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About the Author
- File Size : 888 KB
- Publication Date : August 2, 2011
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print Length : 288 pages
- Language: : English
- ASIN : B005FO8ZR6
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Enhanced Typesetting : Enabled
- Text-to-Speech : Not enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Simultaneous Device Usage : Unlimited
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #1,252,178 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Warren is an orphan whose parents were lost in forest fire. He lives with his uncle and does the usual kid things. The neighbors, however, bug the hell out of him as they race around the small lake both properties front on loud jetskis. The father is a blustery bully who's intent on stripping away the beauty of the Northern Cascades to put up a subdivision of fancy houses.
Warren devises a scheme to stop the noisy jetskis, but it wasn't well thought out. What he thought would be a harmless, although scary prank endangers the son of loudmouth neighbor and messes up the dock. The result is Warren ending up in juvie court. He's sentenced to 100 hours of community service. He blurts out that he'd like to help out at the retirement home. He doesn't even know why he did since he'd far rather be in the great outdoors, like his father and mother had been.
Things start getting scary when he's chased by the bully boy and trips over a skeleton. The bully is close behind, so Warren has time only to pick up a medallion that obviously belonged to the dead person.
Anything else I'd say would be spoilers, so I don't want to tiptoe around that. My one complaint is that the book ends abruptly with a "you've got to read the sequel for the rest of the story." I really hate that. I've complained on more than one occasion that even a series must have a satisfying ending to each book. I do not like teasing by leaving huge questions unanswered to try to force the reader to buy the next book. When that happens, I don't buy the next book. Simple as that. You've lost a reader.
That's why this book gets only 3 stars. It left me on the edge of a cliff where I don't want to be, so I'll just take my toys and go home. I'll just read some spoiler reviews to see what happens.
Let me start by saying this. If you buy this book for your 12-15 year old nephew or read it to your younger kids as a bedtime story, they will have a great time. It really is a page turner, filled with adventure and suspense. However, I bought it for myself as a 20-something and was left feeling disappointed. I guess my biggest grudge with the book is that there is almost no character development - I didn't find myself falling in love or feeling much empathy for any of the characters, something which I usually do with other books where there are several characters that I "connect" with. I basically just read the book to see what happens next, which ended up being largely predictable.
The second grudge that I have is that the book is so short and doesn't even finish telling the story! You get to the last page and bang, it just ends in the middle of a scene with no closure. This is (not so) sneakily followed by promotion for the second book in the series, which happens to continue right where the last one left off! It's basically like starting a new chapter... Given how short this book actually is (you could easily read it in a day), I can't help but feel that this was an attempt by the author/publisher to milk these books for all they're worth. Fortunately the Kindle version of this book was relatively cheap at $4, but that's besides the point...
Anyway, I did go onto to purchase the second book because I read half of the story in the first book and wanted to see how it ends. After about 15 minutes of reading I'm 7% into the book...go figure...
When Warren's protest goes wrong, his adventure begins. While running to escape the land developer he discovers an artifact next to a centuries old skeleton that had been recently uncovered by heavy rains. The artifact turns out to have been left by aliens--yes, aliens--who had visited the Cascades hundreds of years before. Warren also discovers that a renegade of that alien visit is on his way back, bent on capturing and breaking the living spirit of the Earth, Gaia, who has been trapped in physical form since the first alien visit five centuries before.
This book will keep everyone, young and old alike, turning the page to see what happens next as Warren finds out who his friends and enemies are, and discovers what he must do to save the planet from annihilation. It seamlessly weaves environmental concerns, aliens, the Earth goddess and one brave young boy into a well-plotted, action-packed, thought-provoking story. I highly recommend it.