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Tesser: A Dragon Among Us Audiobook

Tesser: A Dragon Among Us: A Reemergence Novel, Book 1

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Imagine for a moment that you are a Dragon. A creature of unimaginable power, unending intelligence and strength, and you've just woken from 10,000 years of slumber. Worse yet, you've awoken underneath a city: Boston, an alien and strange place that defies everything you've ever known. Your last memories are of primordial forests, erupting volcanoes sculpting a developing world, faeries, witches, vampires, krakens, and monsters that feared where you turned your eyes.

But all that is gone. Humans, only barely coming into their own in the world from your memory, have taken over. They have erected cities made of stone and steel erupting from the earth like stalagmites reaching for the high blue sky, and developed sciences that have overshadowed even the glory of old magic. This is not the way it was supposed to be.

Meet Tesser, the Dragon. He who walks in any form and flies the skies free of fear. A Dragon Among Us is Tesser's story. Walk with him as he learns the human way,and discovers the dark truth about why magic has really faded from the world he calls home. And, just maybe, humanity will remember why Dragons were most noble and most savage creatures again. Welcome to The Reemergence.

©2013 Christopher Philbrook (P)2016 Audible, Inc.

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    bluestategirl Vermont 07-07-16
    bluestategirl Vermont 07-07-16 Member Since 2011

    I need more ears!

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    "Tesser, the Dragon of Life"

    For 20,000 years, Tesser has slept beneath the earth. Now, he's awake, and walking around in human form. He is arrogant, of course, but he has the right to be: Everything that lives on Earth has Tesser to thank for it's existence, for he created them all. (There are also six other dragons, each with their own special gifts, and each is also necessary to the health and well being of the planet. And each, I suspect, will get their own book!)

    One of the six is dear to Tesser, his sister, Kowula (sp?) the Dragon of Magic. He hasn't been able to communicate with her since his return, and he's worried. Because of her absence, magic has all but disappeared from the world, but when the magic comes back, creatures that were once thought to be only myth, begin to reappear, too -- causing chaos for the mundane humans, as they struggle to understand the new world order.

    Pretty great, right? Ultimately, this story is fun, original, with a (very) little romance. And while the human characters are a bit cliche, and the humor can be crude and juvenile -- and the women talk about sex like especially sophomoric young men instead of women -- the dragons more than make up for it! There's a fair amount of violence, too, but it often made me laugh -- in that way dark humor with a side of horror often does.

    The writing for the dragons is what I really loved. They are both innocent and ancient at the same time, and their views on what the humans have done to the world they created is really funny -- or at least, it would be -- if it wasn't also somewhat true.

    BUT -- I will admit that I almost returned this book after the first few chapters, because of the crude male oriented humor. It made me think that this might be a book geared toward teenage boys of a certain age, and therefore not for me. Eventually I realized that the humor in Tesser is like a comic book -- which I think is exactly the point. The whole book has a comic book feel!

    Philbrook does write that when Tesser came back, he learned the language and the modern cultural references from watching Jay and Silent Bob movies. That tells you all you need to know about the author, his point of view, his sense of humor, and what to expect from the characters he writes. If you don't like Jay and Silent Bob, you probably won't like this book, either. (I LOVE Kevin Smith, so there you have it.)

    I found it very easy to ignore the flaws to get to the good stuff -- because there is some very good writing here, and a very good story to tell. (I'm already onto the 2nd book, and it's just as well done. It deals with the vampires taking over Las Vegas!

    James Foster gives a brilliant performance, lending Tesser the gravitas and world weary pathos of an immortal creature seeing the state of his creations after a long absence. Also, the frequent inner dialogues of the characters must have been tricky for Foster to perform, but it was clear from the first line that they were inner dialogues. I also REALLY appreciate that Philbrook wrote them without all the 'he thought' or 'she thought' after each one, that a less experienced author might have included unnecessarily.

    I loved this book, and hope to enjoy the whole series!

    Highly Recommended to fantasy lovers, dragon lovers, Kevin Smith aficionados, and people who love their violence with a lot of dark humor. (But please note that the violence and crude language does make it inappropriate for younger kids.)

    68 of 75 people found this review helpful
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    Kelleefornia 02-17-16
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    "Worth a credit and your time!"

    I'm terrible at writing reviews and doing the books I read any kind of justice I'm not a writer. I'm a reader (listener). :-) Having said that.... This book was about a dragon, a man, a woman, a wizard, magic, and good vs. evil. It was kind of a love story. Part action. Part suspense. A little bit of comedy. Completely entertaining.

