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Orphan Jack Morgan after losing his Uncle Virgil has bonded with Dracos K’da poet warrior who reuires hours daily on his host's back to survive and escaped with fellow mercenary Alison Kayna to th K'da poet warrior Draycos reuires time like a tattoo every six hours on his host orphan Jack Morgan 14 and tries to teach the former thief con artist his honorable ethics When former fellow student Alison demonstrates her superior mercenary training and rescues them from an ambush she provides fuel credits to planet Rho Scorvi Fat lethargic native Erassvas have K'da lookalike symbiotes dumb mute Phookas rooting for grubs After the Uncle Virge intelligence pilots their spaceship Essenay down in a blazing explosion to silence Jack herds the docile animals to safety in the unexplored forest while enemy Colonel Frost sends soldiers against them In the series a boy takes on different roles to mature from the selfish amoral attitude of his Uncle Virgil guardian since the age of three to the sacrificial ethics of his alien mentor Whatever the dangers from wild or humans brains and tactics take precedence over impossible brute force While running they evade trick and ambush Our side tries not to kill; Frost has orders to take only Jack alive view spoilerAfter sliding onto Alison's skin alert silver eyed grey female Taneem named after a long dead like colored friend of Draycos learns to speak fight and kill Both sleep a day away for a successful if nerve wracking test When angered the dozen Erassvas led by interpreter Hern start to emit an odor that repels local wildlife threats so they seem safe to leave The ending where Alison radios to a mysterious Smith deal with all the natives wild cards We can't let them stay on the playing field We can hope the sentence is not death but we do not know We don't want to lose Frost sound suspiciously like betrayal hide spoiler

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E primitive Rho Scorvi planet But they find a small lost colony of Draycos’s own race the Phookas grown slow lethargic and unintelligent Before a thief soldier and slave Jack must become a herdsma Fourteen year old boys still don’t make good plans After escaping from the Brummgan slavers the Chookook family with a healthy dose of good fortune Jack infiltrates another mercenary organization in order to steal their files This time Jack and Draycos know where to look because of an act of mercy that Draycos insisted upon back in Volume 1 Draycos took a few seconds to prop up a man he had disabled so that the mercenary wouldn’t burn to death upon the ground heated by the crash of his shipIn doing so Draycos instantiates something very much like the jus ad bello criteria of the Catholic Church that govern just conduct in warWhat Catholic military doctrine does resemble is the criteria that well run civilian police forces articulate regarding the use of deadly force As the nightly television news will tell you rules of this sort often work imperfectly However they do make sense for any law governed society in which the authorities too can be held responsible for their actions So far as I know Zahn isn’t Catholic I guess that he simply used medieval chivalric ideal as an example for Draycos and in some typically thorough research brought this along for the ride What I can’t even begin to guess is whether he developed it into a modern rendition on his own or if he used another sourceReading something like The Song of Roland with the eyes of an early twenty first century American it is hard to avoid the impression that Roland is a bit of a chump Roland’s last stand is certainly dramatic but he could have blown that horn earlier and saved everyone a lot of trouble But his knightly honor wouldn’t let him call for help carelessly To do so would be to admit weakness which would shame him in the eyes of his peers Roland is mostly concerned with defending his honor defined as mutual respect among a society of euals warriors If your peers don’t see or recognize this kind of honor it very much doesn’t truly existDraycos’ ideas of honor on the other hand are a little practical than Roland’s Draycos is perfectly willing to retreat without shame in the face of a superior force or seek to avoid combat when defeat is likely than victory He is on the other hand is acutely interested in defending abstract ideals even when no one is looking even when it actively works against his obvious interests This is guilt culture rather than shame culture in the context of war In the Christian West chivalry was one of the stages by which shame cultures with a warlike bent turned into guilt cultures with an interest in defending the weak and defenseless even when they mean you harmIn the twelve or so centuries since Hruodland captain of the Breton Marches made a last stand that was told for a thousand years Catholic thinking on war has tended toward a police model where minimum force is used to achieve the objective at hand This is very much the model Draycos uses except that in his culture he personally combines the prerogatives of judge and jury and executioner in one which is a bit unsettling to Jack and probably would be to most of Zahn’s readers modern Westerners who are accustomed to a separation of powers modelHowever Western thinking on war by those who actively practice it doesn’t necessary track well with the development of Catholic Just War doctrine Victor Davis Hanson made the argument that going back to the Classical Greeks the Western way of war was to seek decisive battle which destroyed the enemy or at least his ability to fight What this looks like shouldn’t be at all unfamiliar to any educated Westerner because it is how we the Allies waged World War IIWe crushed our enemies until they had no recourse We burned their cities without remorse I’m not talking about nuclear weapons either which don’t actually rise to the level of the enormity I am talking about This was what Jerry Pournelle called WARRE Warre to the knife fire bombs nuclear weapons death and destruction I am not sure that Hanson made his argument in uite the way he meant to but I think it is true that the West has a tendency to do thisDraycos despite being on the losing end of an interstellar war is too high minded to embrace the scorched earth tactics of his enemies Even though that war involved the death of something like 90 95% of his people We were not so generous to our enemiesThat highmindedness is put to the test here in Dragon and Herdsman when Jack and Draycos fleeing from angry mercs who caught them in the act stumble upon a colony of Draycos’ people on a remote world Except they aren’t really his people in the cultural sense These phooka are physically the same as Draycos but in isolation they have regressed to a state of mute inactivity unable to speak and ignorant of the proud glories of K’da historyDraycos is stunned and appalled to find his brethren reduced to such a state Draycos’ sense of honor like cast iron can be strong but also brittle It is especially endangered when a core assumption like the inherent nobility of his people is undermined Fortunately Jack’s pragmatic self serving even sense of ethics provides cushion and flexibility in the same way that a blade can be made durable by combining hard steel for the edge with mild steel for the spine taking the best properties of bothFor Jack and Draycos the process by which this works is not simply conversation and time They are each becoming like one another so much so that Jack is starting to have some of Draycos’ warrior’s spirit and tactical knowledge while Draycos now has the resiliency born of living life in the shadows The phooka are likewise slow of body and of mind because the hosts they found on remote Rho Scorvi are dimwitted and indolentThere is something special about Jack and Draycos and in some way their meeting was providential And now we have another 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N to protect the Phookas from danger and guide them deep into the unexplored forestStarscape 2007 edition includes 5 page Reader Guide with paragraph biography several student activities and uestion Please vote on list Best Timothy Zahn Novels45 stars Not uite as good as the previous 3 entries in the Dragonback series but still great This one focuses on character development and exploring the relationship between K'da and their hosts rather than advancing the overall plot of the series That's not a bad thing though because I was still engaged throughout the novel and it was cool seeing Jack's character continue to develop I also liked learning about the K'da with the introduction of the Phookas Loved the twist at the end looking forward to reading the next book


