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The NightDragon: (#3) Simian & (#4) O Mortifero

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The NightDragon is back!!!

 

The NightDragon #3: Simian 

By day, Johnny Chen is one of the instructors at a martial arts school with his ‘brothers’ Tao and Lei, both of whom are dealing with personal challenges. Tao has been approached by the local Chinatown masters, who are against his giving instruction in Chinese martial arts to those outside their community.  Lei has become reticent and withdrawn due to a past ordeal that has undermined his confidence. 

By night, Chen is the NightDragon, protector of the City of Nocturnity. But is he the only one? Someone, or rather some thing, is also taking action against crime in the city. Eyewitness accounts seem unbelievable, but it is only a matter of time before Chen learns that it is a being as impossible to contemplate as it is intelligent; a true marvel of nature. He soon finds himself drawn into a plan to catch this elusive entity by Sonya Gunn, a student at his school, who just happens to be a police officer assigned to the task force intent on arresting his vigilante persona. The effort will also involve Eagle Force, a special U.S. military group that has sought to apprehend him in the past. Regardless, it is a risk he is willing to take. 

Is this mysterious creature the only one of its like? Is it really a threat or could it prove to be a possible ally? And are there others potentially more dangerous? It is up to the NightDragon to find out! 

Leap into a new NightDragon adventure that swings with suspense, humor, intense action, and amazing martial art fights!

The NightDragon (#3): Simian

 

The NightDragon #4: O Mortifero

Johnny Chen is determined to help his new friend Simian, a unique and fascinating creature that is part man and part monkey. Simian has friends who have been subjected to secret experimentation by Gen-Tech, a company that delves into genetic manipulation. The monkey man wants to free them, and Chen, who is the vigilante hero known as the NightDragon, has given his word to do just that. However, he is in for a shocking surprise! Simian’s friends may not be so easy to rescue. Gen-Tech has turned them into unimaginably monstrous creations that transgress the laws of nature; the results being both physical and psychological changes, thus making them extremely dangerous.                      

On top of that, the Horde is back! Chen has encountered this commando terrorist group before. This time they are being led by one of the organization’s lieutenants, a gruesomely garbed figure known only as O Mortifero aka the Deadly One. It is his intention to take these genetically manipulated creatures for the devious purposes of the Horde’s mysterious leader.

Chen cannot let that happen. Now, to prevent the threat of these abominations being loosed on the City of Nocturnity, he must again ally himself with those who seek to bring him to justice. This also means the NightDragon will put himself in the most dangerous of all places: between a group of manmade monsters and the murderous Horde henchman, O Mortifero!

Continue the adventure started in “The NightDragon (#3): Simian” to its thrilling conclusion full of tension, humor, astounding action, and martial arts mayhem!

The NightDragon (#4): O Mortifero

 

So these have been a long time coming. Cover art is by our own @KUNG FU BOB, and a special thanks to @DrNgor for his translating portions of dialogue into Portuguese for me. 

NightDragon 3 - SIMIAN (FRONT COVER ONLY).jpg

NightDragon 4 - O MORTIERO (FRONT COVER ONLY).jpg

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On 7/6/2019 at 3:19 PM, ShaOW!linDude said:

The NightDragon #3: Simian 

 

Here's my Amazon review:

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I've enjoyed all of Blasingame's novels up so far, and "Night Dragon: Simian" is no exception. Once more, Blasingame proves that he's the Lau Kar-Leung, Sammo Hung and Donnie Yen of prose (and even some pre-Crouching Tiger Yuen Woo-Ping, too). Blasingame takes that sort of comparison even further, as at one point in the story, the characters stop to have a conversation about old school kung fu movies!

The story is simple, although it lets on to a particularly complex backstory and promises to get complicated by the end of the final chapter, which leaves things in the air. A month after the events of the previous book, NighDragon: DI3, the police investigation into NightDragon's activities have uncovered that a copycat is on the prowl, beating the ever-living snot out of muggers who prey on the norms like you and I. Said copycat is Simian, a monkey man of the Moreau variety, who posesses the agility, strength and durability of an orangutan on speed and the intelligence of a human being. Soon, the Eagle Team and the police are trying to capture Simian and return him to the laboratory he escaped from, while NightDragon is tasked with capturing him for the shadowy agency he works for. And NightDragon's alter-ego, Johnny, is caught in the middle.

One of the best things about Blasingame's writing, as I've probably mentioned in other reviews, is that the characters are likable--even the ones that are outright arrogant jerks--enough and their interactions are fun to read, in such a way that I never find myself impatiently reading just to get to the next fight sequence. The story is simple, but allows for some twists and moral grey areas, as NightDragon finds himself questioning his employers' motives in wanting Simian. He finds himself making questionable decisions in the pursuit of doing what he thinks is right, even if it may bring consequences later on down the line.

Blasingame also ups the ante on the fights, introducing an opponent, Simian, who is more than human in all physical aspects. Where DI3 represented some of the best fighters that humanity had to offer, Simian goes beyond that and pushes ND's martial arts skills to their limit, since all martial arts were founded as self-defense against people, not Moreau-esque aberrations. Blasingame also gets in touch with his inner Shaw, with a series of traditional kung fu duels between one of the main characters and the local kung fu schools in a subplot straight out of the recent IP MAN 2.

Anyway, this was lots of fun to read and I look forward to finishing his fourth book and writing about that.

 

 

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On 7/6/2019 at 3:19 PM, ShaOW!linDude said:

The NightDragon #4: O Mortifero

My Amazon review for book 4:

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Continuing directly where Book 3, "Simian", left off, the NightDragon is trying to escape with one of Simian's friends when he's confronted by the mystery-shrouded villain, Mortífero, and a band of gentically-engineered manimal monsters. For the first time, the NightDragon's martial arts skills, which were theoretically developed for self-defense against human opponents, just doesn't cut the mustard. He barely escapes with his life, but with a rematch looming in the near future, the question is: how will he fare in the next fight?

Blasingame's enjoyable writing style keeps the characters entertaining in between the vicious action sequences. I'm glad that Lei's character arc sees him overcoming the self-doubt that dogged him at every turn in the previous novel. Simian grows from careless manimal vigilante to a superhero in the making. The subplot involving Tao and the rival masters takes a few unexpected turns, as does the NightDragon's plan to defeat Mortífero. 

The climax, which takes up chapters 8-10, is exhilarating. I hung on to every word. It starts off as a car chase, becomes a gun fight, takes a turn for the kaiju with what might be called a small-scale King Kong vs. Godzilla riff, and ends with kung fu vs. capoeira madness.  Blasingame invests each fight with a forethought that an actual professional fight choreographer would give while working on an actual meeting. It's clear just how much planning goes on in his head before putting the characters' moves, blocks, reactions and counterattacks into prose. Great stuff!

 

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I love being Author Scott Blasingame's go-to artist for his book covers. His two latest martial arts-fantasy-action-adventure novels are now available. He & his missus made up some swag as giveaways for a Book Expo he did recently, & generously sent me pins, magnets, bookmarks, keychains, copies of the new books, & a custom T-shirt featuring my art! Pretty wild to see my work like that. :D If you want a good, exciting read, you've got to pick up his books! Get 'em at Amazon- https://www.amazon.com/s?k=scott+blasingame&i=stripbooks&crid=2N6YPT4KS85EB&sprefix=SCOTT+BLASING%2Caps%2C185&ref=nb_sb_ss_fb_1_13

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