Dragon(e) Baby Gone
by Robert Gainey
This title was previously available on NetGalley and is now archived.
Pub Date 28 Jun 2021 | Archive Date 31 Jul 2021
"Dragon is hard to overcome, yet one shall try."
– Nowe Ateny, Polish Encyclopedia, 1745
Diane Morris is part of the thin line separating a happy, mundane world from all of the horrors of the anomalous. Her federal agency is underfunded, understaffed, and misunderstood, and she'd rather transfer to the boring safety of Logistics than remain a field agent. When a troupe of international thieves make off with a pair of dragon eggs, Diane has no choice but to ally with a demon against the forces looking to leave her city a smoldering crater. Facing down rogue wizards, fiery elementals, and crazed gunmen, it's a race against time to get the precious cargo back before the dragon wakes up and unleashes hell.
A Note From the Publisher
Paranormal Urban Fantasy
Available on NetGalley
Average rating from 4 members
Lately, I’ve been trying some new authors even though I really don’t have time to follow new ones. Well, this one was new-to-me author, and I, yep, it was a good one. This author has a slightly different way to write that took me a little bit to find the rhythm of (and that’s a good thing!), but once I did, oh, my! This was a well-written book that I didn’t want to put down. I loved Diane and “Morty” (he was so fascinating!), and the dynamic they shared was great. This was an action-filled urban fantasy, and I am excited to see what is going to happen next with all the interesting characters. Highly recommend. I was provided a complimentary copy which I voluntarily reviewed.
Not sure why there's "(e)" in the title, but it doesn't impact my review. The story starts off with Diane right in the middle of an action packed day. That pretty much sums up the whole book, action packed with a variety of supernatural characters, one that were new to me. However, as a rather short book and the first in a series it could definitely use more setup, more on how the Dept. of Intangible Assets is set up and more on all the characters who are going to be a part of the series. I received my copy from Netgalley in exchange for my honest review.
This book had a messy start. Well, Diane was caught right in the middle of a messy situation to be more accurate. To say that she has barely any backup would be understating things. She does bring humor in at times when it comes to her thoughts. Sarcastic humor most of the time. That brought a smile to my face more than once. I liked her a whole lot. It was kind of funny too that she sort of broke some of the rules that the agency ran on but it so worked for her. In the past she always got the job done and her unorthodox ways are going to be a big help now. I'd say this story was something a bit different. The writing was well done with imaginative descriptions of "creatures" and their "quirks". What a wild ride this turned out to be. Even with allies who you never really knew if they were allies or not. There were also some grisly moments too so I hope you have a strong stomach for that part. Jericho was a surprise. But he was also one surprise among many. With the biggest surprise of all waiting towards the end. After reading all that excitement in the book, I'm wrung out and need to go take a rest. I voluntarily read and reviewed a copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
Someone has stolen dragon eggs and it’s up to Diane Morris to return the eggs before said dragon wakes up and burns the city inhabitants to nothing but ash. Field agent Diane Morris and the agency are the only things protecting the human world from the paranormal world. Her department has no budget and no respect. She’s at her wits end when a gang of enterprising thieves steals a pair of dragon eggs to sell on the black market. Strapped with a partner from hell, a demonic one to boot, she must find the dragon eggs before Mama Dragon wakes up and discovers they’re missing. Diane’s not afraid of wizards, elementals, or gunmen, but one pissed-off dragon? She’s beyond petrified but there’s no stopping Diane because if she fails, the world goes up in flames… Dragon(e) Baby Gone is an imaginative fantasy adventure I adored from start to finish. The descriptive narration captured my attention from the beginning and didn’t let go until the very last page. Robert Gainey has an impeccable talent for descriptive storytelling, so much so, the reader’s five senses hum. The plot progression is perfectly paced with the right balance of action, dialogue, and character growth. From the beginning to the end, the reader’s imagination is engaged which made for an entertaining reading experience. I thoroughly enjoyed this story and look forward to more from Robert Gainey. If you’re an urban fantasy reader, you’ll love Dragon(e) Baby Gone. If you love dragon stories, you’ll want to read this book. Fans of modern-day fantasy stories will love Dragon(e) Baby Gone. Highly recommend! Disclaimer: I received a copy from the author in the hopes I'd review it. My Rating: 5 stars