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  1. says:

    Jack sighed In Uncle Virgil’s world people had always fallen into one of two categories the ones he could use and the ones he couldn’t “Friendship” “affection” “trust”—those might as well have been alien words as far as he was concerned Maybe Jack himself had been an exception Then again maybe he hadn’t But things were different now he reminded himself firmly He did have a friend—Draycos—and he was going to make that friendship workThis is book four in the YA Dragonback series Jack plays “Oliver” to his Uncle Virgil’s “Fagan” Jack – a barely teenage thief and con artist who has to get by on his wit and ability to “read” those around himDraycos – A self styled “warriorpoet” of the K’da species that is virtually unknown is Jack’s part of the universe By the fourth book a lot of other characters are thrown into the mix but the two dimensionalthree dimensional alien is the focal point As a warrior of the K’da he’d had to face the possibility of death many times But it was somehow always different each time it happened And it wasn’t something he’d ever became used to Especially when it would mean abandoning such a young and inexperienced host Would Jack be able to manage alone? More important would he be able to learn the location of the refugee fleet’s rendezvous point alone and be able to save the rest of the K’da and Shontine?Yes Draycos is a dragon shaped “tattoo” that can go from a two dimensional form on Jack’s body to a three dimensional terror at a moment’s notice The when and where of that make up part of the plot’s tension Jack’s uncle Virgil was a robber safe cracker and con artist who took care of Jack when his parents died What that means is that Virgil made Jack into his cat’s paw and they lived a life of crime Virgil holds to a con’s view of the worldEarly in this volume Jack is rescued from a “job” gone wrong by Alison a contemporary with whom he had a “history” see earlier volumes This particular part of the Dragonback saga sheds a little bit of light on Jack’s uncle and a bit on Draycos’ race This is a good but not great YA series and this book is full of interesting filigree There are new beasts and new weapons and lots of chase scenes But at its core it is just details in Jack’s search for his “destiny” and the challenges that threaten his ability to successfully traverse adolescence


