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Dragon and Soldier (Dragonback #2)

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4.07 of 5 stars 4.07  ·  rating details  ·  980 ratings  ·  31 reviews
Jack Morgan 14 aka Montana enlists with youngest trainees for Whinyard's Edge mercenaries, hired by Parprin daublite mining colony humans from "Agrist claim-jumpers", who in turn employ Shamshir mercs. Honorable warrior-poet Draycos 30ish hides as 2D tattoo on Jack's back, and encourages noble values while their space-ship Uncle Virge continues the tradition of his late se ...more
Paperback, 304 pages
Published January 10th 2005 by Starscape (first published June 2004)
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Jim
As with the first, this book may be targeted at "Young Adults," but it reads well for adults also. This second entry was better than the first, and the first was good. Book two did not have a slow moment. It hung together well. The ending was very strong.

When the first book ended, it left one major issue open. That issue is left open on this one also and probably won't resolve until the end of the series (book 6). This one added to the development of the story, so left additional storylines to c
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Stephan van Velzen
It looks like I'm reading one of the Dragonback books a week now. That's an easy accomplishment. These are wonderfully light and super easy to read. They also provide a lot of fun and excitement.

In this second installment, all the elements I mentioned in my review of the first book are still present—multiple story lines, extensive travel through a well-fleshed-out galaxy, and page-turner pacing. In addition, however, the characters have become much more fleshed out. The protagonists are moving
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Aelvana
Having cleared his name, Jack sets out to trace the mercenaries that blasted Draycos' people. To do this, Jack joins a mercenary organization, figuring he can use his proximity to their systems to break in and steal what he needs. Things go wrong almost from the start when Jack is prematurely shipped into a war where right and wrong are nowhere near as clear as he believes them to be.

It looked so easy... and then went straight through the floor. The book is very streamlined, focusing on action w
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An Odd1
Jack Morgan 14 aka Montana enlists with youngest trainees Whinyard's Edge mercenaries, hired by Parprin daublite mining colony humans from "Agrist claim-jumpers" p96, who in turn employ Shamshir mercs. Honorable warrior-poet Draycos 30ish hides as 2D tattoo on Jack's back, and encourages noble values while their space-ship Uncle Virge continues the tradition of his late selfish Uncle Virgil, con artist. Recruit Alison is expert, already has militia experience - and secrets. In the book's closing ...more
Joshua
Fun science-fiction on the lighter side. Falls in the juvenile category, which means (thankfully) that it is free of the sex, nudity, gore, and foul language that haunts so much of the genre. Writing is a little repetitive, as key phrases always seem to be written out long hand, "poet-warrior of the K'da" being one of those phrases. Also, you really feel the irritation of the main character as he says "Skip it" 1000 times rather than explain his colloquialisms to his alien friend.

Been reading th
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Cam
Second in a young adult/juvenile sci-fi series featuring a recently orphaned young grifter entangled with a dragon-like alien refugee who can exist in a 2-d and 3-d version as long as he has a host like...Jack. They are on the search for clues to help Draycos protect his soon to arrive colony ships from their pursuers; another alien race bent on the genocide of his people. Really the fun is in learning how the human boy and the dragon learn to work with each other and solve the challenges thrown ...more
Charles Streams
A very strong sequel to the first book. Dragon and Soldier picks up shortly after the end of the first. I enjoy the conintuing relationship between Jack and Draycos and how Jack's still unsure of if he wants to be a host or not. Jack and Draycos are very busy in the soldier camp and the book reads very smoothly already, but I wouldn't mind having more development or depth into the two main characters at least. The one frustration I had with this book is the carelessness of Jack around Alyson. He ...more
Arwen
Oct 05, 2010 Arwen rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Science Fiction Lovers
Shelves: four-star, teen-reads
The second book in the Dragonback series is even better than the first. Jack and Draycos are stilling trying to track down the ships that attacked Draycos's scout ship. So Jack goes undercover as a mercenary in order locate the information.

Jack and Draycos are both being changed by their partnership. Jack is slowly realizing there is a greater good behind survival. Draycos is learning to survive in this region of space.

The story takes place about a month after the events of Dragon and Thief. Mos
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Aerine
Continuing adventures to find out who is behind the purple death tornados... and save a species from extinction.
Jasmine
Adventure! Explosions! Meditation in what it means to be a good soldier! Poetry!
Jess
These books are the scifi equivalent of Lays potato chips.
Saphirablue
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Kathleen
Jack Morgan joins a mercenary company to help Draycos find the identity of his attackers. Of course, Jack is fourteen years old and he isn't the youngest kid joining up. The discussion of warrior ethics, child soldiers, and expendable lives that follows is far more detailed and interesting than I would have expected.

Plus, there is still a great deal of two dimensional dragons becoming three dimensional to kick butt. I am liking this series a great deal.
Rebecca
In this book, we see the main characters developing a bit more, the interactions between Draycos and Jack and even Uncle Virge adapting to their new situations. I love the Dragonback series. I'm really enjoying rereading it with Stephan! It's hard to keep quiet when I see subtle little foreshadowing hints for things yet to come, though...
Jenny
Jack Morgan and his K'da warrior-poet parnter Draycos are at it again. Jack and Draycos must find out who wants to destroy the remnant of Draycos's people. Jack infiltrates a mercenary group to get information on enemy fighters. However, all is not right. Now the two are caught in an unscrupulous fight and can only rely on each other to get out.
Angela
Loved this series when I read it years ago and wanted to go back and rate it as a possibility for my brother-in-law Donnie and possibly Reece as well. Very original with cool gadgetry, real suspense, strong sense of right and wrong, and even humorous bits.
Daniel Williams
The typical plot twists expected from Zahn, for young adults. I worry a young adult may have a problem with some of the complex plot. The main characters are becoming more sympathetic and worth rooting for.
Laura
Actually missed the last five chapters because I had to return it because I was moving. But I'd already skimmed the whole thing and enjoyed it immensely.
Beth
I am enjoying this series. I like all the new poeple Jack is meeting and all the stuff Jack and Draycos are teaching each other.
Crowinator
Book Two is as strong or stronger than the first. Plus I love that I can read these in a few hours. Review to come.
Patrick
I give it 3 1/2. Fun action-filled story and great protagonists.
Denae
These books just get better and better the more times I read them.
Matthew
great book a worthy continuation to the journey of Jack Morgan.
April
I love the between-character war on ethics/morals etc.
Waynette Porter
Another excellent book in the Dragonback series.
Theanonymousafro
Nice continuation to the Dragonback series.
Kennen
Really good sequel book!
Fandomfollower
Really enjoying it so far.
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Timothy Zahn attended Michigan State University, earning a Bachelor of Science degree in physics in 1973. He then moved to the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and achieved an M.S. degree in physics in 1975. While he was pursuing a doctorate in physics, his adviser became ill and died. Zahn never completed the doctorate. In 1975 he had begun writing science fiction as a hobby, and he bec ...more
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