Invisible City (Joshua Files Series #1)

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Joshua's life was pretty average until his archaeologist father was reported dead in a plane crash. Josh's dad had been searching for the Mayan Codex, said to contain key information about the 2012 Mayan prophecy foretelling the end of the world. Was the crash simply a tragic accident, or is there more to his father's death than the authorities are willing to tell him?
This first novel in the action-packed Joshua Files brings Josh to the depths of the Mexican jungle and into a ...

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Overview

Joshua's life was pretty average until his archaeologist father was reported dead in a plane crash. Josh's dad had been searching for the Mayan Codex, said to contain key information about the 2012 Mayan prophecy foretelling the end of the world. Was the crash simply a tragic accident, or is there more to his father's death than the authorities are willing to tell him?
This first novel in the action-packed Joshua Files brings Josh to the depths of the Mexican jungle and into a secret society existing beneath an ancient Mayan Pyramid. Sucked into a vortex of intrigue, Josh becomes a target for danger as he learns that his father, grandfather, and Josh himself are the key to solving the mystery of the prophecy. Can Josh find the missing codex in time to save mankind?

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Jean Boreen
In this first book of what looks to be a series, Joshua Garcia embarks on an adventure in Mexico related to the strange death of his father, UFO sightings, and the ancient Mayans from whom he is, supposedly, descended. When Joshua pursues the situation by traveling with two of his friends to Mexico, he is pulled into a series of adventures in which he learns more about this father and grandfather and the deadly legacy they have passed on to him. Told through a combination of personal blogs and narrative, the story is well researched and moves quickly overall within the plot which has Joshua being the only one who may really understand the Mayan prophecy that the world will end in 2012. There are some aspects of the story that are almost too hard to believe, even within the realm of the fantastic, but overall, should pull readers into Joshua's exciting life. Reviewer: Jean Boreen, Ph.D.
School Library Journal
Gr 5–8—An action-packed adventure involving conspiracy theories, end-of-the-world prophecies, government agents, futuristic technology, and a bit of the supernatural. When Joshua's father dies in a suspicious plane crash in Mexico, the 13-year-old flies across the Atlantic to investigate. Explanatory passages mix neatly into the action, and readers put the pieces together along with Josh, who narrates in the present tense. Background information is clearly explained, and ancient Maya prophecies of world disaster in the year 2012 play a central role. Eventually Joshua discovers a secret society that has remained hidden for centuries. In an appealing twist, the members are not just keepers of ancient traditions; they're high-tech geniuses with airplanes so cool they resemble UFOs. The story zips along as Josh survives high-speed chases by car, airplane, and boat along with various threats from spies, agents, witches, and crocodiles. With everything that's going on, there's not much room for character development. Joshua is engaging enough, but his relationships with the two friends who accompany him, the mother he leaves in England, and his newly discovered sister are not especially convincing. Occasional stiff dialogue and plot contrivances are barely noticeable because there are so many intriguing ideas and exciting scenes to keep the pages turning. Josh's quest for an ancient codex reaches a satisfying ending in this first book in the series, and at the same time builds anticipation for further revelations in sequels to come.—Steven Engelfried, Wilsonville Public Library, OR
Kirkus Reviews
British-Mexican 13-year-old Josh Garcia has always been a fan of UFOs and conspiracy theories, but he never thought he'd find himself actually mixed up with both. He returns home from a boring day at school, however, to the news that his archeologist father has died in a plane crash over Mexico. Josh can't believe the conclusions of the authorities: His father was killed by his mistress's jealous husband. When that idea sends Josh's mother to the psychiatric ward, Josh jets off to Central America with his best friend, Tyler, and Olivia, a 16-year-old blogging buddy. Unknown relatives, shady American intelligence agents and a living Mayan city all play a part in what turns out to be Josh's destiny. The first of three already out in the United Kingdom, Harris's American debut is a great idea in need of some good old-fashioned editing. Glacial pacing, characters without character and a blog that couldn't be more fifth-wheel conspire against this tale of the impending Mayan-predicted apocalypse. A gee-whiz website, secret (crackable) alphabet and vigorous hand-selling might help this find an audience among patient thriller seekers. (Adventure. 12-14)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780802720849
  • Publisher: Walker & Company
  • Publication date: 7/20/2010
  • Series: Joshua Files Series , #1
  • Pages: 368
  • Sales rank: 798,363
  • Age range: 12 - 17 Years
  • Product dimensions: 7.98 (w) x 5.14 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

M. G. Harris (M. G. stands for Maria Guadalupe) was born in Mexico City, but lived most of her life in Manchester, England. As a teenager, during regular visits to Mexico, M. G. became fascinated by Mayan archaeology and made several trips to Mayan ruins in Yucatan and Chiapas and one such trip gave her the seed of the idea of what would later become The Joshua Files: Invisible City. M. G. lives in Oxford, England, with her husband and their two daughters

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  • Posted May 22, 2011

    reccommended for action fans

    Action packed thriller that has its fair share of conspiracy theories, evil government officials, and stimulating new ideas. Josh Garcia comes home one day to discover that his father has been killed in Mexico by the jealous husband of his mistress. His mother gets put into the psych ward because all of these happenings hit her quite hard and while she's there, Josh and two of his friends travel over to Mexico to investigate these occurrences. When Josh must try to escape from the government officials he finds out about his secret destiny that will lead him on a perilous journey fraught with danger. All in all a good read but the only character that it feels like you really know is Josh and the rest are underdeveloped and the dialogue could use a little work. If the reader is more interested in action in their books, then I would highly suggest this book and the rest of the series.

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  • Posted November 8, 2010

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    Reviewed by Kira M for Teens Read Too

    Last Joshua had heard from his father, he was in Mexico searching for an ancient codex believed to contain key information regarding the 2012 Mayan Prophecy foretelling the end of the world. Now, his father has been reported dead in a mysterious plane crash. Believing his father's death was probably not an accident, Joshua flies across the Atlantic to investigate. There he runs into unknown relatives, shady American intelligence agents, a secret society, and a living Mayan city. Who can Josh trust? What really happened to his father? Will he get home alive? INVISIBLE CITY is a great action-packed adventure. The background information for the book is presented well. The characters are well-developed., and the plot is superbly spun by the author. The mystery is intense and keeps readers on their toes. Those who like fantasy, adventure, science fiction, history, and mystery will all enjoy reading this book.

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  • Posted July 25, 2011

    Awesomeful

    I read this books lots and its still gets better and better, recently got Ice Shock and can't wait for more.

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