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Brother to Dragons [Paperback]

Charles Sheffield

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November 1992
Born of a crack-addicted mother in a charity ward in Washington, D.C., after the ""crash,"" Job Napoleon Salk is destined to change the world.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 10 pages
  • Publisher: Baen Books; Reprint edition (November 1992)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0671721410
  • ISBN-13: 978-0671721411
  • Product Dimensions: 16.5 x 10.7 x 1.8 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 136 g
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #2,465,177 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The Book of Job for science fiction March 4 1998
By E. L. Green - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
A bleak "if this goes on" look at the future of America. Unlike most science fiction novels this one doesn't follow the handsome hero or powerful spy around. Instead, it follows a victim of the downspiral of social spending on education and health and his helplessness to even get near the people in power until one day they need him for a mission into the place they've exiled their scientists (can't have science, because it disturbs the status-quo that supports the upper classes...). He dies, but before dying brings out a final gift for the world, something to break the status quo once and for all. A bleak look at the present and what will happen if we let it. An important book. I am surprised Baen published it (Baen preferring upbeat books with spaceships in them). Let's hope Baen reprints it soon.
8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent read! July 8 1998
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Brother To Dragons is the story of a man born in the midst of a terrible time, in a deep city charity ward with extreme birth defects. Early in life he is, without knowing it, exposed to the illegal drug trade, because of which he ends up in a supposedly unescapable juvenile delinquint house with purposely lethal conditions, but somehow manages to escape. He then spends about ten years as a multi-lingual street vendor, until the government pulls him out by way of blackmail (his recent first love was, without the protagonist's knowing it, a member of an important political family). The government then uses him to find out what's going on in the country's biggest complete security prison/Toxic And Nuclear Disposal Installation facility. He comes back not only with what he was sent for, but also with a way to save the world, which he himself puts into action shortly before dying. Although I have read lots of science fiction, this book is the first book of its kind I have read (3 times!), and I look forward to reading more of Sheffield's work.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars 3 1/2 stars - very entertaining! Dec 23 2008
By Tactitles - Published on Amazon.com
From the moment the apparent lifeless body of Job Salk is born, he beats the odds and survives beyond infancy. His character and the unfolding bleak world he is born into grabs you early and holds on. It is not a generally happy story, but Salk's fighting spirit is uplifting. He is thrown from one sad situation to another, and never loses hope. The toxic nuclear waste disposal site he ends up in is chilling. The ending seems inevitable, and yet it seems right. Salk's sacrifice is consistent with his character. Sheffield is an underrated author. This is not his best book, but it is as entertaining as any of them.
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best books I have ever read March 31 1998
By jamnor@pop3.wt.net - Published on Amazon.com
When I read this, I was unsuspecting of what this story really was. Originally I just pointed out a book and bought it. Fortunatly my choice out of blind luck turned me on this dark look at the future focusing on an unfortunate good soul growing up in the worst conditions who would change the world forever. The cover is misleading, but I didn't feel at all jipped at being mislead. Infact, I greatly appreciated stumbling upon this jewel of a story.
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect, near-future hard science fiction July 13 2014
By MW - Published on Amazon.com
Don't be fooled by the cheesy cover art. This is perfect, near-future hard science fiction from 1992. If you like your future dark and dystopian, with a glimmer of hope, this might be the book for you.

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