The Insider (Kingdom Keepers Series #7)

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The Kingdom Keepers' senior year in high school is almost over. For more than three years, things have been quiet. Their battles are long behind them, they agree, the threat to the Disney realm silenced albeit at great cost. But inside the catacombs of the Aztec temple where Finn Whitman faced down his nemesis, the monstrous Chernabog, a new threat brews.

Deception and betrayal rock the Kingdom Keepers as the merciless group of Disney villains known as the Overtakers stage an ...

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Overview

The Kingdom Keepers' senior year in high school is almost over. For more than three years, things have been quiet. Their battles are long behind them, they agree, the threat to the Disney realm silenced albeit at great cost. But inside the catacombs of the Aztec temple where Finn Whitman faced down his nemesis, the monstrous Chernabog, a new threat brews.

Deception and betrayal rock the Kingdom Keepers as the merciless group of Disney villains known as the Overtakers stage an unexpected comeback. But a discovery by the Keepers provides them with one hope of victory-a lost icon. It was believed to be gone forever. The Keepers have one last chance to preserve the heart of the Kingdom-Disneyland-from a terrifying destruction decades in the making.

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Just as peace seems to have descended on Kingdom Disneyland, everything slips into dangerous uncertainty. The return of the villainous Overtakers threatens the five Kingdom Keepers even as their high school careers draw to a close. The action-packed finale to a reader-approved series.

Kirkus Reviews
2014-04-22
The Kingdom Keepers saga concludes with the final battle between the forces of good and evil.Three years have passed since the Keepers last had to squash the efforts of the Overtakers (Dark Passage, 2013), but not much has changed when it comes to this series. The characters remain flat, and the adventure continues to seem less like a cohesive story and more like a string of incidents on which Pearson can hang as many nods to beloved Disney characters as possible. Fans will surely thrill at the endless parade of references and action set pieces, but no one will be excited by the stock teenage melodrama. It's hard to care about who's in love with whom and who's jealous of whom when there's an epic battle between the Card Soldiers and Small World dolls going on in the background. The author certainly serves his Disney paymasters well. From the Evil Queen in Snow White to Elsa in Frozen, all eras of Disney are represented. Whether this feels like coldblooded corporate synergy or clever mining of history is up to individual readers, but it's hard not to like a book that features a fight between the evil Jafar and Pumbaa at least a little.Surreal, bizarre and enchanting. (Fantasy. 10-14)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781423164906
  • Publisher: Disney-Hyperion
  • Publication date: 4/1/2014
  • Series: Kingdom Keepers Series , #7
  • Pages: 624
  • Sales rank: 1,500
  • Age range: 10 - 12 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.70 (w) x 7.90 (h) x 2.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Ridley Pearson
Ridley Pearson is the award-winning author of multiple adventure series for (young-ish) readers, including The Kingdom Keepers, Steel Trapp, and with Dave Barry, Peter and the Starcatchers. Ridley is also a best-selling crime novelist of more than 25 titles. Pearson was the first U.S. citizen to be awarded the Raymond Chandler/Fulbright Fellowship in Detective Fiction at Oxford University. In 2013, Ridley was awarded Missouri's Quill Award and inducted into that state's Writers Hall of Fame. As a "full time dad and husband," Ridley, along with his wife, Marcelle, live with their two teenage daughters in St. Louis, MO.

Biography

Crime may not always pay, but crime fiction always sells, and Ridley Pearson is one of the stars of the genre, the kind of writer whose royalties keep his family fed and cover a few extras as well (like, say, his own airplane). Yet Pearson didn't spend his youth dreaming of bestsellerdom. His first ambition was to be a musician, and he spent most of his twenties writing and performing folk-rock songs. The idea that he might become a novelist came later. As he explained in a Barnes and Noble interview, he was reading a Robert Ludlum novel when "a voice spoke up from inside me and said, 'I can do this.'" (Once he began writing and discovered firsthand the skill involved in crafting a cohesive thriller, he realized how much he had presumed!)

Pearson is renowned for fast-paced, thrill-a-minute suspense novels that include "a rare humanism and attention to detail" (Publishers Weekly). In a Greenwich Magazine interview he called his work "aerobic fiction, because I hope to get your heart pounding and get you turning pages." Entertainment Weekly dubbed him "the thinking person's Robert Ludlum."

