I purchased this book on the title alone for starters, because I am one of the few people in the world named Elak, taken from my great, great grandfather. I also have a fascination with Atlantis, dragons (which are purely symbolic for the actual Annuna race before the Mesopotamian and Sumerian cultures in the Middle East), a love of swordplay (especially fencing, which fits amazingly with the main character's rapier) and ancient knowledge. Interestingly, the very first page of "Thunder In The Dawn" uses a variation of the Piri Re'is map showing Antarctica before it was covered in ice, and is the indicated location of Atlantis. An unusual, and accurate, choice for Kuttner to use. Until now, I've never read any of his works, but this has been an enjoyable read. More so in that I can actually put myself into the character's shoes since we both share the same name and love for adventure and swordplay. This is a prize possession of a book for me and a good read for anyone else.