Dragon

Dragon Dragon is an epic action packed tale of adventure set amongst the political backdrop of an uneasy intergalactic cease fire As worlds conspire against each other Gax an insane warlord stockpiles an

  • Title: Dragon
  • Author: James Austin McCormick
  • ISBN: 9781938703201
  • Page: 450
  • Format: Paperback
  • Dragon is an epic, action packed tale of adventure set amongst the political backdrop of an uneasy intergalactic cease fire As worlds conspire against each other, Gax, an insane warlord stockpiles an arsenal of ancient technology in his attempt to rule known space Two ill matched and reluctant heroes stand in his way Sillow, a neurotic and cowardly Sylvan and Brok, a suDragon is an epic, action packed tale of adventure set amongst the political backdrop of an uneasy intergalactic cease fire As worlds conspire against each other, Gax, an insane warlord stockpiles an arsenal of ancient technology in his attempt to rule known space Two ill matched and reluctant heroes stand in his way Sillow, a neurotic and cowardly Sylvan and Brok, a surly and ill tempered Herkulun warrior After a chance meeting in a seedy, mobster owned casino the two find their fates interlinked as they are propelled into a series of hair raising adventures that takes them from wanted smugglers to agents of a peace keeping alliance As war grows close once again Sillow and Brok realize it is they alone who must stop Gax and prevent Armageddon, a very tall order indeed for two unlikely heroes.

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    1. Dragon is a superb captivating sci-fi that gets your brain crackling and your hair strands standing perfectly vertical. I was hooked from the first few lines in chapter one. Each character had a strong personality, such that it was easy to conjure their images in my mind. For those that like horror, some of the images were rather chilling. James was very descriptive, with attention to detail. So, now about the book.The name of the book creates an impression of some relic ancient fiery dragon, or [...]

    2. I know it happens to nearly all readers. You read a book description and then there is something within in the description which makes you wanting to read the book.That is exactly what happened with the book I review today.Author James Austin McCormick has been so kind to send me a digital copy of his book. But a good description does not mean that you get what you expect .The DeliveryThe 258 pages are divided into seven chapters where each chapter is more like a short story. You follow an unlik [...]

    3. An incredible sci-fi epic adventure:At first glance, I assumed I was in for a fantasy epic adventure in the likes of Games of Thrones. But I was pleasantly surprise that Dragon was not a mythical fire-breathing creature at all, it was an inventive creation by the author. Read the book, if you are curious.The first page set the stage for a sci-fi backdrop. I can’t help but braced myself for the Cantina Scene in Star War but I was in for a surprise, you see James McCormick shows off his flair by [...]

    4. I kept thinking of Star Wars when I read this book, although in my mind that's not a bad thing at all as long as you're expecting it. Don't be misled by the title- this is a fast-paced space adventure and not really a fantasy story at all. "Dragon" in fact refers to the name of the really rather nifty spaceship which is one of the features (well, one of the characters really- certainly it's portrayed as such) of the book.Along with two likeable and believable characters (Sillow and Brok) are hea [...]

    5. This was a thoroughly enjoyable sci-fi ‘space opera’. It was big, original and bold. It was packed with a host of wonderful, imaginative technology as well as an array of well-developed characters. It was everything you could ask for from this genre(s) and then some.I’ve never read anything before by this author, but I instantly connected with his style of writing, to which there is a real fluidity, sharpness and creativity. I think James McCormick will attract a lot of new fans with this [...]

    6. If you are looking for a highly entertaining and all encompassing SF read then Dragon will tick all the boxes. I thoroughly enjoyed it. Some definite overtures from Star Wars at times but the writing is excellent and I don't mean that as a criticism. Just comparing it with other well worth reading SF.

    7. Whenever I see the word 'Epic' I think overkill but Dragon isn't far away from it. The author James McCormick really bring his worlds to life with very vivid descriptions and many interesting and colourful characters. The plot is quite intricate, so it isn't a book you can skim over. For me it is in my top three SF this year so far.

    8. If Han Solo had his own spin off series then James Austin McCormick’s Dragon would be the closest thing to it. Sillow, a green-skinned, child-like elf, is a likeable rogue smuggler with a penchant for drinking, smoking and using his mouth to find trouble. Step in his companion, Altus Brok, a tall, hulking warrior who is often the one to get his diminutive friend out of said trouble.In their way is the evil aristocratic Tuolon, Hana Gax a lizard-like warlord bent on bringing destruction to the [...]

