Buck Johnson, along with his slow-moving and slow-thinking sidekick Skeeter Evans, currently plies his trade as a dragon wrangler on Terul and is busting out a bunch of dracs for the repulsive Terullian Karposh. But when an unruly Red Kraken throws Buck, events take an unexpected turn.
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Gulf of Mexico, 1982: A crew of professional hard-hat divers and deck hands head out to the pristine waters of the Flower Gardens reef to enjoy a few days of recreational diving and fishing. One of their dives served up a twist that no one had expected - least of all Jimbo.
Follow Buck Johnson, Skeeter Evans, and Snort Jones as they attempt to earn enough money to get off Terul, and get to some place where the money comes easier. But, as you'll soon see, breaking, roping, herding, and rounding up dragons - especially when there are more than a few green-broke korths and churlish native Terullians involved - doesn't always turn out quite as expected. This audiobook is a new twist on the space western and a rollicking ride across the vagaries and lives of a dragon wrangler and his sidekicks on Planet Terul.
A successful dragon drive two months ago should have filled Buck Johnson's and Skeeter Evans' pockets. And it did - for a few weeks. Now they're back to wrangling dragons to recoup their losses, attempting to round up unclaimed dragons in the mountainous Leptok Territory. But rogue dragons and just sheer bad luck make this little venture more challenging than either of them expected.
It was tough enough herding longhorns - an undertaking fraught with danger and hardship - to Abilene or Kansas City or Sioux City. So just think what it would be like trailing dragons instead of cattle hundreds of miles across the uninviting terrain of planet Terul. But Buck Johnson, Skeeter Evans, and Snort Jones are attempting it. And if everything goes right, they'll sell the dragons for a good price and finally be able to get off Terul. But things seldom go as planned.
A dragon drive is a grueling and chancy undertaking - far tougher than trailing longhorns to Kansas City. So when Buck, Snort, and Skeeter approach the drive's end at Skrintax, they're looking for a big paycheck and a little fun. But the Terullian Karposh reappears and throws some obstacles in their path. Still, after some ingenious planning on bootleg vendor Quincy Poindexter's part, it all works out in the end.
Buck, Snort, and Skeeter are still trailing a herd of dragons to Skrintax in hopes of selling them for enough to get off Terul and maybe get better pay, easier work, and something to drink. But the obstacles keep mounting - including a tcheka-smoking interlude, hungry dragons, insolent Terullians, and... well, you'll see.
Buck Johnson: The Dragon Drive? is the second short story in the Buck Johnson series. This time Buck and Skeeter and Snort are trailing a herd of dragons to Skrintax. If everything goes as planned, they'll sell the dragons for a good price and finally be able to get off Terul. But things seldom go as planned, especially when dragons are involved.