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Captured (The Prometheus Project Series #2)

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Overview

From the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of the adult thriller, WIRED, THE PROMETHEUS PROJECT: CAPTURED is the second book in a science fiction series praised by kids and adults alike. (Note: This book is about 50% longer than book 1, and contains a bonus chapter).

Ryan and Regan Resnick are the youngest members of a top- secret team exploring the greatest discovery ever made: a vast alien city buried deep underground - as potentially deadly as it is astonishing....

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Overview

From the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of the adult thriller, WIRED, THE PROMETHEUS PROJECT: CAPTURED is the second book in a science fiction series praised by kids and adults alike. (Note: This book is about 50% longer than book 1, and contains a bonus chapter).

Ryan and Regan Resnick are the youngest members of a top- secret team exploring the greatest discovery ever made: a vast alien city buried deep underground - as potentially deadly as it is astonishing. When the city is captured by highly trained soldiers led by a ruthless alien, the adult members of the team are taken hostage. Now, Ryan and Regan are the team's only hope of survival.

With the future of the world at stake, the Resnick Kids must do the impossible: outwit the brilliant alien, free the prisoners, and thwart an unstoppable invasion. But not everything is as it seems. And time is quickly running out. . .

Included in Missouri State University's Best New Books to Engage Students in Math and Science.

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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"A page turner that kids — and their parents — will love reading . . . thrilling adventure."

— Catherine Hughes, Sr. Editor, National Geographic KIDS magazine

"I would give this book three-thumbs-up, but I only have two thumbs."

— 7th grader, Joliet Middle School

Montana Science Teachers Association Newsletter

"This is a delightful tale of kids working together, much as you would find in the Lemony Snicket books. Readers will look forward to more stories about the Prometheus Project."

—Curled Up With a Good Kids Book

"I was captivated by Captured. I found the second book in this great series as entertaining and action filled as the first book."

—TCM Reviews

"This is a thrilling adventure story, guaranteed to kick-start the imaginations of young readers."

—Tucson Citizen

Tucson Citizen
A thrilling adventure story, guaranteed to kick-start the imaginations of young readers.
publisher
Included in The California Department of Education's Recommended Literature for Science and Math.
The Times
For Richards, whose novels are aimed at children ages 9-13, it was a chance to present ‘scientific theory in ways I thought kids would enjoy.'
TeensReadToo.com
Fast-paced adventure . . . great fun . . . very well written.
NG Kids
A page-turner that kids-and their parents-will love reading. The entertainment factor never wanes.
Children's Literature - Leona Illig
Ryan and Regan Resnick are the youngest members of a group of scientists working on the top-secret Prometheus Project. Their goal is to explore, analyze, and protect the advanced technology contained in an underground city built by an alien race called the Qwervy. Their work is threatened, however, when another alien, an enemy of the Qwervy, discovers the city and invades it with a group of human mercenaries. The Prometheus security forces and scientists are taken hostage, but, in a lucky accident, Ryan and Regan are not. It is left to them to figure out how to free the hostages, defeat the alien and his men, and ultimately save earth from an alien take-over. Using their wits and their knowledge of science, the children succeed, earning them medals from the President of the United States for their valor. The plot of the novel is interesting and well constructed, and it is fortified with solid science and examples of the scientific method. The two heroes, Ryan and Regan, are good role models; they use their minds to figure out solutions to problems and they persevere until they find their answers. Unfortunately, this novel, the second one in the "Prometheus" series, suffers from the same problems as the first one. Lack of good editing fails to correct misspellings and errors in punctuation and capitalization. There are still far too many italicized words and cliches. There is also an awkward prologue, in which the author attempts to sum up the main points of Trapped, the first book in the series, instead of weaving those points into the new book. The absence of good editing prevents this book from being a first-rate science fiction novel for youngsters. Reviewer: Leona Illig
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780982618424
  • Publisher: Paragon Press
  • Publication date: 5/7/2010
  • Series: Prometheus Project Series , #2
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 186
  • Sales rank: 436,912
  • Age range: 9 - 12 Years
  • Lexile: 830L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 5.00 (w) x 7.58 (h) x 0.68 (d)

Meet the Author

Douglas E. Richards has been widely praised for his ability to weave action, suspense, and science into riveting novels that brilliantly straddle the thriller and science fiction genres. He is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of WIRED, its sequel, AMPED, THE CURE, and six critically acclaimed middle-grade adventures enjoyed by kids and adults alike.

