Dillon. A name that means many things to many people. Adventurer. Hero. Rogue. Nemesis. Friend. But even a man who is a legend in his own time started somewhere. Even Dillon was young once. YOUNG DILLON IN THE HALLS OF SHAMBALLAH pulls back the curtain on the past of a modern day hero. Many are the tales that have been told about Dillon, but none are stranger than the whisDillon. A name that means many things to many people. Adventurer. Hero. Rogue. Nemesis. Friend. But even a man who is a legend in his own time started somewhere. Even Dillon was young once. YOUNG DILLON IN THE HALLS OF SHAMBALLAH pulls back the curtain on the past of a modern day hero. Many are the tales that have been told about Dillon, but none are stranger than the whispers of his having been raised in the mythical and eternal city of Shamballah and his training by those deadliest of adepts in the martial arts, the Warmasters of Liguria. Now, at last, the true story behind those legends can be told. This is a story of a Dillon and the events and people who would forge him into the man we know. This is a story of a Dillon in the days before his feet were set on the path that would lead him to the wildest adventures of them all. And it is itself an incredible adventure in its own right. This is the story of YOUNG DILLON IN THE HALLS OF SHAMBALLAH. And, once you've read it, you and Dillon will never be the same. A YOUNGPULP! digest novel from Pro Se Productions and Pulpwork Press!...
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Young Dillon in the Halls of Shamballah Reviews
YOUNG DILLON IN THE HALLS OF SHAMBALLAH REVIEWby Lucas Garrett"I have seen Shamballah, and it is a place filled with intrigue, wonders, and horrors...."When I found out that there would be a series of stories published by Tommy Hancock's New Pulp outfit, Pro Se Productions, concerning the early beginnings of the character known as Dillon, created by the acclaimed writer, Derrick Ferguson, I punched the air. I was so hyped. I have been waiting for these stories ever since I read DILLON AND THE VOICE OF ODIN several years ago. And at the time, I understood Mr. Ferguson's apprehension, and reservations, for revealing the origin of Dillon. He wanted to keep Dillon mysterious, similar to Sergio Leone's The Man With No Name portrayed by Clint Eastwood in old Spaghetti Westerns of the 1960's. Because, in the end, Dillon is a wandering soldier of fortune who, most times, finds himself in the thick of action wherever he goes. Very few times do we see Dillon take on missions that he has planned for in advance. More than likely, Dillon is the response force sent to deal with problems. Big problems.So for several years, I waited for the dam to break, and for Mr. Ferguson to reconsider. And finally it happened. And I'm glad he did. Even if I were not a die-hard Dillon fan, I would find this introductory story fun to read.YOUNG DILLON IN THE HALLS OF SHAMBALLAH is a great read. Period. It picks up after the events seen in DILLON AND THE VOICE OF ODIN where Dillon's mother is murdered near a bridge leading to the mythical domain known as Shamballah, while trying to get her and her son to the city to request protection against approaching evil forces. Dillon's mother, Pamela, is revealed to have been a former inhabitant of the ancient city, and she was a member of the elite regional defense force known as The War Masters. It is uncertain how she was able to find her way back to Shamballah, and this mystery is one of several threads that permeate throughout the entire story. Because only a select few in the history of Shamballah have been able to find their way back. Upon finding Dillon, the sole survivor of the incident that claimed his mother and those who were tasked with hunting he and his mother, members of the Shamballah sentry take young Dillon to the city, and placed him in the protective custody/guardianship of the Grandmaster of The War Masters. From the beginning pages, we are introduced to several characters who are destined to shape the destiny of young Dillon. One in particular, at least for me, is very familiar. And as I continued to read this story, my memories briefly went back to a certain classic film called LOST HORIZON that delved into the existence of Shamballah that is unexpectedly visited by people from the 1930's. It's a great film, and I highly recommend seeing it. And there is also a connection to the DESTROYER paperback books. The Easter Eggs in this story are outstanding if you know what to look for.As YOUNG DILLON IN THE HALLS OF SHAMBALLAH progresses, we find young Dillon at the center of tensions between several factions within the political structure of Shamballah that could easily tilt the balance in a secret war that will have long lasting repercussions for Shamballah, and the surrounding regions. And then there is the domain of Shamballah itself. It's paradise on God's Green Earth! Literally! However, for every utopia that is presented to the readers, there are ugly undercurrents that hide the means by which several members of the governing body maintain the lavish facade and "reality" experienced by its inhabitants. And as the story continues, we find that even though Dillon is a foreigner in the eyes of the inhabitants of this mythical region, that possibly fluctuates between dimensions to continue its concealment from the outside world, the reader begins to find out, along with several of the inhabitants, that Dillon might be the key to a mysterious prophecy. Perhaps Dillon was meant to come to Shamballah at the exact moment that he did. It might have been preordained. Who knows?After reading the last page of YOUNG DILLON IN THE HALLS OF SHAMBALLAH, I wanted to read the next story. I didn't want it to end. It's that good. From the plot, the pacing, the action. My God the action.... awesome! This story has it all!So should you get YOUNG DILLON IN THE HALLS OF SHAMBALLAH? Are you kidding? Are you really asking me that question!?!Really!?!Go get it! As soon as possible! I'll wait....You will be pleasantly surprised! I know I was. I went into YOUNG DILLON IN THE HALLS OF SHAMBALLAH expecting one thing, and found something entirely different.Something better.
