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Posted August 31, 2014
The Great Mogul Diamond is the third book in the Dopple Ganger Chronicles by G. P. Taylor. Erik, Sadie, and Saskia get caught up in a murder mystery with Muzz Elliott and Dorcas Potts. Why isn’t the murderer actually killing his victims and why is he doing exactly as the murderers in Muzz Elliott’s books?
This book is a little different than the others in that it is more of a murder mystery. It is the least dark so far, in my opinion, of the books in this series, which I appreciate. It is fast-paced and takes place in several places across Europe. I enjoyed it immensely.
Even doubting Eric begins to believe in “the Companion” in this book. Each of the characters grows in faith, but their faith is not clearly defined as believing in Jesus or not, just yet. The story seems to be heading in that direction, however.
As usual, the twins and Erik disobey their guardians, but it ends well for them. They steal to rescue one of them while intending to return the stolen item to the police later. I appreciated that Eric felt convicted when this happened. There are evil enemies, but not as insane as in previous books, though one might wonder sometimes.
I enjoyed this book perhaps more than the others.
Posted August 12, 2014
The Doppleganger Chronicles has a wide appeal to young readers. Part novel, part manga comic, part comic book--as I said, a wide appeal. Unfortunately, I don't fall within the target demographic. I wanted nothing but text with a handful of illustrations; the manga felt like an interruption to my reading. The story itself reminds me of the Lemony Snicket books, with sad overtones in both the story and the illustrations. I really didn't find much in the way of spiritual material...pretty much nothing, from my point of view. And as for the mystery and suspense, it never grabbed me and pulled me in. My son, however, loved the first two books, and wants me to get him his own copy...and he's twenty. So "The Great Mogul Diamond" does have an audience out there. I received an advance copy in exchange for an honest review from Tyndale House Publishing. I believe this is the first series they've published that I wasn't thrilled with...so check the book out for yourself before you decide, please!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted June 7, 2014
Third times (almost) a charm
The Dopple Ganger Chronicles is (currently) a three book series following the troublemaking Dopple twins and their friend Erik on happenstance adventures.
I chose these books to read as a part of the Tyndale Summer Reading Program because I was intrigued by the style of the books. These books are intended to help the reluctant reader learn to enjoy reading. I thought it was a great idea - part graphic novel, part regular novel...but how was the content?
Book 1: The First Escape
I was less than impressed with this book. While I loved the concept of the book layout, I did not like the fact that the Dopples were troublemakers who bullied their fellow orphans, and the only punishment they ever received was extreme, unjust, and from cruel headmistress.
Shouldn't we be teaching children how they ought to behave instead of giving them examples of bad behavior never handled appropriately? Where were the Christian values (after all, Tyndale is a Christian publishing company)?
It was also a strange book with a seance and creepy talking puppets. Thankfully, the hoax of it all is explained in the book, but it is not something I would want my young child to read. There is the unexplained very strange Madame Raphael (for whom more explanation is given in later books, but some things are just odd).
Also, the "mystery" wasn't what I expected. The book tells a story, but there's not much wondering whodunnit, or whosegonnadoit. Given the mixed style of the narrative, the book is much thinner than it appears (meaning the 200 some pages goes by fast). Overall, this is my least favorite of the DG Chronicles thus far.
Book 2: The Secret of Indigo Moon
My concerns about the twin's character, lack of showing what a family ought to be, and unfit punishment all remain for this second installment of the Dopple Ganger Chronicles. No creepy seances or talking puppets though - yay!
There is more of a mystery feel to this book, but the storyline is not complicated. NOTE: I do not expect a complex story line for these books, I recognize they are aimed at reluctant readers. They are, however, marketed for youth/young adult, and I feel the story line level is more suited to children in elementary school. Of course, older children could also enjoy these books - especially if they are not used to reading in the first place.
Madame Raphael continues to raise questions (it's stated in this book that she is probably an angel) - and while she talks of The Companion, the kids don't know The Companion, and pray to her in times of trouble. Even though Madame Raphael tells them to pray to The Companion, I think children are more likely to follow the characters lead, which is to pray to the angel (concerning).
Book 3: The Great Mogul Diamond
This book is my favorite thus far in the Chronicles. 1. Because most of my concerns from the previous two books are not present 2. Because we actually start learning more about The Companion and 3. There are ethical/moral questions raised that I think are good for youth to think about (like - is stealing ok to save someones life?)
