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  • Mass Market Paperback: 360 pages
  • Publisher: Ace Books (28 Jan. 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0425272052
  • ISBN-13: 978-0425272053
  • Product Dimensions: 10.5 x 2.2 x 17.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,207,931 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Pack Leader on 19 Mar. 2009
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This book has been read and enjoyed by several individuals whose ages range from teens to 60's. It is light hearted and creative and will appeal to all Robert Asprin fans. Just hope that Robert Asprin doesn't lose interest and decide to bring someone else in to help write the rest of the series.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Me Richard E. Jervis on 19 July 2008
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Lets face it the last few books from Asprin have not been up to his normal standard ! At last he is back to his best read and enjoy !
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25 of 29 people found the following review helpful
A Hot Shot Smoking Card Shark 23 Jun. 2008
By Arthur W. Jordin - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Dragon's Wild (2008) is the first fantasy novel in a new series. Dragons have been around for a long, long time. They tended to ignore humans when they first appeared, but the humans had intelligence and bred like rabbits. After humans became thick on the ground, the dragons tried fighting them. Unfortunately, the humans had invented armies.

Western male dragons have a problem with social activities. As predators, they tend be territorial and run off any trespassing males. Thus, male dragons usually fight individually and were often swarmed by massive numbers of humans.

The Eastern dragons got along better with humans. Also, these Eastern dragons knew how to shapeshift and could blend with the humans without causing a mob to form. Finally, the Western dragons learned this trick from their Eastern kin and found their own niches in human society.

In this novel, Griffen McCandles is a young dragon, but doesn't know it until his uncle breaks the news. Uncle Malcolm wants Grifter to become an associate in his company, but Grif demurs and asks for time to think about it. After leaving his uncle, Grifter is picked up by an U.S. Senator who happens to be in the vicinity and to know that he is a dragon.

Dropped off by the Senator at his hotel, Grifter goes to his room and finds his girlfriend Mai waiting inside. She also knows that he is a dragon and has a proposition for him. When Grifter questions her knowledge of his heritage, she immediately leaves him and is not seen again for weeks.

Grifter is thoroughly confused and tends to disbelieve in dragons. So he drives his Sunbeam Tiger several hundred miles to consult his sister Valerie. After telling her almost everything, they decide to find a safe place to hide. Then Jerome shows up.

Back in school, Jerome had been his friend, drug source, and fellow card player. Grifter got his name partly because he is a card shark. No, not the kind that cheats, but the kind that knows where every card is. He has been told that this talent comes from his dragon awareness of the situation.

Jerome has another proposition for Grifter. Everybody else wants him to join their organization, but Jerome wants Grif to become the head of his organization. It has something to do with being a nearly full blooded dragon and the status that comes from it. Naturally, it also has a lot to do with his skill at cards. Anyway, Jerome invites Grif and his sister to New Orleans.

In this story, Griffin is housed in an apartment converted from the former slave quarters. It is quiet and secluded, with a wrought iron gate at the courtyard entrance. It is better equipped that the average motel room and close to the center of the French Quarter.

Grif meets many of the residents and tourists in the Quarter and learns the local customs. He explains his presence to a few residents and soon virtually everybody living in the Quarter knows who and what he is. He even meets a local police detective named Harrison and gets on well with him. Maybe it has something to do with the Feds who have been following him without notifying the local police.

Eventually Griffen meets Moses, the current boss of the gambling ring. They discuss the business and its mode of operation, then Moses gives him a problem to solve. Grif asks permission to handle it himself and soon clears the situation. Actually, Valerie handles the situation, but Grif set it up; what man would want to tell the world that he had been roughed up by a woman?

This tale seems to be more about the French Quarter and, to a lesser extent, New Orleans as a whole. It involves a ghost voodoo queen, a mysterious assassin, other dragons, and much more. Sorry, no vampires so far.

What is it about the author and reptiles? Gleep in the MYTH series, the Zenobians in the Phule series and now Griffen McCandles and his kin! Enjoy!

Highly recommended for Asprin fans and for anyone else who enjoys tales of shapeshifters, card games, and quite a bit of lust.