While most Young Adult novels seem to merely imitate Harry Potter, Hunger Games or Twilight, Derrick Ferguson gives us a great first novel in the saga of a young pulp hero to be.I was already a fan of Ferguson's Dillon series (The full blown hero as a man) and enjoyed the little hints he threw us readers as to Dillon's past.With this first novel, the hints turn into answers.Great action, magnificent lost cities that would make Burroughs and Haggard proud and a touch of Lovecraft.Ferguson adds a fun touch, by naming some characters with names that suggest classic genre actors that immediately give them faces and voices in the movie projected from the pages into your brain.Not only did I enjoy it, but several kids that I teach at an after school program for inner city, at risk youth, LOVE the book.To see a kid/hero on the cover of an adventure novel with the same skin color as themselves is a BIG thing, and one that needs to happen more.Looking forward to the next book in the series! I'm HOOKED!
I'll start out by saying that I absolutely love the character Dillon, and the adventure stories that he stars in. Derrick Ferguson has skillfully created a detailed mythology surrounding the character, and I have yet to be disappointed by any of his exploits. This holds true for Young Dillon in the Halls of Shamballah, a 100 page novella published by Pro Se Press and PulpWork Press. Although this is marketed under Pro Se's Young Pulp imprint (and it really is a good starting point for younger readers interested in the character, and the genre), don't let that stop all you adults from picking it up. I'm 38 years old and I thoroughly enjoyed this release. It's the type of story that has an appeal for all ages. I'll eagerly be awaiting any future Young Dillon entries. Along with The Vril Agenda (if you want to read my review of that story, here's the link), Young Dillon expands on the history of the character, chronicling events that have only been alluded to in other stories. Personally, I've been wanting a release such as this one since I began reading the Dillon series. If you've been wondering about the mysterious events of Dillon's past, this is what you should be reading. Well, let's get to my review...The paths that lead to fabled Shamballah are shadowy and hidden. Only the most dedicated of seekers find their way to the legendary realm. Once found, the traveler is advised to stay in his new home. The land of Shamballah inexplicably shifts from location to location, you see. Therefore the paths leading to it are never the same. None that have left its confines have ever found their way back. Sentry outposts are still maintained at the gates into Shamballah, however; both to greet new seekers, and to give warning, should something evil ever find the path and try to force its way in. The occupants of the Second Outpost are about to witness something unprecedented. Namely, a former resident of Shamballah finding her way back to the land. She brings her son with her, seeking refuge. The woman is Dillon's mother Pamela, and the boy, of course, is a 12 year old Dillon. Heroically staying behind to hold off their pursuers, Dillon's mother is ultimately overcome by her adversaries. Dillon makes it to the other side of the gate, and promptly collapses. Awakening in the care of The Warmasters, Dillon is surprised to find that his mother not only was a resident of Shamballah, but a prominent Warmaster... possibly the greatest of all of them. He is also faced with a choice. Stay in this strange new land, or make his way back to the world he knows, and the enemies that have slaughtered his family. The story that follows is one of discovery, from which a new hero will ultimately be forged. Dillon must discern between those who are his true friends, and those who are merely using him as a pawn in their games. The Warmasters only wish to help, or do they? You'll have to read the book to find out, I'm not telling...As I said above, this is a story that I've been waiting for Derrick to write ever since I had a couple of Dillon's adventures under my belt. This is not the usual Dillon story, but an origin story about how he started down the path that made him into the hero that he is today. While still having more than enough action to satisfy, the biggest enjoyment I had was from watching Dillon react, and then adapt to the strange new people and customs of this mysterious land... and, of course, meeting The Warmasters of Liguria that have been mentioned so many times. This young man certainly shows flashes of the hero I've come to know and love, and the character grows throughout the tale. Scaling things down to a more inward looking story might be a problem for some, but Derrick handles the task brilliantly. His visual and highly descriptive style of writing is still in top form, and as I read this story, it was like I was actually in Shamballah, sharing this adventure. Authors who can so totally immerse a reader in their world are rare, and should be sought out and treasured. Young Dillon is an excellent starting point for new readers interested in the Dillon series, since you get to see him in his formative years, before he became a legend. For returning fans, it's mandatory (in my opinion), for the simple reason that we get many of the questions answered that we've been wondering about over the years. I really need to work my way back through the older stories, and examine them in a new light. In my opinion, this is another top notch entry in a excellent series, and I really can't recommend it enough! Go out and pick this up, dive in and enjoy the adventure!
Pretty good book, but not the usual action-packed Dillon adventure I'm used to reading. It was nice to learn about his homeland of Shamballah, but there were only 2 real action scenes in the book. Just because this is geared towards a younger audience doesn't mean there has to be less action. Nonetheless, Derrick Ferguson still penned another excellent Dillon work.
A romping good read! The shaping of the boy to become the man. Very well fleshed out. A thoroughly plotted story and explained world. More please!
This was my first Dillon story. I'd known that this popular character was a soldier-of-fortune adventurer, in the vein of the classic pulps or the men's adventure paperbacks of the '70s and '80s, but the Dillon in this book is still a child. The book starts with the residents of the mythical city of Shamballah finding Dillon unconscious, just inside the city boundary, not far from the body of his mother. He spends the rest of the book learning about his city, his mother's past and how all this will influence his future.I'm not sure this was the best story to have read as my first Dillon adventure. I don't know how much this background influences his stories as an adult, or if they are just hinted at, or even mentioned at all. I do know that I really liked the story, and am eager to read more. Ferguson has an easy style to his writing, and he seems as comfortable in describing the city and its inhabitants as in describing the action in the story. And there's a fair bit of action.It's a short book, but a fun read. Now I need to read some tales of the adult Dillon and see what this youth has grown into.