Because of what G.P. Taylor did in this book, I'm reserving judgement for the series, but I am still extremely hesitant to say I recommend any of the books. I understand that he's probably trying to reach a broader-than-Christian audience and so slowly introducing Christian ideas into the series is likely to be more effective than jumping in midstream. If future books show continued character development and if they accurately incorporate Christian theology then I think this has the potential to be groundbreaking - and not just in terms of the illustronovella, which already is innovative and groundbreaking.
So I have mixed feelings about the Chronicles. My initial reaction to the first two books is tempered by the improved third book. One thing I would recommend for certain: read them in order. Otherwise, you're very likely to be lost.
Posted June 2, 2014
The Great Mogul Diamond is the third book in The Doppleganger Chronicles by G.P. Taylor. It is also the last one although I suppose he may still write more. The Dopple twins and Erik are enjoying their new lives away from the Home for Wayward Children but, of course, adventure strikes again. Muzz Elliot (the twins new mother) is being blackmailed. Not one to back down she goes to try to figure out what is going on thinking it may be her twin sister who is really in trouble. Of course Dorcas Potts and Erik end up tracking down the twins and Muzz Elliot and the adventure continues. The are car chases, explosions, boat chases, near death accidents, everything you have come to expect from G.P. Taylor. Also, the Companion shows up in this book.
Each of The Doppleganger books just gets better and better. I highly recommend this book for your tween or teen.
Posted August 26, 2013
The Great Mogul Diamond (Dopple Ganger Chronicles #3) is a train-murder-mystery and the last of the series—although it serves well as a stand-alone.
When the Dopple twins, Sadie and Saskia, are traveling to France, mayhem occurs. This train follows the tracks of a murder, kidnapping, blackmail, and if that isn’t enough—the Mogul Diamond disappears.
I feel this last chronicle is the best because it shows the most character growth. I do have to say, I was surprised by the ‘darkness’ of these tales, seeing as they are Tyndale (Christian publisher) books that deal with harsh issues for young readers. That’s not to say I don’t feel there isn’t merit to their messages. What intrigues me about these stories (other than the illustrations and non-conventional storytelling fonts, etc.) is that they might appeal to non-Christian kids in a way a more ‘light’ story would not.
Posted August 23, 2013
I liked this book the best out of the three books in this series. Taylor did a good job wrapping up the characters and having a happy ending for each one, which is nice for a children's book.
As in the previous books, I enjoyed the comic pages interspersed with the written pages, along with the variety of fonts and pictures spread throughout. However, for this final book, I think I had finally adapted to the back of forth of written words and comics so it was easier to read. In the previous books, I found myself either wanting to focus on the written words or the comics and having to force myself to give attention to each one to fully understand the storyline.
Obviously this book is geared for kids, so I asked my guys to read it so I could include their opinions. They said they liked it very much and it was interesting to them. They think other kids would like it as well.
This is one of those series that I think I will go back and reread now that I know how it concludes. This is a good book for kids, especially if you have a reluctant reader as the comics give them a little break from all the words. It might be a good way to pull them into reading without all the pressure of page after page of words.
Posted August 1, 2013
The Great Mogul Diamond was another great book in this series. I found myself dreading the end because I knew that meant I was done with the series … at least until the next book comes out. The spiritual themes really come into play more fully in this book, and it was neat to see the characters wrestling with their decisions and thinking of how their decisions impacted others. I appreciate growth and maturity in characters throughout books/series, so this was nice to see—especially as this book is geared toward a juvenile / middle grade audience.
As with the rest of the series, the action is fast-paced and the story moves along pretty quickly. I loved the animation/cartoon sketches in this book … possibly more than in the others. Maybe I've just gotten used to how they're intermingled throughout?
This is a great series for resistant readers. The books are action-packed so the plot moves along pretty quickly, which is key for hooking those non-readers! Parts of the stories are a bit "dark and twisty" but I think that upper elementary and middle school students will thoroughly enjoy them. Good grief, I'm way past that age and I LOVED them!
I'm truly looking forward to more books by this author and highly recommend this series! (4 stars)
Posted July 22, 2013
The third book in the Doppleganger Chronicles is probably the best. This time the twins are traveling to France and have officially moved in with Muzz Elliot, a bestselling writer. Erik is learning to be a detective, thanks to American Dorcas Potts. He still lives at the orphanage, though.
The setting is Britain.
There's a murder on the train the twins are traveling on, and there's a mysterious man following the twins and Muzz, who goes to France on what the twins suspect is blackmail.
