a Novella by Thomas Rowe Drinkard
review by Rich Weatherly
A well crafted fantasy thriller
Thomas Rowe Drinkard served as a US Army Special Forces officer in Vietnam. In my opinion, his experience in combat and as a seasoned writer helped make Warrior’s Psalm one of his most compelling stories yet. The novella opens on a young couple as they complete their final test that will qualify them as members of an elite clan, the Recondos. Freya and Kalev, the young couple and protagonists communicate between one another using telepathy. That gift more than any other will be critical to the success of their mission.
The story takes place in a post-apocalyptic setting where both sides use high-tech gadgets to sense, track and engage the opposition. You’ll learn of drones that resemble insects, cloaking devices, and instruments that provide secure access to camouflaged safe houses.
Freya and Kalev have grown up together in a close-knit community. While working as partners in combat, we see a warm affectionate bond developing between them. The skills they demonstrate at the end of training exceed the expectations of their mentor and handler. As a result of this success, their first real-world assignment will have the pair extracting an embedded spy from The Hive, an enclave operated by the enemy, The Deciders and Protectors.
Thomas Drinkard blends elements of YA fiction, Science Fiction, and Fantasy to create a thrilling page turner. Character development is well executed and the plot line riveting. If you enjoy good writing, I can guarantee you won’t be disappointed.
Freya and Kalev are the newest members of an elite warrior clan, the Recondos. They are a unique reconnaissance team. They are true telepaths who can link their minds and
communicate silently, over extended distances.
On their initiation recon, they see the enemies of their civilization for their first time: The Deciders and Protectors. They also witness a brutal execution ordered by the Deciders.
From that day, their courage and faith will be put to severe tests. They must rely on their gifts to face a cruel enemy and the challenges that young women and men encounter as they begin to mature.
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About Thomas Rowe Drinkard
Thomas Rowe Drinkard was born and reared in Alabama. He graduated from the University of North Alabama with a degree in English. Upon graduation, he was commissioned an Army second lieutenant. Within two years he completed parachute school and was selected for the U.S. Army Special Forces (the Green Berets). He spent more than ten years with the fabled unit.
After his active duty years, he found his way into teaching and writing in the securities exam preparation business. Many of his articles and texts are currently in use.
Tom is now a full-time writer/ part-time editor. He is the author of the novels; Piety and Murder, Where There Were No Innocents, Overload and Devil’s Blade as well as the novellas, V Trooper -First Mission and V Trooper-Second Mission, The Demon. His newest book is the YA novella, Warrior’s Psalm.He is also the author of a chapbook of Vietnam poetry, Finding the Way Home.
A workin progress is scheduled for publication in 2013; A SciFi novel, tentatively titled Swift & Co.