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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.

129 of 138 people found this review helpful

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Alternate World w/ Dwarfs, Trolls, Dragons & Mages

The first book in the series was good and I liked it. I've even checked out the other two stories in the series that have been released, and from the description, I like where the series is heading so I will be continuing with the other books.

The narration was great, and I really enjoyed it!




10 of 10 people found this review helpful

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very captivating and enjoyed!

it was a little slow going to start but once gotten started if he immediately became a very quick and captivating book. I look forward to the next two or three books

6 of 6 people found this review helpful

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Nice, interesrting new storyline

Even tho it is so far a bit predictable, it is a very worthwhile read, great fun, with good possibilities & various options now set up well for future books.

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amazing

the story grips you till the end.
It shows imagination and the meaning of fate.
I xan not wait for book two.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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  • Dennis
  • FORT PIERCE, FL, United States
  • 03-22-16

This story covers two worlds both interesting

Would you listen to Dragonvein, Book One again? Why?

The story was very different and I enjoyed it and yes, after awhile I would listen to it again

What other book might you compare Dragonvein, Book One to and why?

None, this is a great story with two worlds that keeps you interested in both

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

Mr. Perkins does a great job and the characters fit Keep up the good work

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

I liked the start when they were transported to the new world , and many more scenes in the book were both humorous and moving

Any additional comments?

I plan on reading the rest of the books in this series

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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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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My first book and my first review here....

liked the narration. ... bought the sequel too. .. story is gripping but not exactly the top of its kind. .. a little predictable in a place or 2... but enjoyed the book as a whole.

8 of 9 people found this review helpful

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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.

43 of 52 people found this review helpful

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Go fulfill a prophecy! Again! Why not, right?

"Dragonvein" was okay. Only okay. It took way to much effort to stay focused on this audiobook. The experience was like watching a movie that was designed to mimic a successful you've watched before. You might try to enjoy it but it keeps reminding you of other stuff that you enjoy. It's like there was a standard checklist involved with creating the plot.

-Guy lands in fantasy world through portal.
-Fantasy world ruled by evil wizard.
-Meets three companions; warrior, theif, and old mentor.
-There be dragons.
-There be grumpy dwarves.
-There be grumpy elves.
- Beautiful women trapped in giant crystal.
- And...a prophecy...of course.

None of this is new groundbreaking material for fantasy. It's plot is so basic that it feels like there is a twist, comically ironic punchline, or hidden deep message that went missing here.

"Dragonvein" was narrated oddly as well. The narrator put a gentle air to an adventure that, at first glance, seems like it could be for anybody. However, after a bit one realizes that there is some dark adult stuff in there. Two of the main character's companions have pretty dark pasts. Nothing grusome, but some stuff would be hard to talk about to children sitting in your minivan at the time. The content and tone of the writing didn't seem to match up. Cheery, but sinister underbelly vibe to "Dragonvein" that's for sure.

Genre: Fantasy adventure
Audience: Adult ( don't let the gentle narration fool you.)


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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
  • 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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  • 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.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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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.

5 of 8 people found this review helpful

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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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  • william
  • 02-02-18

good

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

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  • 04-08-17

I just love these books!

This series of books are awesome in the way they combine our world with magic and another world....

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  • Patricia Gascoigne
  • 03-02-17

brilliant!

loved it wish it would go on and on and on! Great book you must listen to it!

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  • sharon
  • 11-05-16

I love this story

loved it and I can't stop listening to the store. l give this story 5 stars

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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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  • 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.