And the Great Mogul Diamond disappears.
Who is the mysterious man?
Who is blackmailing Muzz?
Who is the thief who is trying to frame Muzz Elliot?
And what Christian principles will the twins learn?
And of course they want to find their mother.
This series is mysterious and interesting, following abandoned twins who get adopted (but who always long for their mother) and then have adventures relating to their adopted parents. Although this takes place in modern times, the feel of the book makes it seem in the past. And the fact it's a graphic novel series (and did not originate as a longer series) makes it even more original and creative.
I really enjoyed reading this book.
It deserves a 10.
Posted July 3, 2013
The best of the three books with some objectionable features; this book is more satisfying if you have read the first two, but I think it would be fairly good even on its own. The characters are similar, and the adventures are more fun. The development of Erik as a character is interesting. However, I still object to death threats against kids in a book like this. The bad guys are very bad. The good guys, however, resort to lying, trespassing, eavesdropping and stealing to resolve the situation. I feel they are not a good example for youngsters. The spirits strike me as portraying more mysticism than faith, so their scenes don’t ring true. The book is interesting and different, but not as inspiring as it could be.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted June 8, 2013
The Great Mogul Diamond is a fitting conclusion to the Dopple Ganger Chronicles, though I had to wonder if there might be more of these on the way some day.
This is the first of the three books to take Erik, Saskia and Sadie out of the country, and I enjoyed the James Bond-like mission they were on. Even if the books were not illustrated, author G.P. Taylor writes a story that is easily visualized and unfolds like a movie.
I wasn't sure I would like any of the three books when I first picked them out at the library, but they have been some of my favorites so far this summer. And I can't wait to share them with my kids when they get a little older.
Taylor's books have opened up a genre to me that I wasn't sure I would like but am eager to read more of.
Posted August 24, 2012
The Doppel Ganger Chronicles have been nothing but a disappointment for me since I read the first book, and was confronted with murder, the occult, and New Age philosophies. The third book in the series continues without deviation on the same dark themes.
On page 4, the first murder and black mail threats are introduced. By page 60, violence to animals, lying, and reckless behavior have made an appearance, in addition to more threats of violence against women and children, and a woman being attacked, drugged, gagged, knocked unconscious, and stuffed into a closet. The story continues in this manner for another 200+ pages.
Add to the constant peril/violence a muddled moral foundation and confusing theology. No clear repercussions are ever given for those who willingly, even gleefully, hurt others. Those who are injured either get dropped from the plot line, or magically recover in time for the next part of the story. A man stuffed into a bag and thrown from a moving train is trivialized by showing him left in the bag, hanging from a sign post - something I presume is intended to be comical. A girl shut into a steamer trunk against her will for more than twenty-four hours does not deal with any of the normal reactions a human goes through when kidnapped and abused in this manner. She is not afraid of the dark, does not suffer from claustrophobia, does not have any panic attacks, does not even seem to need food and water or a trip to the restroom. The men who do this to her seem to completely escape punishment until the very last minute, and by that time the villains have committed so many other atrocities, retribution for individual crimes is lost in the conclusion of the book.
The theft of the Great Mogul Diamond is buried in the second half of the book, and quite frankly the drama and suspense of what was supposed to be the main plot element of the book is lost while trying to keep track of who's life is in peril now.
God's name is not mentioned once. Jesus Christ's name is not mentioned once. Three characters are briefly inside a church, where one prays to and speaks with an 'angel' completely unlike any angel ever mentioned in scripture. This 'angel' speaks about a the 'goodbye-friday man.' Eventually this character meets the 'goodbye-friday man,' who is described and depicted having holes in his hands and bearing a sacrificial role for man-kind's salvation. However, by steering so entirely clear of any sort of traditional depiction of Christ, it is entirely left up to the reader to decide whether or not this character actually is divine, or just a benevolent supernatural being.
Finally, the images mixed with the text are very dark and occasionally disturbing. Imagine an entire book decorated in the style of Halloween without using traditional Halloween imagery. Added to the plot, these images make for a book that is far from uplifting, inspiring, or encouraging.
I do not recommend this book to anyone. Young readers are more likely to be frightened by the graphic novel pages inserted in the text than they are to be entertained. Older readers need to have a great deal of discernment to be able to not only identify the motives and events of this plot, but to place them in the context of what the Bible says about such behavior.
Better reading material exists for children than this. My recommendation would be to find something other than this to read.
