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The Sand Dragon [Kindle Edition]

Michael F. Stewart
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Book Description

The discovery of an immense pterosaur skeleton lures paleontologist Kim Axon to the tar sands near her childhood home of Fort Mic. But Kim’s not the only one drawn to the find’s siren call, and the others are coming for a very different reason.

Fort Mic, where Kim’s father was murdered long ago, is both blessed and cursed by the shadow population who gravitate to the area for cheap trailers while they mine the sands for oil. Townsfolk begin to fall sick. Fearing the spread of the strange disease, the new doctor quarantines the town.

Now alone, the broken community must rise above its past to battle outsiders who do not fear the return of an ancient evil, but worship it.


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“What impressed me most, though, were the more subtle, but still horrific elements that were infused into the story. The bullying that Patrick was subjected to at the meatpacking plant made my skin crawl; the side plot regarding Kim and the diagnosis of skin cancer that she received was bleak, since she could survive the horrors of this ordeal only to die in six months from something else. I could go on and on and on listing all the different things that worked for me about this story, but I'll leave it up to you to read the book and enjoy the creepiness for yourself.” Blog With Bite.

“Each character had their own flavor and world building that was exemplary. Their bleak lives were thrust at you with nothing hidden, open for you to relate to, sympathize, or hate. I almost believed that this was a non-fiction, the characters were so very poignant. Not only that, his story telling was gritty and in-your-face that will leave you shivering and begging for more…” Parajunkee’s View

“Ancient evil …modern terror. Stewart weaves a terrific tale!” Derek Gunn, author of Vampire Apocalypse and The Estuary.

“The dragon is a legend that has captivated the world for centuries. “The Sand Dragon” tells the story of paleontologist Kim Axon as she discovers a dinosaur skeleton that could be something far more. An ancient evil surrounds the area, and Kim is baffled to understand it, but must before it consumes the community around her. “The Sand Dragon” is a top pick and solid recommendation for fantasy readers.” Midwest Book Review.


Product Details

  • File Size: 512 KB
  • Print Length: 256 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Non Sequitur Press; 2 edition (November 14, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00A7WKIDA
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #638,150 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Very enjoyable February 20, 2011
Format:Paperback
An excellent horror novel with a new and interesting take on vampires. I gotta be honest, I'm a little tired of vampires. Even well written vampires. So I was very happy when Stewart's vampires were actually different and interesting, making the book vastly more enjoyable than if he'd settled for some vampire clones from Buffy or Charlaine Harris. There is a quality to Stewart's vampires that actually made them what they should be -- creepy. For that, nicely done Mr. Stewart.

In addition to vampires, Stewart gives us some monsters, a little science, some mythology, human tragedy, First Nation spirituality and some social commentary. Thanks to the setting Stewart chose, all those things blend nicely into the story and actually work to move the plot along. I never felt bogged down in details or sub plots that didn't matter.

Stewart's writing is solid. The Sand Dragon is smoothly written and nicely paced.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A new twist on an old theme! May 1, 2013
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
Let me just say, if I'd known this was a story about vampires, I probably wouldn't have chosen it. So I'm glad I didn't know. And they don't sparkle, in case you're wondering.

Different aspects of novels linger with me after the final page is turned. With The Sand Dragon, it was the setting.

The discovery of a giant pterosaur skeleton in the tar sands of Fort Mic brings paleontologist Kim Axon back to her home town, and launches a series of chilling events that will leave the small mining community fighting for survival. The story is told from multiple points of view, from which the reader is shown the various facets of Fort Mic. This is a dirty, isolated, unforgiving part of the world--an ideal setting for horror. Most Canadians have heard of the tar sands, few of us actually know what goes on up there, which makes this tale all the more intriguing.

With an interesting mix of science and mythology, Stewart maintains a fast pace as the body count rises and the truth of what's been hidden beneath the Fort Mic earth is gradually revealed. This is a horror story, so expect gore. Not for the squeamish!

This is a big story that covers a lot of ground. To be honest, I would have liked more time (pages) to get to know the characters a bit better.

If you're looking for an original horror story, set in a location as alien as the moon, you'll definitely enjoy this book!
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Made me move out of my reading comfort zone August 22, 2013
Format:Paperback
Set in Canada , the story opens with the discovery of a large pterosaur skeleton at the site of Synthoil. Kim Axon is a paleontologist who arrives on site to preserve the skeleton, but immediately is at war with supposed archeologist Sebastian Blythell, who Kim suspects is not quite on the up and up. In the middle of the night, Blythell steals the skeleton, and Kim discovers there are secrets to this ancient land, secrets like vampires, dragons, and ancient tribal spirits. Also mixed up in all the madness are Patrick, a local meat cutter with a fondness for reptiles, and Jamie, a worker at Synthoil, with a fondness for women. The community is fractured due to the government's treatment of the aboriginal population, as well as the shadow, or immigrant, population. When people start getting sick, and the sickness is traced back to the skeleton, sides must be picked. Which side will Kim end up on?