    Having said all of that, I will sum up my review in terms an Audible reader can appreciate. Was this book worth a credit? ABSOLUTELY! I found myself reading (oops listening) to this book way more than my average listen. It was very entertaining and unpredictable. James Foster is a master narrator and adds life to all of the characters. Time flew by as I listened and I found myself taking the long way home so I could keep listening.

    It's definitely worth a credit and a listen.

    74 of 83 people found this review helpful
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    Konrad 04-11-16
    Konrad 04-11-16 Member Since 2015
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    "I dont think the author has ever actually communicated with another human being."

    There is a lot of clunky exposition in the book that involves a character speaking their thoughts aloud so that the reader knows whats going on. Also the women in this book are very... Sex-crazed? I don't know if thats the proper word to describe them, but it seems very unrealistic. For example about a minute after almost being raped a woman is aroused by a naked hobo vigilante. Alot of dialogue and interaction seems fake, and the whole book feels like a B-rated action flick.

    45 of 51 people found this review helpful
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    Jeffrey 02-04-16
    Jeffrey 02-04-16
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    "Not Your Typical Fantasy"
    What did you love best about Tesser: A Dragon Among Us?

    This book is told from an incredibly unique perspective. The dragon, Tesser, is an almost timeless entity that is far more than a big flying reptile that breathes fire. I loved how he experiences the modern day world through ancient eyes.


    What other book might you compare Tesser: A Dragon Among Us to and why?

    It's hard to compare this book to anything I've read previously. It's singular and unique.


    What about James Foster’s performance did you like?

    I'd listened to James Foster perform other books that were WAAAAY different than this, so I had slight trepidation. He put that to rest in a few short minutes. He absolutely NAILS this.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Tesser's depth and insight are so believable. From his first encounter with the darker part of human nature to understanding, with benevolence, the struggles of humanity. Tesser is both breath-taking and gut-wrenching.


    Any additional comments?

    Typically, I don't venture too far into the fantasy genre. This book won't change that as I can't imagine many other books from the genre being comparable in delivery. It's imaginative. It's clever, witty, and even hip. I took a chance because I like so much of this author's other works. I was not let down. At. All. Can't recommend this one enough. Entertaining as hell.

    43 of 50 people found this review helpful
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    Joy Annapolis MD United States 02-19-16
    Joy Annapolis MD United States 02-19-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Fun book and different take on dragons"

    Of late, I have become increasingly leary of Series books. I have tired of cliffhangers and series that go on and on forever. I want good stories that flow well,spins a good tale and has an ending that satisfies. I took a chance on this book "Tesser" even though it states it is book one of a series and I am glad I did. This is not your usual dragon book and it held my attention the entire time. I enjoyed the author's concept and the narration fit the story.Even though it's clear at the end of the book there is more story to be told about Tesser, his friends and family, the ending of this book was complete and did not leave you with some blazing question about what next? So THANK YOU Chris Philbrook for writing a wonderful story that is complete. When the next in the series comes out I will buy it.

    42 of 49 people found this review helpful
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    Kim 08-18-16
    Kim 08-18-16 Member Since 2015
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    "beware language."

    loved the concept, narration, characters. my only wish is that audible would developed rating or warning for language. this would warn me not to let my teen listen

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Robert Cottage Grove, MN, United States 11-13-16
    Robert Cottage Grove, MN, United States 11-13-16 Member Since 2009

    word man

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    "Tesser awakes beneath the streets of Boston"

    Tesser, the dragon of life; one of seven dragons given to the earth. After an induced sleep of ten thousand years Tesser awakes beneath the streets of Boston. His mission before the sleep and the only mission now is to protect the beings of earth from the darkness; the evil daemons from across the veil. Tesser wonders why the magic has gone from earth and he pledges to bring the magic back. People initially are understandably scared and Tesser’s first goal is to gain their confidence, explain who he is, and why he is here. Quite the unique story and very interesting if you have any interest at all in dragons. There is a second book that I’m aware of. I’ll have to check it out.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Koen Mulder 10-28-16
    Koen Mulder 10-28-16
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    "I like!"

    Definitely enjoyed this book. I hope you do aswell. Good story and good performance :D

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    Amazon Customer 10-27-16 Member Since 2016

    Jewel

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    "I couldn't put it down"

    I enjoyed how the dragon woke up and discovered his surroundings and his thought pattern. I thought it was amazing how practical and funny in some seens

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    Cloned3 10-25-16
    Cloned3 10-25-16 Member Since 2016

    cloned3xys

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    "Enjoyable"

    Thoroughly enjoyable listen. Going to listen to Ambryn & The Cheaters of Death: A Reemergence Novel, Book 2 soon.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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  • Graham G.
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    "Such potential....."

    but ends like a made for TV movie. Too bad.. . . . . .

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful

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