Jake Mendoza lives at the Makepeace Institute of Integrated Dragon Studies in Smokehill National Park. Smokehill is home to about two hundred of the few remaining draco australiensis, which is extinct in the wild. Keeping a preserve for dragons is controversial: detractors say dragons ... read more
Jake Mendoza lives at Smokehill National Park....for dragons! Not that you ever actually see one, but every once and a while if you see one in the air, it's big news. You can't normally find or see the dragons, even though there are lots there. But where? Perhaps underground. But the point is,... read more (warning: may contain spoilers)
Jake Mendoza lives at Smokehill National Park....for dragons! Not that you ever actually see one, but every once and a while if you see one in the air, it's big news. You can't normally find or see the dragons, even though there are lots there. But where? Perhaps underground. But the point is, their a mystery! But when Jake is on his first overnighter alone in the actual park, he just can't stop moving. He walks twenty miles in a day, just to reach Pine Tor, and when he does....he is stricken with what he faces. A dying mother dragon, with her dead babies beside her, and an even deader...human! Smokehill has never had an incident like this before, this is what they have been trying to avoid. And now it's happened. Some idiot got by the huge, electrical, fence, and got himself killed by a dragon. Not like he didn't deserve it. He obviously had guns and ammo and the like on him, but the bad part is, he told his girlfriend! No, it's not bad because she'll think he's a jerk (but hey, she should). It's bad because he has filthy rich parents who didn't like that a dragon mommy toasted their son. So now Smokehill is under great stress from the bombardments of the rich. But this isn't anything like what's on Jake's mind at the moment. For there was one, one baby dragon that was still holding on to life. So, in a moment of described insanity, he picked up that slimy baby dragon, and shoved her down his shirt. He saved her life. Now, it's against the laws to care for a dragon, crazy yes, but your just supposed to let 'em die. Well, he didn't. He named her Lois, and he stayed out of the way of the Institute part of Smokehill to keep her safe. Together, they shared connections somehow made, they were connected, he helped her grow up. Eventually, he knew that he had to take her away, both of them had to go. So Lois and Jake packed up, and barely old enough to be alone at all, they went to a camp in the woods of Smokehill where they......
“And as a fairy-tale hero if someone gave me a vorpal blade I'd probably stick it in my foot. Or get lost in the mimsy borogroves.”Jake
“I think the Rangers who do the hiring, and the senior ones pretty much all have a lot of Arkhola blood, sort of hum over the candidates, and if the humming goes right, you get hired, and if it doesn't, you don't.”Jake
Why do dragons live quietly in caves and human beings have invented global warming and strip mining and biological warfare and genocide? Who’s the real winner here in the superior species competition?Highlighted by 3 Kindle customers
If dragons are intelligent like humans—or more like humans than like dogs or mynah birds or vervets—and just by the way, dragons are up to eighty feet long and can spout fire at will—why are dragons a dying race and humans dominate the planet in a sawing-off-the-tree-limb-you’re-standing-on kind of way?Highlighted by 3 Kindle customers
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