Podcast Review #124: Iron Dragons

Title: Iron Dragons
Author: Derek P. Gilbert
Genre: Fantasy/Science Fiction
Released: 13 October 2008 – 22 November 2008
Located: iTunesPodiobooks
Formats Available: Podcast and dead tree

Rating: PG for violence

Iron Dragons was another book I found simply by perusing Podiobooks.com. If this isn’t something you’ve done often in the past, I would recommend it should be something you do quite often in the future. I’ve found all sorts of new and interesting authors by doing this, and that is how I found Derek P. GIlbert, author of Iron Giants.

So, on to the review.

Synopsis:

Dragon pee really stinks.

With that bit of cautionary advice, master dragonslayer Davian begins his tale.

Davian is a Third Level Master of The Order, a group of men who alone have the power to battle the most fearsome creatures on all of Saramond. For thousands of years, the brothers of The Order have protected their world.

Now something has upset the balance of power between man and dragon, and Davian must face what appears to be a dragon that cannot be seen.

But Davian is losing his grip on reality — and the fate of the world rests with a stable hand, an underfed priest, and a gardener from beyond the stars. (Stolen from Podiobooks.com)

Production: Iron Dragons production is good. If you’re a picky listener, you probably will find something to complain about, but for most of us, this story was done sufficiently well to engage in you in the story without annoying you with artifacts or other production issues.

Grade: B+

Cast: Derek P. Gilbert does Iron Dragons as a self read, and he does it very well. If you’re a fan of Basil Sands narration and reading style, I’d recommend you give Mr. Gilbert a chance. I finished Karl’s Last Flight and immediately jumped into Iron Dragons. Mr. Gilbert and Mr. Sands have similar enough narration styles that I initially questioned whether they were both pseudonyms for the same writer; however, I am now completely comfortable with the fact that they are indeed two separate individuals.

Grade: A-

Story: This story starts out as a pretty straight forward fantasy story and I greatly enjoy it. Then it diverts into a science fiction story with elements of fantasy, and I continued to enjoy it. Perhaps not as much as I had originally, but still quite good. The synopsis is well written and I am hard pressed to try to say much more about the story without spoilers. So… well.. read the synopsis.

Grade: B

Verdict: Some of you might recognize that Iron Dragons isn’t the first book by Mr. Gilbert that I have reviewed. If you recognized this fact, you actually did better than I did. When I began checking his credentials in connection with Mr. Sands (non existent that I could see), I realized that Mr. Gilbert and written The God Conspiracy which I had reviewed sometime during 2011. I can say I enjoyed Iron Dragons more. It still might be a bit “preachy” for some, but it is well disguised in this story and I had no issue with it. Do I recommend it? Yes.

Shameless plug: Don’t forget, if you send an audio comment to me at Odin1eye at viewfromvalhalla dot com, I’ll include it in the podcast version of this episode next weekend (or when I receive it). You can also leave voicemail, for this or any other story, at the Valhalla Hotline simply by calling 956-307-ODIN (6346)

Disclosure: Nope… still nothing in the bribe department. Is this link not working????

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There are 6 Comments to "Podcast Review #124: Iron Dragons"

  • My to listen to list is getting longer and longer. I really have to stop reading your blog! NOT!
    Again, Thank you for introducing me to another podcast author’s work.

  • zard says:

    I thought I recognized this. I began listening to it, and was enjoying the story, until it hit the sci-fi point. Threw me off and I couldn’t listen to the rest of it.

  • The Sci-fi cross over got me as well. I finished listening to the story but I didn’t really feel engaged. There doesn’t seem to be any more in the series and that isn’t a shame. If if he had stayed to the fantasy side I would probably feel different.

    I must be blind though because I missed the preachy bit. 🙂

    • odin1eye says:

      LOL.. the very last episode, the epilogue I believe, sets up the rest of the (currently) nonexistent books to be a bit more pedantic. You know with a name like “Iron” Dragons, I don’t know why we weren’t expecting it.

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