Paradise Lost

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"I saw him, Jack." I nearly dropped the phone. The room was spinning. Why? Because my brother's voice was deadly scary and because without him saying another word, I knew exactly who he meant.

"Jack, are you there? Did you hear me? I said I saw him. He was watching Chase. I know it's not possible, but I know who I saw, and I'm right, Jack. I know I'm right. . . .

"Jack, would you get over here?" I'd only heard his voice sound this desperate once before. A year ago. I closed my eyes and leaned against a pillar for support. "I saw him, Jack. He was ...

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Overview

"I saw him, Jack." I nearly dropped the phone. The room was spinning. Why? Because my brother's voice was deadly scary and because without him saying another word, I knew exactly who he meant.

"Jack, are you there? Did you hear me? I said I saw him. He was watching Chase. I know it's not possible, but I know who I saw, and I'm right, Jack. I know I'm right. . . .

"Jack, would you get over here?" I'd only heard his voice sound this desperate once before. A year ago. I closed my eyes and leaned against a pillar for support. "I saw him, Jack. He was here. Today. For just a minute . . . and then he was gone. Jack, Mr. Eden's alive."

Praise for Paradise Lost

"Fans of Steven Layne will be quickly drawn into this fast-paced tale. The tense story-full of twists and surprises-is another engaging science fiction thriller."
-Sara Holbrook, author, I Never Said I Wasn't Difficult

Other books by Steven L. Layne:
Stay With Sister, Share With Brother, Teachers' Night Before Halloween, Love the Baby, Mergers, Preacher's Night Before Christmas, Verses for Mom's Heart, The Principal's Night Before Christmas, Thomas's Sheep and the Spectacular Science Project, Verses for Dad's Heart, This Side of Paradise, The Teachers' Night Before Christmas, Thomas's Sheep and the Great Geography Test

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School Library Journal
Gr 8 Up—In this continuation of This Side of Paradise (North Star, 2001), Jack Barrett is finally accepting what happened to him and his family last year: his father's villainous alter ego, Adam Eden, seemingly killed his mother while his brother Troy's clone destroyed himself to save the real Troy. Now, on the first day of school, awkward Chase Maxfield has turned into what appears to be a male supermodel, arousing Jack's suspicions that something is amiss. These feelings are confirmed when Troy and Jori, Jack's girlfriend, both alarmingly report sightings of Mr. Eden. Suddenly Jack finds his life on a downward spiral; his girlfriend breaks up with him, his brother disappears, and his grandmother is poisoned. It seems that Adam Eden is back and out to destroy Jack no matter the cost. The villain is reminiscent of Mr. Hyde, but with too few glimpses of Dr. Jekyll. The other characters are one-dimensional, and the situations they find themselves in often feel contrived. Younger teens may enjoy the action-packed story line that keeps them guessing, but the plot and dialogue as a whole seem to walk a very fine line between credible and campy.—Kimberly Castle, Medina County District Library, OH
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781589805903
  • Publisher: Pelican Publishing Company, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 1/21/2011
  • Pages: 312
  • Sales rank: 1,432,019
  • Age range: 12 - 17 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.60 (h) x 1.30 (d)

Meet the Author

STEVEN L. LAYNE is a professor at Judson University in Elgin, Illinois, where he also serves as director of the Master of Education in Literacy program. His work has been recognized by organizations such as USA Today, the Milken Family Foundation, and the Illinois Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development.

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  • Posted January 19, 2011

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    Excellent, fantastic, superb

    Troy and Jack Barrett are brothers and couldn't be more different. Troy is the younger sibling and is basically beautiful - not to mention the owner of some serious abs. Troy has always been the one who garnered attention and is extremely good at doing so. Jack is the quieter, calmer one who, in the first novel, proved that he was practically Superman. This older sibling works hard, loves his girlfriend, and was responsible for defeating an extremely dangerous man in order to save his family from complete annihilation. The boys' summer has gone extremely well. The McAllister sisters - Julie and Jori - moved closer to the Barrett's after everything happened back in Paradise, and became Jack and Troy's girlfriends. Julie dates Troy and makes sure that everyone on the school grounds knows that SHE is the one and only owner of the hot guy's heart (especially a girl named Bunny who wants Troy to be HER arm candy). In addition, Julie is a black belt in karate and will be more than happy to prove her superiority over all of them. Jori is a bit quieter, and is absolutely the perfect Lois Lane for Jack. On the first day of school Troy once again draws all the attention, as the stunner walks into the hallway with Julie on his arm. And then.the whole world turns upside down when the biggest geek in school, Chase Maxwell, enters through the double doors looking like he just traveled down from Mt. Olympus to show his godlike beauty to the masses. No one can believe it's him - the quiet, shy, skinny nerd who no one ever knew existed has transformed into the handsomest being on the planet. Not only is Jack amazed and Troy slightly put out that he's no longer the center of attention, but Julie has a look of total disappointment on her face, like she knows a secret that she just can't reveal. The twists, the turns.the magic that Mr. Layne weaves is beyond words. There isn't enough space to write a review that adequately praises this one-of-a-kind series. Gram, with her "magic" makeup bag that holds every device that the Home Shopping Network can offer, and a way of driving her little sports car that would have even professional NASCAR racers holding on for dear life, actually steals this story out from under everyone else. Readers will find themselves hoping that when they're "ready for the home" they will possess at least half the power, courage, and stamina that this woman has every minute of her life. Quill Says: Excellent, fantastic, superb, brilliant.are words that aren't even in the same category as this unbelievable series. If Hollywood movers-and-shakers have any brains at all, Steven Layne's name will appear on the big screen as the world of Paradise shatters box office records!

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