-Arthur W. Jordin
13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
Nothing mything here! 14 April 2008
By Ron Macquarrie - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
This is a straight up urban fantasy from the creator of the Mything series. It is nothing like the Mything series or in fact anything I've seen from him before. It is also in my humble opinion the best thing he's ever done including Thieves World. No mything goofiness here. Weell, it's Asprin there has to be some. He does keep the punning at a minimum. . .whew.
Here there be dragons: powerful characters that he has developed very well indeed. Lot's of humour but a very strong storyline as well.
Dragons. Existent and powerful since long before man showed up and snuck up on them are still with us. Only they have assimilated and learned to adopt human shape and mannerisms while retaining dragon power, and dragon character: jealous, grasping, greedy and powermad, and that's thier nicer side. They tend to be political to the bone. Now that's scary.
As far as Griffen (like that name?) is concerned when his uncle tells him he is a dragon he wonders what uncle has been smoking. Except that now the cat's out of the bag, so to speak, dragons start coming at him from everywhere. Half his friends and a lot of enemies he didn't know he had. Uh oh. Griffen and his sister are almost "pureblood" which scares hell out the current dragon establishment, and there is a prophecy. Double uh oh.
Off he and his sister Valerie run to pre-katrina New Orleans assasins and govie agents on their tails.
It's really interesting how he develops the story and the characters as a kind of a series of almost disconnected vignettes. Little stories in the flow of the story. Very nice.
It's Nawlins at it's best where he is offered an established gambling syndicate, in the Quarter of course, by lesser dragons who want him to lead them. All he has to do is learn how to be a dragon. . and survive.
Great stuff. Great characters, his sister Valerie is way tough. Mose is Yoda! This is going to be really good show. A really fun series with absolutely cool possiblities. Can't wait for the next book. I wonder if Katrina will show up and how he'll deal with that? Or maybe in this world she doesn't show at all. One can wish.
DO NOT MISS THIS!! Or you are just a lizard and your tail will fall off.
6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
A great introduction to a new urban fantasy series. 14 April 2008
By C. Invidiata - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
It's great to see Asprin get his chops back as a writer. For years he was a favorite of mine, but when he went through some personal issues a few years ago his writing, sad to say, suffered for it. Dragons Wild though is honestly up there with the better stuff I've seen him do, and certainly better than all or most of what he's put out recently. It still has a few minor flaws, a few awkward and over-descriptive passages early on, but overall this is honestly a great and dun book, well written and well thought out, with solid and fun characters who react in logical and believable ways to being confronted with evidence of magic and the supernatural, and similar bizarre situations.

A warning to some however. This book reads like exactly what its advertised to be: the first book in a series. There is not much of a story here, its really an introduction to the characters, to the setting, and to the basic conflicts. You meet Griffen and Valerie McCandles, and gt a few slices of the first two or three months of their new lives as they learn what they really are, and what that implies, and you get introduced to the antagonists likely to cause them trouble in the future. As an introductory chapter, this really is a great book and did exactly what it was supposed to do, left me in the end waiting impatiently for the next book. I would have liked to see a bit more, but as an introduction it was genuinely great.
6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
Great Book! I am Both Elated and Upset 23 May 2008
By Ed Nemo - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I got online this morning and checked my e-mail to discover the dreaded news...Robert Asprin had died. Now, I love a bunch of his books, specifically, The Cold Cash War, The Bug Wars, and Phule's Company. As I was taking my car to get new tires put on, I knew I would be doing nothing so I bought a book...this one. And, wow! It was absolutely great! I love the concept of something so fantastical as dragons (which normally I have no love for) being used in a modern way. And best of all, you like the characters. They are well flashed out and you find yourself rooting for them...all the while trying to figure out who the enemy is and what is coming. Great stuff. And now, there is no chance for a sequel. With that in mind...pick this book up. And enjoy one final story by Asprin.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
not sold yet 30 Jun. 2014
By Amazon Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
I have seen a lot of glowing reviews, but I must respectfully disagree. I am not very familiar with the author's previous work, so perhaps I am not as biased by being enamored or an already existing fan.

I found this book to really read more like a travel guide extolling how great it is to live in New Orleans than anything of real substance. Very little actually happens in this book. I got 2/3 of the way through and was still wondering if it was going to go anywhere. The main character and his sister move, he learns how to run a low level gambling operation, but still...nothing really happens. Even the fact that the main character and those he interacts with are dragons are not even really all that important--until the very end of the book, they might as well have all been humans. However what you do read a lot of--and I would say ad nauseum--are paragraphs and pages talking about how great New Orleans and the french quarter are.

That all being said, I don't think it's a bad book. I finally get interested near the end when it seems like things are actually going to start going somewhere. It is an interesting setting and I am considering checking out the 2nd book.

So in the end, if you are into a book that does little more than sets up exposition while going on and on about the greatness of New Orleans, this is the book for you. Other than that, this seems like very little happens other than exposition and I wonder if it may be better to just skip it and go to the 2nd one.
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