Friday, December 12, 2014

Delilah Dirk and the Turkish Lieutenant

Author: Tony Cliff
Info: First Second, copyright 2013, 169 pages

Lovable ne'er-do-well Delilah Dirk has travelled 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.

~Goodreads Description

A former (much missed!) co-worker put this on my desk one day and strongly encouraged me to read it.  And then I got distracted.  About six months later, grabbing hurriedly at books to have at home during my "vacation," I picked it back up and decided to finally give it a whirl.

Delilah Dirk is a female roguish character with a lot of personality, a lot of spunk, and a penchant for adventure.  After being captured and arrested for trespassing in a Turkish palace, Delilah finds herself an unexpected traveling companion, a young, hapless Lieutenant, Selim, who makes a wicked cup of tea.  The two travel away on Delilah's flying boat, Delilah look for adventure, Selim just trying to hold on.

I kind of loved this graphic novel.  It's definitely a departure from what I've been reading lately, not as dark, not as moody, just a fun ride.  Delilah is a bit of an antihero.  You can't help root for her despite the fact that she's a thief.  She's quick witted, often hilarious, and seemingly always in a good mood.  Selim is a bumbling fool but endearing, and I really appreciated his journey from comfort to daredevil.

I can't wait to see what happens in future volumes.



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