Dragon's Trail

Dragon's Trail

by Joseph Malik

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Dragon's Trail by Joseph Malik

"I didn't come here to sell my soul. I came here to buy it back."

Once dubbed "The Deadliest Man Alive," Jarrod Torrealday is a former Olympic saber hopeful and medieval weapons expert banned from competition for killing another fencer in a duel. Despondent, volatile, alcoholic, yet still one of the greatest swordsmen alive, he now works for third-rate fantasy films as a technical consultant and stuntman.

When Jarrod accepts the gig of a lifetime from a sorcerer looking for a hero, he finds himself facing an invading army in a world inhabited by creatures from Earth's mythical past. He soon learns that the enemy mastermind is also from Earth, and has laid the foundations for a new kind of war.  

Seamlessly blending hard science with elements of classic sword and sorcery, Dragon’s Trail is an international bestseller that’s being hailed as the pioneering work of a new genre: the Fantasy Technothriller.

"(A) crash course in the politics of a world with Dark Ages-level technology . . . the action, humor, and intrigue quickly build, showcasing Jarrod as James Bond in tarnished armor." —Publishers Weekly

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780997887501
Publisher: Oxblood Books
Publication date: 03/29/2017
Series: Outworlders , #1
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 390
Sales rank: 211,505
File size: 855 KB

About the Author

Joseph Malik writes and lectures on advanced intelligence theory and asymmetric warfare for the Defense Intelligence Agency. He has worked as a stuntman, a high-rise window washer, a freelance writer, a computational linguist, a touring rock musician, and a soldier in the United States Special Operations Command. Dragon's Trail is his first novel, slated for release in fall of 2016 as the first book of the Outworlders saga.

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Dragon's Trail 4.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Cannot wait for the second book to come out!
AngelLeya More than 1 year ago
A thoroughly entertaining read! Once a near celebrity between his skills in fencing competitions and the starlet he was dating, Jarrod's involvement in a duel left another man dead and his life in ruins. So when a sorcerer from another world drags Jarrod home with him and offers him and his friend jobs in their war, it's a bit of a dream come true. This other world is beautiful, with it's different moons, mythical creatures, and medieval type society (with remarkably better hygiene), and it seems Jarrod was made for it. His mastery of the sword and some accompanying martial arts quickly earns him respect in a world where fighting skills trump nearly everyone. But he's not up against them. The true opponent is a sorcerer in the opposing kingdom, whose life on earth gives him much the same advantages that Jarrod has. This is the first rumblings of war, and as such Jarrod may just lose his life in his attempt to redeem it. This book was incredible. The detailing (from the equipment used to the action in the fight scenes) made the world and characters feel so real and complete, that you don't question anything for a moment. The action is a slow build at first, and I found myself a little lost among the names of the other world's kingdoms and equipment descriptions, but it's not so lengthy as to slow the pace and there's a map at the front of the book if you need help following along. The fight scenes are epic, and I felt myself getting sucked in every time, like a fan rooting for a sports team (it would make a great movie!). It was just like "Yaaaasssss! Get him!" And half of that was sparring, but the way Jarrod analyzed the opponent, identifying weaknesses and playing into them, you couldn't help but speed through the scenes with rapt attention. At one point he fights his way out of a situation (that scene REALLY sticks in your mind), but he's not invincible, either. This is an adult book with a lot of heart, a little humor, epic action, and plenty of swords and sorcery. A fantastic first book, which hits all the right notes.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Action and adventure set in a cool new world with some romance. Recommend this book.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved the attention to arms and armor. Great story, I mean who hasn't dreamed of being magically transported to a kingdom of fantasy while bringing along your modern skills and weaponry?
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Best book I have read this year.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Started slow, gathered momentum and finished grandly. Looking forward to the next book.
sweetumsCA More than 1 year ago
I liked it. Refreshing approach. Fun to read.
ghilljr More than 1 year ago
I love swashbucklers and this book fits the bill. I am not a real big magic guy simply because magic can be a crutch. This book had magic and it definitely wasn't a crutch. Humor is great in a novel like this. There are some (for me at least) laugh out loud lines. I find that such things enhance the story line. I also found this book to be 'real'. What I mean is that it could almost happen given just a few changes in reality. I highly recommend this very entertaining book. I look forward to the rest of the series.
JBronder More than 1 year ago
Jarrod Torrealday is a former Olympic saber fencer. He is banned from competition after an accident that killed another fencer. He has been working as a stuntman and consultant. Then a sorcerer gives him an offer that he can’t refuse. He is taken to Gateskeep and works as a knight. But he is supposed to be the key to defeating the other kingdoms sorcerer, one that has spent time on Earth and has similar advantages to Jarrod. This book has great story development and amazing action scenes. You can tell Joseph Malik has experience with swords because that knowledge rings throughout the story. But that is not the only thing going for this story. It is full of colorful descriptions that make you feel right there next to Jarrod. It was so easy to get into this wonderful story that I didn’t realize I had been up most of the night reading. If you like fantasy stories with a realistic twist this is the book for you. This is a great story that will leave you wanting more from Joseph Malik. I received Dragon’s Trail from Sage’s Blog Tours for free. This has in no way influenced my opinion of this book.