Deploying Dragons

Baen. (The Build-a-Dragon Sequence, Bk. 2). Sept. 2022. 320p. ISBN 9781982192105. pap. $17. SF
The domesticated dragons introduced in the LJ Best–Booked Domesticating Dragons (the first in Koboldt’s “Build-a-Dragon” biotech thriller series) have successfully rescued their creator Noah Parker and the world’s dog population, but in the process, they nearly sank the company that first made them. Now it’s up to Noah and what remains of the Build-a-Dragon team to save the company by creating soldier dragons for the U.S. military. All they have to do is win a contest against the evil genius who founded their company but nearly destroyed the world’s canines in the process. In this dragon-eat-dragon world, Noah and team will have to beat the competition to give their own dragons—and themselves—a fighting chance. In Koboldt’s story of genetic engineering gone mostly right, Noah Parker represents every wide-eyed inventor with a dream and the will to make it fly.
VERDICT Full of thrilling invention and discovery and show-stealing dragons, this one is for every reader who’s ever dreamed of riding or at least training their very own winged beast.
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