Friday, May 2, 2014

Read an excerpt from 'Drake: An Oral History of the Dragon War (Episode 1: Emergence)' by Mike Kraus


drake_series_book_1_cover_v1Episode 1: Emergence

Lost to myth and legend, few believed that dragons were real, and still fewer believed they could ever return. When a covert operation resulted in their release, all the might and power of the world couldn't hold them back. With the world on the brink of defeat, the few who remain must grapple against all odds to combat an enemy that nearly drove us to the brink of extinction once before - and which is about to do so again.

From bestselling author Mike Kraus (Final Dawn, Prip'Yat) comes a new, five-book series: Drake: An Oral History of the Dragon War. In what can be best described as "World War Z with dragons," Drake portrays a realistic, scientific history of the emergence of the drakes, and humanity's subsequent battle just to stay alive. The gripping 5-part series will take you around the world, examining the history of the war from all sides: political, military, civilian, scientific and more.

Read an excerpt:
This is a leviathan?

This is a leviathan’s head. Nobody likes to see these things, even the bits and pieces of them, so I keep this big boy down here.

Why would you keep it?

I don’t really know. I come down here sometimes when I start losing perspective. Looking at this thing helps remind me just how close we came to the end.

This looks almost as big as a Red drake skull.

And this is just a baby. The big ones were… big. Very big. I don’t even want to think about how big their queen must have been.

What were the leviathans responsible for?

You mean besides tearing apart everything bigger than a tuna that the snakes didn’t get their hands on? If the weewees didn’t destroy a ship, a leviathan sure as hell would. The leeches could only swim at about twenty, twenty-five knots. Most tankers and cruise ships can’t go much over twenty, so they were fair game. But if you had a ship that could maintain thirty knots or more, you didn’t have to worry about having the hull chewed and burned out from underneath you. The next worry was somewhat worse, considering that it involved ships being torn apart and—in the case of smaller ones—completely devoured in just a few bites.

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20130531_mikekrausheadshotProfessionally trained as a Systems Engineer, Mike has been a writer his entire life, spending his summers as a child writing of daring adventures and epic science-fiction exploits in a college-ruled notebook instead of playing video games. That love of writing stayed with him until it finally burst forth in the form of "Final Dawn," a thrilling post-apocalyptic series released in an episodic format that has sold over 70,000 copies and counting. Final Dawn was followed by two other stand-alone books, "Prip'Yat" and "Cold Springs," and Mike's latest work is a new five-part series titled "Drake: An Oral History of the Dragon War." Mike currently lives in Mississippi with his wife and three children and spends his days writing (of course), programming and tinkering on his PC.

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