As a huge David Drake fan, thanks so much for this episode! I remember reading old Nathan when it came out. As a native of western North Carolina, some of the elements of the story were familiar to me. However, the attempt at dialect – less so.
On David Drake’s website he says that he always thought of the book as an episodic novel, but the fact that he wrote two of the stories years before the rest probably contributes to the fact that the book doesn’t feel as coherent as it might.
I’ll respect your desire not to spoil the ending, but that does constrain what I can say. This book is well worth the read, and is so different from the Hammer’s Slammers and Lord of the Isles series for which he is better known.
Manley Wade Wellman was an inspiration for this book. I hope there can be a future episode on one of his stories.
Looking forward to the ATOZ episode on Lord of the Isles!