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When Boats Breathe and Cities Speak (Episode 2) (Nikolas and Company) [Kindle Edition]

Kevin McGill , Carlyle McCullough
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Book Description

Nikolas and Company is fantasy adventure meets Goonies

This middle grade fantasy adventure is perfect for readers between the ages of 10 and 16.

In this next installment of Nikolas and Company, Fourteen-year-old Nick and friends find themselves on a journey to Earth's magical moon, Mon, and the great city of Huron. Called by the voice of Huron to stop the Merfolk’s advancement of evil, Nick’s first task is to alert the city council of Huron. Expecting his job to be an easy one, he quickly finds himself stopped by the wicked sheriff of Huron, Cyrus Gorringe. Meanwhile, Yeri finally delivers Lir, the merman’s message to Nikolas, but is his task complete?


Pure awesome in a cup. With some waffles. Which would make it a waffle load. - Austin 14

My boys 11 and 14 both really enjoyed the story and only complained that book 2 wasn't out yet so they couldn't keep reading. - Fred Chambers

I have to admit, before I could snuggle up under my blankies with this fantastical book, my son beat me to it. He read it in a single day and raved. - Elizabeth Mueller

Review from my 13-year old daughter:
"This was an imaginative, well-written novel similar to the Hitchhiker's Guide books and was a pleasure to read. The author did a good job and hopefully has more in store." Sara Grace

Nikolas and company is the best book I've ever read. It was full of surprises that kept me on the edge, it also full of awkward moments that made me laugh. - J-Man

Kevin has created a fun, unique fantasy world full of magic and adventure. The story gets off to a fast start and sucks you in. - Micah Lewis

great YA fantasy, funny, a very unique premise, very well written, great descriptions, and a great band of heroes. - Julie Johnson

once I immersed myself in the stories characters and settings I couldn't put it down. I found myself in a swashbuckling adventure with danger around every corner. Pam Torres

It's great for anyone that loves fantasy, science fiction, it's clean with just the slightest hint of boys and girls taking a notice of each other.

I was thoroughly tickled to visit Kevin's fantasy world. His writing style is awesome too. He pulled me in and never let me go until I sadly finished the story. - Robyn Campbell

What a fantastic book - and I use that word in the literal sense! Matt Keland

I don’t read fantasy books. At all. It’s not my thing. I was instantly hooked. It’s almost like this book was written as my introduction to the sci-fi/fantasy genre. Richard

This is a really enjoyable fantasy story, its fast paced, action packed, and funny! - Garrett Eubanks

I was caught up in the story and couldn't wait to read what happened next. Merrows, Scuccas, Jynn'us - It feels like this book only scratches the surface of a carefully crafted universe from a capable and talented fantasy author. - Rob Momary

The ending of episode one leaves the reader wanting more without feeling cheated, which is not an easy feat, judging by how rare it is to see it done well. - Richard Miller

The twists and turns that I see coming up in the other episodes just make me so happy. - Shinke

It worked; I loved it. Coming from a hunger games fan, the characters elicited emotion from me. Great freshman effort. - A. Wright

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About the Author

Kevin McGill is the mad writer of the Nikolas & Company series where the Moon is much more than we think, mermen walk on automaton legs and 14-year-old boys talk to cities in their heads. When not spinning Lunar yarns, Kevin hosts a weekly books podcast Guys Can Read along with his college buddy and co-host, Luke Navarro. Contact him on Twitter @kevinonpaper and visit his facebook page:

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  • File Size: 3326 KB
  • Print Length: 238 pages
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B008S9ZISO
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent second act to the series September 16, 2012
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Nikolas and Company Episode 2: When Boats Breathe and Cities Speak takes the foundation laid down in Episode 1 and begins to build a fascinating and complex story that's part science fiction, part fantasy, part mystery, and all adventure. As the story moves to the Moon, long ago when it was the Earth's twin but infinitely stranger, the characters introduced in episode 1 begin to grow beyond their initial sketches in The Merman and the Moon Forgotten. Daniel (science nerd) and Xanthus (mythology and monster nerd), find themselves, respectively, completely at sea and completely at home, Brandy begins to suspect that there is more to life than shoes, and Nikolas--at times doubting himself, at others too sure of himself--begins to step into the role of the Steward of the City of Huron. At the same time, intrigues mount, and even as the voice of Huron gets stronger, the meaning of the warnings becomes murkier.

One new twist to the story took me by surprise: the beings called Prams, as not to spoil anything, let's just say they introduce an element of US race relations in a way that will make some readers uncomfortable. Daniel and Xanthus are Japanese-Americans, but so far that hasn't really played into the story, but for Malmedy the Pram race is is integral to her character. I'm not sure where the author is going with this development, but it's an unusual step in science fiction and fantasy, which tends either to create worlds in which race is not an issue, or creates metaphorical maps of US racial stereotypes onto invented organisms (or both--see Star Trek). With the introduction of the Prams, the story deals directly with race rather than avoiding or masking it. This is risky move, but I think one that needs to be taken more often.
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5.0 out of 5 stars None April 13, 2013
By Mike M.
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This book was awesome!!!!! I don't know what else to call it. They say that this book is for boys, but I'm a girl, and I loved it. -Jess
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4.0 out of 5 stars An addicting adventure March 5, 2013
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I really enjoyed book one in this series and hoped to find more of the same in this second episode of Nikolas and Company and was not disappointed. Nikolas and his friends find themselves time-travelers and now living on what we now know of as the Moon except that this Moon is an actual full sized planet tethered to our Earth and full of magical and monsterous beings. Nikolas has become the Steward of Huron. Huron, a city of Mon (The Moon), speaks to Nikolas and attempts to provide him with direction, but between her voice yelling to him of danger, his stewardship being questioned by the current power of the city and the magical mayhem that comes from his and his friends lack of Mon knowledge things have become a bit challenging for him. When Boats Breathe and Cities Speak is packed full of adventure and ideas that had me reading through without barely a pause. Highly recommended.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Second Installment! September 17, 2013
By KistY
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McGill has written an excellent second installment to his popular YA series - Nikolas and Company. In this episode he opens the doors just enough to give us a glimpse of the fascinating world of Mon, yet still leaves enough to get us to hop off our couch and buy number 3. Can't wait to read what's next!
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Kevin McGill is the author of the Nikolas & Company series where the Moon is much more than we think, mermen walk on automaton legs, and a 14-year-old boy talks to a city in his head. When not spinning Lunar yarns, Kevin hosts a weekly books podcast Guys Can Read along with his college buddy and co-host, Luke Navarro. Find Kevin's blog and Twitter @kevinonpaper

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