Dragon and Thief

Dragon and Thief

A Dragonback Adventure

Book - 2003
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Falsely accused of stealing from the powerful corporation, Braxton Universis, orphaned fourteen-year-old Jack, accompanied by his "virtual" Uncle Virge, flees to a remote planet where he meets and develops a mutually beneficial relationship with the dragon warrior, Draycos.Framed for a crime he did not commit, Jack Morgan seeks refuge on a distant planet, until a battle forces Jack into a relationship with the sole survivor, the dragon-like K'da, and the two must track down those responsible for the threatened destruction of the K'da.

McMillan Palgrave
Timothy Zahn has been entertaining science fiction readers young and old for more than twenty years with exciting, thought-provoking adventures; now, with Dragon and Thief he offers his first new series in a number of years, one that's sure to delight all his fans and gain new readers as well. It's called Dragonback because Jack Morgan has a dragon on his back--literally. We think of dragons as enormous fire-breathing, flying creatures of myth. But in Jack's universe, dragons--or, more precisely, the dragon like K'da--are big, but they also depend on being in a symbiotic relationship with a humanoid. And when the K'da warrior known as Draycos is the sole survivor of a space battle and must find a new bondmate or die, for better or worse Jack happens to be the only available host.

They may be an odd couple, but together they're more than the sum of their parts; they are destined to travel far and wide, facing many perils--human, alien, and other, as they seek justice and safety--Jack for himself, and Draycos for his people.

Blackwell North Amer
We meet Jack on an obscure planet. He's been framed for the theft of a valuable cargo shipment. He's been hiding from the authorities, and his only companion is Uncle Virge, the virtual presence of his recently deceased uncle, a thief and con man who had been Jack's only family since the death of his parents. With the cops on the lookout for him, he's eager to find whoever framed him so he can clear his name.
When the solitude of his planet is broken by a firefight in the skies above between two groups of strange ships, Jack is understandably wary. But when one ship is downed, he can't resist checking it out for potential plunder. Instead, he discovers a single, most unlikely survivor: Draycos, a K'da, a dragonlike creature whose species has always lived symbiotically with the humanoid Shontine. Draycos's host had been the downed ship's pilot. If Draycos can't find a new host within six hours, he'll disappear, for good. Jack isn't Shontine, but he's the only chance Draycos has got, so he leaps... into Jack's skin, and they're bonded!
Once bonded, Jack doesn't really like having a Dragon under his skin, but somehow he learns to live with Draycos - and the strange creature is kind of handy to have around. Especially when he helps Jack elude a band of attackers, who are bent on finding any survivors from the downed vessel. If Jack is caught by either the attackers or the police, he'll never clear his name.
Uneasy partners-in-flight, Jack and Draycos escape the planet and begin a quest - to uncover the truth behind Jack's frame-up and unmask the identity of the mysterious attackers who destroyed Draycos's fleet.
Jack's future hangs on the success of their search, as does the future of Draycos's people; if they live long enough, the pair may even discover whether their union was merely coincidence, or if theirs is a friendship written in the stars.

& Taylor

Framed for a crime he did not commit, Jack Morgan seeks refuge on a distant planet, accompanied by the virtual presence of his late Uncle Virge, a con man, until a battle forces Jack into a symbiotic relationship with the sole survivor, the dragon-like K'da, and the two must track down those responsible for Jack's frame-up and the threatened destruction of the K'da.

Publisher: New York : Tor, 2003
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780765301246
Branch Call Number: SF Zahn, T 300.1 2003
Characteristics: 254 pages ; 22 cm


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Sep 26, 2010

After I read the book, I passed it to my twelve year old son who devoured the book - he has now read the rest of the series.


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