Menace from the Deep (Killer Species Series #1)

Menace from the Deep (Killer Species Series #1)

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by Michael P. Spradlin
     
 

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A brand-new action-packed series from Michael P. Spradlin. Each book covers a genetically engineered super predator wreaking havoc on the environment.

Emmet Doyle is not in the best mood when he arrives in Florida City. His father is a wildlife biologist, and has been summoned to the Everglades, dragging Emmet along with him. Though still in mourning from losing

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A brand-new action-packed series from Michael P. Spradlin. Each book covers a genetically engineered super predator wreaking havoc on the environment.

Emmet Doyle is not in the best mood when he arrives in Florida City. His father is a wildlife biologist, and has been summoned to the Everglades, dragging Emmet along with him. Though still in mourning from losing his mom a year ago, Emmet's trying hard to keep a good attitude.

Upon their arrival, however, things quickly get weird. Dr. Rosalita Geaux, the Park Superintendent, wastes no time in revealing the reason she called Emmet's father to Florida. A strange creature was recently found dead in the park, and upon seeing it, it becomes clear to everyone that this is not a native species. This is man-made.

Deep in the swamp, someone has been experimenting to create a new breed of apex predator. And they're about to set them loose.

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Mary Thompson
Emmet Doyle's dad is an environmental scientist and his latest assignment takes them deep into the Florida Everglades where gators roam and danger lurks. The Everglades Park Superintendent, Dr. Geaux, asks him to help determine why the gators have begun moving out into more populated areas. Dr. Doyle's expertise in birds is required to examine a specimen brought into the National Park Service lab that contains both reptile and bird DNA. After the kidnapping of Emmet's dad by a mad scientist who's creating these hybrids in a secret lab deep in the swamp, Emmet teams up with Calvin, son of Dr. Geaux, to rescue him. The combination of Calvin's MacGyver-like ability and Emmet's fear induced genius makes them a successful duo. This is the ideal series for reluctant readers, especially boys, with easy to read short action-packed chapters, terrifying encounters with hybrid gator monsters, crazy escapes and plenty of science. The author effortlessly weaves themes of single parentage, grief, starting over somewhere new and eco-terrorism into the plotline. Future volumes in the "Killer Species" series promise more of the same. Reviewer: Mary Thompson
School Library Journal
12/01/2013
Gr 4–7—After an atmospheric and ominous prologue in which a pair of genetically engineered "Pterogators" devour a python in the Florida Everglades, readers are introduced to disgruntled Emmet Doyle, a boy forced to move from Montana to the Sunshine State in the middle of seventh grade. His dad is an expert on raptors and his skills are needed by the National Parks Service to help them identify a possible new species of predator. The park ranger in charge of the investigation has a son, Calvin, who is Emmet's age and the two hit it off. Calvin's knowledge of the swampy environment and boats is impressive, and he helps Emmet transition into the new school. The only damper on the main character's adjustment to his new home is the instant dislike his science teacher seems to have for him. None of that is important once Emmet learns that his father has been kidnapped. The ransom? Only the closure of the entire Everglades to the public. There's something here for every reader-ecology, science, and gadgets galore, a realistic portrayal of boy friendship, and unrelenting suspense. This title is bound to please and fans will be hankering for the sequel.—Brenda Kahn, Tenakill Middle School, Closter, NJ

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780545506717
Publisher:
Scholastic, Inc.
Publication date:
06/25/2013
Series:
Killer Species Series, #1
Pages:
240
Sales rank:
156,270
Product dimensions:
5.30(w) x 7.50(h) x 0.40(d)
Lexile:
770L (what's this?)
Age Range:
8 - 12 Years

Meet the Author


Michael P. Spradlin is the New York Times bestselling author of the Youngest Templar trilogy, the Wrangler Award Winner OFF LIKE THE WIND! THE FIRST RIDE OF THE PONY EXPRESS, and several other novels and picture books. He holds a black belt in television remote control and is fluent in British, Canadian, Australian, and several other English-based languages. He lives in Lapeer, Michigan. Visit him online at www.michaelspradlin.com.

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Menace from the Deep (Killer Species Series #1) 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 12 reviews.
Susan_in_AZ More than 1 year ago
Not Just for Young Boys! I read this in paperback, so here goes. It's a well-plotted and well formatted book, with large print and some nice illustrations. What sucked me in was excellent, funny dialog. Not to give away any spoilers, this book is for anyone with an "inner child" who wants to tickle his/her funny-bone, try to guess who-done-it, and come away with a "clean" read. No foul language, nudity, or sex; just an excellent story for all ages. Buy it for your grandchild if you must, but read it yourself first--too much fun to ignore!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Iove this book!!!!!!!!!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Good fantasy book, very interesting.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great book
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved the book read the sample and I read killing seas before I'm so exited to start reading it
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
My friend got the whole collection from a book order and he let me borrow the last one.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Amazing book. Spradlin did an amazing job with the characters' personalities. It's a combination of mystery and adventure, but has suspence written all over it (LITERALLY). And this is just the first book! When I finished this book, I started the next one, "Feeding Frenzy". I t was just as amazing as the first. Way to publish Spradlin!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Comment 10 this is a good book
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The worst book ever