A dragon will kill any who dare to take its gold.
After her dangerous adventures earlier in the year, everything is finally going well for Dr. Eva Paz. Her breakthroughs in dolphin communication are changing the world. Her discoveries could save the reef she loves. And now her mother has found love again.
But then a madman returns to claim what’s his. Eva’s old nemesis, Julian Gulliver, kidnaps Eva’s mother, and he demands an exorbitant ransom.
It’s money Eva doesn’t have.
What she does have are friends who are willing to do anything to help, including ex-Navy SEAL—and ex-boyfriend—Dr. Thomas Sternberg. But Eva’s greatest asset may be her dolphins: Taffy, Finn, Cleo, and Chico.
Together, they need to mount a rescue effort. Yet things are even more desperate than they imagine, for Julian isn’t the only menace terrorizing Roatan.
Join Eva as she works with Thomas and her dolphins to rescue her mother and save the reef from a man who would destroy them all.
For fans of Michael Crichton, Dragon Gold is book two in Kristie Clark’s Order of the Dolphin Series.
"Dragon Gold made me question what I knew about marine biology, genetics, submarines, and dolphins. The facts of the world that Clark builds are rich and persuasive. I would believe Lusca are real. Clark writes them in a more convincing way than any of the dinosaurs in the Jurassic series. The way Clark writes about dolphin communication and communication between dolphins and humans using imaging technology and playback is very exciting and kind of makes me want to work with dolphins. They are one of the smartest animals in the world after all! The opening scene depicts the practical usage of this partnership in a fresh and sensational way before being swept up in the main plot of the story.
The story was thrilling, full of action, and contained high stakes. Eva is more than capable of handling herself, but it will take a team to take down the bad guy. There is more than one moral to this story. Friends to the rescue! Though there were quite a few characters to keep track of, I felt like there was a balance to the amount of narrative time spent with the main characters, and really enjoyed the POV switching. The chapters told from the perspective of the dolphins added some fun and lightness to the heavy perils Eva and her family (and the reef at large) were facing.
Julian is the epitome of a villain and played his character perfectly. His right-hand henchman was even more vile than Julian and without much backstory, the reader can feel disgusted without any hint of pity for him. Julian, is more complex, and I really enjoyed the chapters from his POV. If at first, he had clear and virtuous reasons for creating what are ultimately sea monsters, but he quickly devolves into a madman and the perfect supervillain to hate.
The book was well-paced and a very fun read. It will appeal to readers who enjoy eco-fiction and/or thrillers. There is even some romance to round out the layers of this book.
My favorite part about this story, though, was the dolphins. They are the coolest part of the book, especially Cleo and the role she plays. She is able to follow multi-step directions and during her POV chapters, she shows her ability to think through problems. For readers who love reading horse books, they may get a kick out of the Order of the Dolphin books.""
--Review by Rachel Barnard (author, blogger and book reviewer) for Reedsy"
Average rating from 9 members
Dragon Gold is the next book in the Order of the Dolphin series. It can be read as a stand-alone novel as the author does fill you in with background information when necessary. Following on from the brilliant Killing Dragons, we again join Eva Paz and her dolphins: Taffy, Finn, Cleo, and Chico. But trouble is brewing because Evas old nemesis, Julian Gulliver, is back, and all hell is about to break loose. You think everything looks nice and peachy for Eva and Thomas at their respective research centres then, the novel explodes into a thrill a minute, adventure. Dragon Gold is truly a rollercoaster of a ride. The interaction between Eva, her family and associates with the dolphins is quite unbelievable. Yet as we know through projects like CHAT (Cetacean Hearing and Telemetry) and The Wild Dolphin Project, it is becoming more Science Fact than Science Fiction. So, don't be too surprised if, in the near future, we will hear something along the lines of, So Long, and Thanks for All the Fish. (Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy). Okay, slight exaggeration, but you get my point. The author has written a full-on inventive and imaginative thriller. Complete with a cast of characters of all ages, who all play a part in this breath-taking narrative. Every character played a part, even little Luis Junior has a starring role early on when fishing with Charlie. The author seemed to allow the characters to gel together no matter what the situation. There is never any animosity, even at the height of excitement. But as in the Killing Dragons, for me, it was the Dolphins who took centre stage. Now I have rendered the forehead kiss, and I have administered a kiss to the hand. I have participated in a French kiss and executed a neck kiss. I have even heard and seen administered the Glasgow kiss several times. But the Cleo kiss is something I have yet to witness. The dialogues are very realistic without getting bogged down with too much science and tech speak. But what there is, was easy enough to understand and kept the narrative flowing nicely. I liked the fact that there were multiple characters, and using various POVs was a neat idea, especially when the dolphins were in on the act. Kristie Clark has created your archetypal Bond villain in Julian Gulliver. He has all the credentials. What with an enormous yacht, evil sidekick scary creatures of one description or another. Sharks, Snakes, Dogs, Alligators and Crocodiles are the usual norm. Now we Julian with his sea monsters. (Although I cannot see him sitting there stroking a CobiX Hybrid). Descriptions of the locations are beautiful, detailed, and full of observations. Giving the reader a glimpse of what life could be like if the oceans were free of man's interference. I loved how the author touched on the ethical side of both Eva’s and Thomas’s professions. The author writes with such verve and vigour. You can feel the enthusiasm that goes into the writing. There is so much emotion and passion within the narrative. The storyline is superb, and there are subplots and plot twists to keep the reader guessing. And we get to learn some history of one or two of the protagonists and antagonists, which are interesting. Without giving anything else away, Dragon Gold is a fantastic page-turner of a thriller. I thoroughly enjoyed this book, and it is the perfect follow up to Killing Dragons. Thank you, NetGalley, BooksGoSocial and Kristie Clark, for the ADC of the book.