    9. A sci-fi action epic set in a fully realised universe with two well developed and contrasting main characters. Sillow is the roguish, elfish, cigar chomping rebel thief while Bok is the stoic, romantic and invincible warrior. Initially their comradeship is a marriage of convenience, but eventually despite, or perhaps, because of their difference, they become close friends. As the book progresses their growing and changing relationship is one of the hooks that keep you reading. Together the two o [...]

    10. If you’re a fan of science fiction, this book is going to take you places through the adventures of two main characters Sillow and Brok, who although very different, are at their best when together.I went in to the story knowing nothing about the plot or about the setup. But the author’s simple and to the point writing helps me immersed in the book. As you progress, you see each chapter works like a mini story and could be a standalone world. At times the pace of Dragon was just too much for [...]

    11. Dragon, which is really a sci-fi "space opera" rather than a work of fantasy despite the book title, has some of the most "creep out" space villains I've ever read. These villains make my skin crawl, and I viscerally imagined myself having to fight them off -- and failing!Without giving too much away, these villains are like a swarm of electronic monsters, and in other cases, shapeless organic beings, both of which can replicate themselves after being blasted. Speculative fiction rises to its hi [...]

    12. James A. McCormick’s sci-fi Dragon starts with a very brief, but elegant and absolutely adequate, preamble: For decades there were fire and chaos. The cries of war filled space as the sentient races, all newly emerged from their world cradles, fought each other to the brink of destruction. Only then was the ceasefire declared, a tentative agreement at best, but at least it gave hope.And then you’re straight into the story of two adventurers that must help save that peace. There’s a rum cha [...]

    13. Book InfoPaperback, 260 pagesPublished May 18th 2014 (first published October 25th 2013)ISBN 1938703200edition language EnglishURLother editions (1)Source:Digital copy from Author in exchange for honest reviewBook Buy LinksBOOK SYNOPSISDragon is an epic, action packed tale of adventure set amongst the political backdrop of an uneasy intergalactic cease fire. As worlds conspire against each other, Gax, an insane warlord stockpiles an arsenal of ancient technology in his attempt to rule known spac [...]

    14. When I started reading Dragon I found a few things in the first chapter that rang bells in my memory and gave rise to feelings of disappointment that grew by the page. The main reason for this was that I was concerned I would not find ideas and concepts in Dragon that seemed to me to possess originality. For example: there is a character called Suleiman, and another who is a Fremen; there is a scene where a group of aliens and humans are gambling in a bar and a space ship becomes the subject of [...]

    15. Review to come.Edited: 1/26/15It took me a while to come up with words to describe how I felt about Dragon. Namely, because I read it a second time. My second reading of the book left a better impression on me than the first go around, but it also knocked off a bit of the nostalgia.Things I loved: - It was an action-packed, good old fashioned Sci-fi romp. It reminded me of a simpler time when space-hopping operas like Dune were in vogue, but cut out all the lazy mumbo-jumbo that bogged those typ [...]

    16. Dragon is a science fiction story in the space opera sub-genre. The setting is the far flung future where humanity has encountered other races, both humanoid and non-humanoid and fought a great and destructive war that nearly destroyed them all. Now, in a fragile peace, the various races are distrustful of each other and under threat of war breaking out once more.The book focuses on two main characters of different humanoid races. Sillow is a Sylvan, a green skinned, elven like race. An irrevere [...]

    17. Mark my words, you will see more from McCormick and hear a lot about him in the future! I discovered his e-book Dragon quite by chance and it had been a very long time since I had read anything truly unique in the science fiction genre. Obviously, anything within the sci-fi Universe needs to have the staples we all know and love and Dragon has this in spades!! Alien races, spaceship battles, fantasy elements but it was also so much more than that. I read a lot and the mark of a good book of cour [...]

    18. A LITTLE GREEN LEPRECHAUN AND SURELY A DESCENDANT OF HERCULES SAVE A WORLD IN CRISISOn an intelligence gathering mission from his world, our hero, Sillow is a small statured, cigar smoking Sylvan with dark green hair and pointy ears, whose ancestors must surely have hailed from Ireland.The story opens with Sillow playing a hand of poker at the Casino in the Pleasure Dome on Asmara, against Garrick the human and a reptilian Tuolon, En’n, whom Sillow is sure has been sent to assassinate him and [...]

