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A Memory of Dragons Hardcover – September 1, 1986


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 170 pages
  • Publisher: Atheneum; First Edition edition (September 1986)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0689312636
  • ISBN-13: 978-0689312632
  • Product Dimensions: 9.6 x 5.9 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #6,391,399 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From Publishers Weekly

Dragons, per se, have little to do with this speculative novel set in the near future. Paul Killian is a brilliant young inventor recruited to work for both the largest defense contractor in the country and for terrorists trying to wrest the Western stateswith all their resourcesaway from the Union. Paul must choose sides in this developing civil war as he comes to terms with violent memories of his father and his youth. With their muscular style and highly structured narrative, the authors may remind readers of the writings of Robert Cormier. This book, however, is broader and more fantastic thanAfter the First Deathand it has a happier ending. The result is a sophisticated, searching portrait of Paul that incorporates history, intrigue and love.
Copyright 1986 Reed Business Information, Inc.

From School Library Journal

Grade 8-11 Short-sighted and ecologically dangerous federal policies have alienated the western states, who are threatening to start a second Civil War. Paul Killian, 18, can't remember what happened during the crucial hour when his abusive father was murdered, and his vulnerabilityhe may have been the murderercauses him to be recruited by both sides in the conflict. In the climax, when Paul discovers the rebels' ties to Middle Eastern terrorism, he remembers enough of his childhood to realize that his father had been sexually abusing Paul's half sister, which led to the killing. A classic teen rebel, Paul learns to understand himself in many ways. He falls in love with the beautiful daughter of the president of a defense contract company, then her sister. Through all of this, he learns a lot about the fragility of both friendships and ideals. The blend of science fiction and political thriller serve as convincing background for this coming-of-age tale. Carolyn Caywood, Virginia Beach Public Library
Copyright 1986 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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