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The Five Ancestors Book 7: Dragon Kindle Edition

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About the Author

JEFF STONE lives in the Midwest with his wife, their two children, and a python named Yokwan (Cantonese for "Jade Bangle"). Jeff holds a black belt in Shaolin-Do kung fu. He had the honor of traveling to China with the Shaolin-Do grand master and test for his black belt at Shaolin Temple.

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Chapter 1

Thirteen-year-old Long limped along the Shanghai Fight Club tunnel, a river of blood flowing down his right thigh, the weight of a nation on his shoulders. He glanced at the crimson liquid oozing from his bandaged leg, and the steady stream leaking from his upper left arm.

So much for winning the Fight Club Grand Championship. Previous champions had earned themselves prime positions within the Emperor’s military ranks. Long had earned himself a target on his head.

Balanced across Long’s powerful shoulders was the unconscious giant of a man known as Xie—the Scorpion. Xie had been the Emperor’s personal bodyguard, but as of a quarter of an hour ago, he was, like Long, a fugitive.

Long had to keep moving. Soldiers would surely be racing after them, following the directions of the new Southern Warlord—Tonglong, the Mantis. However, Long had no time to consider them or their whereabouts. He had a more pressing matter to deal with. He needed to lower his pulse. If he kept going at this pace, his racing heart would soon pump his body dry.

Long—the Dragon—began a breathing sequence that would decrease his heart rate in order to slow his blood flow. Two short breaths in, one long one out. He felt a difference immediately.

He continued along the tunnel’s dirt floor, but a stirring sensation in his dan tien—his chi center—brought a sudden sense of dread. His lower abdomen began to warm and his intestines started writhing like a ball of snakes. Someone was coming.

“Golden Dragon?” a tiny voice whispered from down the dark corridor behind him. “Long? Are you there?”

Long stopped and frowned. It was ShaoShu—Little Mouse. ShaoShu had used Long’s fight club name: Golden Dragon. Long turned and watched the small boy with the unusually limber body scamper toward him from the direction he had come from.

“Turn back, ShaoShu,” Long whispered. “Return to Tonglong. You will not be safe with me.”

“I don’t care,” ShaoShu replied. “I want to help. You’re injured and— Hey!” he squeaked, pointing at Xie. “Xie is alive! His arm just moved. How can that be? I watched Tonglong shoot him in the chest.”

“Xie is wearing battle armor beneath his robe,” Long said. “The shock from Tonglong’s bullet just knocked him out. He probably has a cracked rib or two, but that’s it. He should be fine once he wakes up.”

ShaoShu stared at Long’s bulging arms and thick chest. “You’re carrying him and battle armor? You’re barely a man. How did you get so strong?”

“Exercise,” Long replied. “Now shoo.”

“But I can help,” ShaoShu said. “Did you see what happened back there with the Emperor and Tonglong? You can’t do this alone.”

“I saw,” Long said. “Tonglong killed Xie’s father—the Western Warlord. He also killed his own mother, AnGangseh. He’s crazy, but he has managed to put himself in a position to kidnap the Emperor, and that makes him dangerous and powerful.”

“Crazy is right,” ShaoShu said. “He will kill you, too, if you’re caught. Why are you carrying Xie around? Just leave him. He’s always been mean to you.”

“If my temple brothers and sisters are to have any chance of stopping Tonglong from taking over the country, we are going to need Xie’s help. He is still a very powerful man. In fact, he is the Western Warlord now. He—”

Long stopped in midsentence as he saw ShaoShu’s body go rigid and his nose twitch.

“Uh-oh,” ShaoShu said.

Long focused his attention down the dark fight club tunnel beyond ShaoShu, and his dan tien began to twist and turn. More people were coming.

“Listen,” Long whispered to ShaoShu. “You must either return to Tonglong right now or escape on your own. You can’t stay with me.”

“What are you going to do?”

“I will get Xie to safety, then I will rendezvous with my brothers and sister far to the north. Now go.”

Long whirled around to leave, but his foot slipped in a pool of his own blood. He lost his balance, and Xie’s gigantic body shifted across his shoulders, dragging him to one side. His injured leg collapsed, and he went down. Xie’s head bounced off the tunnel wall, the impact waking him instantly.

Xie sat up, fully alert, like a seasoned fighter who had been knocked out only to wake up swinging.

“What is going on?” Xie demanded, staggering to his feet. He tottered, then centered himself and stood solid as a mountain. He rubbed his head with one hand and felt the dent in his chest plate with the other.

“We’re being hunted,” Long said. He watched as first recognition and then memory flowed behind Xie’s eyes.

Xie growled and glared back up the tunnel.

Long spun around to see two soldiers approaching, one tall and one short. Each held a cocked pistol. The soldiers stopped just out of Long’s and Xie’s reach. The taller of the two cleared his throat.

“Our apologies, sir,” the taller soldier said to Xie, “but you are under arrest. Southern Warlord Tonglong has ordered us to capture you, as well as Golden Dragon. Both of you, please come with us and maintain a reasonable distance. Our orders are to take you dead or alive. We will not hesitate to shoot either of you if you come too close or attempt to flee.”