    19. En‟n (Tuolon, a reptilian, professional assassin), Sillow Low (25, a Sylvan) & Garrick & (a human) were playing cards at the casino table (Pleasure Dome) that was built by the crime syndicates 2 decades ago after the Dark Age Wars.En‟n was upset with Sillow & threatened him. A spherical droid intervened. Brok (noble) was searching for his Tir Geld. He explained; when you reach the age of 20 you will challenge the clan, go on a dangerous mission, & if successful you will becom [...]

    20. A fun, rollicking space opera in the spirit of Star Wars, in this case, with six races looking to get over on one another during a shaky alliance and to come out on top by way of treachery, double dealing, assassinations, rebellions, and whatever other treasonous activities occur to them, hopefully before it occurs to one of their “allies.” Some cool sci-fi concepts are grappled with amidst all the adventures, such as the introduction of a star gate (teleportation device) . The infusion of r [...]

    21. As author McCormick has stated, this book started as a collection of novellas, and it still has that feel in its finished form. The story begins as the main characters meet for the first time, and then it takes huge leaps forward in time, skipping all the mundane bits in the characters' lives. The elf, Sillow, is clever and agile but cowardly. Brok, the warrior, is honorable and surprisingly driven by his pursuit of his chosen bride. He's also the character who manages some small change by the t [...]

    22. This book is more like a series of short stories than a novel. Each chapter takes place in a different span of time, all of them linked together by the two heroes and an overarching plot. While I enjoyed reading it, I found myself wishing each chapter had been expanded into a separate book on its own.The characters are rather superficial, never growing beyond a collection of quirks and habits. Both main characters are psychologically the same at the beginning as they are at the end. Fortunately, [...]

    23. Two heroes that could not be more opposite, one who's the same size as a 14 year old human but smokes cigars and can talk his way out of most situations, and an hulking honourable warrior. Together they gallop through the universe battling mechanical monsters, baddies with god complexes and an evil spore that turned its victims into fungus with the help of an ancient, intelligent 'relic' ship.The action bounces from one fight scene to the next, but it leaves out the back story and most of 'slow' [...]

    24. If you are in the mood for an excellent sci-fi, space opera novel then Dragon by James Austin McCormick is the book for you. Don't let the title full you this is pure space opera at its best.I love the way the author developed his tale and how the story progressed through the years. It is a lite, easy to read book that will keep you glued to the storyline. Each chapter offers a new twist to the tale but the underlying plot continues throughout the book. James Austin McCormick did a great job of [...]

    25. The book was good, but the story wasn’t well told.The setting was wonderful. There were several alien cultures and each was distinct. The characters were entertaining, even if Brok did sound a bit too much the stereotypical honorable warrior race guy at times. And the tech and overall plot were very interesting; I particularly liked the ending.Unfortunately, the breakneck pace didn’t give me much time to enjoy those things before it was yet another fight scene. And the fight scenes could’v [...]

    26. I'm not sure exactly why, but I could never really get into this book. The concept is good (unlikely duo pair up to save the universe) but the whole time I read it something felt just a little off. I don't generally like to post anything too negative, after all this is better than anything I've ever written, but I think one challenge for me was to try to keep all of the tertiary characters straight. With such a short book, there really wasn't enough development of any of the characters to make m [...]

    27. Dragon is action packed space opera at its best. Spanning two decades we are taken on a series of roller coaster journeys as we follow the adventures of two unlikely and often incompetent heroes; Sillow a neurotic elf prone to panic attacks and Brok, a surly, ill tempered warrior with anger issues. The unlikely pairing provides much of the comedy in the novel, especially in their respective reactions to danger which is never far away.Dragon is a highly original science fiction work and one that [...]

    28. This was a difficult one for me to read. Although it read quick it lacked for me. The characters were never really developed and I could not find myself caring for them. I found myself wanting the ship Dragon more than anything. It skipped through time without telling me. It was in a few sentences or more in that I find out a decade had passed or that the character was married with kids. It just didn't flow well for me. That being said it was still an interesting story and another idea what happ [...]

    29. Sillow the Sylvan and Brok the Herkulun join forces initially to flee Asmara, but later their efforts are applied to preventing a far worse situation. This story has well-paced, visceral action scenes that unfold against a somewhat thin political background. The story arrives at a spirited, lively climax, though the plot tends to jump a bit in the middle. The two principal characters are believable, funny, very different, and give this tale its warmth.

    30. Originell und faszinierend zugleich Fazit:Ein gelungener Science-Fiction, der originell und faszinierend zugleich ist. Mit "Dragon" hat James McCormick eine fantasievolle, Actionreiche und aufwändige Welt geschaffen, mit bunten, sympatischen Charakteren und voller Überraschungen.

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