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Publisher's Summary

Carentan, France, 1944 - Ethan Martin, a soldier in the 101st Airborne, is fighting for his life. But soon he will learn what peril truly is when he is ripped from his world and transported to a land of magic, swords, and dragons. And though the Nazis are now far, far away, danger is closer than ever.

The eternal emperor, Shinzan has destroyed the mages. Only a few dragons remain in exile. And now that Ethan - son of Praxis Dragonvein - has returned, he must destroy him as well. Faced with unimaginable power, Ethan has only one hope - to reach the dwarf kingdom of Elyfoss before Shinzan can find him.

©2015 Brian D. Anderson (P)2015 Audible, Inc.

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Interesting Story but very light on in details.

I enjoyed the book, but the pacing was far too fast. Too many things happen to the character and not enough detail or time is spent setting up the premise. For examlpe this is supposed toe a 17 year old boy fighting in WW2. Bam he's in a Fantasy land and really doesn't question much. He can be stubborn and in denial but it is more as a plot device than how a realistic person would think things through. I did not feel like the character fit his description at all either, at no point does he find any use for his supposed parachute Airborne Division training at all. Not once does it give him an edge over any situation. He might as well have just been an orphaned farm boy for how it felt. The magic system is incredible weak and not well explored, by the main character or by anyone else. The main 'romance' aspects to the book focus on a 13 year old girl crushing really hard on our 17 year old MC and him trying to figure out how to tell her its inappropriate. She also falls madly in love with him out of nowhere, it didn't make a lot of sense.

I'm disappointed - I was really looking forward to this. the premise sounded great but the execution was just lacking. Great performance from the narrator though.

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Main character is weak

I'm not sure Mr Anderson knows what an Airborne Ranger is... Even in their early days, during WWII, their hand to hand combat skills were exceptional - yet our hero cannot seem to win a fight! Combat with a sword is different, but there were many fights lost using knives and fisticuffs. .. Good thing he has a skilled 13 year old girl to protect him. Speaking as a veteran combat arms trainer, this element of the story is a serious disappointment. However, the back story and other characters make this a good read. I finished the book in one sitting.

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Cliff Hanger - DON'T BUY 1/3 OF A BOOK

Would you try another book from Brian D. Anderson and/or Derek Perkins?

Sure, if it weren't a cliff hanger.

What did you like best about this story?

YA basis but that is reasonable for the main character's age/mentality.

What does Derek Perkins bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Characterizations.

Was Dragonvein, Book 1 worth the listening time?

It would have been had there been a somewhat plausible conclusion to the book. But it just ended (just like a 1930's - 40's - 50's Saturday morning matinee movie). COME ON!!!

Are you REALLY trying to revive that business model???

Any additional comments?

This story was interesting enough to be a full book (actually it was about 1/3 of a story) but I suspect some marketing person said, " We'll give 'em a taste for the $2.00 special price and get them to buy the full book." Thanks, I'll pass! Other authors give a full story but make the reader interested enough in the ideas/world that they want to hear more.

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BOY SCOUT

WHY DON'T YOU GO KISS A PIG
The main character is not really the star of the show. He is a pretty boring boy scout. Anderson should have made the 13 year old girl the main character. She has more character than anyone else. I listened to the first half of the book. Other than the portal, the only magic was a guy lighting a fire with his fingers. I heard about dwarfs, elves and mages but saw or heard of none in the first half. There were no dragons either. Maybe they appear in the second half? My experience tells me that any writer who takes over six hours to get interesting is not going to be interesting as a whole.

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Not bad at all

I liked it. Characters were engaging and story was well written. I figured the main character would have more to contribute to his survival due to the fact he came from a more technologically advanced world AND he was an Airborne Ranger!!

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Amazing

Really a captivating book. Brian D Anderson takes the concepts we have all become accustomed too in these types of stories and makes them new and fresh. Every time I think I've stumbled upon a cliché I'm quickly checked by interesting characters and a fast bust satisfying plot line. I would recommend this to anyone.