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Posted August 23, 2012
Some time has passed since we last saw identical twin sisters Sadie & Saskia Dopple, and their friend Erik Morrissey Ganger. The sisters have been adopted by Muzz Elliott and Erik is living with Lord Gervez and assisting Dorcas Potts, who has just opened a detective agency. We begin with Muzz Elliott being blackmailed, and she decides to take a 'vacation' to Cannes, via train and boat. On the trip a few mysterious things occur and the mystery deepens. Meanwhile, the twins have managed to contact Erik & Dorcas who follow a different route and meet up with some less than savory characters along the way. Someone is re-enacting scenes from some of Muzz Elliott's books, with eerie, real-life consequences.
I think this is my favorite book of the series so far. I can recommend this book & series to a pre-teen or teen who can handle some on-the-tense-side scenes, or an adult who wants to try something new (Illustra-Novella). I still think these books require (especially for younger or more impressionable readers) some 'adult-who-has-read-it-too' discussion. Check it out, you might like it!
Posted July 13, 2012
The Great Mogul Diamond was as great as the first two books. Great for children and adults alike. I love the way it change from words to comic form. A must read.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted December 6, 2011
I know, I know¿you¿re not supposed to judge a book by it¿s cover. I just couldn¿t help myself! The cover of this book intrigued me!! The story written within intrigued me as well!
What made me want to read this book the most was the fact that I work with children who have ADD/ADHD and Autism. It¿s very hard to capture their attention and many kids with ADD/ADHD HATE to read. However, the response I got from showing them the ¿Great Mogul Diamond¿ would have said it all!
The book¿s cover, in and of itself, draws any curious eye¿which in a world where visual stimulation is a must for the young generation is a plus. As you open the book and see the an insurmountable visual stimulation with the black lined pages, half black and half cream colored pages, half comic book style and half regular book style¿would keep any child with attention deficit absolutely intrigued!
I had no idea that there were two other books in this chronicle, however it was easy to follow the story line. Although G.P. Taylor made mention of the other stories¿it all flowed together and I didn¿t feel lost. This is definitely a must read for 5th-8th grade school kids!
I received this book from Tyndale House in exchange for a review. The opinions and views are all my own.
Posted August 30, 2011
Join the Dopple twins and Erik Ganger on another exciting adventure! Sadi and Saskia were adopted by a write named Muzz Elliott, but Muzz Elliott has been acting suspicious lately. Crimes from Muzz Elliot's own books are being acted out and Muzz Elliot is the prime suspect! The twins call Erik for help and he and Dorcas Potts race to get to the diamond first - before the real thieves do.
I really enjoyed this third book in the DG the Dopple Ganger Chronicles. Of course, the art work was wonderful and quirky (in a good way). I love the combination of comic strips and regular book pages. This book is a must for the reluctant reader. The mystery and adventure in this book will keep kids flipping pages.
I loved the dilemma Erik was put into. Should he steal the diamond before the real thieves do to protect it even though he swore to never steal again? All three of the kids have to ask themselves what do you do when you aren't sure what's right?
I received a complimentary copy of this book for review purposes from Tyndale House. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.
Posted August 30, 2011
In The Great Mogul Diamond, the third installment in The Dopple Ganger Chronicles, adventure runs rampant. After solving yet another harrowing mystery, life finally seems to be looking up for Sadie, Saskia and Erik. The Dopple twins have been adopted by their loyal friend Muzz Elliot, and Eric is now living with Lord Gervez, where he's receiving top detective training from private eye extraordinaire Dorcas Potts. Yet things can never stay the same for long where these three are concerned, especially when someone blackmails Muzz Elliot. As Sadie and Saskia, along with Muzz Elliot, board a train to Cannes to meet the blackmailers, the plot begins to thicken. Along for the ride is the mysterious Mr. Taranis, who seems to know quite a lot about his three traveling companions. Then, to further complicate matters, someone begins to recreate scenes from one of Muzz Elliot's novels. In an attempt to discover the truth, and find the true criminals, Sadie and Saskia call and send for Erik and Dorcas Potts, who end up coming against a heap of danger in their quest to help their friends.
I have to say that this was by far my favorite book in this series. I loved the new characters that were introduced, and the plot was both intriguing and engaging. The book was filled with danger, car chases, fast trains, malicious criminals, and most importantly a wonderful faith message. I can hardly wait until the next book comes out. This is definitely a wonderful book for anyone ages 9 and up.
