Saturday, 24 November 2018

The Dragon and the Lumberjack by S W Ellenwood + #Excerpt


The Dragon and the Lumberjack by S W Ellenwood
Published in America on the 13th November 2018.


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Thomas feared he played Jack too well...

The sequel to S. W. Ellenwood's debut novel, The Janitor and the Spy, picks up six months after Thomas Thornhill's nightmare mission in Amsterdam. On his own, he now goes under the alias of Jack Montferrand and seeks to gain entry into the oldest and most dangerous triad in Asia to find Them.

On the inside, he found the triad not as stable as he thought, forcing him to prove his trust and worth to them at every turn as new rivals sprout up. He plunges his hands deeper into the filth and the alias of Jack where he starts to wonder where Thomas ends and Jack begins. 




Excerpt

5. Jack kept the shower on as he slowly undressed. Once he was down to his undergarments, he looked at himself in the fogging sink mirror. Dark blue and purple bruises covered his body from the shoulders down. His right shoulder had bulged up with blood and was hot to his touch. The rest of the bruises were on his torso, with a few on his legs. His swollen eyebrow had started bleeding out at the corner. He removed the small bandage on his forehead to see if it was bleeding again. It was. He slowly felt around the injuries on his torso to see if he had any broken ribs, which he didn’t think he had. He held his breath and stroked his ribs like a piano. He released a sigh of relief as his assumption was correct. Jack could barely see himself in the mirror as steam filled the entire bathroom and escaped through the door less entryway.
“Dude, you look like you just got out of a meat grinder.” Li stood at the entrance of the bathroom staring at him with a hint of pain on his face.
Jack tilted his head and looked down on Li like a parent with a sassy child. Li didn’t recognize that as his face flipped to excitement. “But, you did it! You survived the Dragon Fire!”
“Surviving and thriving are two different things. I take it I did well?” Jack asked as he stripped down and entered the shower, washing the blood off his body.
“Starting off at the second tier helped you a bit and taking him down that fast. Incredible! Most guys don’t get past him at all.” Li sat on the wooden bench attached to the wall.
“What did Lóng think?” Jack asked.
Li snorted at the question. “He was impressed like everyone else.”
“That’s good. Who was the girl beside you?” Jack turned off the shower and dried himself with a towel.
“Lei Lei, my half-sister.”
Jack chuckled, which morphed into a sneer of pain. “Damn, that hurts.”
Li laughed. Jack came out of the shower with a well-secured towel around his waist. He held another towel over his cuts. “That’s not even the best part,” said Li, with a sense of pride. “You’re the second one to finish it all without being knocked out.”
Jack placed new bandages over his cuts. “Well, knowing now that I made a great impression, what’s next?”
“I’m not sure, I think Lóng has an errand for you before you can become a 49er.”
Jack looked at Li, a band-aid in his hand. “A 49er already?”
“Yeah. I don’t know all the details, but things aren’t great. But it may help us both.”
“I’m okay with that. Do you know what kind of errand?”
Li shrugged.
“What do you know, just out of curiosity?”
Li laughed. “I know Lóng still has trust issues, I’m still not sure he trusts me entirely.” As Li said this, his bright face faded away.
“Why wouldn’t he trust you?” asked Jack.
“Just the times I guess.” Li looked down at his hands. “Heard the transition of leadership was hard if it wasn’t for his mom. That’s why I’m glad he likes you so far. It’s personally helping me out again.” 
“Why?” Jack finished bandaging himself up. “I mean, you had the chance to just ask me to drop you off someplace where you could hit the road again, be your own man, and stay out of ‘the clutches of the Red Dragon’ as you put it. But your instinct was to come back. Why?”
Li looked up, his head atilt. “I don’t know, man. I mean, I guess I thought I would be safer here, but they aren’t a charity case. Even when my dad was in charge, everyone had to earn their place and… if it wasn’t for my stepmom I wouldn’t have gotten nearly as far as I did while he gave Lóng the moon and Lei Lei the sun. I didn’t want to have to go up against that at the time.” Li rubbed his hands together. His jaw tensed. 
“Hey,” Jack said. Li looked up at him. “We will earn our place here. We are going to make this our home.”
Li smiled with a hint of sympathy. “I hope you pass, man,” he said. “I really need a friend I can trust.”
Jack felt a pang of guilt.

Meet the author

S. W. Ellenwood is thankful to have a close-knit family of two parents, a brother, and two sisters. A homeschooler who graduated college from the University of Arkansas - Fort Smith, Ellenwood loves all forms and genres of stories and was inspired by  The Lord of the Rings films and his parents to write. You can find Ellenwood writing his next novel at the local coffee shops or playing table top games with his best friends.

Author links: 
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5 comments:

  1. Oh, I can imagine not easy for him ... Thanks for the review and happy weekend!
    xx from Bavaria/Germany, Rena
    www.dressedwithsoul.com

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  2. This does sound like a great series and I love the covers. Thanks for sharing!

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    1. I think covers absolutely make or break a book and the effort gone into these is amazing :-)

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