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Head of the Dragon

(The Frontiers Saga (Part 1) #6)

4.30  ·  Rating details ·  3,706 ratings  ·  68 reviews
Time is running out…
An ally has all but fallen…
Resources are running low…
The time for attack has come...

The Alliance must strike deep into the heart of the empire.
This time, the Aurora will be going home, or going to her grave.

“Head of the Dragon” is a 133,000 word novel, and is the 6th episode in The Frontiers Saga.
Kindle Edition, 378 pages
Published February 4th 2013 by Ryk Brown
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3.5 better than average stars. Series comes to a semi-finish with this book, but then continues on with the Aurora finally heading home. Still enjoying it.
Jul 31, 2016 rated it liked it
This is book six of the series and it is best to read the books in order. As the story ended in book five with Aurora chasing a Ta’Akar warship into Ta’Akar space, book six has Aurora fighting deep into Ta’Akar space taking the war to the Ta’Akar. The Aurora is fully manned and equipped for the first time in the series.

The story moves at a lighting pace with lots and lots of action, suspense, great land battles and fantastic space battles. Brown continues to build his characters. Cam
Mike Nemeth
Jun 30, 2013 rated it it was amazing
In the sixth outing in "The Frontiers Saga," author Ryk Brown answers questions and brings to conclusion a number of the threads he started in the inaugural "Aurora." This book, "Head of the Dragon," takes the crew of the Earth's first jump-drive powered space ship into interstellar war with the dreaded Takaran Empire. The young captain embraces the odd legend amongst the lost tribes of Earth's past that have long since surpassed it in technology that he is Na-Tan, the one who will rescue them. ...more
Apr 26, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"Head of the Dragon” is book #6 of the “Frontier Saga” sci-fi series. It wraps up the story arc of Aurora and the earth/Corinair crew battling the evil empire of prince somebody or other. That’s good, because it was time to move on.

Action in the book takes place on a planet and in space, and as usual, I liked the space battles more….but the novelty of “jumping” and hearing details of light-seconds, light-minutes etc is starting to become routine and therefore less interesting. Jess g
Christian Leonard Quale
Sep 28, 2019 rated it really liked it
This series has now moved into the list of series I would recommend to people. It probably wouldn't be entirely fair to say that the books so far have been building up to this one, there's a bit more to them than that, but even if this book had represented the point of the first five books existing it would still have been worth it.

I wasn't planning on reading this book right after the previous one until I finished book five, but at that point it felt wrong not to dive straight into
Clayton Falter
Feb 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Not Quite as Good as Previous Book in Series

Climatic invasion is really on too grand a scale to handle in normal sized novel at the same standard of writing. This leads to standard military Sci-fi compromise of mechanically laying the grand battle plan then brief bit of logistic setup then finally following a few highlight battle snapshots. Of course there is insertion of a few problems and necessary responses and alterations. But really not much deviation from major steps - simply to ensure
Oct 24, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2019
The first large section of Head of the Dragon follows the Aurora and her crew as they plan just what they have to do to maintain what little surprise Einstein has allowed them before the Ta’Akar learn who, what, and where they are. It's somewhat plodding and slower than a lot of the previous books, but still relatively interesting.

The last third or so... dang that just doesn't let go. Ground forces dropping from space, ships jumping all over the place, orbital bombardment, a whole handful of capital
Sep 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing
To start, this is book six in the series - you need to start with Book 1, Ep.#1 - "Aurora: CV-01" (The Frontiers Saga), as this is not a standalone read.

What usually happens with continuations of a series is they start going downhill as the author has either exhausted his or her creativity or the story should have ended long ago. That's not the case with this series, as you have the exact opposite effect: it slowly started getting better, book #5 was a huge step forward, and this epi
Hakan Jackson
May 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
As you could probably tell by the title as long, as you've read up to this point, that this is the end of an important part of this series. Ryk Brown did such a good job with this book that I contemplated not reading any more books to make sure I didn't ruin how good this series has been. Thankfully I didn't do that and I've kept on reading.
Thomas James
Aug 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing
They just get better and better.

I am enjoying these stories more than anyone has a right to. I cannot put them down! This one has a matured crew and captain, Nathan (Na-Tan), and loyal friends. Like always victory is snatched from the jaws of defeat at the very last moment. Amazing!
Always before, Nathan Scott had been protecting worlds, and striking back only in defense of subjected systems. Now, Nathan plans to take the fight to the Takaran home world, in an offensive strike intended to take down the empire.

If they are successful, they may get peace in the sector. If they fail, they might never get back to earth.
Will Hudson
Aug 11, 2017 rated it really liked it
The only real knock I would have on this book, is that the big reveal, wasn't that unexpected. They had kind of hinted at it a lot. That said, it doesn't distract at all. The series seems to get better and better.
David Syzdek
Jul 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Keeps getting better p!

A tight, action-filled plot and interesting characters all set in deep space with lots of space navy battles makes this book an exciting thriller.