  2. says:

    A few years ago Timothy Zahn met with some relatives and one of them suggested to him that he should try writing a young adult novel At first he laughed and thought it was a fun joke The idea kept nagging at him and he started thinking about a story idea that if the main character was changed just a little bit could be a great young adult story Plus all of his books are strictly PG in content anyway so it might be a natural fitHe decided to give it a try and began writing the Dragonback Bargain series of young adult booksTimothy Zahn I posit was wrong in his decision He was not wrong in thinking that young adult audiences were a natural fit for his stories He was wrong in thinking that he needed to write differently than he usually did in order to sell to a younger audience The first book in the series Dragon and Thief felt like a lecture Every time there was a big word rather than trusting the reader to look it up or figure it out in context the word was defined in the narrative He tried to do it cleverly by having the character look up words for definitions or having a character explain things to other characters but it felt condescendingWith the subseuent books he has grown into the genre much fully and has reverted to his natural self Which is a good thing indeed Zahn is always full of great twists beautiful character arcs and uniue aliensWith Dragon and Herdsman he feels much comfortable with the young adult genre and in fact the only things that really distinguish it from his other work is that the protagonist is only fourteen and the book is barely three hundred pages longJack Morgan is an orphan raised by his uncle the famous con man and thief Virgil Morgan Uncle Virgil dies suddenly leaving Jack with his ship controlled by the AI computer that Virgil implanted with his own personality matrix The computer Uncle Virge has the same cynical every man for himself a lie is better than a hundred truths kind of attitude that Uncle Virgil had In Dragon and Thief Jack meets Draycos a K'da warrior poet The K'da are a group of aliens that look very much like dragons of earth legends They are fierce fighters and have very sharp claws and teeth They have one major weakness however They can only survive about six hours without a host A K'da must revert to a two dimensional form on the surface of their hosts skin – appearing like a detailed tattoo There is a plot to destroy all of the K'da and it is apparently tied up in the upper forms of government some of the mercenary groups and even part of the management of Braxton Universis a large shipping companyIn the next two books Jack and Draycos infiltrate a mercenary group and sell themselves as slaves in an attempt to find information vital to the survival of Draycos' species Draycos in the meantime takes it as his personal uest to educate Jack his new host in the morals of a poet warrior Namely stealing lying and cheating are not acceptable means of survivalIn Dragon and Herdsman Jack and Draycos meet up with Allison Kayna a friend of Jack's from when he worked as a mercenary They are both on the run from one of the mercenary leaders and Jack offers to give Allison a ride to a rendezvous location where she says some friends are planning to meet herOn Rho Scorvi they find that her friends are late and that the natives the Erasvas maintain herds of Phookas – which look exactly like K'da Draycos and Jack are shocked Draycos suddenly faces the possibility that his species has not always been highly advanced and cultured but are possibly herd animalsThe mercenaries follow them and Jack Allison and Draycos are forced to flee into the forest taking the herd of Phookas and their Erasvas hosts with them After all the mercenaries want to exterminate the K'da what would they do if they found a whole herd of them?The rest of the book is pure Timothy Zahn genius There are twists and counter twists Draycos is forced to face the disturbing possibility that his people are naturally unintelligent He even contemplates at one point that maybe the Phookas would be better off dead than scraping the dirt for grubs and scratching the bark off of trees Jack is slowly learning to think of others without Draycos prompting and despite insistence to the contrary from Uncle Virge There is one beautiful moment where he actually chides Draycos on his feeling of disgust for the Phookas tipping the balance of moral tutorstudent on its headTimothy Zahn's characters always figure out clever ways of dealing with problems and clues are always present in the narrative so that it is possible for the reader to come up with the same plan given the information presented I love this aspect of his books Whenever he mentions a certain kind of plant or a marking on the side of a box I get a little thrill of anticipation for what's to comeTimothy Zahn writes science fiction that is very light on science There is no explanation of how faster than light travel works there are no physics lessons buried within the story That is not to say that there is silly science – no technobabble here – his books just aren't about the scienceWhat they are about is characters dealing with difficult situations to the best of their ability and growing from the experience His characters are always believably normal with a limited range of skills Jack is a brilliant lock pick both physical and electronic and an accomplished liar and a great actor good for cons and has great charisma – he is a lousy soldier and a terrible scholar skills that are made up for by Draycos and AllisonDragon and Herdsman is an excellent book that kept me entertained It's kind of a standard of Timothy Zahn that I expect to have a lot of fun whenever I read one of his books He always comes through810


