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The Lighthouse Land: The Lighthouse Trilogy, Book 1 | [Adrian McKinty]

The Lighthouse Land: The Lighthouse Trilogy, Book 1

When Jamie’s mother inherits a small island and moves her little family from Harlem to Ireland, her troubled son sees a chance to start over, far away from the bullies and the pitying stares. Cancer has left Jamie without an arm or the will to speak. But Muck Island is no sanctuary, and it offers more than solitude and sea views. Jamie learns that he is heir to an ancient title—Laird of Muck, Guardian of the Passage—and certain otherworldly responsibilities.
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Publisher's Summary

Introducing the first young-adult novel from crime fiction writer Adrian McKinty—whose adult books have been called “unputdownable” (Washington Post), “exceptional” (San Francisco Chronicle), and “profoundly satisfying” (Booklist)—this is the start of an epic sci-fi trilogy with an unforgettable hero.

When Jamie’s mother inherits a small island and moves her little family from Harlem to Ireland, her troubled son sees a chance to start over, far away from the bullies and the pitying stares. Cancer has left Jamie without an arm or the will to speak. But Muck Island is no sanctuary, and it offers more than solitude and sea views. Jamie learns that he is heir to an ancient title—Laird of Muck, Guardian of the Passage—and certain otherworldly responsibilities. With the help of a mysterious object he discovers in the island’s old lighthouse, Jamie sets out on a dangerous interstellar mission that could change the course of his life—and the universe—forever.

Tautly paced and brilliantly imagined, this novel will thrill sci-fi fans eager for new heroes and new worlds to explore.

©2006 Adrian McKinty (P)2011 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

What the Critics Say

“McKinty, previously known for adult crime novels, brings an attuned ear for dialogue and a taut pacing to his first YA outing, the launch title in the Lighthouse Trilogy.” (Publishers Weekly)

“This thought-provoking sci-fi adventure offers universal appeal, excitement, and a one-of-a-kind hero whose courage and compassion will inspire any reader.” (Children’s Literature)

“Few readers will be able to resist…Teens will enjoy this first book in a planned trilogy.” (VOYA)

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    Kathy Bedford, TX, United States 04-21-11
    Kathy Bedford, TX, United States 04-21-11 Member Since 2007
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    "Brilliant!"

    McKinty is a wonderful storyteller and he has really written something special in this Lighthouse series. I was more familiar with his gritty, gory crime novels but Lighthouse series is completely different. I loved the vivid imagination and that the main characters were teens who have to work together, use history lessons, physics, trigonometry and other sciences to problems solve. McKinty also throws in large helpings of humor that truly made me laugh out loud. Gerald Doyle is a wonderful narrator -- young, old , male, female, Irish, American -- he can do it all.
    If you have a youngster who can't quite focus on school, these books may help with that. After all, if you would like to be a valued person during an Intergalactic War, you need to know math, chemistry, history etc, etc, not to mention what to do if you fall in love with an alien ,,, a bit of a sticky wicket that.

    13 of 13 people found this review helpful
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    Stan 01-16-11
    Stan 01-16-11 Member Since 2010
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    "Wating for the next book"

    Although I am 61 years old I still enjoy a good novel. Adrian McKinty has written a very good one. I will be waiting for the next book.

    9 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    Laureen FLOODWOOD, MN, United States 05-08-13
    Laureen FLOODWOOD, MN, United States 05-08-13 Member Since 2010
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    "Pleasant Surprise!"

    I was looking for something new to listen to. This is a great listen! Action, adventure, laugh out loud funny! The narrator is very nice to listen to and that can really make or break a book on Audible for me! Can't go wrong with this one! Can't wait to listen to the next one!

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    M. 12-05-13
    M. 12-05-13 Member Since 2012

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    "great escapism"

    wonderful imaginative story. good narration recognized his accent from Eragon; enjoyed him then also. suspend belief and enjoy the story; makes me smile to remember the story. Enjoyed it so much I purchased 2 right away and then had to hear the conclusion of number 3!!!

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Leslie Elk Grove, CA, United States 09-11-12
    Leslie Elk Grove, CA, United States 09-11-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Excellent for young adults"

    Excellent for young adults or pre-teens / teens. A bit too juvenile for adults, but a good listen which captured my attention and kept me interested. Similar to Narnia.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    T.kettle 04-17-12
    T.kettle 04-17-12
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    "Believable Characters"
    What about Gerard Doyle’s performance did you like?

