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The Obsidian Blade (Klaatu Diskos) Paperback – April 9, 2013
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Gr 7 Up-Tucker's father, Reverend Adrian Feye, was making a repair on the roof of his house when he disappeared. An hour later, he returned looking worn and sunburned, with a mysterious girl in tow. His father is also acting strangely. Although he's a preacher, he no longer believes in God. His mother has also become withdrawn. Are all these events related? Tucker believes his father fell through a shimmering disk that appeared on their roof. Tucker's life takes a serious detour when his father takes his mother away for treatment and arranges for Uncle Curtis to take care of Tucker. Curtis's house also has a disk that appears on the roof. What are these disks? Do they lead to the same place? Can Tucker find his parents by going through a disk? The first title (Candlewick, 2012) in a projected trilogy by Pete Hautman has plot twists and turns throughout, and the scientific, historical, and spiritual issues that are introduced make for a fascinating listen. Joshua Swanson's narration is elegant and smooth, and he employs a variety of voices and inflections. A great addition to school and public library collections.-Elizabeth Kenyon, Merrillville High School, INα(c) Copyright 2011. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
This might be Hautman’s most daring book yet. Throughout, Hautman raises significant issues concerning family, faith, and destiny. Well-developed and complex characters, a fascinating time travel framework (including dispatches from the far future), and a heart-stopping conclusion will leave readers looking forward to the next book.
—Publishers Weekly (starred review)
Vivid imagination and deft storytelling make for refreshing speculative fiction in this time-travel tale... Part science fiction, part adventure, part mystery, but every bit engrossing; be sure to start the hold list for the sequel.
—Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
This fast-paced opener to the Klaatu Diskos trilogy will satiate adventure seekers, and the refined brain candy will be delicious to more thoughtful readers... Tantalizing.
—Booklist (starred review)
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Finally, I want to respond to an earlier reviewer who claimed this book was "in your face" Christian proselytizing. I don't see how anyone could say that. If anything, this book would call that faith into question.
The good guys were good, and the bad guys, very bad, and some characters left way too soon. I am very curious to find out where Tucker and Lajlia will land next, and what history will end up being there. And I admit that Kosh ended up being much more endearing than I expected. Bring on The Cydonian Pyramid, I'm ready!
Hautman really works hard to pull the reader into the story and it makes it great. I love the bits of WI/MN color that flow throughout the story. I can barely wait to get home to "The Cydonian Pyramid".
Tons of fun, off kilter, fast paced ride. Enjoy!
So uh... yeah. This book isn't very good. The story is good, but it's presented badly. Lots of delectable bits are hidden under vast blobs of incoherence. But, oh, those delectable bits... i barely finished this book, but it took a fair degree of self control to only order book 2, rather than buying book 3 now as well.
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