Review: The Grey Dawn, by Ronald Dahle

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The Grey Dawn is the third instalment in the Churning Cauldron conspiracy/political thriller series.

The Deacon’s plans crystallize and focus progressively more on a few select areas of enemy infiltration and political targets. His Academy is working at full capacity, but with increased numbers come increased risks. I won’t give away the plot, so you’ll have to read the book in order to find out what I’m talking about. Suffice it to say that the stakes are higher, the Warriors have to reach deeper for that extra spark of resilience, courage and ingenuity, and it becomes crucial that the Deacon makes the right decisions.

We are introduced to a few new characters, some experienced, some brilliant but stubborn, and some young, yet determined to carry on the flame. For all of them, America and its freedom are more important than life itself.

Freedom-fighting has never been easy, and sometimes tougher opponents call for a different type of fighting. Enter Rodney, the star of the show and my favourite so far.

The Deacon himself has been dealt one or two surprises, but he needs to keep a cool head and keep whatever happens in his private life from interfering with the activities of his geriatric defence guard.

Again, the action scenes are flawless and the descriptions are painting a neat, clear picture for the reader. Ronald Dahle’s experience in the field shines through. The narrator’s voice is fresh and clipped, the dialogues exactly what one would expect from battle comrades. With every wrongdoer who is being punished, there seem to be so many others vying to take their place. Right at the end, we are being shown in cold, bleak detail exactly how easy it would be for those ignored potential threats to become reality.

Well done again to Ronald Dahle, whose patriotism cannot be doubted. If you haven’t read the first two books in the series, now is the time to do so. Don’t worry about reading them in sequence; the author is kind enough to provide a quick summary and introduction at the beginning of Grey Dawn, and also a few words about each character, for ease of reference.

If you care about your country, read them. Even if you’re not a US citizen. But especially if you are. America needs people who care, and these books show you why you should. I award five stars to this novel and, most of all, this person who had the nerve to put it all down on paper.


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