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Amazon Exclusive: Glenn Beck Interviews Richard Paul Evans

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In this exclusive interview,Richard Paul Evans, the #1 bestselling author of Michael Vey: The Prisoner of Cell 25, speaks with Glenn Beck about where the idea for the series came from, why Michael Vey is an unexpected hero, and what comes next for Michael Vey.

Glenn Beck: I know why I was drawn to reading this series, but what inspired you to write it?

Richard Paul Evans: Two things inspired Michael Vey. First, after writing literary novels for more than two decades, I wanted to write something just for the sheer joy of it. I’ve always loved superhero stories. When I was a boy I used to rake leaves for the neighbors for money to buy comic books. So writing Michael Vey was personally satisfying. Second, I felt like the Young Adult genre had been overrun by vampire- and dystopian-themed books. I just wanted to write an original good read—something unique and exciting without all the negative life scripts for youth.

GB: Where did the idea for electric children initially come from?

RPE: Good question. After more than 75 years of comic books, it wasn’t easy finding a unique superpower—and Michael Vey isn’t the first to use electricity. But once I came up with the idea to focus all the youth’s powers around electricity, I was able to create something that I felt was both entertaining and distinct.

GB: What’s the best story you’ve heard from other parents about their kids being introduced to the books?

RPE: While I’ll never tire of hearing that the Michael Vey series got a child to read, my favorite story came from a parent of a youth struggling with severe Tourette’s Syndrome. Her child decided that if Michael Vey could face his Tourette’s with courage then so could she. This mother said the book made a remarkable difference in her child’s self-esteem and social life at school.

GB: Michael Vey has Tourette’s syndrome and isn't necessarily the “cool kid” in school. In other words, he’s not your typical hero. Why didn’t you make him the quarterback/prom king/valedictorian that most readers are used to?

RPE: I wanted a hero that the average reader could relate to. I’ve never believed that the real heroes of this world have perfect physiques and bulging muscles. A hero’s power comes from the heart not the biceps. I wanted Michael Vey to exemplify that.

GB: The big reveal of why these kids are being hunted is really unique and original—it's not wizards or angels or vampires. Where did you get this idea?

RPE: Once I developed a plausible explanation for how these youths developed their particular mutation, it opened up an entire world of social, ethical, and political options to explore. The direction the story line can follow is infinite in possibility.

GB: Every time my kids read another book in the series they ask me this, so now I get to finally ask you: If you had to pick one of the kids’ powers to have yourself, which would it be and why?

RPE: Frankly, I’d love to have any of the Electric kids’ powers (except Nichelle’s), but, from a practical standpoint, I’d have to go with Taylor’s. The ability to reboot people at any moment would give you a tremendous amount of power over any situation. (Imagine Taylor at the presidential debates!) And reading minds would definitely come in handy—especially my wife’s.

GB: I know there’s a lot more still to come in this series. Do you have the whole thing mapped out in your head already or does it come to you over time?

RPE: Since the moment I began writing Michael Vey, the series has felt like a gift to me. I have some general ideas on where the series will go over the seven books and a pretty good idea at how it will conclude, but the details still come to me like manna—just enough for the day.

--This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

From Booklist

Fans of Michael Vey will not be disappointed in this high-octane addition to the series featuring a boy who can manipulate electricity and who tries to stop the nefarious Dr. Hatch from controlling the world’s power. Picking up from the final escape scene in Rise of the Elgen (2012), Michael finds himself in the Amazon rain forest. There, he joins forces with Tessa, whose ability to amplify powers comes in handy as they try to free the other Glows still held captive. Evading both the Elgen and Peruvian armies, the teenage Electroclan try to stop Dr. Hatch and return home once and for all. While the character development is shallow and the dialogue sounds dated, Michael and his friends are appealing, uncomplicated protagonists. Chaste romantic scenes and a conspicuous lack of profanity may widen the audience. Readers new to the series may be confused by the large cast and lack of backstory, but the relentless pace and constant one-liners should keep the pages turning easily. Grades 7-9. --Summer Hayes --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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Product Details

  • Age Range: 12 and up
  • Grade Level: 7 and up
  • Series: Michael Vey (Book 3)
  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Simon Pulse/Mercury Ink; Reprint edition (May 6, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1442475129
  • ISBN-13: 978-1442475120
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 1 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (757 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,225 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Richard Paul Evans
When Richard Paul Evans wrote the #1 best-seller, The Christmas Box, he never intended on becoming an internationally known author.

Officially, he was an advertising executive, an award-winning clay animator for the American and Japanese markets, candidate for state legislature and most importantly, husband and father. The Christmas Box was written as an expression of love for his (then) two daughters. Though he often told them how much he loved them, he wanted to express his love in a way that would be timeless. In 1993, Evans reproduced 20 copies of the final story and gave them to his closest relatives and friends as Christmas presents. In the month following, those 20 copies were passed around more than 160 times, and soon word spread so widely that bookstores began calling his home with orders for it.

His quiet story of parental love and the true meaning of Christmas made history when it became simultaneously the #1 hardcover and paperback book in the nation. Since then, more than eight million copies of The Christmas Box have been printed. The Emmy award-winning CBS television movie based on The Christmas Box starred Maureen O'Hara and Richard Thomas. Two more of Evans's books were produced by Hallmark and starred such well-known actors as James Earl Jones, Vanessa Redgrave, Naomi Watts, Mary McDonough and Academy award winner Ellen Burstyn. He has since written 10 consecutive New York Times bestsellers and is one of the few authors in history to have hit both the fiction and non-fiction bestseller lists. He has won three awards for his children's books including the 1998 American Mothers book award and two first place Storytelling World awards. Evans's latest book, The 5 Lessons a Millionaire Taught Me About Life and Wealth, is now available.

