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The Sand Dragon

3.53  ·  Rating details ·  30 Ratings  ·  15 Reviews
The discovery of an immense pterosaur skeleton lures paleontologist Kim Axon to the tar sands near her childhood home of Fort Mic. But Kim’s not the only one drawn to the find’s siren call, and the others are coming for a very different reason.

Fort Mic, where Kim’s father was murdered long ago, is both blessed and cursed by the shadow population who gravitate to the area f
255 pages
Published 2010 by Double Dragon Publishing, Inc.
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May 05, 2010 rated it really liked it
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Holy guacamole, people. I read The Sand Dragon last night before bed, and I think I just managed to shut my eyes about five minutes ago. This story is Scary with a capital S- it takes a little while to get going but once it does, it takes off in a big way and is riveting up until the end.

This creepy, gruesome story starts broiling away right from page one- the setting is a bleak, isolated, frigid town where all of the residents would rather be somewhere else or are slowly working themselves into
May 28, 2010 rated it really liked it
This book took me a couple of chapters to really get into, but when I did, it became a very action packed, mystery type of horror book. In fact there were times when I wondered if I needed a seat belt because so much was happening. Not that it was a bad thing. In this case it's actually a great thing especially when looking for a good horror story.

A discovery of an intact pterosaur skeleton becomes the center of attention to paleontologist, Kim who is known to the locals and another "outsider" a
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Jul 25, 2010 rated it really liked it
The town of Fort Mic is a community divided. One that has went through too much & it seems the land doesn’t forget that when Kim Axon is called to tar sands to investigate the discovery of a pterosaurs skeleton. Little does she know it is about to infect the town & divide them even more, that is if they survive long enough. When the town gets quarantined because of an outbreak of sick towns people, the police refuse to enter & it is up to a few residents to stop the true horror that ...more
May 11, 2010 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Fans of Stephen King
I really enjoyed Michael Stewart's book The Sand Dragon. I found myself thinking about the characters and the story while at work, doing chores, and many other times when I'd rather have been reading it. A few times it gave me nightmares (from reading a particularly scary/suspenseful part right before bed), but I just couldn't stop myself from reading it every time I picked up my Kindle. It took a little while for the characters to be fleshed out, but as the story unfolded I really felt a connec ...more
Feb 21, 2011 rated it really liked it
An excellent horror novel with a new and interesting take on vampires. I gotta be honest, I'm a little tired of vampires. Even well written vampires. So I was very happy when Stewart's vampires were actually different and interesting, making the book vastly more enjoyable than if he'd settled for some vampire clones from Buffy or Charlaine Harris. There is a quality to Stewart's vampires that actually made them what they should be — creepy. For that, nicely done Mr. Stewart.

In addition to vampir
I wish half-stars were available for rating, because while this was better than a 2 it wasn't quite up to a 3 star designation. A quick and easy read- not the best thing I've ever read, but I had fun with it. It's the literary equivalent of a B grade horror movie- it would be right at home on the 'Sy Fy' channel, for those of you in the States ;) The monster is interesting and creepy- I particularly like the way the author chose to use something other than the standard Western European Dragon ty ...more
Jun 22, 2010 rated it really liked it
OK, I'll go out on a limb here and say that this was one of the most unique "vampire" stories I've read in a while. (I say that for several reasons)

This one uses Native American myth and legend as the basis for the storyline. I really enjoyed Michael's use of his characters in this one because he made them seem very real.

The "vampires" in this story were, in my opinion, very original. I've never (personally) read of ancient bloodsuckers controlled by the life force of an ancient dragon.

This was
May 10, 2010 rated it really liked it
Slow to start but worth the wait, this creepy thrill ride had me glued. Stewart has a unique writing style that was like trying a new foreign dish. It took me a few bits, but once I acclimated myself to the taste...I was hooked. The author also showed a deep understanding of the subjects talked about, each character had their own personalities and thumb-prints. You might not like those characters, but each were well-formed and an three dimensional, instead of the usual supporting characters in n ...more
Jun 24, 2010 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
The story was a bit confusing in the beginning. The was a lot of information being given and I found myself going back to remember how things had happened previously in the book. As the story went on, it really picked up and got my attention. It got real creepy and became a solid horror story.

I would have given this book 4 stars if it wouldn't have been for the choppy start.
Oct 29, 2010 rated it really liked it
Imaginative, different and intriguing. I won this in the First Reads its not what I expected but well worth the read. Definitely didn't know how it was going to play out.
Oct 29, 2010 rated it really liked it
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Interesting plot and interesting ideas.
Kristene Perron
Mar 06, 2013 rated it really liked it
Let me just say, if I’d known this was a story about vampires, I probably wouldn’t have chosen it. So I’m glad I didn’t know. And they don’t sparkle, in case you’re wondering.

Different aspects of novels linger with me after the final page is turned. With The Sand Dragon, it was the setting.

The discovery of a giant pterosaur skeleton in the tar sands of Fort Mic brings paleontologist Kim Axon back to her home town, and launches a series of chilling events that will leave the small mining communit
Sonja Bristow
May 16, 2014 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Couldn't bring myself to do more than skim this. The prologue started off promising and then it went downhill quick. From the style to the content. It couldn't hold my interest and I couldn't do more skimming
Feb 19, 2011 marked it as to-read
This is my third free copy from LibraryThing Reviewer's Giveaways.
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Michael F. Stewart is the winner of the 2015 Claymore Award and author of the Assured Destruction Series (a Foreword Book of the Year Honorable Mention, Library Journal's Best Self Published Book 2015: runner-up, semifinalist in the 2014 Kindle Book Awards, and winner of The Creation of Stories: Best YA Award at the Toronto International Book Fair).

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