Dark Passage (Kingdom Keepers Series #6)

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The five Kingdom Keepers and their core friends have uncovered a startling truth: Maleficent and the Overtakers (Disney villains) are plotting a catastrophic event that could have repercussions far beyond the world of Disney.

Aboard the Disney Cruise Line's inaugural passage through the new Panama Canal, the Keepers and their holograms uncover a puzzle hidden within the pages of a stolen journal. The point of that puzzle will reveal itself in the caves of Aruba, the zip lines of...

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Overview

The five Kingdom Keepers and their core friends have uncovered a startling truth: Maleficent and the Overtakers (Disney villains) are plotting a catastrophic event that could have repercussions far beyond the world of Disney.

Aboard the Disney Cruise Line's inaugural passage through the new Panama Canal, the Keepers and their holograms uncover a puzzle hidden within the pages of a stolen journal. The point of that puzzle will reveal itself in the caves of Aruba, the zip lines of Costa Rica, and the jungles of Mexico. A destructive force, dormant for decades, is about to be unleashed. The five Kingdom Keepers are to be its first victims.

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The Kingdom Keepers have found a secret message concealed within the pages of a stolen journal, but it reveals not an enticing roadmap to treasure, but a path to great danger. Ridley Pearson's latest Kingdom Keepers novel takes its five titular heroes to Aruba, Costa Rica, and Mexico. An engaging young reader Disney thriller.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781423165231
  • Publisher: Disney-Hyperion
  • Publication date: 4/1/2014
  • Series: Kingdom Keepers Series , #6
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 464
  • Sales rank: 42,774
  • Age range: 10 - 12 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.20 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Ridley Pearson
Ridley Pearson is the award-winning author of multiple adventure series for (young-ish) readers, including The Kingdom Keepers, Steel Trapp, and with Dave Barry, Peter and the Starcatchers. Ridley is also a best-selling crime novelist of more than 25 titles. Pearson was the first U.S. citizen to be awarded the Raymond Chandler/Fulbright Fellowship in Detective Fiction at Oxford University. In 2013, Ridley was awarded Missouri's Quill Award and inducted into that state's Writers Hall of Fame. As a "full time dad and husband," Ridley, along with his wife, Marcelle, live with their two teenage daughters in St. Louis, MO.

Biography

Crime may not always pay, but crime fiction always sells, and Ridley Pearson is one of the stars of the genre, the kind of writer whose royalties keep his family fed and cover a few extras as well (like, say, his own airplane). Yet Pearson didn't spend his youth dreaming of bestsellerdom. His first ambition was to be a musician, and he spent most of his twenties writing and performing folk-rock songs. The idea that he might become a novelist came later. As he explained in a Barnes and Noble interview, he was reading a Robert Ludlum novel when "a voice spoke up from inside me and said, 'I can do this.'" (Once he began writing and discovered firsthand the skill involved in crafting a cohesive thriller, he realized how much he had presumed!)

Pearson is renowned for fast-paced, thrill-a-minute suspense novels that include "a rare humanism and attention to detail" (Publishers Weekly). In a Greenwich Magazine interview he called his work "aerobic fiction, because I hope to get your heart pounding and get you turning pages." Entertainment Weekly dubbed him "the thinking person's Robert Ludlum."

As his fans know, Pearson works hard at nailing the details of forensic investigation and police procedure. In Undercurrents (the first novel in his Seattle-based Lou Boldt mystery series) his research was so thorough—he consulted an expert in oceanography—that the book helped convict an actual murderer. A Washington state prosecuting attorney happened to be reading it while working on a case similar to Pearson's fictional one: A woman's body had been found in a bay, and at first it appeared that she had committed suicide by jumping off a bridge. The oceanographer mentioned in Pearson's acknowledgments was called in as an expert witness to help prove that, based on tidal currents, the woman must have been dead before the time her husband claimed to have last seen her. Due largely to the expert testimony, the victim's husband was convicted of second-degree murder.

Of course, there's more to a Pearson novel than research. "Just what is it about Ridley Pearson that makes him the best damn thriller writer on the planet?" mused Bill Ott in BookList. "We've celebrated the forensic detail, the taut plotting, the multidimensional characters, and the screw-tightening suspense, but lots of fiction writers do all that. Here's a theory: Pearson is a master at manipulating opposites. His stories are forever jumping from high concept to small scale, from positive to negative charges, manipulating our emotions and minds with their polar hip-hopping."

When he's not writing, Pearson still makes music—he's the bass guitarist for the Rock Bottom Remainders, an amateur rock band made up of professional writers including Stephen King, Dave Barry, Amy Tan, and Mitch Albom (the group's motto, coined by Barry: "We play music as well as Metallica writes novels").

It was while Pearson was in Miami to play with the Rock Bottom Remainders that he told Barry about his idea (actually, daughter Paige's idea) for a prequel to Peter Pan. The two authors had such a good time hashing out possibilities over breakfast that Pearson asked Barry to write the book with him. Published in 2004, their clever collaboration Peter and the Starcatchers became a huge bestseller, spawning two sequels (Peter and the Shadow Thieves in 2006 and Peter and the Secret of Rundoon in 2007) and a series of spin-off children's chapter books.

