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Product Details

  • Series: Pilgrennon's Children
  • Paperback: 374 pages
  • Publisher: Tangentrine (January 1, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0956608027
  • ISBN-13: 978-0956608024
  • Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.8 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.9 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,798,221 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A YA technothriller, first volume of a new 4-part series.

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Caught in a feud between the two greatest minds of her time, Dana must reach the distant beacon to uncover the dark secrets of her past.
Dana Provine is a girl with mild autism and a secret ability to mentally control computers, who runs away from bullies at her school in Coventry after a hospital scan reveals an object lodged in her brain. A compelling signal leads her north to the Outer Hebrides and an abandoned military facility on the remote and supposedly haunted Flannan Isles, where she hopes to untangle the mystery shrouding her birth and her missing parents. But as the lies of the past unfold, Dana unwittingly finds herself the focus of events that will change the future for everyone...

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Janice Clark on January 23, 2011
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Dana is autistic, but considered functional enough to be in regular school classes. Despite the best efforts of her foster parents, she endures the cruelty of uninformed teachers and schoolyard bullies. Dana also has a secret: she can talk to computers. There's a wi-fi gadget implanted in her brain. Unknown to Dana, she's the product of an experiment by Ivor Pilgrennon, a scientist with a bit of a Frankenstein complex.

When an attack at school sends Dana to the hospital for an overnight stay, she picks up on a distant computer signal that seems to be offering her a safe haven: Pilgerennon's Beacon, calling the subjects of his experiment to the isolated island where he's hiding out. She soon finds herself involved with Jananin Blake, a brilliant physicist and the inventor of the gadget in Dana's brain. Jananin hates Pilgrennon, and is appalled by his experiments, which included unauthorized use of her invention. But her own moral compass is as skewed as Pilgrennon's.

The adventure that follows is like a mad roller-coaster ride, with Dana caught between the two scientists, wondering whether she can trust either of them, finding herself in circumstances that demand she stretch her abilities to the fullest. It's a trip down the rabbit hole, with forays into the world of virtual reality.

This is a thriller, an action-adventure book complete with world-wide conspiracies, chase scenes, a dollop of fighting and explosions, mysteries and madness. But there's tenderness as well, little acts of caring, touches of pathos. Through it all, we see the two scientists gradually changing, as Dana struggles to make sense of a world that too often "doesn't compute."

It's a hard book to put down, and I'm looking forward to the sequel. Highly recommended.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Robert P. Worrall on January 31, 2011
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Pilgrennon's Beacon is a YA science fiction novel set in the near future, told from the point of view of a young girl, Dana, who has autism. The author draws from her own experience to create a compelling character caught up in mysteries, plot twists and nail-biting adventure. An ethically questionable experiment has given Dana unique abilities to communicate with electronic devices, and this ability is drawing attention. Dana follows a mysterious signal only she can detect that leads her to an exotic locale, a small island off the coast of Scotland, and more children like herself, as well as two feuding scientists who have their own agendas. The morals of the two scientists clearly fall in the gray areas, but Dana is a sympathetic character well worth rooting for.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By TicToc on April 24, 2011
Format: Paperback
"Freak" It is a word Dana hears often at school. But what is it that makes Abigail consistently go out of her way to bully and hurt her. Using her ability to make technology work for her just by thought, she finally finds sanctuary in Pauline and Graeme's rambling home. Her brother Cale ignores her as is his wont but she knows he understands and cares about her. He too is autistic, and she has to suppose that this difference in her is what draws Abigail's ire.

Because of the constant bullying at school she hates it, and it extremely uncomfortable going. To make it even worse this time she has closed herself in the bathroom, and when Abigail finally gets in, a tremendous fight breaks out. Dana holds her own and actually smashes Abigail's nose in the process, but as she falls backwards, she loses her balances and smashes her head on the porcelain. The next thing she remembers it being in the hospital having x-rays taken of her head. She is not afraid of the hospital, the machines and their interface's sooth her, but when the x-rays show a piece of metal in her head, all of a sudden her life begins to change.

Trying to get away, feeling for the first time like the freak she is, she sneaks out of the hospital only to be found by a woman who claims to know about her, named Jananin. She knows about her abilities, and actually claims to be her mother. Convincing Dana that she can help her, she tells Dana stories about her own past. She also gives Dana a rendition of how she came to be. Ivor Pilgrennon features heavily in the story, and as the tale continues, Jananin includes her own plans to use Dana to destroy him.

As Dana is drawn into the scheme and finds Ivor, she finds him to be everything that is opposite of what Jananine suggests.
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