Dragon(e) Baby Gone
"Dragon is hard to overcome, yet one shall try." - Nowe Ateny, Polish Encyclopedia, 1745 Diane Morris is part of the thin line separating a happy, mundane world from all of the horrors of the anomalous. Her federal agency is underfunded, understaffed, and misunderstood, and she'd rather transfer to the boring safety of Logistics than remain a field agent. When a troupe of international thieves make off with a pair of dragon eggs, Diane has no choice but to ally with a demon against the forces looking to leave her city a smoldering crater. Facing down rogue wizards, fiery elementals, and crazed gunmen, it's a race against time to get the precious cargo back before the dragon wakes up and unleashes hell.
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Reviewed by Maureen Dangarembizi for Readers' Favorite
Dragon(e) Baby Gone by Robert Gainey is an urban fantasy suspense novel that is sure to keep readers on the edge of their seats. Department of Intangible Assets (DIA) agent Diane Morris is having one of those nights, from swimming through sewage to surviving death by the skin of her teeth, and all in the name of duty. An ordinary bust turns out to be bigger than expected when she finds out that an item she intercepted from the criminals is a dragon egg. Dragons are dangerous, fiery creatures under normal circumstances, but a mother protecting her young will be ten times worse. Diane has to find the second missing egg and replace them both before the dragon mama wakes up and destroys the city.
From the beginning, Robert Gainey throws the reader into a scene chock full of fast-paced action and everything heats up from there. In Dragon(e) Baby Gone, our heroine Diane is an exciting cop who takes her job very seriously. She’s the kind of law enforcer anyone would love to see patrolling their streets. I liked that she was so superb without even realizing it. She was very brave and her dynamic with the novel's other characters made every chapter a pleasure to read. The writing is vivid and gritty, so if you are into blood and gore with no holds barred, this is the book for you. The paranormal elements in this story also sparked innovative, interesting scenes that wouldn’t have been the same had it been set in the normal world. This will not be the last case for Diane Morris and I look forward to her return. The highly recommended Dragon(e) Baby Gone is a great start to the series.
Reviewed by K.C. Finn for Readers' Favorite
Dragon(e) Baby Gone is a work of fiction in the urban fantasy genre, and serves as the first installment of the Reports from the Department of Intangible Assets series. It is aimed at adult readers and was penned by author Robert Gainey. The book follows FBI agent Diane Morris, of the Department of Intangible Assets, as she is tasked with finding a stolen dragon egg before the beast awakens and unleashes its wrath. The only problem is that the thieves in question have been incinerated by rogue elementals, forcing Agent Morris to ally with a knowledgeable demon to get the job done.
Dragon(e) Baby Gone was an excellent start to what I hope will be a long series of urban fantasy books, masterfully mashing together the formula of a police procedural drama with the trappings and aesthetics of classic fantasy figures and tropes. Robert Gainey is onto a winner with Agent Morris and Archades, their playful and charming dynamic taking a justified center stage. The plot is full of exciting twists and turns that use an edge of familiarity which makes the fantastical situations feel fresh and unique within a crowded genre. The lore building of Dragon(e) Baby Gone is exquisite in its crafting, with real-life locations and situations enhanced with a magical element that breathes fantasy escapism into the everyday world. The book maintains an excellent consistency for its magical elements and it all works to create a memorable backdrop for what was, for me, an unforgettable adventure. I recommend this book strongly to any urban fantasy fans.