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Dragon Dawn

(Dinosaurian Time Travel #1)

3.79  ·  Rating details ·  207 ratings  ·  46 reviews
Time snakes between alternate universes. Ever watchful, an alien intelligence survives on Mars, waiting to be found by spacefarers from Earth. The alien’s ultimate goal is to send human astronauts back in time, where they will alter the past and thwart the extinction of the dinosaurs. A race of intelligent dinosaurs, resembling the alien’s extinct species, subsequently evo ...more
Paperback, 314 pages
Published January 13th 2014 by Deborah O'Neill Cordes
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Aug 28, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What an enjoyable read that was!

Yep, there’s a complex plot, but no deep hidden meanings that only the most cerebral of us mortals can glean. This is, to me, an adventure story. I like cooking so here’s what you get: Take about a pound of Star Trek, and an equal amount of Dr Who, then mix in a cupful of Land of the Lost and a handful of Deep Impact. Sprinkle this liberally with Raiders of the Lost Ark and a soupcon of Gone With the Wind. Shove that in the oven and out comes a nicely digestible
Cheryl Landmark
Jun 07, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Reading about time travel can sometimes make my head spin with its complexities and paradoxes. But, not so with this excellently written tale of space exploration, time travel, alternate universes and prehistoric times. The author has obviously done an incredible amount of research into her subject and has woven it all into a fascinating, rich, lush tapestry that held me enthralled from start to finish.

The world building was amazing, whether it was the futuristic realm of spaceships and distant
Feb 07, 2014 rated it it was amazing
A very compelling and well written sci-fi adventure. Including dinosaurs, space exploration and time travel, what's not to love?! The hard science mixed with action, mystery and just enough romance combine to ensure you keep turning the page. Can't wait for the next installment!! ...more
Benny Lewis
Dec 30, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A book about a time travelling soul possessing reincarnating alien dinosaur from another dimension. What's not to love? :) ...more
Lillie Roberts
May 01, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Awesomeness!! Waiting for Book 2!!

Dawann Dracon is the royal consort, it was what she was born for, and all she's ever thought she'd be. Until she starts dreaming of another. Dreams of another universe different from her own, within another's body, Dawn. She comes to realize that her life isn't her own. She and Dawn, a human, are intrinsically entwined. Not only that, but she feels the need to save Dawn and her love, Gus.

The Keeper expects all to bow down to him, but most of all, he expects his
Austin Wright
Jul 27, 2016 rated it it was ok
I'm currently reading the Top 125 of the "Best Science Fiction" List.

106 of 110 have ratings of 17,000 or more (the one legit literary example that doesn't qualify for this statement is #105's CS Lewis' Trilogy with 6,600 rankings), the other three books ALTAS, Starshine, and Dragon Dawn (#85, #92, and #110) have 1,000 1,000 and 150 reviews. I doesn't take a genius to see that these books are artificially being pushed in order to rank high on the "Best Science Fiction" list.

If it were up to me,
Jan 22, 2014 rated it it was amazing
The rich detail in this sci-fi fantasy both feed and starve the underlying mystery at the heart of the story. Across time, space, and species, things are comforting and familiar— yet eerily different.

Dawann-dracon finds herself intimately connected to divergent potentials, straddling both worlds without belonging in either. Her need for answers to settle the gnawing disquiet inside her leads Dawann to peel back the layers until she learns even she isn’t who she seems. Stirred to respond, she ris
Erin Richards
Jan 17, 2014 rated it it was amazing
First-rate Science Fiction Debut! Being a fan of time-travel and light science fiction, I was instantly drawn into the exciting and imaginative worlds Deborah O’Neill Cordes created in DRAGON DAWN. From Moozrab (Mars) to a slice of modern Arizona to the Cretaceous period of Earth, the author enthralls the reader.

Interweaved in the unfolding story between pre-historic Earth and Moozrab are two impeccably drawn species: humans and dinosaurians. My favorite character was Dawann-dracon. I loved her
Stephanie Freeman
Jan 20, 2014 rated it it was amazing
From the moment I opened Dragon Dawn, I felt myself being drawn into this mystical world like none other. Long after I closed the book I found myself haunted by the characters. The Keeper is beguiling yet deadly. He seemed to bathe in a particularly gruesome kind of cruelty that gave his skin and his regime a chilling sheen. Dawann/Dawn is the perfect heroine terrifically torn between two worlds and two lives. Her dilemma and her decisions make her one of my favorite heroines of all time.