  3. says:

    K'da poet warrior Draycos reuires time like a tattoo every six hours on his host orphan Jack Morgan 14 and tries to teach the former thief con artist his honorable ethics When former fellow student Alison demonstrates her superior mercenary training and rescues them from an ambush she provides fuel credits to planet Rho Scorvi Fat lethargic native Erassvas have K'da lookalike symbiotes dumb mute Phookas rooting for grubs After the Uncle Virge intelligence pilots their spaceship Essenay down in a blazing explosion to silence Jack herds the docile animals to safety in the unexplored forest while enemy Colonel Frost sends soldiers against them In the series a boy takes on different roles to mature from the selfish amoral attitude of his Uncle Virgil guardian since the age of three to the sacrificial ethics of his alien mentor Whatever the dangers from wild or humans brains and tactics take precedence over impossible brute force While running they evade trick and ambush Our side tries not to kill; Frost has orders to take only Jack alive view spoilerAfter sliding onto Alison's skin alert silver eyed grey female Taneem named after a long dead like colored friend of Draycos learns to speak fight and kill Both sleep a day away for a successful if nerve wracking test When angered the dozen Erassvas led by interpreter Hern start to emit an odor that repels local wildlife threats so they seem safe to leave The ending where Alison radios to a mysterious Smith deal with all the natives wild cards We can't let them stay on the playing field We can hope the sentence is not death but we do not know We don't want to lose Frost sound suspiciously like betrayal hide spoiler


  4. says:

    Things really pick up in this one as our heroes re encounter Allison the girl from the Mercenary company in the 2nd book and end up on a forest planet running from the Maison Ring company as they try to save what appear to be a lost group of K'da that have sorta devolved into herd like animalsThere are LOTS of new bits to the story including exploring the nature of the K'da relationship with his host and lots of moral musings on what makes a person or dragon a person very cool stuff and far deep and thought provoking then the earlier books this seems to really kick off what the story is meant to be aboutWith the not unexpected twist at the end the last two books should make for an exciting ending to the series


  5. says:

    The plot twists and turns in the exciting fourth book in the dragon back series Jack and Draycos head to Rho Scorvi to drop off Alison and in doing so find something that twists drayco's view of himself and his fellow k'da This book is heartwarming suspenseful and exciting You will find yourself unable to stop as jack embarks on an amazing journey across an unknown world to save himself a helpless tribe and an entire race This book is 301 pages long


  6. says:

