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Island of Fog (Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

Keith Robinson
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Book Description

A lonely, foggy island is home to eight families. Twelve-year-old Hal and his friends have always wondered what happened all those years ago on the mainland, that unseen place Out There beyond the fog, and after an astonishing discovery in the woods the children are more determined than ever to find out what their parents are hiding. But their lives are turned upside down when Abigail reveals her closely guarded secret. According to her, the children are slowly changing into monsters! Are they freaks of nature, or subjects of a sinister experiment?

Each child reacts differently to his or her unique monstrous transformation; after all, one may feel proud to be a dragon, faerie, or centaur, but who in their right mind wants to be a sadistic manticore or cowardly harpy?

ISLAND OF FOG is a story of intrigue and conspiracy. The reader follows Hal Franklin as he struggles to accept that he and his friends are something more than ordinary children, and that their parents have been covering up the truth the whole time. With their trust shaken and the unexpected arrival of a strange woman from Out There, the children hide their frightening shapeshifting abilities and pretend nothing is wrong.

The ISLAND OF FOG series
#1 Island of Fog
#2 Labyrinth of Fire
#3 Mountain of Whispers
#4 Lake of Spirits
#5 Roads of Madness
#6 Chamber of Ghosts
#7 Valley of Monsters
#8 and #9 - coming in 2014

Editorial Reviews


I love it! The story is interesting throughout, and builds nicely to a reasonable explanation for all mysteries. Congratulations on a fine juvenile novel. --Piers Anthony's July 2009 Newsletter

This is a well written sci-fi novel. There is that 'it could happen' quality that you find in Dean Koontz novels. The suspense works and doesn't frustrate the reader. It makes you want to read the next installment! --Writer's Digest

About the Author

Keith is a self-employed website designer with a wife, daughter, and three cats. Originally from England, he moved to the United States in 2001 where he now resides in the sticks of Chickamauga, Georgia. Apart from writing, he collects young adult and children's books. He has a bookshelf crammed full of secondhand hardbacks of varying authors from the 1940s-1960s, in particular those he grew up with in the UK. He owns and is webmaster of, both dedicated to the great author. Visit for more.

Product Details

  • File Size: 464 KB
  • Print Length: 222 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Unearthly Tales; 3rd edition (April 24, 2009)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B002JCSA22
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,549 Free in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Free in Kindle Store)
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25 of 26 people found the following review helpful
I've been meaning to review Island of Fog for some time, since reading it a few months ago. I've also been lucky enough to get a sneak preview of the sequel, Labyrinth of Fire, which is also a brilliant read. Keith Robinson creates a very believable, witty, action-packed world on the 'Island of Fog', where Hal and his friends have grown up without seeing sunlight and where they seem to be isolated from the outside world. When Hal and his friend Robbie find a hole in the forest the fog is apparently coming out of, the mystery starts. But not only do they have to deal with the idea of the fog and whether their parents have been lying to them all this time, they and their classmates also seem to be physically changing into different creatures...

The link between the changes, the fog and why the children and their parents are effectively marooned on the small island all becomes clear as the story hurtles on at breakneck pace. This is a superb book for children, with plenty of action, mystery and humour as well as great characterisation of Hal and his friends, and a very detailed plot that will keep any reader involved with the story. Hal is one of the most likeable characters I have met in children's fiction, and the reader will feel involved with him right to the end.

The best thing about Island of Fog is that it's only the first of a series. Hal and his friends solve the mystery in this book, but that only leads to more questions, and more action in the sequel Labyrinth of Fire. Both are truly excellent books for young people in the best tradition of children's fiction - I'll be buying anything else Keith Robinson writes.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Magical series, top of the list! February 6, 2013
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I have never written a review before. This series has forced me to get on a box and shout how good it is. I downloaded the first book, Island of Fog for free on January 22nd. Today is February 6th, and I have just finished the fifth book in the series. It was good enough that I just dove in and enjoyed my time in the world where these magical books take place.

They are well written, fun and scoot you out of here and now into their realm. Keith Robinson is a gifted writer, and I am anxiously waiting the last book in this trilogy. I hope there are many more.

I am not a kid, I have three children 13 to 17. This holds the interest of mature adults too, not just kids. My children are reading these books now. Please check them out and recommend them to your friends.

