Mar 1, 2010

#18 - "Jake Ransom and the Skull King's Shadow" by James Rollins

When a mysterious envelope arrives for Jake Ransom, he and his older sister, Kady, are plunged into a gripping chain of events. An artifact found by their parents - on the expedition from which they never returned - leads Jake and Kady to a strange world inhabited by a peculiar mix of long-lost civilizations, a world that may hold the key to their parents' disappearance.
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. 

My thoughts on the book:
I loved it. As always, James Rollins delivers fun, exciting, adventurous & enjoyable story that it's hard to put it down. I especially loved the note from the author at the end, where he explains that Jake Ransom's character is a little based on himself as a child. This is the first book in the Jake Ransom series and I can't wait for the second, which will be published this spring. So, if you are a fan of Indiana Jones & novels full of adventure, action & mystery, than this is a novel for you and I highly recommend it!!!

My rating: 4.5/5



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