• The Dream of the Iron Dragon

  • An Alternate History Viking Epic (Saga of the Iron Dragon, Book 1)
  • By: Robert Kroese
  • Narrated by: J. D. Ledford
  • Length: 14 hrs and 56 mins
  • 4.3 out of 5 stars (243 ratings)

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The Dream of the Iron Dragon

By: Robert Kroese
Narrated by: J. D. Ledford
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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

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"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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Science fiction crash lands into history.

This audiobook experience was as wonderful as it was attention grabbing. Alternative histories, space warfare, and time travel are not exactly new roads for the imagination to travel down anymore, so it can take something a bit extra to make a story really stand out. The way this story was written in a balance of creative thinking and action is so impressively smooth that even the most distracted listener will be dragged into the scenario.

J.D Ledford's narration is brilliant; bringing a depth to the writing and character's emotional states that might not have been noticeable otherwise. The story itself makes one think and consider the consequences of the characters' actions; If raw advanced knowledge is power, then what value, protection and risk does that offer the knowledgeable in a time of primitive conquest and violence? This book might have been first entry to an upcoming series, but it does make an impression that leaves the imagination yerning for book 2.

This book is recommended to listeners who would love a creative exercise laid out within an action setting.