Even though Pearson thoroughly enjoys crafting juvenile fiction, his adult fans need not worry that he's abandoned his high-voltage crime novels. Indeed, he has said that writing gives him the same "adrenaline rush," no matter which audience he is targeting: Readers of all ages appreciate the imagination, suspense, and an impeccable eye for detail he brings to all his fiction.

Good To Know

Pearson calls himself a workaholic, "not so much by desire as out of necessity," since he reserves a lot of time for his two young daughters. His hobbies, which he now defines as "something you once did and no longer have the time for," include recreational tree climbing, fly-fishing, backyard volleyball, snow boarding—and, of course, bass guitar in his rock band. An avid reviser, Pearson says, "I'm said to have a nervous, worrying disposition, but rarely feel I live up to that description—perhaps internal calm is expressed as external nervosa."

Pearson loves to travel, especially to southern France, with wife Marcelle and second child Storey, who is adopted from China. We're certain to do a good deal of international travel in the years to come. He also attends local symphony and theater. But his "favorite avocation is to spend an evening around our dining table with two or three other couples. This, I feel, is where many of the world's ills are solved, and many souls restored. Mine, especially."

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    1. Also Known As:
      Wendell McCall; Joyce Reardon
    2. Hometown:
      St. Louis, Missouri
    1. Date of Birth:
      March 13, 1953
    2. Place of Birth:
      Glen Cove, New York
    1. Education:
      Kansas University, B.A., Brown University
    2. Website:

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 11, 2013

    I cannot wait

    Honestly, I haven't connected to a great book series in a while and kingdom keepers gave me the hope I needed not to give up on books

    25 out of 32 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 12, 2013

    KK6

    I can't wait for kingdom keepers 6 to come out!!! My favorite book series!!!

    20 out of 31 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 2, 2013

    #1 Kingdom Keepers Fan

    I am sooooo glad it is out!!! I have been waiting for, like forever! I have never attached to a book series so well. Now Kingdom Keepeers is my totally favorite series now. Go Kingdom Keepers!!!

    16 out of 20 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 3, 2013

    Hey duds

    Best book series ever they need to make a movie and more books past the 7th this is better then percy jackson just not known to people we have to recomened these books to every body we know and make them read them then start a petition to make a movie it must be done

    13 out of 19 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 16, 2013

    Awesome read

    So much better than the last one!!! Amazingly good, the story may start slow but it picks up as it goes on and is just great. It is not as much as an easy read as the previous one and does become slightly confusing in some places. I recomend this book to everybody.

    10 out of 11 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 7, 2013

    Awesome

    I have been waiting for this one since the week after 5 came out! I loved this book! There should be a petition for a movie and the future books to come out sooner!! I finished this one yesturday and now i have to wait another year. :(

    6 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 15, 2013

    Awesome

    This book is one in a million. The dram,pastion. This book could be for girls and boys. I'm a girl and i love it. Plese read the book. :)

    5 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 29, 2013

    Kkeepers

    Such and awesome series needs too go past book 7 .

    5 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 16, 2013

    Awesome hands down

    This book really paints a picture in you mind. It is awesome, hands down. A must read! If you like disney with a twist, you will love this!

    5 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 10, 2013

    Great series!! Highly recommend!!

    We are big Disney fans - my son was introduced to this series at Disney World and started reading this series in Elementray School (now in 7th). This series is his summer must read for school...but he usually has the newest additon read in days after release. I read right along with him, we discuss the books and when we go to Disney World we look for things from the book. Very detailed to the actual park (before remodel of certian areas) Great family read.

    4 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 5, 2013

    Keepers rule ! (Tap on me!!!!)

    I swear I am one of the people who like Harry Potter and kingdom keepers most best. If anyone else likes them as much as I do put your headline as...
    :D Happy face!

    4 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 2, 2013

    CLICK HERE

    Now, here is the message: Walt Disney acutaly thought about making DHI's himself. He got the idea after one of his family members wanted to make another him to do his chores. Cool huh?

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 13, 2013

    Can not wait!

    Can not wait to get and read this book! Love all the other Kingdom Keepers. Bet this one will be as good as all the others.

    4 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 8, 2013

    Amazing

    This book is awesome! The Disney Parks should totally install dhis. There should be movies on these books. This series is the best and ive been hooked on Harry Potter, Diary of a Wimpy Kid, Percy Jackson ,and The Hunger Games

    4 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 2, 2013

    Awesome

    Besr book in the world

    4 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 17, 2013

    Loved it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    I have fallen in love with these books since I read the first one. I cant decide which one is my favorite, they are all so good. This one left me scared and really into the book. Good job Ridley Pearson. I cant wait for numver 7 to come out!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!.
    Kourtey Cox
    Biggest Kingdom Keeper fan

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 2, 2013

    Love it going to miss it though

    The last book is the seventh going to miss finn willa charlene maybeck philby amanda jess and wayne best series ever ridley please go past the seventh!!!!!!

    3 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 2, 2013

    Amzazing

    I have been waiting for this book since november love it

    3 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 25, 2013

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    2 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 25, 2013

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    Anthony/ I like pearl

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