Dragon and Soldier (Dragonback Series #2) [NOOK Book]

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Dragon and Thief, the first novel in the Dragonback series, was named an American Library Association Best Book For Young Adults. The second novel, Dragon and Soldier is another fast-paced, compulsively readable SF adventure featuring an odd couple of reluctant partners on an unusual quest.

Draycos, a golden-scaled draconic K'da poet-warrior, was on a scout fleet ship when it was attacked, with him the lone survivor. Forced to find a new ...
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Dragon and Soldier (Dragonback Series #2)

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Overview



Dragon and Thief, the first novel in the Dragonback series, was named an American Library Association Best Book For Young Adults. The second novel, Dragon and Soldier is another fast-paced, compulsively readable SF adventure featuring an odd couple of reluctant partners on an unusual quest.

Draycos, a golden-scaled draconic K'da poet-warrior, was on a scout fleet ship when it was attacked, with him the lone survivor. Forced to find a new symbiotic humanoid host, he found Jack Morgan. Jack has been on his own, making his way by shipping interstellar cargo on the ship he's inherited from his Uncle Virgil, a con-man and thief who met with a fatal accident. Draycos has vowed to uncover those behind a vast conspiracy to wipe out his people, while Jack is determined to find out who framed him for a crime he didn't commit. Virgil, who survives as "Uncle Virge" in the ship's computer, is against their plan. But Draycos once saved Jack's life, so Jack feels an obligation to this strange creature who can slip onto the boy's skin, pressing against it like a living tattoo. Knowing that mercenaries were involved in the ambush that killed Draycos's fleet, Jack enlists in a mercenary outfit that practically enslaves adolescent recruits.

But the soldier's life isn't exactly what Jack had bargained for, especially when a mysterious girl is recruited into his group. Strange things are happening, and people and events are not always as they seem.

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Fourteen-year-old Jack, who is the human host in a symbiotic relationship with a dragon warrior named Draycos, joins a mercenary outfit to uncover those behind a vast conspiracy to wipe out Draycos's race.

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Publishers Weekly
Dragon and Soldier by Timothy Zahn, the second Dragonback Adventure, is the follow-up to Dragon and Thief, which PW said "mov[es] at a breakneck pace." Here, Jack enlists in a juvenile mercenary group. With his dragon warrior companion, Draycos, as his guide, Jack survives boot camp training, only to be thrust into a web of twisting missions and loyalties. Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
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"Dragons get the sci-fi treatment from the talented Timothy Zahn."

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781429915687
  • Publisher: Doherty, Tom Associates, LLC
  • Publication date: 4/1/2007
  • Series: Dragonback Series , #2
  • Sold by: Macmillan
  • Format: eBook
  • Edition description: First Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 304
  • Sales rank: 143,404
  • Age range: 10 - 18 Years
  • File size: 2 MB

Meet the Author

Timothy Zahn


Timothy Zahn is the Hugo Award-winning author of more than a dozen original science fiction novels and the bestselling Star Wars trilogy Heir to the Empire, among other works. He lives on the Oregon coast.
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Born and raised near Chicago, Timothy Zahn earned a B.S. and an M.S. in Physics from the University of Michigan and the University of Illinois, respectively. Known for his acclaimed Star Wars Hand of Thrawn series, the popular and prolific Zahn is the author of twenty-nine science fiction titles: including the bestselling Star Wars trilogy Heir to the Empire, Dark Force Rising and The Last Command; novels Conquerors’ Pride, Conquerors’ Heritage, and Conquerors’ Legacy; four collections of short fiction; and the Hugo Award-winning novella Cascade Point. He lives with his family on the Oregon Coast.

ABOUT DRAGON AND SOLDIER

Teen orphan and erstwhile thief Jack Morgan was accustomed to life with a single, non-living companion: a spaceship computer programmed with the shifty personality of his deceased Uncle Virge. Then he became host to a K’da poet-warrior named Draycos. Draycos is a symbiont whose survival depends on his attaching himself like a living tattoo to a human-like creature. He joined Jack after the death of his Shontin partner, Polphir, in a mysterious attack on their K’da and Shontine ship.

In the first Dragonback Adventure, Dragon and Thief, Draycos helped prove Jack innocent of a crime against mega-corporation Braxton Universis. With K’da warrior ethics gradually altering his criminal ways—and against the advice of Uncle Virge—Jack decides to honor his reciprocal promise to assist Draycos in discovering who massacred his shipmates. So Jack enlists in Whinyard’s Edge, a mercenary army known for recruiting the very young, to gain access to critical information in their database.

