Delilah Dirk and the Turkish Lieutenant

Author: Tony Cliff
Publisher: First Second
Publish Date: August 27, 2013

Book Rating: 5/5

Bottom Line: A true adventure tale!

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Publisher’s Description
Lovable ne’er-do-well Delilah Dirk is an Indiana Jones for the 19th century. She has traveled to Japan, Indonesia, France, and even the New World. Using the skills she’s picked up on the way, Delilah’s adventures continue as she plots to rob a rich and corrupt Sultan in Constantinople. With the aid of her flying boat and her newfound friend, Selim, she evades the Sultan’s guards, leaves angry pirates in the dust, and fights her way through the countryside. For Delilah, one adventure leads to the next in this thrilling and funny installment in her exciting life.

A little bit Tintin, a little bit Indiana Jones, Tony Cliff’s Delilah Dirk and the Turkish Lieutenant is a great pick for any reader looking for a smart and foolhardy heroine…and globetrotting adventures.

Book Review by Chris

Delilah Dirk is a true adventure tale. There isn’t a moment without some action, humor, camaraderie, or a mixture of all of the above. The story, world, and characters are just so full of life. They really just come to life.

The story itself isn’t an epic. The world isn’t going to end. There isn’t a power mad wizard trying to take the world over. But that is okay because there’s Delilah, her Turkish lieutenant and their wild and entertaining adventures.

Speaking of the duo it is great to read a story with a female and male lead character and they don’t have to be romantically involved. Who knows, maybe one day they will, but right now they are just friends and what a wonderful friendship. Their relationship is so well written and hilarious.

There are hardly any faults with this book. If anything I would say it is a kid friendly book, but there are a couple of instances that may not be for all kids. There is some sword stabbing and little light cursing. But no blood really or anything worse then you’d hear on network television.

If you are a fan of exotic adventures or high flying tales, this book will entertain you. If you are not a fan of that stuff, what the heck?

Book Received: For free from publisher in exchange for an honest review
Reviewer: Chris

Book Review by Jessica

I read this book at Chris’s insistence. He knows what I like and what I don’t and in the world of graphic novels, he is King at Book Sake. So of course I liked it. After the first chapter I made a comment to him that it’s Buffy-esque and he immediately knew what I meant. The characters have a witty banter, well mostly Deliliah is Buffy-esque. Her lines have that Joss Whedon feel, which I adore. The characters are interesting and unlikely companions, which makes it work all the more.

While I felt that not a lot happened, I often feel that way about graphic novels because I read more for the story than for the artwork. Speaking of artwork though, there was nothing distracting about it for me, it didn’t take away from the storyline, but did add to it with the facial expressions and body language of the characters. I could imagine them as characters in a TV show or movie – the sighs audible in every way.

I will continue on with the series and see what is to come of this adventure tale. I’m sure Tony Cliff has more snark up his sleeve!

Book Received: For free from publisher in exchange for an honest review
Reviewer: Jessica