Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Book Review - Lest The Dew Rust Them

Title: Lest The Dew Rust Them.
Author: Michael Drakich.
Publisher: Self Published.
Year of Publication: 2013.
 Format: E-book.
Pages: 256.
Genre: Crime, Thriller.
Blurb: Here.

The author had sent me a copy of the book for a honest opinion.

My Thoughts:
What I first noticed about the book, is its unique title. It sure doesn't sound like an average book title, does it? Anyhow moving on to the story..
New York has its own new set of terror : Decapitations! Videos of decapitations are made available for the whole world to see by a group claiming to be The Sword Masters. Homeland Security Director, Robert Grimmson is getting worried by the minute since he hasnt figured out a way to contain the acts of terrorism. To top it off, a passenger has just arrived at the JFK airport and along with him, more than a thousand swords! The passenger being Alexander Suten-Mdjai, an extremely skilled sword trainer who addresses himself as The Sword Master. Now that sounds way too much of a coincidence for Mr Grimmson. Facing more obstacles from politicians and the media, Grimmson finds it very difficult to move forward in solving the case. Each clue leads him to Mr Suten-Mdjai, who being a very patient and honorable man co-operates with the Director and enlightens him with the history of each sword that he possesses and his lineage.

This book is a perfect blend of crime, historical fiction & mystery. Lest The Dew Rust Them went ahead and captivated me from the word go. The book is not a whodunnit, rather the author lets the readers know early enough about the identity of the killers. Even though the killers are mentioned from the beginning of the book, I felt their characters were not given the justice of having a back story. What pushed them to the killings. It's clear none of them are happy with the current situation. But what was the tipping point? There was only one antagonist who had some sort of a character development. It would have been interesting to read the history of the killers. How they all met and decided on committing the heinous crimes that they did.
Having said that, the story remained interesting enough, since I was curious as to how will they get caught. Plus even though I personally liked the character of Alexander Suten-Mdjai, I had a fleeting discomfort with him. The author did a good job clouding his character with a mysterious aura. The tension builds in New York as one video taped decapitation is followed by yet another one, the readers would feel the tension building up too. One of my favorite scenes in the book was when all the main characters are in the same room and anything could happen!
 I only wish the cover of the book was different too. For a crime based thriller, the cover feels like a downer. In a nutshell, Lest The Dew Rust Them is a riveting crime thriller. By the time I was almost done with the book, the reason behind the name of the book was revealed and it was quite on the impressive note!

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