Posted June 26, 2011
As a blogger for Tyndale publishers I had the opportunity to review the 3rd book of the graphic kids' series, The Doppleganger Chronicles: The Great Mogul Diamond by G. P. Taylor. My 10 year old Rose, really likes this series, and basically read each book non stop until completeion. Although this is #3 in a trilogy, each book can be read independantly. This new junior novel series represents the new and popular genre of graphic novels- a hybrid between a full color comic book format and text novel. The ecclectic mix of comic book style cartoon art, illustrations as well paragraphs of text make this book visially appealing as well capturing the interest of the reader. For anyone who enjoys comic books, and graphic novels- I would suggest this book- especially for those who enjoyed the first book in the series.
The Doppleganger Chronicles series, Doppleganger takes its name from a hybrid mix of the twin heros last name Dopple, and their sidekick's last name Ganger. Although marketed to appeal to ADHD/ short attention spanned readers, my ten year old- and A student who enjoys reading enjoyed this book. My five year old enjoyed listening to having this book read to him, although he found the pictures a bit spooky. The artwork is very impressive. The gothic styled artwork and cartoons are unique for a children's book, and will draw in older readers as well as younger readers. The vivid descriptive details such as when "Erik waded through the waist-high vile liquid that spewed from the roof of the vault" page 241 make this an engaging story in of itself. The mixed media of text and graphics and photographs make this a unique book that may even capture the interest of parents as well! In fact, the sophisticated language, sarcasm and irony may be appreciated more adults than by young children. The intended readership of this book is the pre-teen/ younger teenaged reader. I rate this novel five stars, not only for its unique presentation format and the unique, vivid writing style. As a blogger for Tyndale publishers I recieved this book for the purposes of writing this review. The opinions reflected are my own and I was not required to write a positive review.
We eagerly await #4 in this series.
Posted June 22, 2011
This was a fun book to read ;) I think it would really be a great book for a 9 - 12 year old reader, because of the melding of the comic book presentation and the regular written book. When I first saw the book this really impressed me, normally I am expecting a book to well look like a book but in this one you are first hit with the very colorful and intriguing cover, then when you open it up you get the colorful comic pages mixed with the white pages with black text and then even black pages with white text. For a non reader I think this melding of presentation would be enough to get them curious enough to try reading. The story then takes it away, the characters are interesting and the story line will pull you in.
I received a copy of the book from Tyndale House in exchange for an honest review. No additional compensation was received and all opinions are my own.
Posted June 19, 2011
"The Dopple Ganger Chronicles The Great Mongul Diamond" is the third installment of the series (the first being "The First Escape (The Dopple Ganger Chronicles)" and the second "The Secret of Indigo Moon (The Dopple Ganger Chronicles)." The series by G.P. Taylor is like a comic book/novel.
"The Great Mongul Diamond" is about Sadie and Saskia Dopple. They are twins who were adopted by Muzz Elliott. The first book is full of antics that Sadie, Saskia, Muzz and they're friend, Erik, get into. Erik Ganger, who use to live at the same school as Sadia and Saskia, is trying to become a detective. Erik takes charge when a threatening note arrives for Muzz. After the note arrives, many crimes take place that point to Muzz being framed.
The Dopple Ganger Chronicle series is so good! I love the drawings, the characters, the story, etc. The characters are slightly strange. It has a Tim Burton kind of feel to it. The suspense will hook you into the book so that you can't put in down. It's a great read for all ages! There should definitely be a movie.
Posted June 16, 2011
In this third book in the Dopple Ganger Series we find Saskia and Sadie living with Muzz Elliott. After over- hearing a phone conversation they determine that someone is trying to blackmail Muzz. They call and get Erik and Dorcus Potts involved. While Muzz takes the girls to France on what she calls a vacation, Dorcus and Erik head to France by car. It is obvious someone doesn't want them to get there. But, Why? Muzz is confronted with crimes that seem to have been taken right from her books. The girls and Erik must find out who is blackmailing Muzz to steal The Great Mogul diamond before it is too late. Once again we find the three kids coming to the rescue with help from Madame Raphael and a man in a pin striped suit. I look forward to reading the last three books in this series as they come out. They are good enough to hold my attention. If you check Amazon it says they are for ages 9 - 12. I say they are better suited for 12 and up. I've heard many adults say they love them as much as their kids do. I recommend it whole heartedly as a fun, adventurous, clean book, with a Christian theme.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.