Dragon and Judge (Paperback)
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Orphaned at the age of three, brought up by his con man Uncle Virgil, Jack Morgan has done things that even in the future in space are unusual. But when he rescued Draycos, a dragon-like symbiont, from certain death, his life became a series of breathtaking adventures. With the help of Draycos, who can leap onto Jack's back and become what looks like a tattoo, Jack has been doing everything he can to find out who ambushed the scout-fleet of Draycos's people, the K'da and Shontine, leaving Draycos the sole survivor.. Now, just when Jack thinks he may finally be on the trail of the information he needs, he's kidnapped by aliens, who ask him to be a judge for them, as, they reveal, his parents had once been.
Jack's friend Alison Kayna, and her newly acquired K'da symbiont Taneem, are also kidnapped, and she is forced by two of the conspirators to open the booby-trapped safes from the K'da/Shontine scout fleet, to try and learn the rendezvous point of the larger fleet. With the help of Jack's Uncle Virge and his ship "Essenay," Jack and Draycos escape and rescue Alison, but they are unable to gain the information they desperately need to save the refugee fleet and precious time is running out
About the Author
Timothy Zahn has written more than thirty SF novels, including "Dragon and Thief," "Dragon and Soldier," "Dragon and Slave "and "Dragon and Herdsman, "the first four Dragonback novels; as well as "Night Train to Rigel, The Green and the Gray," "Blackcollar: The Judas Solution," the all-time bestselling Star Wars spinoff novel, "Heir to the Empire," and as a number of other best-selling Star Wars novels. Winner of the Hugo Award, he lives in Oregon.
"Zahn has always managed to tell an enthralling story in the past, and this one is no exception. Ignore the young adult label if you’re older and read it anyway.”
--Chronicle on Dragon and Slave
“As with the other books in the series, this novel is a well-done, lightweight adventure story. Zahn continues to find ways to put Draycos’s unique symbiotic nature to good use, and fans will look forward to the promised fourth volume in the series, Dragon and Herdsman."
--Voices of Youth Advocates on Dragon and Slave
“This first book in the Dragonback series is a fast-paced suspense novel, full of exciting twists and turns in the story. But it’s not a simple adventure tale; the partnership of a con man and an honorable warrior raises some interesting questions about morality. Just enough of the story is wrapped up at the end to feel satisfying, while leaving plenty of questions to be answered in future installments of the series.”
--Kliatt on Dragon and Thief
“Zahn keeps the story moving at a breakneck pace, maintaining excitement”
--Publishers Weekly on Dragon and Thief
"It's a good lightweight adventure story, a space opera for all ages."
--Science Fiction Chronicle on Dragon and Thief