Long’s heart sank. In a traditional scuffle they might stand a chance, but against firearms combined with a short distance, all the kung fu skills on the planet would not help. He looked over to see ShaoShu’s reaction, but ShaoShu was gone.


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  • File Size: 507 KB
  • Print Length: 242 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0375830804
  • Publisher: Random House Books for Young Readers (February 4, 2010)
  • Publication Date: February 9, 2010
  • Sold by: Random House LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0030DHPCK
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Jeff Stone lives in the Midwest with his wife and two children and practices the martial arts daily. Though Mr. Stone isn't Chinese, his wife is. She's from Hong Kong and speaks Cantonese, Mandarin, and English fluently. They have two children, a daughter age 5 and a son age 3. Both children speak Cantonese and English. Mr. Stone thinks his English skills are pretty good, but his Cantonese still needs a lot of work.
Like the Five Ancestors, Mr. Stone was adopted as an infant. He began searching for his birth mother when he was eighteen and found her fifteen years later.
Mr. Stone has worked as a photographer, an editor, a maintenance man, a technical writer, a ballroom dance instructor, a concert promoter, and a marketing director for companies that design schools, libraries, and skateboard parks.
When he isn't busy hiking, fishing, reading, playing sports, practicing martial arts, or traveling to Hong Kong with his wife and two children, Mr. Stone can usually be spotted writing at home.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Florida Family on May 23, 2010
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My 11-year old enjoyed all the books in the series. Finished them all in very quick time. Now his younger sister has got her teeth into them after hearing him rave about the books. For any parents out there trying to get their children to read over the summer, this series would be a good choice. This review is for all the books in the series.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Renee Fischer on June 8, 2010
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My son has been diagnosed with a slight attention disorder. Unfortunately, that has resulted in a lack of desire to read. This series was a breath of fresh air that really turned my son around. What he liked most about this series was the different perspectives told throughout. I am happy to report that my son read all seven books and is anxiously awaiting another in the series.

This series encourage my son to read more books. Because of this series and the interest it captured, his reading grade went from a failing grade to an A in his accelerated reading. So thank you very much for creating an interesting martial art's world that snagged my 12-year old son by the collar and turned him around. You really need to write more in the series because my son truly enjoys the world you have created! From the bottom of this mother's heart, thank you for your ability to tap into the mind of a child and encourage them to keep turning the page.
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By it on March 4, 2012
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apparently if you read the series straight through in one sitting this book is good, but for me who had been waiting for a while, this book was terrible. long wasnt the same mysterious but strong long we had seen in the other books. malao was outof character as well. i think ying recieves best character award for simply staying in character. nothing he did was really special. shaosou follows close behind for being in my opinion the most interesting character in the book. the worst character award goes to tonglong because he lost all of his smooth, conniving side and turned into crazy moustache twirling villian. we didn't even see the dragon fist in this book (i don't think). overall this book ruined the series and hurt me one of his diehard fans. it felt very rushed and most events were pointless. ex. the five needed qiangs because its clearly stated that is the only way to win. and yet when they get them one flaming arrow destroys them all and yet they win anyway because they have the better horses?! the first four ancestors didn't do much and long was terrible. the ending was very contrived. i feel as though i wasted all of my time. makes me wan't to rewrite the whole book. i might too. what could've been the best line in the book was just thrown away like an afterthought. tonglongs past still isnt flushed out fully. this is coming from someone who's read redwall, percy jackson, and alex rider so i expected a well thought out ending but got the most common one. if you dont read alot then you might enjoy this or if you're young like 13 under. im 15 and an aspiring writer. great series, terrible ending.
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My youngest child bounces off of walls, and usually into something, often a brother or sister! He didn't take to reading like my other 2, but these stories ah..... they did it. Ever sense these books, he has been reading more books for fun. He could read before, but he didn't have the pleasure in it.

Each book focuses on a different character in the group. It is full of action without being too simple. It develops interactions between people and has them over come difficulties, Each character learns not only their weakness, but their strength. And in the fact it is a group, the author reveals all the strengths possible, even ones that don't seem strong. I speak to nobility and character, not for vain glory, but because there is a need ..... and they can answer that need.

(Reading is so wonderful. It teaches patience or extreme perseverance when just can't put the book down! LOL)
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By MagentaSky on October 12, 2013
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The book is in excellent condition. The cover illustration is great. The embossed book jacket is beautiful. I am glad I was able to purchase this hardcover at a discount.
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By Rose on March 11, 2012
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Bought this book for my son because not of the local stores or libraries had it yet. He loved it thanks so much!!
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By IDME on January 29, 2013
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Reminds me of the old Kung-fu film the Five Deadly Venoms [...]
My children are really enjoying the series. While they both like to read which is a plus, they are picky with what they read and typically read at a higher age level then where they are. The series has been very entertaining for both a 12 and 14 year old
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By T. C. on April 12, 2011
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My middle schooler loves this series of books! He and his friends all compare which book they currently have finished. The adventure get told a little in each book from the point of view of this book's main character. Some overlap between books so it's important to read them in order!
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