The premise of The Guardians of the Hidden Scepter by Frank L. Cole is a group of college-aged archeology students on a quest to save a precious artifact, although you may not guess that by looking at the cover. My first impression was this was a kids’ book. Upon reading it, it seems more like a cross between Nancy Drew and Indiana Jones with junior high school boys’ humor mixed with an adult-themed quest. That mixture doesn’t always bode well for the story, lending itself to silly humor in the midst of an intense action scene, or dialog that becomes a little boring. Although some might like that break from the seriousness of an action thriller, I felt it detracted from the superb writing and well thought-out plot. Some of the villains and story lines seemed a bit artificial, and the ending came somewhat abruptly. With this plot, details seemed lacking and the story underdeveloped. With such excellent writing, I kept waiting to be educated a little more along with being entertained. Overall the book was intriguing, and a fun read. This book would be great for teens, but I will also being hoping and looking for something geared toward adults by this author.
This book was sent to Compass Book Ratings for review by Cedar Fort
The book seems geared toward older teens, although younger teens could enjoy this book. The violence was mainly centered around chases, a car accident, shooting, explosions, and a few creepy “monster-like” animals going in for an attack. Nothing was gory or gruesome or even offensive. Younger children might find a few of the instances scary, but even older children could read this book without parents being too squeamish, although the theme is definitely more mature.
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