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The Secret Prophecy Hardcover – October 30, 2012
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More About the Author
Herbie has an well-established career writing for the children's market -- from picture books to teenage fiction, from game books to school curriculum non-fiction. His keen eye for novelty, both in technology and market development, made him among the very first writers to create adventure gamebooks and his GrailQuest series was an international bestseller.
His teenage novel, Faerie Wars, also rocketed to international success, achieving best-seller status in more than 20 overseas editions, and was voted No 1 Top Ten Teenage Pick in the United States and listed as a New York Times Best Seller title.
Equally prolific in the adult market, Herbie has a powerful reputation for challenging conventional assumptions with penetrating intelligence and a clear, easy style. This is reflected in his interests, which range from transpersonal psychology, spirituality, reincarnation and psychical research to comparative religion and quantum physics. His reappraisal of ancient history has stirred lively debate on TV and radio as well as in the Press. He broadcasts and lectures regularly throughout the UK and Ireland.
Herbie became interested in mysticism as a child and was studying books on the subject virtually from the time he was able to read. He found himself pursuing several unorthodox lines of research, including hypnosis, and actually hypnotised his first subject -- a school friend -- at the age of nine!
He began a journalistic career at eighteen and at twenty-four became the youngest newspaper editor in his native Ireland. His early career path included magazine work, hypnotherapy, counselling, advertising and market¬ing.
His first book, Astral Doorways, an exploration of out-of-body experience, became a specialist best-seller and went on to become a classic in its field -- it is still in print some thirty-five years on.
In his mid twenties, Herbie had his first novel published, an historical romance brought out by Doubleday in New York. At the age of thirty he decided to devote most of his time to writing and has since gone on to produce more than 100 books, many of them international best-sellers.
When he can be persuaded to take a break from his writing, Herbie give lectures and seminars, which have included modules on reincarnation research, the astral plane, dreamwork, healing, spiritual development, psychical research, quantum physics and magical training..
With a background that includes writing for radio, the creation of boxed games and computer software, perhaps his greatest strength lies in the realm ideas, particularly in the diversification of publishing product into electronic form.
Top Customer Reviews
There is a problem with YA literature: there is so much of it and so much of it is good. I can't really explain why I chose to read this book over so many, maybe it was just the next book I had to place in my in-class library and I had just finished Morgan Rhodes' Falling Kingdoms, so it was there at hand. Whatever the reason, I am glad I did. I am now a fan of Herbie Brennan (I've had Shadow Project in my library for some time; now I will read it).
This is a great book for the MS group, despite a few bad words. The pace of the plot is scorching, dead certain to keep most of my seventh graders riveted. The two boy/girl mid-teen main characters are developed very well, and I like the way Brennan makes the heroine (Charlotte) the more forceful of the two. Both of them are very real and exceptionally likable. The narration is third person limited from the hero's (a boy nicknamed Em) perspective, which works out really well in keeping the reader guessing until the very end. Em never knows whom to trust, except Charlotte, of course. It reminds me of Card's Pathfinder series; there are so many lies and lies within lies within truths that your head just starts hurting. Still, the twists and turns keep you turning the pages to find out what IS true.
The basic premise of the plot is that Em and Charlotte have to stop an evil super-secretive group (the Knights of Themis) from killing the majority of a whole generation of the world's children (by way of a vaccine that is really a genetically engineered virus). They have the help of a similarly super-secret British agency (Section 7). Maybe.Read more ›
Em (E.M. for Edward Michael) loses his father, a scholarly geek who has been trying to find a lost prophecy of Nostradamus. At the funeral, Em sees strangers, including men with guns who begin to follow him. Then his mother is tossed in an insane asylum for no real reason, and his uncle Harold starts acting like he might be a traitor.
Em figures out that people are looking for his father's notes on the lost prophecy. Together with a friend named Charlotte and the mysterious Victor, Em tries to find answers and evade his followers. He ends up going on the run, aided by Charlotte and Victor.
There's a lot of chasing here, sometimes reminiscent of the Alex Rider books (the first one also starts with a death and strangers at the funeral). Trust me when I tell you that double and triple crosses are the name of the game in The Secret Prophecy.
I mean, why exactly does Victor want Em to break into a dangerous secret facility in the United States? Is Victor a good guy or a bad guy? Why should Em keep trusting him?
I liked Em, who acts from his gut, which often turns out to be right. Sure, he thinks through certain problems, but when action is required, he's already in motion.
The meaning and importance of the prophecy is also constantly in question. This is an old-fashioned chase-and-suspense book in a lot of ways, but it takes some new-fangled twists and turns that readers will appreciate. It's clear that Brennan is a pro. Girls will like this one, but it definitely has strong boy appeal.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
First of all, i must say this is definitely not 8 and up. With bad (but not intense) language, brief reference to drugs and prostitution, i'd put it at about 7th gr. and up. Read morePublished on April 8, 2013 by E.A.C.
this book is very predictable from the secend chapter. also very confising at the end. do not buy wqste of money and time. Read morePublished on March 27, 2013 by Stevie B