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Johnny Graphic and the Attack of the Zombies (Johnny Graphic Adventures Book 2) Kindle Edition
An Amazon Book with Buzz: "The Four Winds" by Kristin Hannah
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"[The author] does an excellent job... The classic style of the writing reminds me of Hardy Boys or Nancy Drew mysteries. It is a great throwback with a modern twist. I really
recommend this book..." -Chris Hooker, Reading with Cats
About the Author
- ASIN : B00FI2SDF4
- Publisher : Conger Road Press (November 17, 2013)
- Publication date : November 17, 2013
- Language : English
- File size : 3818 KB
- Simultaneous device usage : Unlimited
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 298 pages
- Page numbers source ISBN : 0985019638
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #2,839,824 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
- Customer Reviews:
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I won't discuss the plot as it is described adequately in the book description on Amazon's website and other good booksellers. What I would like to discuss are the facets of this (and the first book) that I found most interesting and enjoyable.
First of all, the style, like a great recipe, blends Biggles, the Hardy Boys and Nancy Drew together, with a soupcon of Tom Swift and a dash of Goosebumps, to serve up a fast-paced adventure story that younger readers from ten up couldn't help but love, as would older readers who grew up on on fun adventure stories. And with Johnny's pal Nina and his sister Mel playing almost an equal part in the adventure it would be of appeal to girls as well as boys.
Secondly, the history in the alternative world the story is set in has been so well thought out. The fact that some people can interact with the dead who have not passed on could not but help but to have changed history slightly, so instead of the United Kingdom we have the Royal Kingdom (where most of the action in this novel is set) and its capital Royalton.
The landmass which in our universe is made up of Canada and the U.S.A. is made up of Frontiere (roughly the area which you could describe as French Canada), Northland (the rest of Canada, Freedonia and its capital Neuport (New York?), the Plains Republic out west with its capital Zenith (Johnny's home town), and down south the Old Dominion.
I couldn't help but smile at Moorland Yard, the Royal Kingdom's national police headquarters, or when Johnny and co. have to travel north to foggy Moorland to continue their investigations. I also can't help but wonder if our villain's name, Percy Rathbone, is a nod to that great actor Basil Rathbone who while known for Sherlock Holmes, was such a great villain in movies like The Adventures Of Robin Hood, Captain Blood and The Mark Of Zorro. (Oh I do hope for a swordfight in the third book in the series.)
Finally, the book is set in 1936, in our world the golden era of flying boats, and this is reflected in both Johnny Graphic novels, although less-so in this one. Hopefully we will see more aerial adventures in the third novel which is due to be set at least partly in the frozen island country of Okkatek (Iceland).
Overall, great fun from start to finish. Highly recommended.
The classic style of the writing reminds me of Hardy Boys or Nancy Drew mysteries. It is a great throw back with a modern twist. I really enjoyed the style and the characters. The new characters that [Martin] added fit very well into the plot and enhanced the story line. I really recommend this book and feel it would be great in a classroom.
I was somewhat reminded of Tin Tin and his adventures, but the classic comic series has more humor, while Johnny Graphic is darker. I'm not sure each scene in this book is really suitable for young readers, while on the other hand I doubt whether the classic writing style will appeal to all.
The plot was helped along by several convenient coincidences, which you sometimes find in children's books and which usually is ok, but may find adults roll their eyes. The dialogues sounded comically formal and cumbersome - which is how I'd imagine some snotty aristocrats and their butlers to express themselves rather than a young adventurer such as Johnny. Exclamations like "Holey Maroley" sound cute but definitely also weird.
This is an interesting alternative to the usual children's fantasy stuff out there, but you really have to adjust to its unusual antiquated style. No way to know but to give it a try.
(I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review)