This book was soooooooo good I cannot wait for the third installment. You can read this as a standalone but I promise you'll enjoy it so much more if you read the first book in the series. I promise it's worth it! The book takes place a while after the first book since we find Thomas in his state of the art cancer center back in Kansas City and Eva in her plush new lab funded by an evil man's ill gotten gains. Unfortunately, that evil man returns to claim what is his and wants his money back. Since Eva and Thomas cannot produce, the villain kidnaps Eva's mother for ransom. Now Eva and Thomas must save her mom, find a way to pay the ransom and deal with yet another sea dragon... or two? This book was such a fun read. As I said about the first book it reminds me of Michael Crichton in that there is science and information involved but it is all very readable and relatable to laymen, meaning you don't have to be a PhD or MD to enjoy the logistics behind the story. Plus the research is fascinating. Kristie Clark clearly knows how to write and weave together a good story. At one point, her writing was so effective I was just as claustrophobic as the characters and had to put the book down for a bit. I felt like I was there under the ocean (which terrifies me.) with them and struggling along with Eva. I really enjoyed this book and I eagerly await the next one.
Dragon Gold – book #2 of the Order of the Dolphins series has Dr. Eva Paz battling Julian Gulliver whose grandiose aspirations threaten the reef she lives and works on, all of its living creatures and possibly the entire ocean. All of the main characters return, including Eva’s ex-boyfriend Dr. Thomas Sternberg, about whom she is having second thoughts. Reading how Eva, her friends, relatives and dolphins confront Julian, and his hired killers is great fun. Thanks to BooksGoSocial and NetGalley. #DragonGold #NetGalley
Dragon Gold is the follow up to the excellent Killing Dragons and continues the aquatic adventures of marine biologist Eva Paz as she continues her research into dolphin communication. After the excitement that took place in the first book, things seem to be getting back to normal for Eva and the others. But her peaceful island life is shattered by the return of an old foe and Eva's mother is kidnapped, setting into motion another roll coaster adventure. Dragon Gold features great characters, plenty of action, and an adventurous story. Definitely a fun series that hope will continue. Thanks to NetGalley and the author for the opportunity to read and review a copy of this ebook.
This is the second book in the series, and while it can be read as a stand-alone, I think most people would enjoy it more after reading the first. The author does a good job of giving details and background, but the first has so much world building and details that you just kind of need it :) This book moved much faster for me. While I appreciated all the world building in the first, this one seemed to have more action and a better flow. I'm looking forward to the next adventure!
Eva and Thomas have used the money they acquired from Julian to make improvements to the dolphin facilities and further Thomas’s research into child cancer. They had assumed Julian didn’t know about the money, since they haven’t heard from him, however, when Eva’s mother is kidnapped from a romantic boat ride, Julian demands a ransom they can’t possibly pay. With time running out for Eva’s mother, they need to find a way to rescue her. I felt like we got even more dolphin time in this book, which was brilliant because I adore them! Cleo was centre stage this time and I absolutely loved her chapters (while still being petrified something would happen to one of the dolphins!). There was decidedly less sea monster time though, which was a bit sad. The junior tylosaurs were mentioned a bunch of times, but their parts seemed quite downplayed in this book. There was also an awful animal cruelty act against a cat, that was brought up again and again. That sort of thing particularly bothers me, so I mention it as a warning to anyone going in who feels the same. There was a secret that Eva has been holding on to that is revealed in this book, that made me feel quite negatively towards her too. She’s had plenty of time to expose it and just…hasn’t? Why? I did love the relationship between Mal and Romina though and Julian is a world class bastard 😄
Part 2 in the series but it's not necessary to read part 1 to understand this book. Eva and her dolphins continue their research, as does Thomas, using money gained from the previous story; Julian wants revenge though since he lost out big time as well as losing his illegal fortune. Kidnapping, really nasty animal murder, baby prehistoric monsters/genetically engineered fish lend to the story. Lots of dolphin activity helping the humans; some romance but it fits with the story and we learn more about the backgrounds of the characters. All in all a good read and I hope that there will be a third story. Thanks to NetGalley and BooksGoSocial for an advance copy in exchange for my honest review.