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ARE YOU IN...TROUBLE?
When Eric Morrison sees the advertisement, he doesn't know which is more surprising-the ad's sudden appearance or the fact that his answer to ...
ARE YOU IN...TROUBLE?
When Eric Morrison sees the advertisement, he doesn't know which is more surprising-the ad's sudden appearance or the fact that his answer to every question is YES!
Not only can't he find things, but the bullies at school are suddenly picking on him for no reason, and, worse yet, his mother has disappeared but he seems to be the only one who's noticed. Even his best friend Maggie thinks he's only run into a little bad luck.
But if Eric thinks his life is upside down now, it's nothing compared to what's about to happen when Mr. Trouble and the Trouble family arrive to assist him in solving his problems.
One thing's for sure-Eric will never see the world in the same way again.
PRAISE FOR BRETT BATTLES' ADULT FICTION:
"Brett Battles has established himself as one of today's best thriller writers, right up there with Lee Child, Barry Eisler, and Thomas Perry."-Deadly Pleasures magazine
"The best word I can use to describe his writing is addictive."-James Rollins, author of the Sigma Force series
"Battles has a true gift for writing thrillers..."-Crimespree magazine
"The action is heart-pounding, gripping, and always engaging."-Tucson Citizen
"Battles is a master storyteller."-Sheldon Siegel, author of PERFECT ALIBI
Posted February 19, 2012
Posted July 23, 2011
After receiving this book, I had planned to let one of my boys read it, and then the other. The first was so excited about it that the second couldn't wait, so every time the oldest put the book down the youngest would pick it up. They kept raving about it, and talking about it all the time that I had to find out what the fuss was about for myself and I am glad I did. The book is great, well written and engaging. I did not feel like I had to 'dumb down' in order to read it, which is a big plus for me.
With the series angle becoming the rage, this will be the newest hit!! A winner in every category. MR. Battles hit one out of the park with this one!!!
Posted June 10, 2011
An above-normal student and an all-around good kid, Eric can't figure out his recent string of bad luck. The missing homework. The sudden problem with bullies. The strange noises only he can hear. Objects appearing out of thin air. This must involve something more than luck. But what?
Here Comes Mr. Trouble starts off suspenseful and never lets up. Every chapter leaves you hanging. Mr. Battles skillfully spins out a tale, tantalizing us with little bits of information at a time. A hint here. A small suggestion there. I was still writing out questions 40% of the way through the book! At one point, "Eric was angry, and he was annoyed, and he was frustrated." And he blurts out, "I'm tired of no one telling me anything!" I admit, I was reaching the same breaking point when, just in time, Mr. Battles suddenly unleashed some significant, page-turning action.
You see, Eric has taken up with the Trouble family, and their name is no coincidence. But this specially-trained team is dedicated to fighting Makers, the particular breed of evil that suddenly has it in for Eric.
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. Usually, when I am asked to review a new book, it is someone's first attempt at such an endeavor. And it shows. But Brett Battles has written several books for adults. And it shows. Anticipation, danger, pulse guns, talismans, sleep juice, enforced stupors, car chases and hand to hand combat create enough excitement for any middle-reader thrill seekers out there. All beautifully crafted.
This is certainly a plot-driven story. I identified with Eric easily, always being the good kid myself, but I never felt like I got to know any of the Troubles personally, or even Eric's best friend Maggie. Also, while moments of droll humor fleck the story, other times the wit falls a little flat - not quite fully developed in the expressions or mannerisms of the speaker. And a couple times the action simply petered out at the end of a chase when I had expected it to develop into something more revealing.
But I did appreciate the tension between Trouble siblings vying for control of the family business. And I felt those moments of jealousy between Maggie and the Trouble sisters whenever Eric was concerned. And I absolutely LOVED the background given on the Troubles' family history and their curse, as well as the excerpts taken directly from their manuals, reports and letters. Such documentation lends the family authenticity and makes the book feel like an actual client case.
Mr. Trouble ends with questions. Eric was a special. But what does this mean for the Makers? What does this mean for the Troubles? And what will happen now to Eric? Even the troubles don't have answers, but it feels legitimate. Isn't life like that?
I definitely recommend this book for readers age 9-13.
Posted May 25, 2011
"I enjoyed the book from beginning to end, like a piece of art. The story is an edge of your seat read a real thrill. Easy to read like Pseudonymous Bosch but suspenseful, awesome and thrilling as Cinda Williams Chima. It is adventurous like Rick Riordan. This is one of the best books I have ever read. The characters were unique and interesting because they are not ordinary. The author creates an interesting story with
the makers and the makers box, you have to read it if you want to understand."
Boy (age 9)
Posted May 23, 2011
Have you ever had a bad day? Not just an ordinary bad day, but a really bad streak where everything seems to go wrong? Well.. Just imagine that you are at the lowest point you can imagine and you have almost no where you can turn. Suddenly you find a phone number to call!
Here comes Mr. Trouble! You set out on the adventure of a lifetime with only your very best friend and you can't even confide everything to her because it is so entirely far out.
What seems like another miserable ordinary day becomes anything but. You get help from the most unlikely people and learn what true friendship is all about.
Here Comes Mr. Trouble is a wonderful book for young people and adults as well. Great Read!!
Posted May 13, 2011
(coming from a thirteen year old) "Here Comes Mr. Trouble" was a fun book that I could not put down. I would have given this ten stars but there were only five allowed. I enjoyed the adventures that Eric encountered ... especially the car chases. I like that there was humor and fun in the book too. It made me want to be a Trouble. I would highly recommend this book. I'm excited to read more about the Trouble family in future books.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted May 12, 2011
Excitement. Mystery. Hawaiian Pizza? "HERE COMES MR. TROUBLE" by Brett Battles is a book not to miss. Just by reading the title, your interest is sparked. Mr. Trouble? Who, or what, is that? From page one you dive into a familiar world, one with many unique surprises that never stop coming. Set in Tobin, Colorado, you follow the journey of two young teenagers, Eric and Maggie, and the Trouble family. Eric, a boy almost 14, begins to have some unexplained troubles. Unexplained, that is, until the Trouble family come along, willing to help him sort out his life. With best friend Maggie at Eric's side, the two of them delve into a world that's more than meets the eye. Their everyday lives will never be the same again, once they accept the services the Trouble family are offering and are exposed to what lies ahead.
I'm a fourteen year old girl and reading this book is kind of like wearing your favorite pair of shoes-you can read it again and again and the soles will never wear out. It's the kind of book that makes you stay up until 2:00 AM reading because you just can't stop. "Okay, okay, I'll stop after this chapter...well definitely after this chapter...I can't just stop here..." The reasons you make to yourself not to put the book down can go on and on. One thing I love about the book is how you're constantly wondering what's going to happen next, and how you discover things as the main characters do. You're not outright given all the information, but little by little you eventually puzzle out the big picture. You can make your guesses and have your suspicions, but it's not until the very end that you piece it all together.
If I had to compare this book to another, I'd say it reminds me of Rick Riordan's "Percy Jackson and the Olympians" series, minus the greek mythology and plus the mystery. The characters in this book are easily relatable, and sometimes you'd even think that the author must be a teenager to be able to know how one would react, or what they'd say, in a certain situation. Writing a story for teenagers, about teenagers is hard to do, especially since adults would do things so much differently in certain cases, but Brett Battles manages to capture the essence of youth without diminishing the quality or realism. I would definitely give this book five out of five stars, and say if you're looking for a new book to read, and enjoy books like Rick Riordan's, this one should definitely be at the top of your list.
Posted July 16, 2011
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