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nice, comfortable tale

We heard many stories like this. There is not much in the way of originality, but...I still enjoyed and and will look for the next one..

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Great Story

Very creative story. Characters are well written. There is a little more adult content than I usually like in my books, but it is done tastefully enough that it doesn't overpower the story.

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a great start to a interesting universe!

I honestly loved the book but felt he left it in a bad way I felt he could have had a few more chapters but I guess it was a good as place as any to start the other book. I feel like authors are making 9 hour books to make money when compared to books like game of thrones that are 45 hours. I'm not complaining about the story it's excellent but if they keep wanting me to shell out 11 bucks for a few hours of entertainment....well let it gets old I would rather wait 2 years for a book then be teased in such a Manor for shame lol. the story is excellent and so far becoming one of my favorites.

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fabulous

Better than his first series! and Derek Perkins is always a superb narrator. Can't wait for the next book!

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  • Franceska
  • 12-16-17

Too much like Tolkien or Eragon

It just seems like a series of different variations on books like Eragon or Tolkien’s writing. Nothing was very original and it moved too fast without giving time to build up characters or places or events.

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  • Paul Maddison
  • 11-21-15

All of the ingredients.

Created and expertly combined by Brian D Anderson this first book in the Dragonvein series seems to grip you from the beginning. Like so many books narrated by Derek Perkins, this has all of the ingredients required to make a good epic.

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  • Paul
  • 10-10-16

Thoroughly enjoyable

Good story and characters that grew on me as the book went on. Voice acting excellent, already bought next in series.

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  • Burns
  • 03-06-20

Predictable but fun

By the numbers fantasy story which telegraphs it's story points well in advance, but delivered exactly what I wanted in terms of a good fantasy journey with a point of view protagonist.

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  • Marsbub
  • 05-26-18

Solid start

A good solid start to this series of books. The narration is very pleasant and easy to listen too.

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  • Peter
  • 06-09-16

It's a poor cousin of Tolkein fantasy

Standard high fantasy with a few minor tweaks, a few interesting sci fi origins adds some different spice to classic tropes. Narrator is competent, if uninspiring.

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  • anthony
  • 05-26-16

Strong start to a series

This is a very good start to what will be a great series. I had been toying with wether to get this book or not. But when I saw all 3 books in the bye 3 books for 2 credits, decided to get them and I think I got a great deal. This is a good adventure / quest story with some good action throne in. I really enjoyed this book and something else going for it is that it is narrated by Derek Perkins and he always does a great job with this type of book. If you like David A Wells then you are going to like this series as this reminds me of his books.

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  • Anjali
  • 12-14-18

I enjoyed the book plot

it's is an engaging book and suitable for young adults and seemlessly connects the new world human development to the fantasy of dragons.

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  • william
  • 02-02-18

good

not the best in he genre. stick with it and the story unfold quite well

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  • Richard McFerran
  • 03-04-21

Good listen

I chose this book because I like the narrator and thought I would see what it was like.

I'm about to purchase and listen to the second book, so that should give you an idea of what I think.

I have used Good and not Great in my title, I would say it is somewhere in between with the potential to swing either way.

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  • Steven McGrath
  • 05-04-21

great book

an amazing start to a book series this is my 3rd time listen through and it won't be the last.

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  • Glenn
  • 11-21-17

Great story

A fantastic story wonderfully written by Brian D Anderson as always, and Derek Perkins is incredible

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  • Nihal
  • 07-24-17

Okay book

storyline good , narrator was excellent but didn't like the main characters. I thought the relationship between the characters would develop more.

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  • jennifer
  • 04-13-17

great adventure

Overall a wonderful book filled full of wonderful character's. The narrator's Voice was very Pleasant to listen to and kept me captivated with the story.

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  • Eddie
  • 03-21-17

Excellent

I had just finished the Godling Chronicles and couldn't get enough. Starting on this series has definitely satiated my craving for more fantasy and Brian D. Anderson. Great writing, captivating story and characters, a must for a fan of the genre or the author.