Book Review: Escape by Georgia Bruton

Book Details:

File Size: 1857 KB
Print Length: 210 Pages
Publisher: Silver Knight Publishing, LLC
Publication Date: September 3, 2012
Text-to-Speech: Enabled

Book Summary:

When young Micah touched the floating ship on his bedroom wallpaper, he was in for a surprise—one that would change his life forever . . .

Twelve-year-old Micah’s single mom struggles as a recovering alcoholic. When she returns to rehab, Micah is forced to live with his controlling grandfather—a situation he dreads. While settling into his new life, Micah makes an amazing discovery. Upon touching the sailing ships of his bedroom wallpaper, he suddenly transports from his grandfather’s house to a ship in the Caribbean Sea. His adventures as a pirate, and the son of One Eye Nate, are set in motion.

Through a series of events, Micah’s grandfather sends him to live with his aunt and uncle in California. Micah quickly engages in a new passion—surfing. His summer flies by as he works on his new skill and improves his swimming techniques to compete in the Junior Olympics against his rival, Cal. During his time away from the magical world of pirates and adventure, Micah discovers he’s not the first in his family to visit the Black Raven ship.

Can Micah learn to accept his family’s secrecy? Escape to the high seas in this exciting tale filled with triumph, courage, and heart.

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Book Review: The Secret of the Sacred Scarab by Fiona Ingram

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File Size: 977 KB
Print Length: 303 Pages
Publisher: Fiona Ingram
Publication Date: July 1, 2011
Text-to-Speech: Enabled

Book Summary:

A 5000-year-old mystery comes to life when a scruffy peddler gives Adam and Justin Sinclair an old Egyptian scarab on their very first day in Egypt. Only when the evil Dr. Faisal Khalid shows a particular interest in the cousins and their scarab, do the boys realise they are in terrible danger. Dr. Khalid wants the relic at all costs.

Justin and Adam embark upon the adventure of a lifetime, taking them down the Nile and across the harsh desert in their search for the legendary tomb of the Scarab King, an ancient Egyptian ruler. They are plunged into a whirlpool of hazardous and mysterious events when Dr. Khalid kidnaps them. They survive terrifying dangers in a hostile environment (such as a giant cobra and sinking sand), pursued by enemies in their quest to solve the secret of the sacred scarab. They must translate the hieroglyphic clues on the underside of the scarab, as well as rescue the missing archaeologist James Kinnaird, and their friend, the Egyptologist Ebrahim Faza, before time runs out. They must also learn more about the ancient Seven Stones of Power and the mysterious Shemsu-Hor.

With just their wits, courage, and each other, the boys manage to survive . . . only to find that the end of one journey is the beginning of another!

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Book Review: Escape From Ancient Egypt by AK Taylor

Book Details:

File Size: 1447 KB
Print Length: 182 Pages
Publisher: Telemachus Press, LLC
Publication Date: December 19, 2012
Text-to-Speech: Enabled

Book Summary:

Seeking his revenge on Neiko for exposing him, Francesco banishes Neiko into ancient Egypt just like he did her friends eleven years ago. During her stay there, she unravels the mystery of what happened to her four friends. Now she’s faced with a bigger problem—how to get home. After a series of unfortunate events, Neiko is now entangled with Pharaoh Ramesses II. Francesco also comes to make sure their fates are sealed. Can Neiko and her friends beat impossible odds and return to Hawote and back to the present?

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Book Review: Prey of the Spirit Bear by William Hill

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File Size: 851 KB
Print Length: 293 Page
Publisher: Otter Creek Press
Publication Date: September 14, 2012
Text-to-Speech: Enabled

Book Summary:

Prey of the Spirit Bear is a gripping young adult adventure set in America’s National Parks where Native American legends and old world monsters roam the lands. The story follows the investigations into strange sightings, raven deaths, and a mysterious crystal skull by a National Parks junior ranger, a Boy Scout, and a reluctant gamer of mixed heritage with blood ties to Native American spirit beasts. The Old World collides with the New where stone arches, caves, and natural bridges connect the realm of Above with that of below. The trio must rediscover lost secrets and stops an ancient threat before monsters are unleashed into the civilized world.

National Parks visited include Arches, Yosemite, Yellowstone, Bryce Canyon, Devils Tower, and Great Smoky Mountains. The book includes compelling pen and ink drawings at each chapter heading inspired by southwestern art and landscapes to visually enhance the story. Prey of the Spirit Bear reads swiftly at 384 pages.

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Book Review: Rogue Alliance by Michelle Bellon

Book Details:

File Size: 689 KB
Print Length: 375 pages
Publisher: John Lynch Digital Publishing House
Publication Date: October 30, 2012
Text-to-Speech: Enabled

Book Summary:

Trying to escape a horrific past, Shyla has immersed herself in life as a tough, sassy cop in the bustle of LA. When the case of a lifetime takes her back to her hometown of Redding, she is thrown into a world of organized crime, deceit, and bitter reminders of her childhood.

As Shyla’s path crosses that of Brennan, an unwitting and troubled sidekick to the ringleader she’s intent on taking down, she is forced to re-evaluate everything she believes about herself, her job, and what she knows about right and wrong.

Can she face the demons of her upbringing and learn to trust again? Her life will depend on it.

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