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3 of a Kind (Knightley and Son) Hardcover – August 2, 2016
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"Gadgets galore, action-filled brushes with death, and show-stopping settings . . . A totally satisfying third round of bonding à la Knightley (you know, with kidnapping, sleuthing, disguises, and murder)." - starred review, Kirkus Reviews
"Full of action and suspense, this series has the feel of Spy Kids or a young James Bond." - School Library Journal
"There’s plenty of mystery, suspense, and humor." - Booklist
"Danger and excitement--not to mention quirky characters and wonderful writing--lurk around every page!" - Chris Grabenstein, New York Times bestselling author of ESCAPE FROM MR. LEMONCELLO'S LIBRARY and co-author of TREASURE HUNTERS
"A teeth-gnashing thriller (. . .), it will have readers (ahem) howling for a third." - Kirkus Reviews, on K-9
"Scenes from this second book in the Knightley & Son series will evoke a broad range of emotions including empathy, revulsion, amusement, and sorrow. . . . An involving mystery with dark undercurrents." - Booklist, on K-9
"Heroes, villains and settings are all fully realized through proficient description, and contemporary technology gives way to sheer brainpower. A rousing page-turner with one fault: It ends." - starred review, Kirkus Reviews on KNIGHTLEY & SON
"Gavin has created a fun 'Sherlock Holmes'–style adventure, with modern twists and a bit of humor. The combination is skillfully done. This is a quick and fun read; a great choice for choice looking for a new mystery to dive into. - starred review, School Library Journal on KNIGHTLEY & SON
About the Author
Rohan Gavin is a screenwriter and author based in London. He is a huge fan of Sherlock Holmes and his enduring love of detective fiction and excellent cars inspired him to write the first book in this series, Knightley and Son. Rohan is the son of award-winning children's author Jamila Gavin, and he recently became a father himself.
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One problem is that in various spots, the book just doesn't seem to flow properly. Also, the "action" gets harder and harder to believe.
For instance, Darkus, Tilly and Knightley break into Area 51 and steal a "buggy", and successfully get away scott free from the guards. Let me tell you, even if you just broke in, but didn't steal anything, the guards WOULD find you, no matter who you are or where you go. For them to escape is just not believable.
Also, in the scene in the Luxor Hotel, the window in the room is broken, and Darkus is almost thrown out of it. COME ON!!!! You don't think they make those windows out of super thick, nearly unbreakable glass?!? IMO, it would take alot more than a chair or a person throwing another person into the glass to break it!!
Also, when they are in the house in the desert, they come out surrounded by Hummers and guards. Yet they didn't hear a thing until they exited the house?! You can't hear Hummers approaching and guards moving around? Just one of the many unbelievable scenarios in this book.
And the character of Clive is really over the top. He is SO unlikable and such a jerk that it is unbelievable. Why would Darkus's mom stay with him for so long if he is that way?
And Tilly really comes across as a know it all, hot headed loud mouth who talks back to her father and step mother, and to Knightley. I know she has "issues", but she is really NOT a nice person.
Oh, and as typical of the last two books, the "gadgets" supplied to them by Miss Kahn just HAPPEN to be the ones they need to save their life. Without them, they would have died. WHAT LUCK! You're not really that good of a detective if you only succeed because you happen to have a device that exactly fits the circumstances you are in to save your life.
There are other things wrong with this book, but those give you an idea. I know it's a juvenile book, written for young people. And I know it's fiction. But still, other authors have done a much better job putting together a well flowing, believable book.
Try the Young Sherlock Holmes Series. Or the Mysterious Benedict Society, or Spy School or Diamond Brothers Mysteries or the Wells and Wong mysteries. Much better writing.
I am an adult and have read hundreds if not thousands of juvenile and young adult books. Most of them are really well done. My standards are pretty high however, and this book did not live up to my standards. I will not be reading anymore of the Knightley and Son books.