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Secret Seekers Society and the Beast of Bladenboro [Kindle Edition]

J.L. Hickey , Aurora Dewater
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (88 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Secret Seekers Society and the Beast of Bladenboro follows the young protagonists Hunter Glenn, and Elly Ann through an adventure ripe with adversity, paranormal monsters, secret societies, and most haunting of all, a life without their parents.

The book follows both, the sibling’s emotional struggle from their parent’s sudden loss, as well as their physical journey into a new and strange “home”, an ancient and creepy mansion known only as the Belmonte Estate.

It is here where they first learn of their new guardian, an eccentric old man named Professor Clandestine and the rest of the mansion's caretakers. Tossed into their bedroom, and locked away under the pretense of “safety concerns” it does not take long for the children to hatch an escape plan.

Follow the children as they slowly unravel the secrets of their parent’s true identities, the origin of the strange Mansion, and their inheritance into an ancient secret society of monster hunters known as Seekers.

Now available! Secret Seekers Society and Solomon's Seal! The journey continues!

Editorial Reviews


"As far as genre goes, anyone who likes fantasy and mystery would love this book. Also, fans of great writing will love this book as well. I can't wait to read the sequel." -Eric Dunn Just Another Book Guy Blog

"... it is impossible for me to give this book anything less than 5 stars." -I Read Books Blog

"Interesting plot, amazing imagery, really good characters that you can't wait to see more of. I definitely suggest picking this up." - My Seryniti Book Blogger

"The author has an amazing imagination and I look forward to seeing what he comes up with next in the Solomon's Seal." - Fun With Books Blog

"What a fantastic book!! I started reading it and just couldn't put it down. From the description I didn't really think I would enjoy this one but boy was I surprised! It is marked as YA and I promise you even people in their 30's will enjoy this one. It will draw you in from the very beginning." -Geeky Girl Reviews

About the Author

J.L. was born in Saginaw, Michigan where he has a Bachelor's Degree in Creative Writing through Saginaw Valley State University. He has written and is currently self publishing two novels, the first entitled The Deity Chronicles: Origins was released in 2008. His recent release, The Secret Seekers Society and the Beast of Bladenboro was released 12/31/12 and has garnered a decent amount of momentum in its initial release. You can follow J.L. Hickey's works at He also dabbles in literary short fiction, and poetry. When J.L. is not writing, he heads up a local paranormal investigation group in his home town.

Product Details

  • File Size: 741 KB
  • Print Length: 174 pages
  • Publisher: J.L. Hickey; 2 edition (June 30, 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00B8W2JZS
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #80,927 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars 3.5/5 stars for this fun adventure August 11, 2013
By Soco225
Format:Kindle Edition
My thanks to J. L. Hickey for a free copy of the book as part of Goodreads' Read for Review.

I enjoyed the story and its pacing. I originally thought this would be young adult fiction but I would place it younger than that. I can see 10-12 years enjoying the characters and story but I don't think it's complex enough for older readers. The story starts well and an effective atmosphere is created by Hickey. There were several times when a spelling or grammar error would distract me from the world Hickey has created, so I was immersed in the book well enough for the errors to jar me.

Some character tensions are established that bode well for future books and I invested in the characters enough to root for them. I like the kids' uncle and it would be good to see his backstory revealed in future books. Elly is an engaging character and I'd love to see an artist's impression of her puppy Trayer as he's very loveable and clearly described by the author. Hickey also portrays Hunter's pain, anger and confusion convincingly, painting an effective portrait of the effects of loss and grief.

I would have liked to see a bit more about the Beast, given the book is named for it. The 'adventure' aspect of the book could have done with a bit more tension, but this is a good book for young readers as there are plenty of unknowns to linger on, and I love the idea of Plato.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Taking imagination to the extrodianry May 15, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
I received this book from the author for free. All though this isn't a story that I would normally choose to read...I really enjoyed it! J.L. Hickey writes with so much imagination. Once you start reading plan on finding it hard to put down!I absolutely fell in love with Hunter and Elly, the kids who lost their parents and have to move away from friends and everything they thought they knew of their parents. They know nothing of their new guardian yet they both are thrown into a world with secret passageways to amazing mystical creatures. Their first night at the mansion so many things happen...they meet new people, hear strange noises, and are locked away in their room for days. The story has so many twists and turns. Def a must read!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars They do exist! September 15, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
The Secret Seekers Society
By J.L.Hickey

Are you up for an adventure or wanting to read a great story to younger listeners, then this is the book for you. Some of the content maybe a little frightening to kids that still believe in the boogie man and such. But if explained and read in the right tone to them, I think they will enjoy the story.

