upon him.
The author's prose is tight. I never once had to flip back and reread a passage to figure out what was going on. (That's a common problem for me with fantasy novels.) His action scenes were plentiful and satisfying. The fight at sea in the north Atlantic was my personal favorite.
The only problem I had was that Lilly's age seemed unrealistic for a lot of what she was able to do. And the fact that there was no sexual chemistry between Lilly and Flank Hawk (That's taking into account that I already proposed an age adjustment.)I'm not looking for a love story or a porn scene. I'm just saying it's weird that Hawk's been on the battlefield for so long, and seems to have zero interest (beyond friendship) in this young girl who repeatedly has to undress in front of him. Maybe I just thought the character was a little too wholesome to be real, but that's certainly not going to cost this book a star.
It really was a great read.
On the plus side, this book is a good mix of graphic action and a unique storyline and backstory. I found myself intriqued by the little snippets from the past that often lead a chapter. I actually wished they were a bit longer. When the backstory gets revealed to the characters in the form of a history lesson, I found it left some significant gaps (to me). Namely, why did the good guys let the bad guy (who incidentally murdered billions of people) live, when they seem to have the power to wipe him out? Perhaps that will be revealed in a later book, however I felt the explanation was due now.
I did find myself wishing that the inter-dimentional event that led to the current status of things, had dsone so in a way that didn't involve bringing every fantasy cliche' to life. I felt that the same story could have been told with some newer elements...there are much more interesting combinations than orcs/goblins/ogres/etc...just struck me as a bit contrived.
Flank Hawk will sweep you away and take you to a magical world.
Terry W. Ervin II did a brilliant job writing this debut novel. There's never a dull moment as we follow Krish, a farmhand turned mercenary, as he forges through battles. Dragons, zombies, giants, and wizards color the pages of this science fiction, fantasy novel.
Thriving as a stong individual, Krish encounters new friends, and loses honorable allies. Krish's journey is not one you want to miss.
(I've only just begun reading Flank Hawk and it is a genre that I don't normally read. Terry W. Ervin II has brought to life some interesting characters. The writing is smooth and easy to follow. This book is definitly worth picking up.)