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Dragon and thief : a dragonback adventure
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Orphaned, 14-year-old Jack Morgan, raised to be an assistant to his now-dead con-man uncle, Virgel, is on the run after being framed for a crime he didn't commit. He is hiding out in his uncle's spaceship--whose computer program, Virge, is a virtual Virgel--on a remote, uninhabited planet when another spaceship crashes after a fierce battle. The only survivor is the K'da warrior Draycos, a dragonlike being who cannot live apart from a symbiotic relationship with a humanoid host. Teaming up to clear Jack, the boy and Draycos embark on a fast-paced chase across space and into danger. Characterizations are intriguing, to say the least, as is Jack's wrestling with ethics and morality, but essentially the opener of the Dragonback series is a romp of a space thriller, provided you don't take it too seriously. Very YA in tone and plot, it would have fitted nicely into the short-lived, late-1980s YA sf line written by such adult sf luminaries as Silverberg, Zelazny, and Gerrold. Readers will welcome further adventures. --Sally Estes
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.
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