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Book 3 of 6 in the Michael Vey Series

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Amazon Exclusive: Glenn Beck Interviews Richard Paul Evans

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In this exclusive Amazon.com interview,Richard Paul Evans, the #1 bestselling author of Michael Vey: The Prisoner of Cell 25, speaks with Glenn Beck about where the idea for the series came from, why Michael Vey is an unexpected hero, and what comes next for Michael Vey.

Glenn Beck: I know why I was drawn to reading this series, but what inspired you to write it?

Richard Paul Evans: Two things inspired Michael Vey. First, after writing literary novels for more than two decades, I wanted to write something just for the sheer joy of it. I’ve always loved superhero stories. When I was a boy I used to rake leaves for the neighbors for money to buy comic books. So writing Michael Vey was personally satisfying. Second, I felt like the Young Adult genre had been overrun by vampire- and dystopian-themed books. I just wanted to write an original good read—something unique and exciting without all the negative life scripts for youth.

GB: Where did the idea for electric children initially come from?

RPE: Good question. After more than 75 years of comic books, it wasn’t easy finding a unique superpower—and Michael Vey isn’t the first to use electricity. But once I came up with the idea to focus all the youth’s powers around electricity, I was able to create something that I felt was both entertaining and distinct.

GB: What’s the best story you’ve heard from other parents about their kids being introduced to the books?

RPE: While I’ll never tire of hearing that the Michael Vey series got a child to read, my favorite story came from a parent of a youth struggling with severe Tourette’s Syndrome. Her child decided that if Michael Vey could face his Tourette’s with courage then so could she. This mother said the book made a remarkable difference in her child’s self-esteem and social life at school.

GB: Michael Vey has Tourette’s syndrome and isn't necessarily the “cool kid” in school. In other words, he’s not your typical hero. Why didn’t you make him the quarterback/prom king/valedictorian that most readers are used to?

RPE: I wanted a hero that the average reader could relate to. I’ve never believed that the real heroes of this world have perfect physiques and bulging muscles. A hero’s power comes from the heart not the biceps. I wanted Michael Vey to exemplify that.

GB: The big reveal of why these kids are being hunted is really unique and original—it's not wizards or angels or vampires. Where did you get this idea?

RPE: Once I developed a plausible explanation for how these youths developed their particular mutation, it opened up an entire world of social, ethical, and political options to explore. The direction the story line can follow is infinite in possibility.

GB: Every time my kids read another book in the series they ask me this, so now I get to finally ask you: If you had to pick one of the kids’ powers to have yourself, which would it be and why?

RPE: Frankly, I’d love to have any of the Electric kids’ powers (except Nichelle’s), but, from a practical standpoint, I’d have to go with Taylor’s. The ability to reboot people at any moment would give you a tremendous amount of power over any situation. (Imagine Taylor at the presidential debates!) And reading minds would definitely come in handy—especially my wife’s.

GB: I know there’s a lot more still to come in this series. Do you have the whole thing mapped out in your head already or does it come to you over time?

RPE: Since the moment I began writing Michael Vey, the series has felt like a gift to me. I have some general ideas on where the series will go over the seven books and a pretty good idea at how it will conclude, but the details still come to me like manna—just enough for the day.

--This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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Fans of Michael Vey will not be disappointed in this high-octane addition to the series featuring a boy who can manipulate electricity and who tries to stop the nefarious Dr. Hatch from controlling the world’s power. Picking up from the final escape scene in Rise of the Elgen (2012), Michael finds himself in the Amazon rain forest. There, he joins forces with Tessa, whose ability to amplify powers comes in handy as they try to free the other Glows still held captive. Evading both the Elgen and Peruvian armies, the teenage Electroclan try to stop Dr. Hatch and return home once and for all. While the character development is shallow and the dialogue sounds dated, Michael and his friends are appealing, uncomplicated protagonists. Chaste romantic scenes and a conspicuous lack of profanity may widen the audience. Readers new to the series may be confused by the large cast and lack of backstory, but the relentless pace and constant one-liners should keep the pages turning easily. Grades 7-9. --Summer Hayes --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 12 and up
  • Grade Level: 7 and up
  • Lexile Measure: 530 (What's this?)
  • Series: Michael Vey (Book 3)
  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Simon Pulse/Mercury Ink; Reprint edition (May 6, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1442475129
  • ISBN-13: 978-1442475120
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 1 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (816 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #16,176 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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After an impatient year- long wait, I was excited to read Michael Vey 3: Battle of the Ampere, the latest installment in Richard Paul Evans gripping series featuring Michael Vey and the Electroclan. It was even better than I had anticipated. I was totally blown away!