I marv
Terri Herman-Poncé
Sep 02, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Michael Crichton Meets Carl Sagan

Where to begin…where to begin…there aren’t enough things to say about this story to do it justice. Complex, vividly drawn, and fantastical, Dragon Dawn weaves together a time travel tale that, in my opinion, is so much more.

Multiverses, paleontology, evil forces, and action all play a part in Deborah O'Neill Cordes’ intricate but very believable tale that mixes the suspense-filled dinosaur genre penned by Crichton with the scientific suppositions presented by Sag
Jan 15, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A really interesting story. I especially appreciated the scientific background and accuracy portrayed here. It was also a great concept and I enjoyed reading it, it was quite beautiful.

I must say, I connected more strongly to the dinosaurian set of characters than to the human ones and ended feeling a little odd that Dawann is so eager to help the humans when it basically means committing pre-emptive genocide on all the people she knows from her dinosaurian life. Interesting conundrum, I really
Peggy Bird
Feb 06, 2014 rated it really liked it
I was never been much of a big sci-fi fan unless Jean-Luc Picard was involved until Deborah O'Neill Cordes and her other persona Morgan O'Neill turned me into a time traveling sci-fi fan. This book is one of the reasons. The world created here, where dinosaurs survive to create a civilization and humans travel to Mars and both species move back and forth in time is well researched, beautifully written and fascinating to read. It's a must read for sci-fi fans as well as for readers like me who mi ...more
Becky Lower
Feb 06, 2014 rated it really liked it
I don't read a ton of sci-fi, so I'll let others describe the plot. What struck me was the incredible amount of research that went into this book. Wormholes, DNA, Marconi, the list of what the author had to go through to create an accurate book boggles my mind. I am a sucker for time-travel, though, and once that kicked in, instead of being only hinted at, the book really soared. Ms. Cordes has done sci-fi fans a favor by writing this book. Can't wait for the next one. ...more
Feb 21, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Incredibly well-written, with a captivating plot that is not only thought-provoking, but interesting as well. The author kept my attention the entire way through, to the point where I was nearly skipping pages in my attempt to just ... find out.

The amount of research that went into this story is also amazing. The cover is beautiful.

And frankly, I want a copy of the paperback version, too, so then I can have it in my library.

I'm on edge waiting for the next in this series.
Ruby Madden
Had high hopes for this one, but the author really doesn't do justice to the plot via the writing voice. It's a 'tell-all' instead of a 'show-all'. Too much sub-plot is revealed and the buy-in level is a bit predictable. So, I stumbled after the first 1/3rd and set aside. When I went back to it, I have to agree with other reviewers that the last 2/3rd's of the book 'reads' better. ...more
Jul 07, 2014 rated it did not like it
This book was, unfortunately, a mess and rather dull. I was really looking forward to this one. :/
Jan 26, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A cross between star gate, planet of the apes and jurassic park. Gets better as you read on. Likably far fetched.
Apr 14, 2018 rated it it was ok
DNF a few chapters in
I was open to the premise but the author doesn't know how to ease into things and allow tension to build as a story develops. Sometimes a flurry of action from page 1 can suit and aid in drawing a reader in, not so here. The author just blurts everything from the get go and makes it impossible for even a willing reader to sink into the story. Disappointing. Made it impossible to take seriously.
Nov 04, 2020 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I was really looking forward to this book because I love time travel books and dinosaurs are fun. Unfortunately, this book just didn't live up to my expectations. I had trouble keeping interested in the story. Don't get me wrong, there were some parts that were interesting but then it would get wordy and boring again. It just wasn't for me. ...more
Joanna Lloyd
Jan 14, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A powerful and malevolent reptilian being, The Keeper, awaits his reawakening to change the course of history. His goal is to enable the evolution of a race of intelligent dinosaurian creatures over whom he will rule.

A beautiful, cloned dinosaurian female, Dawann Dracon, has been created as the consort of the Keeper, who rules the planet Moozrabian (the old Mars). However, she has been implanted with the soul of a human, Dawn, and Dawn's memories start to return to her. She is now compelled to r
Leslie Garcia
Feb 26, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: time-travel

In Dragon Dawn, Deborah O’Neill Cordes creates an amazingly intricate story in which intelligent dinosaurs evolve in a manner that parallels human evolution, but changes its course significantly. I’m not a dinosaur person; I’ve never watched Jurassic Park all the way through, never thrilled to the time travel that introduced me to the cumbersome and stupid reptiles of the B movies.