This book was a new journey for me, in a lot of different ways. While I am an avid horror reader, this book had slightly more of a science fiction or fantasy aspect than most horror books I read, so that was new. The setting was new, and completely foreign, so that took some getting used to. When I started chapter one, I felt a bit like a fish out of water, and was a little worried I would not acclimate well. By chapter four, I was completely hooked. Stewart made very real, relatable characters, even the ones whose background was so vastly different from my own. His ability as a storyteller is very sophisticated, to the point where I could not even imagine how hideous his monsters may have been, and yet, because of his wonderful descriptions, somehow, I could. It was the oddest sensation.

Some of the mythology is the book is familiar, yet told in very new ways.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Great Horror Story! June 1, 2010
Format:Kindle Edition
This book took me a couple of chapters to really get into, but when I did, it became a very action packed, mystery type of horror book. In fact there were times when I wondered if I needed a seat belt because so much was happening. Not that it was a bad thing. In this case it's actually a great thing especially when looking for a good horror story.

A discovery of an intact pterosaur skeleton becomes the center of attention to paleontologist, Kim who is known to the locals and another "outsider" and cryptozoologist, Dr. Bythell. When the skeleton is stolen and Kim suspects Dr. Bythell, things in the story really start to heat up. We really start to learn more about the mystery surrounding this find and start to sense the horror of the book as we get to know Jamie, Alice, Sandy and especially Patrick, who are the other main characters. What unfolds as we go along with their adventures becomes very creepy and we are left wondering exactly what is going on. Why are people changing? Why are they dying? Is it a toxin? Is it a disease? Something more? We find these answers and more than what was expected as we keep reading.

Even though this is primarily a horror book, there are some historical facts I was glad that was handled in a pretty frank manner. In this area described, the aboriginals are a part of the Cree nation and the past sins of the area also rear it's ugly head within the story. The anti-native schools and the way many were treated have an impact on the area and, deservedly so, present a big aspect to this story. One way in particular which became an interesting twist. Some Cree/Native folklore is also mixed into the story. I love it when books do this and it was done well.

I give this book 4 stars and recommend it to anyone who is looking for a good horror story. Hope I didn't leave too much out as I wouldn't want to spoil this story for anyone. It is a good read and I love how you figure things out as you go along in the book.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Ancient People
This story wasn't what I expected to when I started reading it and I enjoyed it.The characters are interesting and intense at times. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Elizabeth Hanson
3.0 out of 5 stars Not a bad book
Ok read. I think it was slightly off topic in the beginning. Kind of jumped around a lot. Not a bad read.
Published 8 months ago by Kindle Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars Sand dragons and the like....
i had no idea of what this book was about when I picked it up. I enjoyed it though. Full of action, dragons and other things that I wont say...
Published 12 months ago by evacave
4.0 out of 5 stars Pretty good story
The Sand Dragon was a good story...it brings in paleontology, mythology and Native American beliefs. I gives and interesting twist on dragons and vampires.
Published 13 months ago by Lisa Babcock
4.0 out of 5 stars Exciting Zombie book.
This is a new and exciting takeoff on the old zombie themes. Zombies never interested me much. But the lurking menace behind them in this novel is great.
Published 13 months ago by Leland Somers
3.0 out of 5 stars The Sand Dragon
It was ok. It Is normally not the kind of book I read, so not too bad. Worth reading though.
Published 13 months ago by jennifer gregory
5.0 out of 5 stars A top pick and solid recommendation for fantasy readers
The dragon is a legend that has captivated the world for centuries. "The Sand Dragon" tells the story of paleontologist Kim Axon as she discovers a dinosaur skeleton that could be... Read more
Published on September 11, 2010 by Midwest Book Review
4.0 out of 5 stars A Great Horror Story!
This book took me a couple of chapters to really get into, but when I did, it became a very action packed, mystery type of horror book. Read more
Published on June 1, 2010 by Melissa Books and Things
4.0 out of 5 stars Creepy Thrill Ride...
Slow to start but worth the wait, this creepy thrill ride had me glued. Stewart has a unique writing style that was like trying a new foreign dish. Read more
Published on May 11, 2010 by Parajunkee
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