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Captives of Sorcery...
It began as just another evening of fantasy gaming with James, Karl, Andrea, and the rest ready to assume their various roles as wizard, cleric, warrior, or thief. But sorcerous gamemaster Professor Deighton had something else planned for this unsuspecting group of college students. And the "game" soon became a matter of life and death as the seven adventurers found themselves transported to an alternate world and into the bodies of the actual characters they had been pretending to be.
Cast into a land where magic worked all too well, dragons were a fire-breathing menace, and only those quick enough with a sword or their wits survived, the young gamers faced a terrible task. For the only way they would ever see Earth again was if they could find the legendary Gate Between Worlds - a place guarded by the most terrifying and deadly enemy of all....
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3 out of 5 stars
By Jim "The Impatient" on 10-19-13

A Self Image Cast in Stone Could Shatter

This book starts out sounding like a teen book, but it is not. Though details are not usually given there is gang rape and murder. I am one generation too old to have played D&D, but my kids did and I do believe I would have enjoyed it. I believe gamers will like this book better then those who are not gamers.

I found I had to but my common sense on the shelf. In the same way that Burroughs gets Carter to Mars, similarly JR gets this group to this fantasy world. I did not really like the characters in this, most of them seemed to be selfish and rude to each other. I found it hard to believe that a group of kids this rude to each other would continue to meet on a regular basis and spend time with each other. The rudeness and selfishness got worse as they became there characters, but that was probably on purpose to show the thinking of medieval people.

I thought I was going to give up on this book several times, but when it would get to the end of the chapter I found I wanted to know what was going to happen next. These kids go on a quest and nothing goes easy for them. The author does not cope out, by giving them special powers that work wonderfully helping them escape at the last minute. Most of the time there inability to work their magic properly gets them in deeper.

I don't know how to advise you on this book. Some of you are going to love it and some are going to hate it. I give the story three stars and I am not going to listen to the rest in the series.

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5 out of 5 stars
By greg on 11-24-12

Great Memories From My Teenage Years!

What did you love best about The Sleeping Dragon?

I first read this book as a kid and I loved the idea of it being based on kids playing a D&D like game and getting transported into it.

What other book might you compare The Sleeping Dragon to and why?

Dream Park by Larry Niven. It is another great example of people playing a role-playing game in real life.

Have you listened to any of Keith Silverstein’s other performances before? How does this one compare?


If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

Fantasy Becomes Reality!

Any additional comments?

If you are a lover of dungeons and dragons or role-playing games you will enjoy this book. I hope the other books in this series will be available soon.

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7 of 7 people found this review helpful

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