    Having read the books first, I had a their voices in my mind. Gerard Doyle brought the characters to life by making them sound like their nationality.


    Any additional comments?

    McKinty has a way of making his characters real. Whether the character is a child recuperating from cancer and surgery, an Asperger-esque/math and science genius, a cool mom, or an extraterrestrial, they are all believable, interesting and maybe just a Wishaway.
    On top of that, Gerard Doyle breathed life into them. He is the perfect choice for the Lighthouse Trilogy.
    This book is a teen book. I, however, am a mom, and I loved it as much as my son. I am really glad you have this trilogy. It rates right up there with Brandon Mull's Fablehaven and Rick Riordan's Percy Jackson.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    John L. Walston north carolina 10-20-13
    John L. Walston north carolina 10-20-13 Member Since 2012

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    "Not Quite Harry Potter"
    What disappointed you about The Lighthouse Land?

    I know that it is intended for pre-teens but while the plot is okay, the action is really implausible. I could not help comparing it to the early books in the Harry Potter series. The kids' characters are just not consistent.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    Probably the next Jo Nesbit book.


    What does Gerard Doyle bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Gerard Doyle in the Sean Duffy, Michael Forsythe series, makes listening to excellent books much much much more enjoyable since use of the Irish expressions are so effective delivered in an Irish accent. I much prefer listening to these books than reading them imagining an Irish accent. Mr. Doyle manages to enhance the experience without being obtrusive. He is my favorite narrator.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The Lighthouse Land?

    I don't think that cutting scenes would fix this book for me.


    Any additional comments?

    none.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    breckoz SANTA CRUZ, CA, United States 03-31-12
    breckoz SANTA CRUZ, CA, United States 03-31-12 Member Since 2011

    Audiobook Junkie... Love all types of Science Fiction

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    "Not really for adults"

    The age of the characters does indicate that this is a children's book but the lack of depth to characters and story make it hard to follow. It was difficult for me to relate to some of the characters because they truly are childish, arrogant, and unjustifiably confident in their thoughts and actions. This story follows a depressed child named Jamie that will not speak because he has lost an arm. He ends up finding an alien artifact that allows him to travels to a fantasy world where he meets a girl, falls in love, and then heroically saves the day by battling off a bunch of ruthless invaders. Jamie came off to me as selfish and naive. I found much of this story down to the naming of some of the characters to be corny and the story a bit convenient and hard to believe at times. In short, the main characters become these great warriors who can slay even the most battle harden enemy despite their age and lack of training. I gave it three stars because maybe it is suitable for a younger audience.

    5 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Deanna URBANA, IL, United States 12-18-14
    Deanna URBANA, IL, United States 12-18-14 Member Since 2005
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    "Ackward"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    The point of view this writer had was ackward for me. It felt choppy, I just couldn't get into it and gave up before the first chapter was done.


    Has The Lighthouse Land turned you off from other books in this genre?

    No.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Gerard Doyle’s performances?

    No.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    No.


    Any additional comments?

    I liked the premise. But I never felt engaged or transported to the time and place, it felt like I was being forced to read something in my childhood when I hated reading.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Heather Shaw 10-12-14
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    "McKinty Rocks Again"

    This is supposed to be a young reader book but Adrian McKinty is a skilled writer so the story works no matter you age. The kids are well written and conceived. The plot a wonderful piece of sic fi without being over the top and who can go wrong with Gerard Doyle. Don't let the suggested age range fool you in to passing this by.

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  • Clare
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    4/7/11
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    "found a trilogy to love"

    Bought because of who narrated it and found a trilogy to love

    Loved this book it is definitely a young adult book but I am 21 and really enjoyed it as did my aunt who is 50. Jamie is a well written character and the love story between him and Wishaway is sweet.

    You would like this book if you liked the looking glass wars, but it is worth getting just to listen to Gerald Doyle’s voice.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Faye
    Deal, United Kingdom
    4/9/13
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    "Great story"

    Downloaded this to listen to in the car on journeys with my teenage daughter - a really good listen. looking forward to listening to the next installment in the trilogy. Recommend if you like a good yarn that stirs your imagination.



    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • sue
    York, United Kingdom
    12/23/12
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    "Very enjoyable"

    This story begins with a young, american boy - Jamie - whose protective Mum makes him isolated and vulnerable to the local 'bullies'. He then inherits a title and island in Ireland. To his Mum's relief they move away from everything he has known. The story is slow to start (for a young persons book) but becomes more interesting as the story moves on. By the end one is left wanting more, which is good as this is the first in a trilogy.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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