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Jake Ransom and the Skull King's Shadow by James Rollins

May 15th, 2009 by Debbie's World of Books


I would rate this book a 4 out of 5 stars.

Description: 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.

I’ve read all of Rollins’ adult books and have really enjoyed them.  I was curious how good a story targeted more at young adults would be and was surprised to find I probably enjoyed this more than any of his adult books.  Although, that may change as I am excitedly waiting for his next Sigma series book, The Doomsday Key, to come out next month.  The concept behind this story was quite original and pulls together the mystery of time travel, the pyramids, Atlantis and more.  The world Rollins created is amazing as we how people from the Neanderthals to Romans to Native Americans are brought together and live in relative harmony.  I can’t wait to find out why this diverse group of people were brought together and what does the Skull King have in store for it.  There is also the mysterious Bledsworth corporation who we have yet to find out what role they will play.  An exciting adverture along the lines of Indiana Jones that both young and old will enjoy.

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2 Responses

  1. Kailana

    I really want to read this! I have a couple of his adult books that need to be read, though, so I might catch up with those before reading this. I love James Rollins, though! Have you read him as James Clements? I have not, yet, but I have two of his books on my TBR pile.

  2. dsuzuki

    Huh, I didn’t know he wrote under another name. Which ones do you have in your TBR pile? You should really check this one out.

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