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The Alchemyst: The Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel, Book 1 | [Michael Scott]

The Alchemyst: The Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel, Book 1

Nicholas Flamel was born in Paris on September 28, 1330. Nearly 700 years later, he is acknowledged as the greatest alchemist of his day. It is said that he discovered the secret of eternal life. The records show that he died in 1418. But his tomb is empty. The legend: Nicholas Flamel lives, but only because he has been making the elixir of life for centuries. And Sophie and Josh Newman are about to find themselves in the middle of the greatest legend of all time.
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Publisher's Summary

He holds the secret that can end the world.

The truth: Nicholas Flamel was born in Paris on September 28, 1330. Nearly 700 years later, he is acknowledged as the greatest alchemist of his day. It is said that he discovered the secret of eternal life. The records show that he died in 1418. But his tomb is empty.

The legend: Nicholas Flamel lives. But only because he has been making the elixir of life for centuries. The secret of eternal life is hidden within the book he protects, the Book of Abraham the Mage. It's the most powerful book that has ever existed. In the wrong hands, it will destroy the world. That's exactly what Dr. John Dee plans to do when he steals it. Humankind won't know what's happening until it's too late. And if the prophecy is right, Sophie and Josh Newman are the only ones with the power to save the world as we know it. Sometimes legends are true.

And Sophie and Josh Newman are about to find themselves in the middle of the greatest legend of all time.

©2007 Michael Scott; (P)2007 Random House Inc. Listening Library, an imprint of the Random House Audio Publishing Group

What the Critics Say

"Proceeding at a breakneck pace, and populated by the likes of werewolves and vampires, the novel ends on a precipice, presumably to be picked up in volume two." (Publishers Weekly)

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    Richard phoenix, AZ, United States 02-26-11
    Richard phoenix, AZ, United States 02-26-11
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    "not too shabby"

    I really enjoyed this book,it is definitely geared towards teens but i liked it (I am 32) and went on to buy the next in the series which happens to be equally good. Narration is particularly well done as well.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    LCOC Westport, CT 02-25-11
    LCOC Westport, CT 02-25-11
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    "For a younger reader"

    This was a good story and I did finish and enjoy it but it would be a 5 star read for a younger person.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    sandra decatur, TX, United States 02-17-11
    sandra decatur, TX, United States 02-17-11 Member Since 2015
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    "Well written, looking forward to more!"

    I found this to be overall a very well written book, well narrated and look forward to the next in the series.

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    Daniel United States 02-07-11
    Daniel United States 02-07-11 Member Since 2010
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    "Entertaining for teens and adults."

    This is a nice spin off from the Harry Potter franchise. Nice to see these types of books getting out there. The story is pretty interesting.. Glad I got this one.

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    Robert Adams Armada, MI 02-01-11
    Robert Adams Armada, MI 02-01-11 Member Since 2011

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    "Wish it was a complete story"

    Fun story, and I enjoyed it except...
    It isn't a complete story. This is reads more like part one of a story, not book one in a series. I would not suggest this book unless you are ready to buy the rest in the series. If you are, then, I'd give it one more star.

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    Charles Pittsburgh, PA, USA 09-11-07
    Charles Pittsburgh, PA, USA 09-11-07
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    "Don't bother."

    I tried. I really did. This was a very bad purchase. Maybe it's only the narrator that makes this bad....but I doubt it. Just a really really lame story.

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    Catherine CopenhagenDenmark 10-05-07
    Catherine CopenhagenDenmark 10-05-07
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    "A must!!"

    I just can't wait for Book 2! That's how good and interesting this series is!

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    A. Tol Durham, N.C. 12-09-12
    A. Tol Durham, N.C. 12-09-12

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    "Meh."
    What did you like best about The Alchemyst? What did you like least?

    The story was incredibly cliche. It felt like so many other teen fiction novels being written these days but without any character. It wasn't terrible, just bland. You know exactly what's going to happen at every corner because they always go for the most cliche option. The narrator was very good though.


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    Lisa Grand Rapids, MN, United States 11-08-12
    Lisa Grand Rapids, MN, United States 11-08-12 Member Since 2009
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    "Great Book.... but be prepared....."
    Any additional comments?

    I really enjoyed this and all (well the first 4 so far) books of this series. That is why I say be prepared.... to buy the entire series. If you like fantasies like this then you will want to get all of them since there really isn't a decent end to any one book, they really leave you hanging at the end of each and you want the next to.... well maybe not answer questions but simply finish the story. I really enjoy the mix of old and new, fantasy and reality. It is written well and believably as in you want to say "it could happen" if you are a fantasy lover as I am.

    I didn't like that they changed narrators for the first 3 books but it wasn't that hard to get used to each new one, and the final one for the last four books is the same and very good.

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    Elise Rena, Norway 10-05-12
    Elise Rena, Norway 10-05-12 Member Since 2009
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    "Dejavu"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    I was to old for this book.
    I kept thinking that I have heard this before, and I found no suprises in the story.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Michael Scott? Why or why not?

    I am not interested in a new book at all.


    Did The Alchemyst inspire you to do anything?

    the book insprired me to look for something else to read, and told my mom not to waste her time reading it.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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