Dragon(e) Baby Gone

Reports from the Department of Intangible Assets Book 1

Fiction - Fantasy - Urban
256 Pages
Reviewed on 07/31/2021
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Author Biography

Robert Gainey is a born and raised Floridian, despite his best efforts. While enrolled at Florida State University and studying English (a language spoken on a small island near Europe), Robert began volunteering for the campus medical response team, opening up a great new passion in his life. Following graduation, he pursued further training through paramedic and firefighting programs, going on to become a full time professional firefighter in the State of Florida. He currently lives and works in Northeast Florida with his wife and dogs, who make sure he gets walked regularly. Robert writes near-fetched fantasy novels inspired by the madness and courage found in everyday events.

    Book Review

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.

Susan Sewell

The theft of a dragon's nest sends an FBI agent on an urgent hunt for the eggs in the urban fantasy novel Dragon(e) Baby Gone: Reports from the Department of Intangible Assets Book 1 by Robert Gainey. Diane Morris is an FBI agent working in the underappreciated Department of Intangible Assets. While chasing some criminals in the underbelly of the city's sewers, Diane unexpectedly encounters deadly fire elementals. They incinerate the robbers and attempt to fry her, but she narrowly escapes with the item she has confiscated from the thieves. Diane takes the appropriated case to her boss, only to learn that it holds one of two dragon eggs stolen from the mother of all dragons. If Diane doesn't find the other egg and return it to its mother before she wakes up, the city and even the state may be in danger of being demolished. Because all the original thieves are dead, Diane must use every conceivable resource to recover the egg: even releasing a demon.

Dragon(e) Baby Gone: Reports from the Department of Intangible Assets Book 1 by Robert Gainey is an exciting urban fantasy with a riveting plot and intriguing characters. Skillfully written, the work has a dramatic storyline, a sensational arc for its characters, and a thrilling conclusion. Diane and Director Lafleur are engaging figures, but I especially enjoyed Archade's personality, and I hope to meet many of these lively characters again in future episodes of Reports of Intangible Assets. I loved this novel, and would I recommend it to anyone who is a fan of urban fantasy that contains exciting, action-packed scenes filled with magic and mayhem. Superbly written! Phenomenal!

Maureen Dangarembizi

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.