The end of MV2 left us breathless and left Michael Vey, his mother and his friends still in the jungles of Peru. Michael has become separated from the rest after a harrowing ordeal with the Elgen. With his mother finally safe as told to him by an old friend, Michael together with new friend Tessa, eventually reunites with his Electroclan. The brave and loyal band of cohorts face many obstacles that just might keep them from their ultimate mission, to sink the Ampere and dethrone the devilish Hatch who has become more powerful than anyone could have imagined. This book keeps readers glued to every page. This a shockingly exciting, emotionally charged chapter of the Michael Vey series.

Richard Paul Evans does an fantastic job at keeping both kids, teens and adults interested and engaged in all of the books in the Michael Vey series. RPE is truly a master storyteller that has kept the energy and sparks flying throughout this fun adventure. I will be recommending this book to everyone.
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Wow! I just finished this latest installment and I wasn't a bit disappointed. Richard Paul Evans' mind doesn't work like the rest of our's and he leads you down a predictable though convoluted path that just makes you crave for more and more, like some alley junkie looking for his next fix. This is a continuing saga in a soft, sci-fi package and you cannot help but like the group of young protagonists as they go about their business of saving the world from an evil, really evil, character. Can't wait for the next installment. I'm 64 but in my mind's eye as I read this novel, I became 16 again! Thank you!
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This book was fantastic! I read nonstop for about 2 hours to complete this book. I have read the other books 4 times and this book followed up perfectly. I totally recommend this book and you should buy it right now.
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After reading the first 2 installments of this series 4-5 times each, I couldn't wait for this book to come out. About 3 or so hours after the my preordered, kindle version of the book downloaded, I read it. I read non-stop until the book was done. I was extremely disappointed when it ended, because there was no more left to read! Now I have to wait an entire year before I get to continue this epic adventure. The only small problem that I had with this book, is that it's a little too predictable, but there are still a few surprises that will raise your eyebrows. If you have read the first 2 Michael Vey books, you will not be able to put down the book. So quit wasting your time reading this review, and buy it!
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I think this is a great book for preteen, and teenagers, and for adults to read to their 8, 9, year child or grandchild. Richard Paul Evans brings the reader right into the dangers the teenagers are in and describes the out come in a way you can't put the book down, I bought #1 the prisoner of cell 25, #2 Rise of the Elgen and #3 Battle of the Ampere for myself and the 3 volumes for my 11 year old Grandson. Keeps the kids away from the i-pads.

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Marie Kelley
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I didn't love this book as much as the second one, - just too much running around in the Peruvian jungle, and too much separation from the other teens. The big question here is who is the Voice? How does the group he represents always know what the Electroclan is accomplishing or when they need help? How can they ferry folks around the world to safety so fast. Are they part of the US government since they seem to find safety in the US? Lots of questions about this group and how they work. That will keep me reading. It was so predictable that some of the group would abandon Michael and his loyal friends, and also predictable that some would also come back. I could see that coming a mile away. This was a more depressing book because of the discouragement of the teens. The final fight scenes on board the ship was too short, while the jungle scenes too long. A death was predictable but still effective and especially the loyalty of his best friend. It also was sort of fake and phoney, but so predictable that Hatch would get away,,,, again! I guess he'll keep getting away as long as Evans wants to keep the series alive. I'm not sure how long this can be sustained. It is getting a little formulaic, like a Nancy Drew mystery. Change of scenery, but pretty much the same thing happens again and again. For the next book, I think Hatch should come and seek out Michael, instead of the usual. I disliked the torture and murder again. I know it has to be done to enhance the evil of Hatch, but still it is too much for me.
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I just love these books and I'm 64 years old and I would like my grandson to get started on them. Keep the books coming. I'm waiting right now for the 3rd book.
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How can you get better than Richard Paul Evans! I've loved all the books I've read of his. Which are many in number. There's only 3 or 4 I haven't read yet. He is an amazing, well diversified author; mystery, romance, inspirational, youth & adult, family values, science fiction, etc. He shares much of who he is through his books.
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