Barely has the task begun when a new arrival at JFK is a man importing thousands of swords! Alexander Suten-Mdjai is a trainer in the deadly art of swordsmanship and Robert cannot help but believe there is a connection between him and the Sword Masters.
As he goes about the task, each step in his search is made more difficult through the interference of politicians, the media and his own government.
Robert’s examination constantly draws him back to Alexander who regales him with a tale of swordsmanship from his lineage featuring events of mankind’s bloody past and often oddly having a connection to the case before him.
With the clock ticking as New York collapses into a deep panic, he must catch the Sword Masters before it is too late!
*May Contain Spoilers*
Michael Drakich turns terrorism into an in-house threat with his novel, Lest the Dew Rust Them, when a group of Americans vow to spread their belief that the foreign terrorist policy isn't up to par.
Robert Grimmson, the Homeland Security Director is one of three main characters. He's undoubtedly good at his job though is subtle enough to surprise those around him. Robert is a dedicated character with a creative outlook on crime suspects. He works hard at the detective role he's been pulled into. With a wide gaze and great logic, readers will respect this character.
Alexander Suten-Mdjai is a master of sword fighting, training, and teaching. With over one thousand swords, he looks rather guilty when sword decapitations become headline news. As a character, he is patient, strong, incredibly intelligent, and skilled in sword history. Readers will love the mystery behind Alexander - as he is an immigrant with newly obtained citizen status.
David Crombie is a member of the Sword Master terrorist group, and the third main character. He has an uneasy past that he can't remember and is psychologically unstable. He is the intelligence and the drive behind the acts of terrorism in New York City as he tries to justify the past he has no memory of living. Readers will empathize with his mental and emotional plight but will struggle to connect with his hate and misery throughout the main story line.
The plot is thrilling as detectives, directors, and NYC's finest try to track down the terrorist group. At times the story seems a bit sluggish (often times in Alexander's history lessons) but each part adds to the ending when every character finally meets in a single room and it comes down to a single swing of a sword. Recommended for those who enjoy crime novels with an air of mystery.
Rating: 3/5 Cups
Book 4 (Crime Genre) for the 2013 Genre Variety Challenge