PIRATES, BATS, AND DRAGONS: A SCIENCE ADVENTURE

SIMPSON, WILLIAM). Davis, Mike. Viggo Mortenson & Pilar Perez, Editors

ISBN 10: 0974707821 / ISBN 13: 9780974707822
Published by Perceval Press, Santa Monica, CA, 2004
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178pp, illustrated in b&w. Designed by Michele Perez. MacArthur fellow Mike Davis is the author of several books including "City of Quartz", "Dead Cities: And Other Tales", and "Ecology of Fear". In this, his second book of fiction intended for young adults (published by Viggo Mortensen) "Jack, Conor, and Julia (the young heroes of "The Land of the Lost Mammoths") join a United Nations research team reconnoitering the vast limestone caverns under Socotra. Described by Marco Polo as the "most enchanted land on earth," Socotra is legendary for its witches and latter-day pirates. Its ancient people live in high mountains forested with dragon's blood trees, frankincense, and myrrh. They speak a unique language, live in caves, and are believed to be partly descended from settlers sent by Alexander the Great. They also tell unsettling tales of "dragons" that live beneath the earth. But Socotra is also caught up in the whirlwinds of international intrigue and the "war against terrorism." The kids' scientific mission (led by Julia's advisor, Dr. Hasan) is shadowed from the beginning by the ominous Colonel Strong and his Delta Force commandos, as well as by warnings of the notorious pirate Kaitos. After a terrifying attack by carnivorous crabs, the threesome seek shelter with a beautiful witch, Tatra, who warns them of an approaching horror almost beyond imagination. A secret U.S. anti-terrorist operation goes disastrously wrong when Kaitos (Tatra's brother) captures a doomsday cargo that could threaten the entire world. Jack and Dr. Hasan are captured by the pirates, while Conor and Julia (and her fearless pet civet) are marooned in a cave full of bats and huge but unknown predators. As in The Land of the Lost Mammoths, the ultimate drama is the moral choice the team must make: they must risk their own survival for the sake of truth and nonviolence. In a stunning final confrontation, the three young scientists and their friends battle not only sharks and dragons, but also an entire world of official deception". It is illustrated throughout by William Simpson. A brand new, pristine example of the first printing still in the publisher's shrinkwrap. Bookseller Inventory # 009812

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Title: PIRATES, BATS, AND DRAGONS: A SCIENCE ...

Publisher: Perceval Press, Santa Monica, CA

Publication Date: 2004

Binding: Illustrated Boards

Book Condition:As New

Dust Jacket Condition: No Jacket - As Issued

Edition: First Edition.

Book Type: Illustrated Book

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On a trip to the island of Socotra with Dr. Hasan to examine the local fauna, students Jack, Conor, and Julia befriend a witch, encounter Delta Force commandos, and stumble upon the delivery of a cargo that is powerful enough to destroy the world.

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