Delilah Dirk and the Turkish Lieutenant

(Delilah Dirk #1)

eBook, 176 pages

English language

Published March 7, 2016 by First Second.

3 stars (3 reviews)

Lovable ne’er-do-well Delilah Dirk is an adventurer for the 19th century. She 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.

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My review of "Delilah Dirk and the Turkish Lieutenant"

3 stars

An entertaining story on the first adventures of Delilah Dirk and Selim.

The story actually starts with Selim, a Jannissary officer whose loves tea and apparently not happy with his life as an officer. Then, he gets called to interrogate one Delilah Dirk in prison. He then reports his interrogation to the Turkish Sultan, which fills in the history of Delilah Dirk as an English lady with a love for adventure.

And that is where the adventure starts, for Delilah breaks out of prison to steal the Sultan's treasure, and Selim gets involved when the Sultan believes he's a traitor and is in league with her. Together, they escape in Delilah's flying boat, where Delilah then reveals her next adventure is to steal a pirate's treasure.

At this point, Selim is still half wondering whether he should still be involved but makes up his mind to do so, and in …

Yes, swashbuckling can be lovely

4 stars

… and Tony Cliff is here to prove it in the first Delilah Dirk instalment. Not only does he manage to create a heroine so compelling you never doubt someone so out of place in the historical era could and would have stood on her own, his tale of a sheltered Ottoman officer discovering a taste for adventure achieves something rare: a tone of tenderness and subdued glee that never turns into something trite or foreseeable. This one really is a rare gem. [review note]