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Dead Chest Island (The Secrets Begin) (Volume 1) Paperback – December 5, 2013
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About the Author
Growing up in the generation that sought enlightenment and then invented the Internet, J. J. Parsons writes from a crazy quilt of experiences that include earning an elementary education teaching degree in math-science, studying with famous yoga gurus, teaching college-level Computer Science, and authoring best-selling technology textbooks. After living in the Virgin Islands for twenty years, the author now lives on a picturesque street in Savannah lined with moss-draped live-oak trees.
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Top Customer Reviews
to know what happens next and it makes one feel that what is happening is almost real. Once I started
reading the book I found I could not stop until I finished it. Another valuable feature for the intended
readership of children between the ages of eight and twelve is that the book seamlessly packs a lot
of information about petroglyphs, tsunamis and many other matters which would broaden the knowledge
base of the readers without seeming in the least didactic. One looks forward to the forthcoming sequels.
The pictures turn out to be photos of the submarine base, but while waiting for them to develop, Jonathan’s grandfather tells a curious tale of pirates and a cabin boy, Jonathan’s great great great granddaddy Samuel, who was swept into an underwater tunnel on Dead Chest Island. Is the tunnel really there and where does it lead? On the way back to the hotel, Jonathan and Edison decide to take a borrowed boat to Dead Chest Island and see for themselves. Charlotte is a last-minute participant. They hope to make it home by supper, but the boat’s motor sputters and dies, triggering an amazing chain of events that involve being stranded on a deserted island, an earthquake, Russian spies, a treacherous tidal wave, shadowy dolphinbots, puzzling petroglyphs, a mysterious crystal, and an American military secret. Will the kids make it home? Will they even survive?
While it can be enjoyed by anyone, with its exciting plot, fast-moving action, and short chapters, this book is perfect for “reluctant” readers who like lots of adventure, but maybe aren’t quite ready for a 400+ page book, yet don’t want a “kidified” book with pictures. Author J. J. Parsons has also tried to sprinkle some real-world bits of knowledge about the “secrets” of science and the “magic” of technology into the story so that the reading experience can be educational as well as entertaining. There is a section in the back which explains the background behind some of the concepts and terms found in the book. There is nothing objectionable, just a few common euphemisms (heck, drat, blasted) and one instance where a marine “said a bad word” (I for one certainly appreciate the fact that the actual “bad word” is not used). Dead Chest Island is Book 1 of “The Secrets Begin” series. In Book 2, Dark Signal Mountain, Charlotte wants to find her missing necklace made of the mysterious crystals, and Book 3, Storm Glass Bay, is about an unusual glass globe that drops through a waterspout.
[Dead Chest Island] is a throw back to the mysteries of the 1950's. It made me think of The Hardy Boys and Nancy Drew. Young children getting into adventure after hearing a story about an island that leads to solving a international crime, or foiling it, rather.
[Parson's] writing has a good flow and is well thought out. The characters are well developed. I am looking forward to reading the second book and hearing more of Edison'd adventures and see if his sister is still a pest.