With his Jake Ransom series James Rollins uses his adeptness at exploring the mysterious and thrilling and gears it towards a younger audience. Jake and his sister, Kady, are drawn into a fantastic adventure prompted by a letter and an artifact from one of their long-missing parent's expeditions. But when they discover a strange and savage land that may have been the cause of their parents' disappearance they find that the evil Skul King wants to make sure that they also disappear. Pedro Pascal gives a steady performance of this audiobook, hushed and intense, that accentuates the enigmatic tone of the story making it palpable to young or old listeners.
But even as they enter the gate to this extraordinary place, savage grackyls soar across the sky, diving to attack. Jake's new friends, the pretty Mayan girl Marika and the Roman Pindor, say the grackyls were created by an evil alchemist - the Skull King. And as Jake struggles to find a way home, it becomes obvious that what the Skull King wants most is Jake and Kady, dead or alive.
©2009 James Rollins; (P)2009 HarperCollins Publishers
I've read Rollins from his first book on. Spooky, crazy, unbelievable stuff that fascinated me. Then he moved on to Sigma Force and I really enjoy those. So when I saw this I didn't take a close look and here I was in fantasy land. Great fun read. Just proves to me that with a decent imagination you're never too old!
Another good read by Rollins, however, this one is also geared towards a little younger teenage reader. My hubby and I still enjoyed it even though it was not quit as sophisticated as some of his other books!
We love Rollins' creative mind and where his books take us! A good journey!
I cringed every time he kept mispronouncing the same words over and over again. His performance was pretty good, but the constant mispronunciations were SO distracting, that I kept getting pulled out of the story.
Actually a pretty good book but writen for preteens. I was upset that it doesnt say that in any of the descriptions. I felt kinda dooped but having puchased it, I listened to it and found it to be worth while. Exellent if you have a preteen to listen with you.
The story was great. Simple for the young reader. The narration was also well done. The music production was too much though. You wanted to get on the the next part but there was an interlude that you would have to wait for. And some of the music was just oddly placed, too loud, and definitely too long. It doesn't take away from the story though. Just an annoyance to wait for. You might use it to take a break to get some hot chocolate!
The story was weak and tediously slow. It appears that Mr. Rollins (whose books I usually thoroughly enjoy) was attempting to start a story line similar to those of the Harry Potter series. The story was written for a very young adult but the language was for a more mature reader. Still, very weak story. Also, reader read s-l-o-w-l-y......boring.
The story line was weak and boring.
Just about anyone else.
Would have re-written it to be for a younger adult.
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