Dragon Dawn, on the other hand, captures the imagination and asks what would have happened if reptiles, not mammals,
Elizabeth Meyette
Jan 15, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Sci-fi readers
A Heart-pounding Sci-fi Thriller
Dawann feels a restless knowledge of another world and another existence, but will this awareness endanger her life with the Keeper? In her quest for answers, she becomes aware of another consciousness—Dawn. Defying the Keeper’s directives, Dawann delves into the mystery of this other life that possesses her mind, and she encounters the unimaginable.
Dawn and Gus resist their feelings for each other in compliance with NASA regulations, but it gets more difficult wh
Cait O'Sullivan
Mar 31, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I don't like time travel, or so I thought. Turns out I love it :). Dragon Dawn is a multi-layered and complex book that is nigh on impossible to put down. The descriptions of life on Mars and a Cretaceous Earth were evocative and spell binding, the characters (both humans and other-wordly) immediately likeable, the premise totally believable. I have often wondered about the K-T event and how it would've looked, now I need wonder no longer as Ms O'Neill Cordes has placed great images in my mind. ...more
Juli Morgan
Jun 20, 2014 rated it it was amazing
It's no mean feat to make time travel believable. Until now, only Diana Gabaldon's books made me not only believe it, but wish I could do it. After reading Dragon Dawn I now add Deborah O'Neill Cordes' name next to Ms. Gabaldon's! The depth of detail in this book is what brings the story to life. The author's vast knowledge of the Cretaceous period is woven so skillfully throughout the book, making the adventures of the crew of the Destiny vivid and real. No less vivid are the descriptions of Ma ...more
Brenna Chase
Jan 15, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Dawann-dracon, groomed from birth to be the royal consort of the Keeper, the ruler of the saurian world, Moozrab, knows what’s expected of her. So when she begins to have strange visions and dreams, she is naturally afraid, but, in keeping with her character, also curious. When she begins to suspect who she really is and where she belongs, she begins a dangerous quest to discover the truth. I can’t begin to describe how thoroughly engrossing this novel is. I read most of it in one sitting. The p ...more
Rowena May O'Sullivan
Loved this book!! What a fantastic tale Deborah O'Neill Cordes has woven and I want more. I so want to find out what happens next. Be prepared to be swept into a complex time-travel all the way back to the early dawn of time to the intelligent life form of dinosaurs, wormholes and a disaster that could possibly change history as we know it. This is a tale that is includes well researched science, history and evolution. The astronauts, including Dawn and Gus, the protagonists in this story are sw ...more
Jan 22, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I was drawn into this book and couldn't put it down. With all of the news about Mars, rovers and the like, this novel takes space exploration to a new level and back in time to our own planet. The time travel/alternative universe element is uniquely woven with astronaut and dinosaur characters. What if the dinosaurs did not become extinct due to their intelligence and diligence? What if human explorers prevented this catastrophe and alternate history? Incredible research into scientific principl ...more
Liv Rancourt
Feb 22, 2014 rated it really liked it
In Dragon Dawn, the author does a fine job of mixing past and future, creating an intriguing story of science fiction. She supposes a race of sentient dinosaurs who are controlled by an alien Keeper. The Keeper's consort, Dawann, is a cloned female who possesses the soul, and increasingly the memories, of a human woman, Dawn. Their stories are interwoven to create a plot that picks up speed as it moves along. Dragon Dawn contains strong worldbuilding with lots of juicy scientific detail tweaked ...more
Serena Clarke
Mar 08, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Wow. Dragon Dawn is smart, complex, wondrous and absolutely fascinating – I loved it. Deborah O’Neill Cordes weaves an amazing tale that encompasses paleontology, space travel, history, paleobotany, time travel, zoology, romance and more. It’s rich in scientific detail, without for a moment weighing the story down. From the biggest of big picture stuff, to the intricacies of human (and dinosauroid) relationships, this magical, thought-provoking book carried me along effortlessly, leaving my head ...more
Diane Jewkes
Feb 05, 2014 rated it really liked it
Deborah O'Neill Cordes takes 'what if' to a new level in the first book of her Dinosaurian Time Travel series. What if dinosaurs hadn't become extinct? What if they were able to achieve a high level of society and technology? And what if human astronauts discover this anomaly of time and space? Dragon Dawn takes you there and delivers a tale of one soul and two lives; human and dinosaur.
The story draws you in and begs you to ask 'what if' along with it.
I look forward to the rest of the series.
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Deborah O'Neill Cordes is a screenwriter and novelist of historical and speculative fiction. Her fiction blends fields of study she loves in equal measure; she holds a bachelor’s degree in zoology and a master’s degree in history. Deborah is the author of the sci-fi time travel novel, Dragon Dawn, Book One of the Dinosaurian Time Travel Series, and Alienne Mine, A Prequel to Dragon Dawn. She is al ...more

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