Dragon and Soldier
by Timothy Zahn
In the first Dragonback adventure, Dragon and Thief
, 14-year-old human orphan, runaway, and sometimes thief Jack Morgan joined up with Draycos, a Kda warrior-poet who sometimes looks like a dragon, sometimes like a moving, talking tattoo on Jacks skin. Brought together from opposite ends of the galaxy, they form a strange partnership. Draycos needs Jacks companionship to survive from day to day; without spending much of his time in tattoo mode, he would fade away into nothing. Jack, on the other hand, needs Draycos strength, agility, and warrior code of honor to protect him from danger...and to make him a better man.
In their last adventure, Draycos helped Jack foil a sinister plot and clear his name of a crime he did not commit. But the greater part of their adventures still lie ahead, as Draycos has only a few months to save his people from a deadly trap. Someone in Jacks part of the galaxy has joined forces with the Valahgua, enemies of the Kda and their Shontine partners, who are migrating to a new home-world to escape from the Valahgua and their aptly-named Death weapon. As the sole survivor of his peoples advance guard, Draycos needs to find out who is responsible for the attack that killed all his shipmates, and where their enemies plan to rendezvous with the main fleet, so that he can warn them in time.
Jack and Draycos have only a few clues to work with. Mercenaries were involved in the attack. So in a move so daring and selfless that his ships computer, Uncle Virge, cannot help but disapprove, Jack infiltrates a mercenary organization that accepts recruits as young as 14. He hopes that, by doing this, he can gain access to records about the mercenary ships that attacked Draycos people. But between the brutality of basic training, the danger of a war zone, and a series of betrayals, captures, and narrow escapes, it is all Jack can do to survive. More and more, he depends on his secret weapon the tattoo that can slide off his skin and take three-dimensional shape the alien warrior whose survival only he knows about Draycos.
As the friendship grows between these two dynamic characters, so does the pleasure of reading about their adventures. Here you will find all the best bits of science fiction, mystery, and spy fiction wrapped around a thrilling, high-energy adventure. Pages of pure fun alternate with social commentary and thought-provoking discussions of moral values. Humor, suspense, surprise, and nail-biting tension combine in a futuristic setting so interesting and complicated that it would take pages of description to do it justice...and yet, without boring you with those pages of description, the setting is totally convincing and the story is captivating. So once youve followed the adventure this far, you wont want to miss Book 3 of the Dragonback series, titled Dragon and Slave.
Recommended Age: 12+
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