Thank you for the stories Mr. Robinson, they have enriched my life.
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent addition to the young adult library. November 21, 2011
By Smash86
I read a lot of young adult fantasy. I've been through all of Harry Potter and Percy Jackson and numerous others. I worked in the children's department of a Barnes and Noble, so I'm familiar with several that I haven't even read. The entire Island of Fog series deserves a place on those shelves. I have a special spot for them on mine, now. They are fantastic books with great characters and a gripping plot that is both mysterious and exciting. If you're a fan of the genre, than these books are a must read.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars this book is a winner! September 30, 2013
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I originally bought this book for my 10-year-old son. After he was about halfway through he told me he wanted me to read it. So I did, and the race was on. We both enjoyed this book tremendously. This is one of the rare books I have "caught" my son reading outside his mandatory reading time. Any book that can get my son to read on his own deserves at least four stars, but a book that gets both my son and I reading and discussing it together earns five. Thank you Mr. Robinson for an awesome book!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
By Max38
Keith Robinson's novel, Island of Fog, is one of those miraculous rarities. Like Elizabeth George Speare's The Witch of Blackbird Pond and Madeleine L'Engle's A Wrinkle in Time, the book appeals both to juvenile and adult readers. Younger readers will enjoy the work's abundant action and eccentric humor, while adults will be captivated by Island of Fog's explorations of such mature themes as trust, paranoia, and self-reliance in a world gone tragically awry.

The plot centers around Hal Franklin, a boy on the cusp of adolescence. In many ways, Hal is a typical boy, frustrated by bullying, wisecracking classmates, numbing school assignments, and growing responsibilities at home. However, Hal lives in an extraordinary setting. He, along with his parents, a small number of peers, and their parents as well, reside on a small, drab island that is at all times engulfed by an impenetrable fog. They are refugees, supposedly the only survivors of a modern world destroyed by some mysterious ecological catastrophe. These survivors- without electricity and other conveniences- eke out a living managing small farms.

The weirdness doesn't end there. Hal and his best friend, Robbie, go out wandering through the woods, bored, restless youths eager for excitement. They find it. To their astonishment, they find that the fog comes from a mysterious hole in the ground. Should they cover up the hole and see the sunshine for the first time in their lives? Before they decide what to do, they are run off by a bizarre sphinx-like creature called a manticore. Hal and Robbie are understandably terrified, but their restlessness continues unabated. For them, getting away from the island becomes a bleak obsession.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars A great read. With this introduction to the island of ...
A great read. With this introduction to the island of fog series, Robinson brings an engaging and well-thought out story. Read more
Published 10 days ago by Sean Langworthy
5.0 out of 5 stars I'm not quite done reading this one yet, but ...
I'm not quite done reading this one yet, but my family and I can't wait to finish this one and start the next one.
Published 15 days ago by Nichole
4.0 out of 5 stars I recommend this book to young adults and adults
I recommend this book to young adults and adults. This is a little different than most books I have downloaded. Read more
Published 18 days ago by Ann
4.0 out of 5 stars A very good story for all ages!
An engaging story that's made even better simply because it is so different from the vast majority of this genre. Read more
Published 23 days ago by L. Santackas
2.0 out of 5 stars Two Stars
the book is OK. It's more for children, really...
Published 24 days ago by Nelly O Traitcheva
5.0 out of 5 stars good book and reading
Great way to keep your kindle full and gives you a variety of books to read and escape into,
Published 1 month ago by Dottie G.
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
This whole series is amazing...hope to see it made into movies or a television series.
Published 1 month ago by Larry R. Boggs
3.0 out of 5 stars Just fine
A little slow to start, but a nice little story. A bit of fabricated and hackneyed tension. But overall, an enjoyable read.
Published 1 month ago by Mitch
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Published 1 month ago by J. Pemble
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Well written book
Published 1 month ago by hurley1229
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More About the Author

Keith Robinson is a writer of fantasy fiction for middle-grade readers and young adults. His ISLAND OF FOG series has received extremely positive feedback from readers of all ages including Piers Anthony (best-selling author of the Magic of Xanth series) and Writer's Digest.

Also the author of QUINCY'S CURSE, co-author of FRACTURED with Brian Clopper, and a contributor to WONDERSTORMS: A FANTASY ANTHOLOGY.

Visit the author's blog at

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