Friday, December 16, 2011

UNDERCOVER REVIEWS - Dillon and the Legend of the Golden Bell

THE BELL TOLLS FOR THEE

Dillon and the Legend of the Golden Bell
by Derrick Ferguson

Review by Andrew Salmon

I want to preface this review by saying that I’ve never been a fan of updating classic heroes. For this fan, The Shadow in the 21st Century is just not going to work. The incredible BBC series, Sherlock, for me, is the exception not the rule. That said, however, I definitely am a fan of bringing the pulp tradition into the modern day with new characters. When they are done well, that is.

Dillon and the Legend of the Golden Bell (Pulpwork Press, $11.95) is done well. Very well indeed. One of the true classic of the New Pulp movement, Derrick Ferguson’s novel should be required reading for action junkies anywhere.

Ferguson simply gets what pulp is all about and brings the classic awe-inspiring landscape of the genre into the modern day for a thrill a minute, edge of your seat ride. The plot is deceptively simple: Adventurer for hire Dillon is hired to recover the golden bell in the hopes of preventing a civil war.

What you get is a roller-coaster ride, slam-bang adventure tale you won’t soon forget. Dillon is a compelling hero and it’s no wonder he has already become a series character to watch. The supporting cast is also given their moments to shine as the ‘simple’ plot continues to get weirder and the stakes are constantly upped in action sequence after action sequence.

Gadgets abound from jetpacks to weirdo creatures, car chases, and enough lead fired to fill the Grand Canyon with shell casings. The pacing is good throughout and the reader is treated to character pauses just long enough to catch one’s breath before things erupt once more. This is a novel you simply cannot afford to miss.

My only knock against the book, and it is a minor one, is that the striking cover conveys (at least to this reader) that the book is set in the classic pulp period of the 1930s. As this is a modern day adventure, this could be off-putting for some readers. A trifling quibble but there it is.

Dillon and the Legend of the Golden Bell is a great book. I could tell you more about it but that would only waste time you could spend reading it. Do not miss this one, pulpsters!

2 comments:

  1. Indeed Mr.ferguson brings the pulp to the 21st century with sucess. Because Pulp is not a medium. Is extra large.

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  2. Thank you so much for such a positive review, Andrew. Due to my computer getting the technological equivalent of Alzheimer's and having to get a new one I'm just getting around to reading this review and I sincerely hope you didn't think I was ignoring you.

    I'm so glad that this book entertained you so well and that future Dillon adventures will be just as entertaining.

    I understand what you're saying about the cover but when Tamas Jakab told me his idea about making the cover look like an old paperback from the 30's, I was hooked and how.

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