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BLOG TOUR --- Delilah Dirk and the Turkish Lieutenant (Delilah Dirk #1) by Tony Cliff [Review + Giveaway]

Title: Delilah Dirk and the Turkish Lieutenant (Delilah Dirk #1) 
Authors(s): Tony Cliff
Publication Date: August 27, 2013
Edition: Paperback, ebook; 176 pgs
Publisher: First Second
Source: Rockstar Book Tours
Buy: Amazon - Barnes & Noble - iBooks - The Book Depository
Disclaimer: I received a copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. My thoughts and opinions are my own.

Tour Schedule

Week One:
3/8/2019- Character Madness and MusingsInterview

Week Two:
3/11/2019- Eli to the nthReview
3/12/2019- Lifestyle Of MeReview
3/13/2019- Novel NoviceReview
3/14/2019- A Dream Within A DreamExcerpt
3/15/2019- The Layaway DragonReview

Week Three:
3/18/2019- Smada's Book SmackReview
3/19/2019- BookHounds YAExcerpt
3/20/2019- Adventures Thru WonderlandReview
3/21/2019- Christen Krumm, WriterReview
3/22/2019- Bibliobibuli YAInterview

Week Four:
3/25/2019- Kelly P's BlogExcerpt
3/26/2019- HauntedbybooksReview
3/27/2019- Lone Tree ReviewsExcerpt
3/28/2019- Twirling Book PrincessExcerpt
3/29/2019- Lisa-Queen of RandomSpotlight

The Summary

Lovable ne'er-do-well Delilah Dirk 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, Delilah Dirk is a great pick for any reader looking for a smart and foolhardy heroine... and globetrotting adventures.

My Review

I find it fitting that the first book I review during Women's History Month, is a graphic novel with a kick-ass female lead.  Delilah Dirk and the Turkish Lieutenant is a magical romp through the cities of the Old World with swashbuckling antics and sharp heists.

Growing up traveling the world, Delilah has seen and learn things to aid in her thieving ways her whole life.  Able to "...pick any lock and escape any restraint..." (page 21), she is a force to be reckoned with and her reputation proceeds her.  Using whatever, and whoever, she can to aid in her plans, her whirlwind snaps up locals; in the case of this first book, a poor member of Janissary Corps, Selim, who just wants a good cup of tea and a quiet life.  The juxtaposition of Delilah's and Selim's life and personality, make the story into a great "buddy heist", where they may not be friends when they start out, but by the end of the story they are a well-oiled, and well-respected, team.

The writing is solid, but like with any graphic novel, the art is just as, if not more, important.  The author is also the illustrated, and you can see how well that works.  Sometimes when the writer and artist are two different people, one part or the other can feel disjointed.  Not the case here; Tony executes the drawings beautifully, sometimes telling a whole story without using any words at all.  The action comes alive on the page, and helps race the story along, or slow it down for a reprive.

Overall, this was a delightful read, and I'm definitely going to dive into the next twoo books in the series: Delilah Dirk and the King's Shilling (book 2) and Delilah Dirk and the Pillars of Hercules (book 3).  If you're looking for an adventure with a strong, smart, no holds barred women, then look no further than Delilah Dirk.  She's an awesome character to embrace for a month highlighting exemplary women

Final Rating


About the Author

Tony Cliff – a life-long resident of Vancouver, British Columbia – began his comics work as a contributor to the Flight series of anthologies. His first major published work, Delilah Dirk and the Turkish Lieutenant, is a New York Times Bestseller, a Publishers' Weekly Best of 2013, and was nominated for Eisner, Shuster, and Harvey awards. Delilah Dirk and the Third Pillar of Hercules will be the third book in the series, following 2016's similarly well-received The King's Shilling. He is strongly opposed to bios that conclude with one quirky attempt at humor.


3 lucky winners will win all 3 books in the DELILAH DIRK Series, US Only.

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