The Dream of the Iron Dragon

An Alternate History Viking Epic (Saga of the Iron Dragon, Book 1)
Narrated by: J. D. Ledford
Series: Iron Dragon, Book 1
Length: 14 hrs and 56 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (182 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Trapped 1,300 years in the past, they have one mission: survive.

In the 23rd century, humanity has been hunted to the verge of extinction by an alien race. When an exploratory ship accidentally travels back in time to Viking-age Scandinavia, the human race is given a second chance. Pursued by the power-hungry King Harald, the four surviving crew members join a ragtag band of Vikings as they pillage their way across Europe. It will take all their ingenuity, courage, and technical know-how just to survive. But survival is only the beginning. To save humanity, they must somehow return to the stars.

Thus begins a decades-long effort to teach the Vikings to build a craft capable of reaching space - a ship that will come to be known as the Iron Dragon.

The Dream of the Iron Dragon is the first installment in the Iron Dragon trilogy. The sequel, The Dawn of the Iron Dragon, was released in June 2018. The saga will conclude with The Voyage of the Iron Dragon in December 2018.

The Iron Dragon trilogy is being produced as part of the phenomenally successful Saga of the Iron Dragon Kickstarter, which raised more than $10,000. Meticulously researched and packed with action, The Dream of the Iron Dragon is a must for sci-fi and alternate history fans.

©2018 Robert Kroese (P)2018 Robert Kroese

Critic Reviews

"Terrific storytelling, letter-perfect alternate-history, and the highest stakes for humanity imaginable combine to make this a thrilling start to an exciting new Viking saga. Kroese avoids both romanticizing and demonizing the Vikings, showing them to us in all their humanity, while spinning a tale that pulls no punches and leaves us gasping for more." (Lars Hedbor, author)

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Huge Kroese fan. I approve.

I'm a huge Kroese fan and have probably listened to Starship Grifters more than a dozen times, plus at least 10 others by him. This one lacks the humor and satire you might be used to but it is still highly enjoyable. JD does a great job narrating.

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What a great book!

I can’t wait for more. This is going to be wonderful. Thank you for a wonderfully
fun book.

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more of this series

The story is intriguing and exciting also, could the rest of the series be made available please.

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Couldn’t stop listening!

Space battles, Aliens, Vikings, chemistry/physics...this book has it all! The narrator does a very good job without sounding like she is trying hard to differentiate male voices. The progression and logic behind the plot ideas are excellent. You will love the book. You will find yourself asking when this series will show up on the big screen. I’m now on the second book. Happy reading!

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Great sci-fi/alt hist

There were a few glitches in the recording, some repeated lines in one or two spots, but the guts of the story were strong. Not too slow anywhere, and it really gave you a boots-on-the-ground feel. A solid blend of future tech and Earth analog living.

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bumbling fools. with incomplete Tech.

As a former member of the United States armed forces I am embarrassed by the actions of the characters supposedly protraing military professionals.
I would suggest that the author at least talk to a former Marine before they attempt to write about one.
My last gripe is the BattleTech. A railgun should be able to engage targets out to sevral thousand meters, no grenade or Claymore equivalents on a military scout ship during a time of War.
I apologize if this sounds like nitpicking, however the Space Marine got his ass kicked buy a bunch of Bronze Age barbarians. instead of holding them at the bridge and killing them one by one with his sidearm.

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Science Fiction and Vikings, WOW!

No question, my finger hovered over the buy button many times and I thought, well if I don't like the book, I can always return it back to Audible.
This is really a great story with fantastic characters and a complex story line. The presentation is extremely well done as J.D. Ledford brings the story to life.
I can't wait until the third book makes it to Audible. Hurry it up please!

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A fun story!

What a neat idea, humans from the future struggling to escape extinction and end up in Medieval Scandinavia! Much awesomeness ensues. I even got emotional at one point. Great stuff and look forward to the sequel. I had a hard time with some of the characters actions more than once, but am ready and willing to play along.

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Vikings and Lost in Space... on Earth

Iron Dragon is fun and well-researched at the same time. My only gripe is that the set up for how and why our heroes are on their quest is a bit thin, but it's not a barrier to enjoying the story. It's not a standalone book though-- the end is a clear prelude.

Ledford's narration is excellent... with one grinding exception: nautical terms. She worked hard to manage old Norse words but totally dropped the ball on words like "coxswain," "gunwale" and "starboard." Being that a big chunk of the book involves traveling in boats, this is kind of a frustrating omission. Still, an easy listen overall.

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incomplete

I understand that it's only the first of a series, and it is a very damn good book. But it is such an obvious grab to try to get you to buy the next book. A book should be resolved within itself period a few loose ends are okay but there has to be some kind of resolution. Some kind of completion. This book lacks that and forces you to buy the next one to find out what happens. I'm probably going to buy the next one because I did enjoy this one, but I feel like I have been forced into that path instead of choosing it.

also, the woman who reads this doesn't do as good a job as I feel she could have, especially when the characters get emotional or serious. she always sounds like she's doing a slightly moving charicature of a person's voice.

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  • John Shoemark
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Interesting concept but flawed history

This novel has an interesting concept and the use of three different periods in time was quite good.
However the author really needs a better grasp on history to write an alternative history novel. I can accept the characters mixing up history but the several references to the Vikings as a Bronze Age culture are unacceptable.
A good performance by the voice actor kept me listening.