Having only begun to understand his new symbiont companion, loner Jack must now also cast his lot with a company of young soldiers, some talented, some mysterious, and some merely afraid. To make matters worse, the Whinyard’s Edge computers prove more difficult to access than expected. Jack and Draycos proceed from training PHOTO: KENT AKSELSENcamp to their first soldiering assignment, still looking for an opportunity to download data. As one perilous situation leads to another, they realize that the motives of the mercenary armies and their “clients” are as complex as their own mission—and perhaps far more malignant.

While Draycos and Uncle Virge battle for Jack’s allegiance, cruel mercenaries fight for resources belonging to neither. Struggling to stay alive amidst warring peoples and barely trained young soldiers, Jack faces a question more challenging than hacking into a shielded computer: How can you truly tell your enemies from your friends?

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  • Posted June 18, 2010

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    Just as good as the first

    Dragon and Soldier is the second in the six part Dragonback Series and just as good as the first(Dragon and Thief.)

    Draycos made good on his word to help Jack clear his name, not to mention saving his life, and gaining a potential ally. Now Jack intends to keep his end of their bargain. While still a little wary of Draycos' K'da Warrior ethic and how he lives it, Jack sticks with him (though Uncle Virge doesn't approve.)

    Planning to enter into and hack a mercenary base seemed like a plausible plan, at first. While Jack was a good thief, he knew nothing about being a soldier, thankfully he has his pet dragon with him to help.

    In this enstallment we meet Alison Kayna a witty, sharp tongued girl who seems to know more than she is letting on. Not that Jack isn't hiding something himself. His biggest secret being a K'da Poet Warrior riding on his skin like a living tattoo. Adjusting to the life of a mercenary isn't something our main character is too keen on. And with only one week of training under his belt, a failed attempt at hacking the mercenary's computers, and rising suspicion, his superiors expect him to go and fight a war.

    Will our clever friend make it out of this one unscathed? Sure he will, with some help that is.

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  • Posted July 1, 2010

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    Great idea

    The book was only ok but I loved the idea of have a living tatoo on your body. So cool!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 27, 2006

    I picked up this book...and then regretted it

    I am sorry to report that, unlike Dragon and Thief this book has very little point to it whatsoever. The same thing happened to the Matrix, Excellent 1st installment and then... Do yourself a favor and Re-read the first. it's definitly worth it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 26, 2005

    Very Disappointing

    After reading Dragon and Thief (the prequel) I was highly anticipating another well written adventrure... how wrong i was. the book dragged on and on with no real plot pertaining to the series. Overall the book was bland with a couple of moments here and there

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 16, 2005

    Incredible!

    I enjoy sci-fi/fantasy novels, and this one really rocks my boat! And I really love the suspense these books carry out until the very end.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 3, 2005

    Dream team

    i think Draycos and Jack are a wonderful combination, the perfect dream team. one of the best series i've read.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 28, 2004

    Outstanding

    Wow, this is a really good book. So is the first one, and the third should be good too. Recommended for anyone, girls, boys, basically of any age. It doen't manner if you buy it or borrow it, (although buying it would be preferable so you can read it 100 times) it's excellent and I hope Timothy Zahn doesn't stop at book 3 or even 7 on this series.

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  • Posted December 9, 2008

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    A winner

    Teenager Jack Morgan still adjusts to his only known relative Uncle Virge being a computer simulation and his symbiotic relationship with Draycos, who exists as a two-dimensional 'tattoo' on a humanoid host¿s skin or as a three-dimensional dragon. They met when Jack, running form the law, hid on uninhabited Iota Kletis while enemies attacked Draycos¿ ship causing it to crash planet side. They agreed to help one another...................................... Jack and Draycos conclude that mercenaries destroyed Draycos¿ ship since there was no backup like the military would have employed. Jack joins a mercenary outfit over the objection of Uncle Virge because he and Draycos figure that each of these paid to kill groups keep tabs on the competition. On planet Carrion, using the name Jack Montana and with the clever help of Draycos Jack joins Whineyard Edge¿s Edgemen, a teen recruiting center. In training Jack meets talented Alison, but soon he, his dragon, she, and others will be sent on a deadly assignment in which no one is quite whom they seem to be.......................................... Mindful of Andre Norton¿s 1960s outer space adventures for teens of all ages and Star Wars, the second Dragonback adventure is a fantastic action-packed tale with a fabulous cast. Jack and the dragon are a delightful pairing as he provides specialized thieving skills while Draycos furbishes cerebral military tactics and specialized fighting to their joining. Alison is a wonderful new player while Uncle Virge remains the same as he wants his nephew to disavow the relationship that could kill him. Though DRAGON AND SOLDIER can stand alone, reading DRAGON AND THIEF first will bring deeper insight into how the humanoid and the dragon joined....................................... Harriet Klausner

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