Jake Ransom and the Howling Sphinx (Jake Ransom Series #2) [NOOK Book]

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Using his father's watch as a key, Jake intends to return to Calypsos. Instead he's thrust into a strange desert land where he's joined by his friends Marika, Pindor, and Bach'uuk and his sister, Kady. As they try to figure out what to do next, a surprise attack by the beautiful young Princess Nefertiti takes them all captive.

Soon even she is battling the Skull King's minions. For Jake has something the Skull King wants—a prize that will give its owner awesome power, including ...

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Jake Ransom and the Howling Sphinx (Jake Ransom Series #2)

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Overview

Using his father's watch as a key, Jake intends to return to Calypsos. Instead he's thrust into a strange desert land where he's joined by his friends Marika, Pindor, and Bach'uuk and his sister, Kady. As they try to figure out what to do next, a surprise attack by the beautiful young Princess Nefertiti takes them all captive.

Soon even she is battling the Skull King's minions. For Jake has something the Skull King wants—a prize that will give its owner awesome power, including control of the fearsome Howling Sphinx. In a new pounding adventure, Jake races against time to outfight and outwit Kalverum Rex, knowing that if the Skull King wins, he'll be unstoppable.

Filled with unexpected danger, challenging puzzles, and dazzling action, this is a first-rate, fast-paced thriller—a read only James Rollins could have created!

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Editorial Reviews

VOYA - Paula Gallagher
Three months have passed since prep school student Jake Ransom returned from his adventures battling the evil alchemist Skull King in the valley of Calypsos in prehistoric Pangaea, and he still has no idea what happened to his missing parents. This time around, Jake and his older sister, Kady, find themselves whisked from the American Museum of Natural History's Ancient Egypt exhibit to the punishing desert of Deshret, an isolated land besieged by persistent howling winds. The Skull King has assumed the body of another here, a la J. K. Rowling's villainous Voldemort, and he's out for Jake. Much of the abundant action in this novel happens in a telling-not-showing manner, and Rollins overpopulates his story with over three dozen named characters—not to mention an entire prehistoric and mythological bestiary. Readers may very well find themselves lost even if they have read the first volume in the series, Jake Ransom and the Skull King's Shadow (HarperCollins, 2009/VOYA October 2009). Re-introduction of characters, places, and previous plot points continues clumsily throughout the book. It is difficult to root for the Ransoms, as readers learn little about Jake as a person. Kady, a blond cheerleader who adores shopping and is an expert on makeup, remains nothing but a vapid stereotype who readers will not miss at all when she is absent for more than one hundred pages. Dialogue is simple and embarrassingly cliche. The most compellingly drawn character is an unnamed wisling, a small, affectionate ouroboros-type snake-dragon who proves more than useful. (Readers are invited to email Rollins with name recommendations.) The final chapters bring a modicum of resolution, spending time instead setting up the next book in this unsatisfying action series. Reviewer: Paula Gallagher
School Library Journal
Gr 5–9—In this sequel to Jake Ransom and the Skull King's Shadow (HarperCollins, 2009), Jake's wild adventures take readers on a journey through space and time, where Nefertiti and her father, Pharaoh Neferhotep, are waging war against the Skull King and his minions, who are hunting Jake and his sister, Kady. The siblings don't know if their parents are alive or dead. When a new exhibit on Egypt opens at the American Museum of Natural History, they discover that it is sponsored by Bledsworth Sundries and Industries, the company thought to be behind their parents' disappearance. They take a close look at the mummified body that they heard was half-man, half-bird and discover that it is a grakyl—a deadly creature from another world that gives a warning to Jake and Kady: the Skull King will find and kill them and everyone they love. Suddenly they are back in Pangaea with their friends from the previous book, facing danger and adventure at every turn. And they must defeat the Skull King or the bridge between one time and another could be closed forever. A wild ride with some quick-thinking teens fighting for survival.—Kathryn Kennedy, Georgia Southern University, Statesboro, GA
Kirkus Reviews

An adventure series mashup built on Indiana Jones-like tropes picks up steam with this second volume.

