The Langsyne Chronicles: Book I the Shadow of a Dragon

The Langsyne Chronicles: Book I the Shadow of a Dragon

by Jonathan Christopher


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ISBN-13: 9781401014490
Publisher: Xlibris Corporation
Publication date: 12/28/2000
Series: Langsyne Chronicles Series , #1
Pages: 379
Product dimensions: 5.60(w) x 8.48(h) x 0.94(d)

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The Langsyne Chronicles 3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
¿`Since the day we¿ve met you,¿ Cabalari said slowly, `it seems like we¿ve been out of the frying pan and into the fire...¿¿ Lt. Cabalari Greenleaf¿s statement is quite true. One crisis after another. Escaping Yvik Dardarious and his Omega Warriors proved to be a lot more heat for Draconis Zsi and the crew of the Argo. After another near crash landing, Zsi has three members of his crew vanish. Where and how to find them? Zsi has no choice but to go through the travel door-the mysterious time portal-to find them. A few more people are interested in finding Draconis Zsi besides the villain, Dardarious. The president of the United States, for one, and Ian Conrad Hauser for another. Christopher applies his magic of action again as book three, Violator, zips off at light speed. This one proves awkward at the beginning as the action shifts points rather quickly over just a few chapters. The intriguing dragonsoar and Amazonian ylvyn prove to be more than a handful for the Earthers in pursuit. Since Lt. Greenleaf has the last word in this novel, you can bet this isn¿t the last of the Langsyne Chronicles. ¿`We just may be jumping out of the frying pan and into the fire...¿¿ For the most part all three books in this series read like a made for TV movie similar to Star Trek. We don't get enough from inside the characters mind to really get to know them. Action and dialogue can move a story forward, but character development plays a major role in bringing the reader to identify with the characters. If you like action, then these are the books for you. But if you want deep relationships with the characters in the story, then these are a little lacking in that department.
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Draconis Zsi suddenly and rudely finds himself the prisoner of the Kilroyd, a lizard like insectoid race bent on conquest. The Kilroyd have been instructed to capture Zsi and bring him to Yvik Dardarious who has a personal vendetta for Zsi. General Iocon of the Kilroyd is quite puzzled why Dardarious would want such a poor excuse for organicon to begin with. But he is not to question his orders. Meanwhile, Princess Achiba, Lt. Commander Throthar and the other members of the Argo are trying to find out where Zsi has gone. They inadvertently stumble upon the planet Dakhar-inhabited by dragons. As it turns out the dragons of Dakhar are far more than they appear. Again, Christopher¿s Langsyne Chronicles moves forward with a lot of action and scene changing. The engaging Dragonsoar and deadly Kilroyd provide an excellent mixture of aliens that blend well into Christopher¿s saga. This faster paced novel will almost have you breathless and wanting to request some shore leave to recoup. Never a dull moment with this one.
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The VSS Columbia is suddenly sucked out of hyperspace by a mysterious gravity field. Having not clues as to who or why, Captain Tolo orders a scan of surrounding space. Just within shuttle range is a small ship that appears to be a derelict. Tolo sends over a boarding party to reconnoiter the small vessel. An uneasy feeling settles over the ship¿s crew, something¿s wrong here, something very, very wrong. Little do they know what danger is about to befall them. Lt. Commander Thorothar and his three men crew manage to get into the derelict and proceed to do a steady search of the vessel. They discover a lifepod and one occupant. When they activate the pod, things begin to go wrong. Suddenly Columbia explodes and the boarding party find that the mysterious Darians had generated a rift in space. The occupant of the lifepod, Draconis Zsi, comes out of his hypersleep with just enough sense to get his ship going and out of the Darians way. But not before a fragment from the exploding Columbia penetrates the ship¿s hull and sends it out of control. Zsi¿s ship cannot maintain a rushed escape and they are forced down in a star system with three worlds orbiting close to one another. Their troubles have only just begun. While trying to make repairs to Zsi¿s ship, the survivors of Columbia and Zsi are forced to deal with a deadly monster. Zsi is severely wounded in the attack and Mendez, one of the boarding party, is lucky enough to kill the beast, but not before being attacked by Amazons. The female warriors of the planet capture Mendez and Zsi. They are taken back to the palace for questioning. Lt. Thorothar and the two other boarding party members were out in the forest when the attack happened and now have to find out what became of their comrades. Christopher¿s book has some intriguing concepts and the action keeps the book moving at a good pace. The language of the Amazons is handled well and as the action progresses the eventual understanding comes into play. This is a fascinating story with some twists and turns along the way. It will be interesting to see how the series progress. Though this book reads like a TV sci-fi show, for the most part it's a good story with some intriguing themes.