The Dragon’s Glare by T.J. & M.L. Wolf
Published by CreateSpace on December 23, 2017
Series: The Survival Trilogy, #2
Genre(s): fiction, mystery, science fiction, suspense
Format & Length: paperback, 346
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In 2019, three years after recovery of a powerful Hopi artifact from a mystery cave in Arizona, Una Waters finds herself on special assignment from D.C. to Chinatown in New York City. Unexplained acts of violence, including a cyber breach at the NYPD threaten to disrupt the lives of immigrants, forcing military intervention from General Ashcroft, now with U.S. Cyber Security. When newshound and compadre Jack Howser arrives to investigate a reported UFO sighting, Una begins to realize an episode of “missing time” at the Chinese New Year’s parade may hold the answers. Finally, an out-of-this-world encounter confirms Una’s childhood beliefs in Sky People, hinting that our future lies in accepting the fact that we are not alone.
The Dragon’s Glare was an interesting sequel to A Gleam of Light.
“Real knowledge is to know the extent of one’s ignorance.” -Confucius
Picking up three years after the first book left off, this book takes place in New York City, specifically Chinatown. The scale of the overall story arc has grown to not only incorporate a larger territory but also more speculation. This, quite frankly, is my favorite part of these books so far. I personally really enjoy speculative fiction, and the Wolfs bring together myth, conspiracy theory, and reality in a way that weaves an intriguing story.
When I reviewed A Gleam of Light last year, my biggest concern was a lack of tension, and I’m happy to say this delivered more on that front. The characters were a bit more developed here, although this is still definitely more plot driven. I did have a few issues with the writing, specifically: a lot of italics, to the point of overuse; unnecessary ellipses in dialogue, making it sound stilted; and some unclear passages due to the way pronouns were used. On the other hand, description and dialogue were woven together nicely in a big improvement from book one.
“Let love be your guide. The loving thing and the right thing are usually one and the same.”
Regardless of my issues, I enjoyed the storytelling in The Dragon’s Glare and am curious to see how the authors complete the story in the third book. If you are into speculative fiction, maybe give this trilogy a go.
*Thanks to the authors for providing a copy of this edition in exchange for an honest review.