Of his success, Evans says: "The material achievements of The Christmas Box will never convey its true success, the lives it has changed, the families brought closer together, the mothers and fathers who suddenly understand the pricelessness of their children's fleeting childhood. I share the message of this book with you in hopes that in some way, you might be, as I was, enlightened."

During the Spring of 1997, Evans founded The Christmas Box House International, an organization devoted to building shelters and providing services for abused and neglected children. Such shelters are operational in Moab, Vernal, Ogden and Salt Lake City, Utah and Lucre, Peru. To date, more than 16,000 children have been housed in Christmas Box House facilities.

As an acclaimed speaker, Evans has shared the podium with such notable personalities as President George W. Bush, President George and Barbara Bush, former British Prime Minister John Majors, Ron Howard, Elizabeth Dole, Deepak Chopra, Steve Allen, and Bob Hope. Evans has been featured on the Today show and Entertainment Tonight, as well as in Time, Newsweek, People, The New York Times, Washington Post, Good Housekeeping, USA Today, TV Guide, Reader's Digest, and Family Circle. Evans lives in Salt Lake City, Utah, with his wife, Keri, and their five children.

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20 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Zazzy on September 17, 2013
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After an impatient year- long wait, I was excited to read Michael Vey 3: Battle of the Ampere, the latest installment in Richard Paul Evans gripping series featuring Michael Vey and the Electroclan. It was even better than I had anticipated. I was totally blown away!

The end of MV2 left us breathless and left Michael Vey, his mother and his friends still in the jungles of Peru. Michael has become separated from the rest after a harrowing ordeal with the Elgen. With his mother finally safe as told to him by an old friend, Michael together with new friend Tessa, eventually reunites with his Electroclan. The brave and loyal band of cohorts face many obstacles that just might keep them from their ultimate mission, to sink the Ampere and dethrone the devilish Hatch who has become more powerful than anyone could have imagined. This book keeps readers glued to every page. This a shockingly exciting, emotionally charged chapter of the Michael Vey series.

Richard Paul Evans does an fantastic job at keeping both kids, teens and adults interested and engaged in all of the books in the Michael Vey series. RPE is truly a master storyteller that has kept the energy and sparks flying throughout this fun adventure. I will be recommending this book to everyone.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Dr. Stuart A. Gindoff on October 3, 2013
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Wow! I just finished this latest installment and I wasn't a bit disappointed. Richard Paul Evans' mind doesn't work like the rest of our's and he leads you down a predictable though convoluted path that just makes you crave for more and more, like some alley junkie looking for his next fix. This is a continuing saga in a soft, sci-fi package and you cannot help but like the group of young protagonists as they go about their business of saving the world from an evil, really evil, character. Can't wait for the next installment. I'm 64 but in my mind's eye as I read this novel, I became 16 again! Thank you!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on September 17, 2013
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This book was fantastic! I read nonstop for about 2 hours to complete this book. I have read the other books 4 times and this book followed up perfectly. I totally recommend this book and you should buy it right now.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By George on September 17, 2013
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After reading the first 2 installments of this series 4-5 times each, I couldn't wait for this book to come out. About 3 or so hours after the my preordered, kindle version of the book downloaded, I read it. I read non-stop until the book was done. I was extremely disappointed when it ended, because there was no more left to read! Now I have to wait an entire year before I get to continue this epic adventure. The only small problem that I had with this book, is that it's a little too predictable, but there are still a few surprises that will raise your eyebrows. If you have read the first 2 Michael Vey books, you will not be able to put down the book. So quit wasting your time reading this review, and buy it!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By mwilson1967 on September 17, 2013
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I just love these books and I'm 64 years old and I would like my grandson to get started on them. Keep the books coming. I'm waiting right now for the 3rd book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By vkolks on September 27, 2013
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Micheal Vey was a wonderful read, and I could NOT put the book down. We were introduced to some new characters, and were given some more introduction to others. The action was nicely written, I learned something about jungle fruits, and Michaels mother is now safe. All make for a pretty good book, if not for the flaws concerning the relationships.
For instance. The Tessa/Michael/Taylor love triangle. In my opinion, it was rather forced. Then, another instance is Ostin. I love Ostin, I really do, but for the first two books, he loves girls but can't get em. Now, all of the sudden he has a girlfriend that's willing to cuddle with him on A BED! The same action was repeated with Michael and Taylor, but since they are an older couple, I wasn't as freaked of. Until they thought they were going to die. I was sad. I was the edge of my seat, until Taylor said that she would have married Michael. Lets back it up here. They haven't been on many dates. It's an adorable, adorable couple, but we didn't get any insight on how they got together. It's mainly boy has crush on girl, flirting, trauma and then BOOM! Boy gets girl. Although I do enjoy how Taylor orchestrates their get together. Very girl powerish. But anyway. Back to my point. They've been together for maybe a month, and there been separated for half of that. They've had maybe five kisses described, and they've been on no dates. Marriage is a bit nasty Taylor, dear. On the other hand though, I love how Taylor doesn't become weak and dependent on Michael. She's strong and stands up for herself. I admire that. Despite the relationship wrinkles, and a bit of complaining, I definitely recommend this book. Four stars!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Marie Kelley on October 19, 2013
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I think this is a great book for preteen, and teenagers, and for adults to read to their 8, 9, year child or grandchild. Richard Paul Evans brings the reader right into the dangers the teenagers are in and describes the out come in a way you can't put the book down, I bought #1 the prisoner of cell 25, #2 Rise of the Elgen and #3 Battle of the Ampere for myself and the 3 volumes for my 11 year old Grandson. Keeps the kids away from the i-pads.

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Marie Kelley
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