My only (minor) peeve is that the ships names aren't italicized which I think would help with fast reading.
Louise Pass
Jun 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Space opera

For Military fans this sweeping space saga, this is the series for you. Bombs, torpedo, kinetic rounds, flying circles around the enemy, it is all here. Secret princes, and super weapons, read the whole series!
David Sheron
Aug 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing

An awesome read that leads you to the very heart of the Ta’Akar and the struggles of the Allie car to free themselves from Cauis grip.
Mitch Raley
Jan 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing

Normally after 6 books the "epic" is over. No! And I can't tell you how happy I am! This wraps up the first great story but I am sure more to come. Great far.
Arnold Rogers-Beckley
Jan 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Couldn't put it down!

Could not put it down! Keeps the momentum going as the Aurora goes on the attack. Did not disappoint. 5 Stars.
Peter Sidell
Jul 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing
The excitement persists

One mystery is solved at the end but more continue to pop up. The realism and believability are surprisingly Hough for S F.
Bryce Carr
Sep 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Very good series with very well written characters. Very much enjoyed the whole series start to finish.
Cath Smith
Jul 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing
All or nothing

Action all the way with ups and downs galore. Several unexpected twists in storyline, all building to a grand climax.
Matthew Greig
Oct 09, 2016 rated it liked it

I enjoy this series. I look forward to the next book. If you enjoy space sci-fi these are worth a read
Shelly Singhal
Mar 03, 2017 rated it really liked it

Great build up to the big battle and it was not a disappointment. Didn't see the Tug issue coming and I liked how it ended. There were a couple of idealistic parts but great book 6. No loss of momentum with this series!!
Feb 11, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This is a highly improbably story with a very young group of main characters manning the Earth Starship Aurora. The ship has been blasted from the Solar System while testing a new "jump drive" for Earth space forces. The Aurora encountered two hostile Jung ships while on their test mission. When one self-destructed while the Aurora was in a "jump", the Aurora and her crew found themselves 1,000 light years from Earth in another system. It just so happens that the Captain and every senior officer ...more
Per Gunnar
Feb 06, 2013 rated it really liked it
This is the 6th book in The Frontier Saga series and it is pretty much up to the same standards as the other ones which means that it is a quite good read. It starts right from where the previous one left off by going straight into action by boarding the disabled enemy cruiser.

The book pretty much concludes the sub-part of the main story arc that deals with the Corinari uprising and the overthrowing of emperor Caius and the Ta’Akar empire. In the process we finally learn who Tug really is. I ca
Aug 22, 2017 rated it did not like it
Struggle continues

The Captain has his warship and meets the enemy fleet. They are outnumbered in space and on the ground and yet they will attack. It doesn't make a lot of sense but why not? It's a dangerous way to view war and battle.

There is no pretense of character development or plot. So there's no mechanism or device on which to suspend or support good dialogue. There is no attempt at a sound examination of naval/military limitations and practice. The supports required for a single warship
Don Viecelli
Feb 08, 2013 rated it really liked it
From My Newsletter Number 38:
The second review is on Head Of The Dragan from The Frontiers Saga Episode 6. The saga continues with the Corinair planet severely damaged from the previous battle and no contact with command leadership on the ground. Captain Nathan’s forces must board a damaged Ta’Akar warship and capture the crew members to gather intel on the enemy’s home planet. Nathan attacks an enemy garrison on a planet called Ancot to get more weapons to prepare for the attack on Caius
Donovan Walker
Feb 22, 2013 rated it liked it
If you've made it this far in the series you might as well keep going, right? I'm reluctant to say it but despite the still crappy editing (seriously Ryk, use me.) this author's style and quality is definitely improving. Though still present, there are fewer 'repetitious' moments and far fewer times when I had to stifle my gag-reflex to get through a particular section of the book. (Though the number of times the 'facts' of the Falcon's appearance was described was kind of silly. If you want boy ...more
J.   ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
Aug 27, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: own

I just read this on the Frontiers Saga blog: "The Frontiers Saga is a series of Science Fiction novels that covers a century of human adventures in space. Part one is 15 episodes, with each episode being released at regular intervals. All story arcs begun within a part are concluded during that part. There will be 5 parts to the series, with 15 episodes per part, for a total of 75 episodes."

I love this series. I waited too long between books this time, it took sever
Feb 01, 2015 rated it it was amazing

There are times while reading these books that I am annoyed by the repetitive nature of the combat lingo but the pace of the action usually makes up for it. There is a lot of well thought out military tactics and logistics with intricately detailed battle scenes both in space and on the ground. The fairly obvious secret of one character was finally revealed but I would say that character depth and development certainly take a back seat to to action and pacing. Looking forward to the nex
Feb 10, 2013 rated it really liked it
4.5 Stars really. This book continues the saga of an oppressed people in a star cluster far from Earth fighting a tryannical dictator enslaving worlds to build an empire. Star Trek meets Stargate. I really enjoy the action scenes and science in this book. (and series) The book was a little slow in the first half but really takes off in the last half. Lots of loose ends get tied up which was nice and of all the things I thought I had figured out it was nice to be surprised still. Quick, fun read ...more
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Born in 1960 and raised on an overdose of television, NASA, and science fiction, Ryk Brown has worked as a cook, rock guitarist, stage lighting technician, and paramedic. He currently resides in Northern California with his wife, daughter, and cat. By day he fixes computers, and by night he creates stories.
Having spent his entire life "thinking stuff up", the advent of digital publishing has

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The Frontiers Saga (Part 1) (1 - 10 of 15 books)
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