Fallen Dragon

Fallen Dragon

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Fallen Dragon

In the distant future, corporations have become sustainable communities with their own militaries, and corporate goals have essentially replaced political ideology. On a youthful, rebellious impulse, Lawrence joined the military of a corporation that he now recognizes to be ruthless and exploitative. His only hope for escape is to earn enough money to buy his place in a better corporation. When his platoon is sent to a distant colony to quell a local resistance effort, it seems like a stroke of amazing fortune, and Lawrence plans to rob the colony of their fabled gemstone, the Fallen Dragon, to get the money he needs. However, he soon discovers that the Fallen Dragon is not a gemstone at all, but an alien life form that the local colonists have been protecting since it crashed in their area. Now, Lawrence has to decide if he will steal the alien to exploit the use of its inherent biotechnical processes -- which far exceed anything humans are capable of -- or if he will help the Resistance get the alien home.

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Corporate reallocation missions = legal piracy but a pirated world bites back

Fallen Dragon is a scifi story about Lawrence, a young military man, who works for an organization involved in "corporate reallocation" which basically means legal piracy. Much of this 26 hour audiobook focuses on Lawrence's background as a rudderless teen who falls in love with a girl he meets at a hotel swimming pool and his later missions in the military.
I think with faster pacing this book would have been much better. The universe is large but the detailed descriptions of certain places or events overtook the actual plot of the story. Not until the very last part of the book do the readers find out what the fallen dragon even is or what is the main plot. I admit that the first time I started listening to this book I stopped after one hour and moved on to another book. I came back and finished the book but realize the problem was that there isn't enough of a suspenseful story or plot and too many detailed descriptions and background in comparison. I give this book three out of five stars as there are some good parts such as character development but not enough consistently.


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