A former biotech executive, Richards earned a BS in microbiology from the Ohio State University, a master's degree in genetic engineering from the University of Wisconsin (where he engineered mutant viruses now named after him), and an MBA from the University of Chicago.

In recognition of his work, Richards was selected to be a "special guest" at San Diego Comic-Con International, along with such icons as Stan Lee and Ray Bradbury. He has written numerous feature articles for the award-winning magazine, National Geographic KIDS -- some having appeared in a dozen languages in as many as sixteen countries -- as well as essays for the BBC, The Australian Broadcasting Corporation, Earth & Sky, Today's Parent, and many others.

The author currently lives in San Diego, California, with his wife, two children, and two dogs.

You can friend Richards on Facebook at Douglas E. Richards Author, and write to him at doug@san.rr.com

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 15, 2012

    Book one was great, this was as good or better

    My son and I loved every page of the series.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 30, 2011

    Good

    I read the 1 book and it was great cant wait to read this one

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  • Posted November 14, 2008

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    Reviewed by Carrie Spellman for TeensReadToo.com

    Quick note: This is the second book in THE PROMETHEUS PROJECT series (which I say mostly because I hope there will be many more), but it definitely stands alone. The first book, TRAPPED, is nicely recapped in the first chapter of CAPTURED, and referred to often enough that you don't really feel like you've missed anything. Other than the fun of reading the first one. <BR/><BR/>Ryan and Regan Resnick are extremely smart kids. Maybe a little too smart. But boy is everyone else lucky that they are! Last summer, their scientist parents dragged them to a sleepy town in Pennsylvania, for no reason that they could see. Until they found the secret city that the government, and their parents, were studying, under high security. It was built by aliens. Ryan and Regan's dad was the first person to ever break through the barrier that the aliens put up. Until Ryan and Regan found their own way in. It's a good thing they did, too. Since they ended up having to save everyone. Now they are the youngest members of the Prometheus Project. <BR/><BR/>Between school and the Prometheus Project, Ryan and Regan have plenty to occupy their time and minds. Especially since they seem to have acquired some telepathic ability that connects them to each other as well as to the main computer in the city. They can communicate as well as sense the connections. At least they could with the computer until it sent out some kind of warning the other day, and seems to have shut down. But no one in the city seems to notice anything strange, so they let it go. <BR/><BR/>Planning to do some exploring and help with a few experiments, they meet their parents in the building that they've set up shop in. Much to the brother and sister's disappointment, their parents have a dinner party planned and are ready to go home. After much convincing it is agreed that they will be allowed to stay overnight by themselves. After all, the city is guarded by the best security the government can offer. Plus their parents are planning to be back at six in the morning. <BR/><BR/>Ryan and Regan wake up the next morning to find that it's already eight o'clock, and their parents still aren't back. They set out to investigate, only to find the city apparently deserted. No scientists, not even security people. Something is definitely wrong. And it looks like it's up to Ryan and Regan to solve it. As long as whatever took out the computer doesn't get them next. <BR/><BR/>Fast paced adventure, mixed with quick thinking. I don't know if I would have nearly the presence of mind that these two have, but it sure was fun to ride along with them! There is a lot of scientific information, which I'm sure is very interesting if you get it. I can speak from experience and say that it's not necessary to understand all of it. It's done in a way that just about anybody can follow, and doesn't make you feel dumb for not getting it all. Ryan and Regan are great fun, and the story is just a cool idea! The whole book is very well written, but the last chapter is too perfect! You'll agree when you read it. <BR/><BR/>I'm (impatiently) looking forward to getting a copy of the first book in the mail, and the next one as soon as the author can get it finished!

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