Delilah Dirk and the Turkish Lieutenant by Tony CliffDelilah Dirk and the Turkish Lieutenant by Tony Cliff

Delilah Dirk and the Turkish Lieutenant

byTony CliffIllustratorTony Cliff

Paperback | August 27, 2013

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Lovable ne'er-do-well Delilah Dirk is an adventurer for the 19th century. She has traveled to Japan, Indonesia, France, and even the New World. Using the skills she's picked up on the way, Delilah's adventures continue as she plots to rob a rich and corrupt Sultan in Constantinople. With the aid of her flying boat and her newfound friend, Selim, she evades the Sultan's guards, leaves angry pirates in the dust, and fights her way through the countryside. For Delilah, one adventure leads to the next in this thrilling and funny installment in her exciting life.

Tony Cliff's Delilah Dirk and the Turkish Lieutenant is a great pick for any reader looking for a smart and foolhardy heroine...and globetrotting adventures.

A Publishers Weekly Best Children's Book of 2013
A Kirkus Reviews Best Teen Book of 2013

Tony Cliff is a contributor to the Flight series of anthologies, has been nominated for Shuster and Harvey awards, and has three times been nominated for an Eisner award. Delilah Dirk is his first published graphic novel.
Title:Delilah Dirk and the Turkish LieutenantFormat:PaperbackDimensions:176 pages, 8.52 × 5.54 × 0.46 inPublished:August 27, 2013Publisher:first secondLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:1596438134

ISBN - 13:9781596438132


Rated 4 out of 5 by from A fun, beautifully drawn adventure What first drew me to this series was the beautiful art-the colours are gorgeous and the drawing style is a little cartoon-y but not overly so, which is just my cup of tea (no pun intended Selim!). The main characters are both very likable and despite their widely different personalities have a great dynamic. Their adventures have a bit of a Tintin/Indiana Jones vibe so if you like those series you'll probably like this as well. Good for older kids/teens and adults alike.
Date published: 2018-03-26
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Fun good all ages adventure series Very good art and a fun lead character.
Date published: 2017-07-26
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Grear Fun adventure series with wonderful art and well created protagonists. I like the unusual setting and found it yo be a very fun read.
Date published: 2017-03-30
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Swashbuckling Adventure in Historical Turkey This is a wonderful high adventure journey in the style of Indiana Jones but with many differences.  Set in historical Turkey, the main character is a "globetrotting troublemaker" of a female who while not magic does have a certain quality of magical realism about her abilities and escapades.  Her, at first unwilling, partner is a more serious minded down-to-earth man in the Turkish army who sets out with Delilah and really only wants to come out of the journey alive and in one piece.  They make a great pairing and the dynamics between the two are fun.  The exotic and historical locale also make for a fine adventure which is full of derring-do from the get go.  Though full of excitement the story does also take the time to develop a relationship between these two opposites who start off adversarial and grow a friendship, a partnership, between them.  Those who like adventurous stories will like this.  The art is good but not particularly my type; I found it a bit cartoon-y and somewhat dark in colour at times making it hard to see all that is going on.  But overall an eye-catching style that will appeal to many.  While this Canadian has worked in the industry for a while and been a regular contributor to the Flight anthologies this is his first solo graphic novel.
Date published: 2013-11-22
Rated 3 out of 5 by from For those who like swashbuckling adventure stories Delilah Dirk is a woman who doesn’t understand the word “can’t.” If she wants to do something, she does it. If she wants to go somewhere, so goes. And you better be prepared to keep up if you want to travel with her. I liked that Delilah didn’t look like you’re typical protagonist. First of all she’s a woman. And she can handle herself in a fight. And she has no problem being alone. She’s not against other people, she just doesn’t need them to feel complete. But I also liked that she wasn’t an assassin or superhero or anything like that. She was just a regular looking woman who wanted to travel and go on adventures. She even wore a practical dress. No mini skirt or boob windows to be seen! Upon escaping from a rather sticky situation Delilah meets Selim. Our everyman. Selim is one of those vanilla characters that we really don’t know all that much about. He has sort of a humdrum job, he’s not especially talented or strong but he dreams of something more – even if he doesn’t always realize it. Selim is a great character because he’s someone the everyday reader can relate to. You can picture yourself in his shoes and image that you’re travelling with Delilah. She shows him there’s a more interesting, exciting way to live your life. And that message extends to the reader as well. The art in this book is gorgeous. It was a simple style but with lots of great, vibrant colours. The Mediterranean landscapes really popped off the page. I read this book on my tablet so the text was a little hard to make out. But on a larger screen or in print I’m sure it would be fine. This was really just the beginning of Delilah and Selim’s adventures. There was still action but it was interspersed among them getting to know one another. I’m looking forward to book two in this series where hopefully there will be even more adventure and action and dangerous situations that need escaping from. Recommendation: Delilah Dirk and the Turkish Lieutenant is a beautiful and fun read. It would be great for those who don’t read a lot of graphic novels but are curious about the medium, as it is very straight forward and easy to follow. It will also appeal to middle grade readers who like swash buckling adventure stories (or readers of any age who like swashbuckling adventure stories).
Date published: 2013-09-07

Editorial Reviews

"A scrumptious Turkish delight." -School Library Journal

A marvelous and exceptionally lovely graphic novel."-Boing Boing