Six Days of the Dragon by Roman Leary
Evil is coming to Cape Noire; a city which already ranks alongside of Sodom and Gomorra for wickedest city on earth. Brother Bones receives warning from his usual spirit guide, but her message is both poignant and vague: The Dragon is coming!
There is another in Cape Noire who has also received warning by an experience that is fraught with horror. Arthur Sinclair, owner of the Antiquarian Book Shoppe, was taught a discipline known as The Insight from a former mentor, Mr. Mendoza. With him is his friend and new acolyte April Moon. This Insight connects him with a horribly tortured dying man who in his agony delivers the same message. The Dragon is coming!
Sinclair learns that he is part of the Order of the Knights of the Lance, men given the Insight by their founder who wounded the Dragon in times past. They are gathering in Cape Noire which they inform him is the focus point for the Dragon’s move.
The characters in the book are well constructed. There is Doctor Marax, who is building the machine that will return the Dragon to Earth. There is his assistant and chauffeur Erika, a former prostitute and friend of his slain daughter. She is an instrument of vengeance in her own right, strong, fast, and deadly with knives. The Doctor wants revenge on Cape Noire for his daughter’s death and has made his deal with the Devil to accomplish his goal.
There are the Knights of the Lance, but they prove to be a jaded bunch of spoiled, decadent men supremely confident in themselves. There is the young man who involuntarily receives the Insight from the murdered man. There is the young hoodlum Eddie Shiloh and his grandfather Robert “The Bruce” Shiloh who are making a deal with the Professor responsible for trapping Harry Beast in the body of a gorilla.
There is Elliot Preston who is bringing Brother Bones to radio, sponsored by Eddie Shiloh’s company TennaciTea. And there is a murderous assassin known as The Hessian…
Readers of Brother Bones will recognize characters like Bobby Crandell, reporter Sally Paige, Harry Beast, and Detective Rains and Father Dennis O’Malley.
Ride the wave of action from the badlands of Five Corners, (by the way Mr. Leary, kudus on your use of Allard Street, Benson Street, and Wentworth Avenue!), to the fancy Falmouth Hotel; from busy streets to a wild ride in a gyroplane; and perhaps from Earth to the pits of darkness.
This is just a tantalizing thought: If you read carefully, maybe, just maybe you will learn the identity of Brother Bones’ spirit guide! A definite five stars out of five book!
Quoth the Raven…