    Fourteen year old boys still don’t make good plans After escaping from the Brummgan slavers the Chookook family with a healthy dose of good fortune Jack infiltrates another mercenary organization in order to steal their files This time Jack and Draycos know where to look because of an act of mercy that Draycos insisted upon back in Volume 1 Draycos took a few seconds to prop up a man he had disabled so that the mercenary wouldn’t burn to death upon the ground heated by the crash of his shipIn doing so Draycos instantiates something very much like the jus ad bello criteria of the Catholic Church that govern just conduct in warWhat Catholic military doctrine does resemble is the criteria that well run civilian police forces articulate regarding the use of deadly force As the nightly television news will tell you rules of this sort often work imperfectly However they do make sense for any law governed society in which the authorities too can be held responsible for their actions So far as I know Zahn isn’t Catholic I guess that he simply used medieval chivalric ideal as an example for Draycos and in some typically thorough research brought this along for the ride What I can’t even begin to guess is whether he developed it into a modern rendition on his own or if he used another sourceReading something like The Song of Roland with the eyes of an early twenty first century American it is hard to avoid the impression that Roland is a bit of a chump Roland’s last stand is certainly dramatic but he could have blown that horn earlier and saved everyone a lot of trouble But his knightly honor wouldn’t let him call for help carelessly To do so would be to admit weakness which would shame him in the eyes of his peers Roland is mostly concerned with defending his honor defined as mutual respect among a society of euals warriors If your peers don’t see or recognize this kind of honor it very much doesn’t truly existDraycos’ ideas of honor on the other hand are a little practical than Roland’s Draycos is perfectly willing to retreat without shame in the face of a superior force or seek to avoid combat when defeat is likely than victory He is on the other hand is acutely interested in defending abstract ideals even when no one is looking even when it actively works against his obvious interests This is guilt culture rather than shame culture in the context of war In the Christian West chivalry was one of the stages by which shame cultures with a warlike bent turned into guilt cultures with an interest in defending the weak and defenseless even when they mean you harmIn the twelve or so centuries since Hruodland captain of the Breton Marches made a last stand that was told for a thousand years Catholic thinking on war has tended toward a police model where minimum force is used to achieve the objective at hand This is very much the model Draycos uses except that in his culture he personally combines the prerogatives of judge and jury and executioner in one which is a bit unsettling to Jack and probably would be to most of Zahn’s readers modern Westerners who are accustomed to a separation of powers modelHowever Western thinking on war by those who actively practice it doesn’t necessary track well with the development of Catholic Just War doctrine Victor Davis Hanson made the argument that going back to the Classical Greeks the Western way of war was to seek decisive battle which destroyed the enemy or at least his ability to fight What this looks like shouldn’t be at all unfamiliar to any educated Westerner because it is how we the Allies waged World War IIWe crushed our enemies until they had no recourse We burned their cities without remorse I’m not talking about nuclear weapons either which don’t actually rise to the level of the enormity I am talking about This was what Jerry Pournelle called WARRE Warre to the knife fire bombs nuclear weapons death and destruction I am not sure that Hanson made his argument in uite the way he meant to but I think it is true that the West has a tendency to do thisDraycos despite being on the losing end of an interstellar war is too high minded to embrace the scorched earth tactics of his enemies Even though that war involved the death of something like 90 95% of his people We were not so generous to our enemiesThat highmindedness is put to the test here in Dragon and Herdsman when Jack and Draycos fleeing from angry mercs who caught them in the act stumble upon a colony of Draycos’ people on a remote world Except they aren’t really his people in the cultural sense These phooka are physically the same as Draycos but in isolation they have regressed to a state of mute inactivity unable to speak and ignorant of the proud glories of K’da historyDraycos is stunned and appalled to find his brethren reduced to such a state Draycos’ sense of honor like cast iron can be strong but also brittle It is especially endangered when a core assumption like the inherent nobility of his people is undermined Fortunately Jack’s pragmatic self serving even sense of ethics provides cushion and flexibility in the same way that a blade can be made durable by combining hard steel for the edge with mild steel for the spine taking the best properties of bothFor Jack and Draycos the process by which this works is not simply conversation and time They are each becoming like one another so much so that Jack is starting to have some of Draycos’ warrior’s spirit and tactical knowledge while Draycos now has the resiliency born of living life in the shadows The phooka are likewise slow of body and of mind because the hosts they found on remote Rho Scorvi are dimwitted and indolentThere is something special about Jack and Draycos and in some way their meeting was providential And now we have another piece of the puzzle as to why this might be


  7. says:

    Please vote on list Best Timothy Zahn Novels45 stars Not uite as good as the previous 3 entries in the Dragonback series but still great This one focuses on character development and exploring the relationship between K'da and their hosts rather than advancing the overall plot of the series That's not a bad thing though because I was still engaged throughout the novel and it was cool seeing Jack's character continue to develop I also liked learning about the K'da with the introduction of the Phookas Loved the twist at the end looking forward to reading the next book


  8. says:

    The fun continues This book is of a side uest in the series but it's still really good to read and we learn about the K'da people A character from earlier in the series also makes a reappearance


  9. says:

    Zahn Timothy Dragon and Herdsman 299 p Tom Doherty Associates – 4th in the Dragonback series When one of Jack Morgan’s schemes to get information about the K’da enemies fails he is joined in flight by Alice Kayna from his mercenary days The group flees to a planet where they discover primitive K’da Phooka which they must protect also they also try to escape their enemies Ambushes sneak attacks stealthy moves and uick thinking help this book move along As this is the fourth book in the series I hope we are nearing the end as only one major plot point was revealed and that one was a surprise for the last couple of pages of the book Jack is resourceful enough and Dracos is smart enough that I could wish for a little Not the best of the series In fact the author has yet to top number one MS HS – ADVISABLE but only if you already own the series


  10. says:

    I enjoyed the setting of this novel a lot and I loved the return of Alison I love the little flashes of foreshadowing and later plot development we get too I'm excited to see how all of it ties together in the end but I have to wait for my hold at the library to come through


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