Jim Macomber, who is a successfully published author of espionage/legal thriller novels ("Bargained for Exchange" and "Art and Part" by Scorpion Books) has just released a major review of the DRAGON'S FURY SERIES of novels.
Halfway through Jeff Head’s four volume (soon to be five volume) series, “Dragon’s Fury”, it’s difficult to decide whether to be more awed by the scope or by the execution of this 21st century Iliad.
In “Dragon’s Fury”, Head has crafted an epic - there’s no other word - with a global range and yet has done so without allowing the story to lose its humanity and focus on individuals wrapped up in and affected by events.
And, oh mama, are there ever events. Iran parlaying a nuclear capacity into reality, Middle Eastern states coming together into a unified intranational entity, erstwhile Atlantic alliances disintegrating before our very eyes, a China inveigling itself into hitherto unavailable spheres of influence around the world, even India besting the US militarily.
Wait a minute. That’s real life.
And that’s the thing. Head began his “Dragon’s Fury” series in 2001 but page after page, chapter after chapter, we see elements of the story emerging in the news outlets of today. The tale is globally complex but no more so than the real world with geopolitical intrigues that would make Machiavelli beam with pride and military strategies and tactics right out of Sun Tzu, DDE, and, every now and then, sadly, George Armstrong Custer.
But events can’t fully carry any story and Head has, of necessity when you consider its scale, populated his story with a cast of literally thousands. Yet he still manages through careful crafting and creative depiction to make them real and identifiable - some more than others and those national and international figures incorporated into the story are distinguished not just by their power but by their truth - for good or ill.
But ultimately, as in real life, it is the - what I suppose we have to call the “common folk” - through which Head allows us, indeed requires us, to be a part of the story. He gives us good people to fight the evil ones - and make no mistake that this is all about good and evil - without letting the essential conflicts devolve into a sappy “The Waltons meet Dr. Strangelove” sort of thing. Instead, inspiringly, Head gives us a nation of Bravehearts - everymen (and, yes, women) who quite simply do what needs to be done, no matter the cost.
So far, the costs are enormous. And, after volumes I and II, things don’t look so good.
Author Jim Macomber