Three monthshave passedsince eighth-grader Jake Ransom and his older sister Kady returned from the ancient land of Calypsos on Pangaea, where they saved the inhabitants—Neanderthals and lost Roman legionaries and ancient Maya—from the evil magister Kalverum Rex. Neither teen knows any more about thelocation of their archaeologist parents, missing three years now, but both are sure that their parents are lost somewhere in time. After an attack on their home, the siblings visitan Egyptian exhibit at the American Museum of Natural History only to be attacked again by the blood magic of Kalverum as he seeks the Key to Time. They are thrown into the desert kingdom of Deshret, cut off from the rest of Pangaea by a flesh-tearing windstorm. The bracelets given them by the elders of Calypsos also draw in their friends from their last adventure, and the five find themselves once again battling theSkull King and his minions while trying to find traces of their parents. Rollins' second Jake Ransom adventure is tighter, more magical and more thrilling than the series opener.

Likely to win Jake more fans, this will have adventure seekers of both genders clamoring for volume three (likely to deal with Norse lore, given the dropped hints).(Adventure. 9-12)

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780061991974
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 5/3/2011
  • Series: Jake Ransom Series , #2
  • Sold by: HARPERCOLLINS
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 384
  • Sales rank: 37,299
  • Age range: 8 - 14 Years
  • File size: 6 MB

Meet the Author

James Rollins

James Rollins is the New York Times bestselling author of international thrillers that have been translated into more than forty languages. His Sigma series has been lauded as one of the "top crowd pleasers" (New York Times) and "hottest summer reads" (People magazine). In each novel, acclaimed for its originality, Rollins unveils unseen worlds, scientific breakthroughs, and historical secrets—and he does it all at breakneck speed and with stunning insight.

Biography

James Rollins is the New York Times, USA Today and Publishers Weekly bestselling author of Black Order, Map of Bones and other adventure thrillers. He was born in Chicago and grew up in Ontario, Canada, and St. Louis, Missouri. He graduated with honors from the University of Missouri with a degree in veterinary medicine. And like most veterinarians, he presently shares his home with a Golden Retriever, a Dachshund, and a sixty-five year old parrot named Igor. Rollins currently practices in Northern California, and when not writing or working in his veterinary practice, he can often be found underground or underwater as an amateur spelunker and scuba diver. These hobbies have helped in the creation of his earlier books Subterranean, Deep Fathom, Amazonia, and Sandstorm. His thriller, Black Order, skyrocketed to the top of bestseller lists across the country, winning the author countless new fans, and was proclaimed by People magazine as one of last summer's "hottest reads." Map of Bones was chosen by Publishers Weekly as one of the most likely to win over Dan Brown's faithful audience, and the New York Times rated the book as one the summer's top crowd pleasers.

Author biography courtesy of HarperCollins.

Good To Know

Some fun and fascinating outtakes from our interview with Rollins:

"I often get asked if I still practice veterinary medicine. While I don't practice full-time, I still do volunteer. I work with a group that traps stray cats, brings them to the shelter, where I spend a day spaying and neutering them. It's basically eight hours of removing genitalia. It's a hobby."

"I am a TV junkie. I have two Tivos and they are constantly full."

"My first job was to flip pizzas. I once got a pie spinning that was ten feet across. I had to spin it on my back to keep it going. Yet, I still love pizza."

"Two hobbies I love -- caving and scuba diving -- are also essential research for my novels. Case in point:

I've always been an avid cave explorer, from the vast systems in Missouri to the lava tubes of Hawaii to the tighter squeezes of the California foothills. But one of my most frightening episodes also allowed me to better describe claustrophobia in my novels. While climbing out of the fairly technical wild cavern, involving lots of rope work, I managed to jam myself midway up a narrow vertical chute. Hung up on my ascending gear midway up the chute, I found myself unable to move up or down. My chest was squeezed between two walls, my left knee turned the wrong way. I could not maneuver, and there was not enough room to get a rescue climber to me. I was trapped. I remember the team leader, leaning down from above, shining his helmet lamp at me. ‘You either find a way to un-jam yourself, or you stay there forever.'

