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The Dream of the Iron Dragon

An Alternate History Viking Epic (Saga of the Iron Dragon, Book 1)
Written by: Robert Kroese
Narrated by: J. D. Ledford
Length: 14 hrs and 56 mins
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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

What the critics say

"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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  • clayton p michaud
  • 2018-08-17

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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  • Itchetiky
  • 2018-08-22

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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  • Anonymous User
  • 2018-09-01

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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  • Tami B.
  • Henderson, NV
  • 2018-08-30

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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  • Robert Saunders
  • 2019-03-05

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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  • Benjamin
  • 2018-12-22

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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  • Joshua D.
  • 2018-08-19

Good but Incomplete

This was a good story but it feels half finished. This doesn't mean that it calls for a sequel but that it was a larger book chopped in half. Excellent narration and immersion.

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  • Paul B.
  • 2018-08-14

strong story, looking forward to II

the performance was excellent, my download has a few small but annoying skips (about 8) but the characters were performed well, The story is gritty and engaging,

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  • Jim
  • central indiana
  • 2018-08-25

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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  • Kmplawesq
  • New York, NY
  • 2019-05-21

Thoroughly Enjoyable

A really enjoyable book. It's genre would, I suppose, be typed as alternative history; the difference being that it's an alternative in the making rather than from the start. My only complaint is that the rest of the series is, for some reason, unavailable in audio. Thankfully, the print books are available on Amazon.