As his fans know, Pearson works hard at nailing the details of forensic investigation and police procedure. In Undercurrents (the first novel in his Seattle-based Lou Boldt mystery series) his research was so thorough—he consulted an expert in oceanography—that the book helped convict an actual murderer. A Washington state prosecuting attorney happened to be reading it while working on a case similar to Pearson's fictional one: A woman's body had been found in a bay, and at first it appeared that she had committed suicide by jumping off a bridge. The oceanographer mentioned in Pearson's acknowledgments was called in as an expert witness to help prove that, based on tidal currents, the woman must have been dead before the time her husband claimed to have last seen her. Due largely to the expert testimony, the victim's husband was convicted of second-degree murder.

Of course, there's more to a Pearson novel than research. "Just what is it about Ridley Pearson that makes him the best damn thriller writer on the planet?" mused Bill Ott in BookList. "We've celebrated the forensic detail, the taut plotting, the multidimensional characters, and the screw-tightening suspense, but lots of fiction writers do all that. Here's a theory: Pearson is a master at manipulating opposites. His stories are forever jumping from high concept to small scale, from positive to negative charges, manipulating our emotions and minds with their polar hip-hopping."

When he's not writing, Pearson still makes music—he's the bass guitarist for the Rock Bottom Remainders, an amateur rock band made up of professional writers including Stephen King, Dave Barry, Amy Tan, and Mitch Albom (the group's motto, coined by Barry: "We play music as well as Metallica writes novels").

It was while Pearson was in Miami to play with the Rock Bottom Remainders that he told Barry about his idea (actually, daughter Paige's idea) for a prequel to Peter Pan. The two authors had such a good time hashing out possibilities over breakfast that Pearson asked Barry to write the book with him. Published in 2004, their clever collaboration Peter and the Starcatchers became a huge bestseller, spawning two sequels (Peter and the Shadow Thieves in 2006 and Peter and the Secret of Rundoon in 2007) and a series of spin-off children's chapter books.

Even though Pearson thoroughly enjoys crafting juvenile fiction, his adult fans need not worry that he's abandoned his high-voltage crime novels. Indeed, he has said that writing gives him the same "adrenaline rush," no matter which audience he is targeting: Readers of all ages appreciate the imagination, suspense, and an impeccable eye for detail he brings to all his fiction.

Good To Know

Pearson calls himself a workaholic, "not so much by desire as out of necessity," since he reserves a lot of time for his two young daughters. His hobbies, which he now defines as "something you once did and no longer have the time for," include recreational tree climbing, fly-fishing, backyard volleyball, snow boarding—and, of course, bass guitar in his rock band. An avid reviser, Pearson says, "I'm said to have a nervous, worrying disposition, but rarely feel I live up to that description—perhaps internal calm is expressed as external nervosa."

Pearson loves to travel, especially to southern France, with wife Marcelle and second child Storey, who is adopted from China. We're certain to do a good deal of international travel in the years to come. He also attends local symphony and theater. But his "favorite avocation is to spend an evening around our dining table with two or three other couples. This, I feel, is where many of the world's ills are solved, and many souls restored. Mine, especially."

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    1. Also Known As:
      Wendell McCall; Joyce Reardon
    2. Hometown:
      St. Louis, Missouri
    1. Date of Birth:
      March 13, 1953
    2. Place of Birth:
      Glen Cove, New York
    1. Education:
      Kansas University, B.A., Brown University
    2. Website:

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 1, 2014

    OMG OMG OMG OMG OMG OMG OMG OMG OMG OMG

    I read the sample and i think i might die if i dont get the book in the next hour or so. Love this book series #swag. MUST READ!!! #gotoloveit

    11 out of 14 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 14, 2014

    Love these books!

    Ridley pearson is a literary genius! Throughout his works i have always been impressed with his vast imagination. His books transports you to the world of disney making it come to life in a whole new way! I'd recommend this series to disney fans and anyone who can believe in the impossible.

    9 out of 10 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 20, 2014

    I love this series.

    To be totally honest, i have never een to any of the parks and ridley has made me feel like i have been to one. Thanks ridley!

    7 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 19, 2014

    LOVE THE SERIES!!!

    I AM DYING TO READ THIS!!!!! I LOVE THE SERIES AND IM ON BOOK 5! CANT WAIT TO READ THIS AND UNFORSEEN! IF RIDLEY READS THIS U R AN INCREDIBLE AUTHOR! I AM A HUGE FAN! KEEP READING!