So over the course of a long hour -- wriggling, sweating, cursing, and clawing -- I managed to creep a millimeter at a time out of the jam. After this event, I had a better understanding for panic and the determination born of pure desperation, essential ingredients for to writing thrilling fiction.

But spelunking through caves was not my only ‘research' lesson. Two decades ago, I also took up scuba diving and went on dive trips all around the world: Monterey Bay, Hawaii, South Pacific, Australia. I particularly remember one trip to the Great Barrier Reef in Australia. I was informed by the dive master to beware of the many hazards found in the region. ‘On land, Australia has seven of the ten deadliest snakes. The seas are worse. Box jellyfish can kill in minutes. Local sea snakes are some of the most toxic. But worst of all is the stone fish. It looks like a stone, but its spines are loaded with paralytic poison. So be careful what you touch.'

And down we all went, buddied up in pairs, enthusiastic and excited. I dropped toward the reef and adjust my buoyancy until I'm floating just above the reef. All around spread amazing sights: giant clams, a flurry of colored fish, an astounding variety of coral. But I miscalculated my buoyancy, my weight shifted, and I planted a hand into the sand to stabilize my tumble, careful of the razor-sharp coral. Inches from my thumb, a jagged rock suddenly sprouted fins and swam away. I met the gaze of my buddy diver. His wide eyes firmed up the identification. The deadly stone fish. And I had almost slapped my hand on its back. As the fish scurried away, I understood at that exact moment how little Nature cared about the life of a scuba-diving novelist. Down here, Nature ruled. We were only visitors.

This mix of respect and terror is brought to life in my latest novel, The Judas Strain."

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    1. Hometown:
      Sacramento, California
    1. Date of Birth:
      August 20, 1961
    2. Place of Birth:
      Chicago, Illinois

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  • Posted November 20, 2011

    Love it!!

    I've already read the book twice and can hardly wait for the next installment to come out. An excellent, excellent read. You won't be disappointed.

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 27, 2012

    A great book, a great chance of being a favorite to many!

    One of my favorite books, and I simply can`t wait for the thiid book in the series!

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 12, 2011

    Highly recommended

    I am a grandmother and I love the Jake Ransom books. james Rollins has never written a bad book. Jake is on a par with Indiana Jones adventures. I'm looking forward to the next book in the series

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 11, 2011

    Awesome

    This book is so good it competes with percy jakeson series

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 16, 2011

    A fun, fast ride. When can I go again?

    This is book 2 of a series, but can work very well as a stand alone. This starts with a bang. Really, it does. A car running into a building bang. Fast paced and interesting. A fun ride of a book. The hero is very loyal and believable in his actions, while the villain is wonderfully mysterious and threatening. The groundwork is laid for future adventures with Jake and Kady Ransom as they try to save a world, escape from torture and slavery, defeat the bad guys and find their parents. Definitely a book I will recommend to some friends.
    I received this book to do a review, and really enjoyed the trip. Look forward to meeting up with Jake and friends at a later time.

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 30, 2013

    Great book!

    This second book in the series was great! A very good read for anyone interested in a great adventure. Can't wait for the next book. Who knows where they'll arrive on Pangea next.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 17, 2013

    Give me the next book and you will be my friend (:

    Please!!!!!!!!!

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 15, 2013

    Can't wait!

    Waiting...... waiting some more......... can't wait anymore!

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    I did

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    Blue

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    Mia

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    Hey (POST)

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    Bwe-hehehehe...Desperation at its finest. xD

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    Posted February 16, 2014

    Ember--

    Lol well i hope one of them suits you! Lolol *pulls on her vest*

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    Did you ever date kyle or a michel? Post.podtpst

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    Posted December 28, 2013

    Ima kill

    Ima kill for the next book.

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