The story is about a brother and a sister that become orphans when their parents die in a plane crash. They do have an uncle but it was the parent's wishes that if something where to happen to them that the children would go live with their Godfather, a man the children have never met or knew anything about.

After a very long drive in a taxi the children finally see where it is that they will be living ..... a massive run down looking castle is what they think it is that is surrounded by forests. They are met there at the gate by a helicopter a woman that is the caretaker gets out and introduces herself and lets them in the gates of the manor. When they enter the inside the children are amazed at what they see mounted and stuffed all around them. Creatures some that they do not recognize and other that they know cannot be real. But are they??

Hunter and Elly are shown to their room a very large room with two beds a library of books, a dining table and a bay window that looks out into the courtyard.

They are told that dinner would be brought to them in a few hours. In the mean time there are lots of books to read and beds to take a nap if they are tiered. They are then locked into the room and told not to try to get out. They are locked in for their protection. "Protection" the kids say, it feel more like we are prisoners!

And so the story begins...... follow Hunter and Elly in their adventure as they find out what is living there on the mansion's grounds..... And that something they thought were fake are in all actuality real!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Magical,Wonderful Book. August 29, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
This is normally not a book,I would read.But I enjoy reading different kinds of book's now that I'm older.I get bored if I don't try something different.I'm so so glad I tried this book.It was wonderful.Magical actually,I believe Hunter and Elly made this book as magical as it was.Well written characters,believable story line.A book I couldn't put down.That is what makes a excellent story,believable characters and well written plot.I wanted a escape from reality and that's what I got.I couldn't put it down.I would recommend this book to friends and family.It's a book for all ages.I can't wait for another book from this author.So if you want to take a magical journey,buy this book and recommend it to your friends.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This book is magic (literally) May 4, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
This book is full of wonder and always keeps you on your feet. The characters are wonderfully developed and the book got you intrigued from the very first page. I would recommend it to all of my friends!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars love this book!!!! July 4, 2014
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Even though it is geared toward young people, the story line appeals to me because of the fantasy. I hope to enjoy lots more of the Secret Seekers Society books as they are published. I love this book and am about to start the next one. Will definitely tell my granddaughter about them!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Great start to a series
I have to be honest, when I say that this book has been on my to-read list for a while. A friend of the author recommended it to me, and I kept meaning to buy it, you could have... Read more
Published 13 days ago by LilyGreenEyes
3.0 out of 5 stars Secret Seekers
I review the book and I liked it. it's an interesting book to read. And find out what happens.
I rate it 3 stars it's a good book to read
I'd like my friends to read it.
Published 14 days ago by Katherine Salvucci
5.0 out of 5 stars Very Good Start
I have really enjoyed this book. I hope the rest in the series continue to be as well written. When I first began I was afraid I might not enjoy it, the children loose their... Read more
Published 20 days ago by PattyH
4.0 out of 5 stars A new twist on Seekers
If you are a Harry Potter fan, then you will enjoy this book with its magical creatures, secrets and twist and turns with every corner. Read more
Published 27 days ago by Kyt
4.0 out of 5 stars A wonderful fantasy series for kids
This is a creative, fast-paced story with an underlying theme of the importance of togetherness and family. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Rachel
5.0 out of 5 stars The Secret Seekers society
Great book. Good storyline. keeps your interest throughout, from start to finish. Looking forward to reading more from this author.
Published 2 months ago by roger
4.0 out of 5 stars Very good and original
First thanks to Joe Hickey for allowing me to read his book. I really liked the story which I found very original. Nothing like I have read so far. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Sylvianne Breton
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Book
I couldn't put it down. I loved the characters and the world that J.L. has created. The plot is great. It's a fun read. I look forward to reading more of J.L.'s books.
Published 3 months ago by sjledge2
5.0 out of 5 stars excellent book!
a book for all ages!

buy this book. you'll be wanting to read the others. you wont be sorry. do it now!!!
Published 4 months ago by Noah Santoya
4.0 out of 5 stars A Fun Adventure Story With Plenty Of Mystery
Hunter and Elly have just lost their parents, and are shipped off to live with the Godfather they've never met before, Professor Calenstine. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Miss Victoria Ramage
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