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The Hidden Dragon (Stargods Series #1)

The Hidden Dragon (Stargods Series #1)

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by Irene Radford

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Acclaimed author Irene Radford returns to her beloved Dragon Nibmus universe with book one of The Stargods. Here is the tale of the first Terrans, gifted with both psi powers and technology, who discovered a world where dragons are real...and are worshiped as gods.


Acclaimed author Irene Radford returns to her beloved Dragon Nibmus universe with book one of The Stargods. Here is the tale of the first Terrans, gifted with both psi powers and technology, who discovered a world where dragons are real...and are worshiped as gods.

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"A mesmerizing storyteller." —Romantic Times

"High fantasy...rousing adventure." —Library Journal)

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Matthew Kameron (Loki), Martin Konner, and Mark Kimmer O'Hara are three brothers whose lives have been full of adventure and danger since birth. Having been born on a bush planet, they are not considered citizens and therefore are not allowed to follow their dreams. Under their mother's direction, they become top-notch pirates, stealing in order to purchase their citizenship papers. With one mission left before they can meet this goal, a problem occurs. The IMPs, a militaristic police agency, are hot on their trail, and the only way they can elude them is to jump to an uncharted area of space.

Thus the true story begins in Irene Radford's The Hidden Dragon. On a planet that they believed was uninhabited, the brothers find living beings. Some are human, descendants of colonists that must have come to the planet hundreds of years before. As such stories go, the initial meeting between the brothers and the planet's inhabitants doesn't go well. However, they save a young woman and then find something has landed on their scout ship that cannot possibly exist: a dragon. (L.H.)

A mesmerizing storyteller.
Romantic Times
A mesmerizing storyteller.
Three brothers crash on an unknown planet while trying to escape the Empire. Repairs to their shuttle require that they find the needed resources—and deal with the local population. In the process, they run into two surprises: a bloodthirsty tyrant and dragons. And in the process of overcoming the tyrant, the three are proclaimed to be gods by a sharp-witted female. By assuming that role, the brothers also have to assume the responsibility of the heretofore slaves of the tyrant. Rather than escaping, the new "stargods" find themselves increasingly tangled in an alien—yet human—culture. They realize that they need the people in order to find the natural resources, and then they must civilize those people from stone age to bronze and then iron stage. They must also contend with the resurrected evil tyrannical priest and the ever-present tendency towards violence. At least one of the brothers realizes that this planet may actually be humanity's salvation: a fresh chance to do things right for once. How strong is the pull back to the brothers' beginnings? This action-packed plot makes for engaged and thoughtful reading. The author manages to keep the story clear, and the characters interesting to follow. Several themes interplay successfully, with the reader caring what happens. Not surprisingly, the volume resolves one conflict, but keeps the door open for continuing obstacles. And the brothers are still stuck on the planet waiting for the next volume or two to encounter their eventual destinies. This reader, for one, is eager... (The Stargods, #1). KLIATT Codes: SA—Recommended for senior high school students, advanced students, and adults. 2002, DAW, 396p., Farmer

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Stargods Series , #1
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4.12(w) x 6.75(h) x 1.12(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

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"A mesmerizing storyteller." —Romantic Times

"High fantasy...rousing adventure." —Library Journal)

Meet the Author

Irene Radford, author of the Dragon Nimbus (The Glass Dragon, The Perfect Princess, The Loneliest Magician, The Wizard's Treasure) and the Dragon Nimbus History (The Dragon's Touchstone, The Last Battlemage, The Renegade Dragon) series, often appears at conventions in the Oregon-California area. She is the author of the Stargods and Merlin's Descendants series as well, and is also one of the founder of the Book View Cafe. She can be contacted via her website, www.ireneradford.com.

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The Hidden Dragon (Stargods Series #1) 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
When the O¿Hara clan resisted the Galactic Terran Empire planetary governor¿s takeover, he declared them outlaws and claimed the family shipping business. When the O¿Hara home exploded, the oldest sister Katie disappeared. The family matriarch became determined that the family would regain their citizenship rights so that they could have access to the databases and thus find out what happened to Kate.

The three O¿Hara boys (Kim, Konner and Loki), take to smuggling so that they can bribe a corrupt official into returning their citizenship. On their latest run carrying valuable pearls, they are almost caught and have to make a FTL jump into unknown space to avoid getting captured. The ship is damaged and the O¿Hara brothers are forced to land on a planet inhabited earlier by earlier GTE colonists who have sunk into a hunting and gathering type society. In a battle with a corrupt tribal official, the brothers liberate the slaves, build their own nation where the inhabitants regard them as the STARGODS. Their adventures become the stuff that legends are made of.

Irene Radford has begun a new series that is very different in tone and style than her previous Merlin¿s Descendants. The story line is sophisticated yet the interactions between the brothers is both witty and slapstick. There is enough action in THE HIDDEN DRAGON to keep readers turning the pages until they reach the end of the book. It will be very hard to wait for book two in the series so we can revisit those darling O¿Hara men.

Harriet Klausner

Guest More than 1 year ago
I read this book on an airplane, and im hooked! I think that the Dragon Nimbus History series was better, but i cant wait till the next book in this trilogy comes out.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Nice reading. The author gives you just enough information about the brothers to keep it interesting but you always want to know more. Can't wait for the other two books.