Dylan's Song, won't officially be released in paperback until St Patrick's Day, March 17, but the manuscript has already been read by a half dozen reviewers and the first reviews are coming in. It is also now available for Kindle, Nook, iPad and other eReaders a full month before the printed edition is released.
I loved writing this book because it took me to Ireland, which happens to be the land of my ancestors. And as the initial reviews come in, it's clear that the backdrop of Ireland and more specifically the Bogs of Allen, added a layer of mystery and intrigue to the plot.
The bogs in Ireland are centuries old. Once lake beds, vegetation formed along the banks and slowly, over millenia, stretched inward until the lake beds were filled with forest land. But over time, the bogs sucked the forest inward like quicksand, the swampy land swallowing up whole forests and even homes. In Dylan's Song, it's the dungeons of a castle that are found beneath the surface -- and in one of those dungeons is where they will find the missing CIA operative.
Their mission: to get into those dungeons and rescue the agent.
Of course, there's a personal aspect to the book as well... Vicki has accompanied Dylan to Ireland to provide a front for their CIA mission. With her along, he can take her into various regions under the pretext of showing her Ireland - while they are really searching for the missing operative.