Tuesday, June 14, 2011

The Great Mogul Diamond

978-1-4143-1949-0The Dopple Ganger Chronicles: The Great Mogul Diamond (book 3)
Written by G.P. Taylor
Publised at Tyndale

About the book

Everything  was going so well for a change. Sadie and Saskia Dopple, those troublesome twins, had been adopted by the wealthy writer and recluse Muzz Elliott. And their friend Erik Morrissey Ganger was finally on his way to becoming a full-fledged private detective. But when an anonymous note threatens someone they love, the twins are off on an express train to danger. Suddenly they find themselves awhirl in a series of crimes—stolen right off the pages of Muzz Elliott’s own mystery novels. The twins need to figure out who’s behind this twisted plot soon, or Muzz Elliott will be framed for her own greatest literary invention . . . the theft of the Great Mogul Diamond. Meanwhile, Erik speeds through the countryside in an unbelievably cool car with private eye Dorcas Potts, racing the clock and attempting to outwit a gang of robbers. At the end of the road (if he ever gets there), he and the twins will have to get their hands on the diamond first in order to save Muzz Elliott. But not even this car is fast enough to escape the nagging doubts in Erik’s mind . . . What do you do when you aren’t sure what’s right? Sadie, Saskia, and Erik face this question head-on in the third installment of The Dopple Ganger Chronicles, by New York Times bestselling author G. P. Taylor.

Who is G.P. Taylor?

A motorcyclist and former rock band roadie turned Anglican minister, Graham Peter (G. P.) Taylor has been hailed as "hotter than Potter" and "the new C. S. Lewis" in the United Kingdom. His first novel, Shadowmancer, reached #1 on the New York Times Best Sellers List in 2004 and has been translated into 48 languages. His other novels include Wormwood (another New York Times best seller which was nominated for a Quill Book Award), The Shadowmancer Returns: The Curse of Salamander Street, Tersias the Oracle, and Mariah Mundi. Taylor currently resides in North Yorkshire with his wife and three children.



My Thoughts

It was delight to reconnect with the characters of The Dopple Ganger Chronicles.   Like in the previous books, the story in this third installment is surrounded by mystery and adventure.  

Somehow someone is black mailing the writer Muzz Elliott and is planning something to get her caught.   All the adventures that the beloved characters are living in this story are based on books that Muzz Elliott herself has written.   But who is behind all this?  

Throughout the story you will follow Sadie, Saskia and Muzz Elliott as well as their friends Erik and Dorcas Potts.    One group being on a train while the other two are travelling as fast as they can in a Bugatti to join them.    But other characters are presents as well some good while others have an agenda to fulfill.    Who can they trust?   And where is Madama Raphael?  Who is The Man of Good-Bye Friday?

The story is captivating just like the other two books were.   What I particularly love of this series is the creativity included in it.   Part book part comic book, these books are written to attract the attention of young readers who might be struggling reading ordinary books.   It will picked the curiosity of any child.   My almost 10 years old has expressed the desire to read the books when he saw this one.    So I have given him the first book of the series so he can read it this summer.   

Not only will you find comic strips incorporated in this book but the book was published in such a way that you will be reading from white page as well as darker ones.    Moving from one color to another is permitting the reader to be more attentive I find.   Also, every now and then, the reader will read bigger size lettering, read from a letter, look at drawings that will illustrate what he/she is reading.    These are all techniques to keep the attention span on the book and the story.

I applaud this type of books because I know that kids these days are looking for something more than just text in their novels.    This type of book is simply wonderful and will brag the attention of your child while he/she reads it.

The Great Mogul Diamond is the third book in The Dopple Ganger Chronicles.   The First Escape and The Secret of Indigo Moon was reviewed previously on this site.  The books are available at your favourite bookstore, even amazon.ca


Disclaimer: I have received the above mentioned products for review purposes from Tyndale. I was not monetarily compensated for this review. Please note that the review was not influenced by the Sponsor in any way. All opinions expressed here are only my own.

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