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Laid Hold the Dragon [Paperback]

Richard Shury
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23 Aug 2008
Into a world of slumbering dust and anarchy, a young woman is thrown. How Janice came to this new city, and more importantly why, are mysteries. Someone or something has caused her to arrive; someone or something seems to be following her. The world she encounters is dark, and grey, and the people she meets there seem tired and battered down by the effort of living in their all-but-dead city. There are strange energies around, and one of the group, Darian, has been strangely affected by one of them. Still, they have hope, and they have what they think is a way out. Janice joins them on their journey, but she soon finds what looked like escape may in fact be something else altogether. The party's journey will not be easy, and things aren't helped by the Darian's increasingly erratic behaviour and the eerie visions he experiences. Janice tries to cope with the situation into which she's been thrust, and the small group try to hold themselves and each other together long enough to reach some sort of help or safe haven, but in a sense they are driving blind, and none of them know what might happen next. As energies converge and dangers increase, the people try to make sense of what is happening. Janice longs for home even as the others search for a new home, and things turn violent and desperate. The events that unfold seem both familiar and yet strange. Eventually, one truth is realised by them all: their lives and their beliefs will never be the same again.

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  • Paperback: 212 pages
  • Publisher: AuthorHouse (23 Aug 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1434365581
  • ISBN-13: 978-1434365583
  • Product Dimensions: 22.9 x 15.2 x 1.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 4,282,779 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

I am originally from New Zealand, but have been living in England for seven years now. I like to write in my spare time, and have often been inspired by science fiction and science fact; I believe that the best work is often highly imaginative, but still retains those human qualities with which we identify, so that is what I try and keep in my mind at all times. I am working on book number five, and aim to have this out by the end of the year. You can find me on Twitter and Facebook.

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About the Author

Richard Shury was born in Wellington, New Zealand, and that was where he stayed for most of his life, until completing an English degree at Otago University, Dunedin. Sensing opportunity and craving travel, he moved to the UK in 2005. He currently lives in West London with an assortment of Kiwis, Aussies, and one South African, and enjoys the usual passtimes associated with that lifestyle, as well as sampling the eclectic London culture. In his spare time he writes, paints, and reads books about poets and atheism.

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5.0 out of 5 stars An exciting read! 15 Dec 2008
I found Laid Hold The Dragon to be an incredibly compelling story with great characters and a plot that was thoroughly absorbing. The story is set in the future and follows a group of people reacting to their police-state/gang-state world post-Apocalypse. Although set in the future it is not a far fetched fantasy tale and it is easy to imagine yourself in the characters various positions. Relevant to today's global society of both religious and political extremists, it is a both a "thinking book" and also just a great character driven read that I couldn't put down!
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5.0 out of 5 stars New and Original Scifi/fantasy Novel 5 Oct 2008
In Laid Hold The Dragon, Richard Shury has created a terrifying apocalyptic vision of the future. Part sci fi 'nuclear holocaust' novel, and part fantasy, Shury creates some very believable characters (especially 'Janice'), then throws them into incredible situations. I lent this book to my uncle, who loves fantasy books. He loved it, and he is passing it on to another friend. Overall, highly recommended.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Richard Shury -Laid hold the dragon 26 Jan 2009
In Laid hold the dragon Richard Shury spins an intriguing tale about the epic battle of good and evil. You are instantly drawn towards the characters in his book and one cannot help emphasizing with them. The tales of 5 strangers are deftly spun into a saga of the ultimate battle and sacrifice.

It if gripping, fast pace and at the same time it paints the characters' feelings in a masterful way.

It is simply a must read.
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