Book Review: Slay the Dragon | By: William McGinnis

Slay the Dragon by William McGinnis is a moderately engaging international espionage thriller. The pacing of the action is swift, keeping the reader eagerly anticipating the next chapter. However, the current-day socio-political plot leaves one wondering if they’re reading something from the QAnon files. If you can manage to block out the author’s obvious right-wing, Trumpist, opinions, you might enjoy.

This is, apparently, the latest in a series of Adam Weldon novels by McGinnis. Our hero is a former Navy SEAL who runs his own private investigative firm. At least that’s what I was able to make out. He appears to be a bit of a mercenary with friends in high places of the U.S. military and intelligence communities.

Much like a Magnum P.I. (strong allusions) – his law enforcement sidekick, BC, helps him get out of tight squeezes when running afoul of bad guys, domestically and abroad.

This installment in the Adam W. series pits the bad-ass former SEAL against the deepest-of-state Chinese Communist Party nasty actors. The early chapters paint a nefarious gang of criminal plutocrats from China with long, deep, fingers inside the upper echelons of the American government. Oooh the radical right-wing conspiracy theories! They’re all here folks; from the organ-harvesting, to the pedophilic members of the elite left U.S. establishment, all the way up to – yep, you guessed it, the stolen 2020 American election.

I tried to like this book. It took every ounce of my being. McGinnis is a legitimate authority in the world of non-fiction white-water rafting, and I love military, private-eye, socio-political thriller books. I was reared on a steady diet of Tom Clancy, Robert Ludlum and W.E.B. Griffin. Those types of books, this is not.

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