The Black Hawks v Budweiser Zero

  • Book: The Black Hawks
  • Author: David Wragg
  • Publisher: HarperVoyager
  • Published: 2019

The plot of this book is basic and bold in equal measure. Chel is oathbound to fulfil a role he’d really rather not and when things go tits up in the castle he resides in he spots a golden opportunity to be released from his oath. All he needs to do is protect the prince & make sure he is returned to the King. Simple right?

Wrong. Without the help of the eponymous mercenary company the Black Hawks, Chel & Prince Rafel would be screwed. Not that they are in much better shape even with the Black Hawk’s help. Chased across a hostile country at war they are faced with a daunting task.

It’s the pace of the action & the tone of the comradery between the established Black Hawks & their new charges which makes this book such a fun read. For me, it feels like a perfect halfway house between the irreverent madcap humour of Kings Of The Wyld & the down in the mud, dark wit of Joe Abercrombie’s First Law books. Very similar in feel to The Greatcoats series by Sebastian de Castell I think. I am very much looking forward to reading the conclusion when I get my hands on The Righteous.

  • Beer: Budweiser Zero
  • Brewery: Anheuser-Busch
  • Style: Low Alcohol Lager
  • Strengh: 0.5%

Do yourself a favour & kick anyone who offers you this beer very hard in the genitals. They are not your friend. It is one of the vilest drinks I have ever tasted. People often say they’d rather drink their own piss than drink something mildly offensive. They usually don’t really mean it. If however I was in the middle of a desert & faced with the choice between drinking a can of this stuff or a pint of my own piss I wouldn’t hesitate to chug the piss & throw that can as far away from me as my feeble, dehydrated body could manage.

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