    6 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 30, 2014

    Good

    Awesome amazing

    4 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 22, 2014

    Gooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooood

    Best book evey

    4 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 6, 2014

    The rweiew before mine spoils the book dont read it

    Spoiler

    4 out of 16 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 4, 2014

    It was the best in the series but the way it ended it looks like

    It was the best in the series but the way it ended it looks like there might a 8th book it leaves alot of stuff unanswered.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 13, 2014

    Good Book

    This book was very good. The only problem is that the end makes it sound like there will be more. It is kind of a cliff hanger.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 13, 2014

    Great

    I hope that Ridley pearson writes more books for the young and young at heart.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 2, 2014

    Kingdom Keepers VII will blow your mind!

    To be honest, I am a Disney freak times about twenty. That's why I naturally love this series. I have read the whole series and am currently rereading it. Sometimes, I get so involved in books that I forget whats going on around me and feel like I am actually there with Finn and Chernabog. Like I'm there when Tia Dalma finds out that Maleficent is dead. Like I'm there with Chernabog as he emerges from the Mayan temple from book six. However, most of these scenes are too dark for kids under age thirteen. The age group would have to be 14 and older. I am only eleven, but I read it. No nightmares or anything. If you have at least sen the absolute worst part if Revenge of the Sith, you can read this. This is a spectacular ending to the series but its not over yet. I love you Ridley Pearson, Finn Whitman, Dell Philby, Terry Maybeck, Isabella Angelo(willa), Charlene Turner, Amanda Lockhart, Jess Lockhart, Mattie Weaver, Storey Ming, Wanda Alcott, and most of all, WAYNE KRESKY! You all rule!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 10, 2014

    Great adventure

    This is a great book for anyone that loves Disney.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 31, 2014

    Oh My God!!!!!!!!

    Just reading part 1 of KK7 online was jaw dropping! Wayne somewhat betrayed them. WHY WAYNE WHY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 29, 2014

    Cheetahhh ;-)

    Man these books are the bomb. I say they should make movies out if these books. Anyone with me? If you arent your CRAZY. Some of you may of seen me comment on other books. If you want to talk to me, just go to a Catching Fire book and type in the head line #Cheetahhh. And for the message type, #UNC.
    Talk to ya lata!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 2, 2014

    Good Series in General

    This series was awesome for when I was too advanced for the children's chapter books but not mature enough for the teen section. I've been reading young adult novels for several years now, but still come back to this series because I love it. When I heard that the seventh book was coming out, I read and loved it! This is like a Disney-themed version of the Percy Jackson Series.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 21, 2014

    Reminds me of land of storiez

    Znmx

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 9, 2014

    Is this the whole book?

    Is it or is it only part one? To those of you looking for a reviwe the rest of the series rocks!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 24, 2014

    Highly recommend- entire series is a summer must read

    The entire Kingdom Keepers Series is a great read. You never want them to end. It was hard waiting for each book to come out. You missed your "keeper" friends while waiting.
    This book was not quite as good as the first 6. I think that Ridley Pearson would have done a better job writing this story on his own, although I admire his trust in the other "writers." I just feel it was a way to get the book out sooner while he was working on other books.

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  • Posted June 15, 2014

    Ultimate Showdown Where It Began It's been three years since we

    Ultimate Showdown Where It Began

    It's been three years since we last saw the Kingdom Keepers - three years since the events in a Mexican jungle.  In fact, Finn and the others are about to graduate from high school.

    Then the attack comes.  The five friends are quickly crossed over to battle a group of Overtakers trying to break into the achieves - a group lead my Wayne.  Wait, what?  But the real threat is coming toward Disneyland.  Will the group be able to stop the Overtakers once and for all?

    I have felt this series has been uneven (in fact the last book was the weakest), but I am glad to say I found this one to be much better.  Yes, it did feel a bit too long at times, but for the most part, the plot moved forward at a steady pace.  It was nice to see the characters acting as friends more than they have in the past books.  I even found myself tearing up a few times as the book progressed.

    I've always wondered why we didn't see more of the good characters in this series, and I was pleased that more of them appeared in this book.  That was a nice touch that I hope continues in the follow up series.

    For now, fans who have followed these characters through six previous books will be glad to know how the initial struggle against the Overtakers ends.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 27, 2014

    I meant 6

    6

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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