This book made me realize why I started reading in the first place; it was *fun*. It captured my imagination from the start, showing a fleshed-out-world filled with real people, fantastic creatures, evil sorcerers and demons, dragons...in fact, just about anything you can think of.
Including, actually, an armored personnel carrier yanked out of the jungles of Southeast Asia to finish off said dragon, complete with her crew, led by Sgt. Gil A. MacDonald. Though the APC is sent home again, MacDonald voluntarily returns to the world of Coramonde some months later to help in a thronal war to set up the young Prince, Springbuck, on the throne that has been usurped by his half-brother.
Sound cliched? Sure, probably. But it was a great deal of fun as well. Daley's talents were rare--the sort of man who can write a brief love scene and insert it naturally into a battle sequence, or jump from the mindset of a 20th century soldier to a medieval warrior-prince in the space of a few pages. His dialogue is great, his world unique and fascinating, and his writing succinct and well-thought out.
If this book tickles your fancy, there's a sequel--_The Starfollowers of Coramonde_, equally well-written; also try Daley's _Requiem for a Ruler of Worlds_, _Jinx on a Terran Inheritance_, and _Fall of the White Ship Avatar_ for a more purely Sci-Fi series that's equally as fun. Also try Burroughs' John Carter of Mars series, or Ron E. Howard's Conan books.