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Swordships of Scorpio (Dray Prescot, #4) (Delian Cycle #4)

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The Pirates of Kregen

What does a man do when fate makes him the protector of the royal head of his enemies? If it is Dray Prescot, Earthman on Antares, he sets aside his quest to do his duty. His quest was to reach Vallia and his princess. His duty was to defend Vallia's ancient foe and place its rightful heir on its throne--sworn to attack Vallia.

So when the third force,
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May 24, 2012 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sword-and-planet
It's traditional for a story like this to meander as its hero is buffeted by fate--which Dray Prescot truly is--but it's helpful to anchor it with a really good set piece that distinguishes one volume from another. This one doesn't have anything of that sort, and it sometimes feels like the author is unwilling to pursue any line of plot or setting which might turn interesting: the in-over-his-head boy duke is returned to only to wrap things up; the back cover teases the notion of Prescot being p ...more
Mike S
Jul 28, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fiction-sci-fi
As always a rollicking good read.
Aug 01, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: sword-and-planet
This is the 4th book in the Dray Prescot series. It opens with Dray taking the shoelace express, rather, the black boot express, all the way to Vallia. On his way there, Dray has a very brief encounter with a gang of psychedelic lizards riding lizards and finds himself trapped in an almost impossible way before unexpectedly the story takes a rather hard turn with Dray waking up, hungover in a rented room above a bar.

Now A.B.A. explains that the tapes in which he's transcribing the Dray tales be
Roger Bailey
Why does this book remind me of Edgar Rice Burroughs' John Carter of Mars series? An Earthman somehow finds himself on an alien planet with many and varied intelligent species contending with one another, some humanoid and some not so humanoid, with the most advanced weaponry being the sword. The hero from Earth becomes romantically involved with an alien female who could be called a princess and he finds himself resisting the charms of many other alien temptressess. The writing style is very pu ...more
Timothy Boyd
Jan 15, 2016 rated it liked it
If you are a John Carter of Mars fan or enjoy the "displaced person on another world" then this series is for you. The books run in long story arcs so you can read just a few to complete a plot line or go for the whole set. Akers creates a very complex world for the hero to adventure in. Recommended
Feb 06, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Being left for dead, Dray sets off yet again to claim his Delia. Encountering new friends and foes along the way--new monsters and new beastmen and action aplenty. All of Dray's striving and accomplishments amount to zilch to the Starlords. They rip him from his companions at the height of his latest triumph only to deposit him who knows where? A great installment in a fantastic series.
Jul 18, 2008 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy
A good one. I love the way Akers (Bulmer) handled the air boats and saddle birds on Kregen.
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Delian Cycle (5 books)
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