The Moon Stealers and the Quest for the Silver Bough (Book 1)

The Moon Stealers and the Quest for the Silver Bough (Book 1)

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by Tim Flanagan

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The first in a series of four books that complete the story of The Moon Stealers.

In the small Yorkshire town of Parsley Bottom, Peter Crisp, a boy with an unusual gift of being able to see things that others cannot, goes missing after spending the night in a graveyard. Two of Peter's school friends attempt to find him but come across some mysterious


The first in a series of four books that complete the story of The Moon Stealers.

In the small Yorkshire town of Parsley Bottom, Peter Crisp, a boy with an unusual gift of being able to see things that others cannot, goes missing after spending the night in a graveyard. Two of Peter's school friends attempt to find him but come across some mysterious engravings which propel them on an adventure beyond their imagination. By unravelling codes and riddles they journey within the bowels of Edinburgh Castle as they attempt to find the key to Peter’s disappearance.

Meanwhile MI6 operative Steven Knight is sent from London to investigate a meteorite landing which, he discovers, contains a bacteria within its core that is alien to our planet.

The bacteria quickly evolves into a deadly threat. The children not only need to find Peter, they need to save the entire world while they’re at it.

This cult fantasy adventure appeals to both children and adults and highlights the genuine possibility of what impact alien bacteria could have on our planet and the ecosystem on it. Would the inherent characteristic of human survival kick in or could the Earth be contaminated and populated by other forms? The genuine scientific and astrological information that exists within this novel gives it a realistic edge that will leave you considering the possibility of other life forms and parallel worlds for days after you finish it.

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Tim Flanagan
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Moon Stealers , #1
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13 Years

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At some point in Tim’s childhood, he was abducted by aliens and sent on a voyage of knowledge and discovery across the universe. Eventually the aliens realised how pointless this was and, as a failed student, he was returned to Earth and left with a family who brought him up as a human bean. But, the persistent memories of new worlds, dragons and other creatures, continued to knock at his frontal lobe, desperately trying to break out. To avoid making a mess and calm his imagination, Tim began writing as a way to communicate with Earthlings. Fuelled by Chilli and Nachos and a bottle of wine, Tim manages to balance a love of loud rock music and fast cars (preferably red!) with emotional chic flicks, smart leather shoes and a well tailored suit. He has successfully infiltrated the humans and hides behind the façade known as a family. He learns from his children, but is regularly told to stop acting like a child by his wife. Naturally shy and unsociable by nature, he is selective of the human company he keeps, preferring to be around old books, bonsai and art. He cries at ‘It’s a wonderful life’ but sulks if fed evil vegetables disguised as Parsnips or Peas. He is bored by mundane conversation, excited by architecture and castles and fuelled by Caramel Latte Macchiato’s. Occasionally, he likes to catch up with old acquaintances on Tatooine, Westeros, and Middle Earth, and stare at fantasy and concept art as if it is a window to his childhood adventures. He is always trying to learn lessons from the masters; Mr Charles Darwin and Mr Lionel Ritchie, about life and love. Tim’s galactic mission is to translate his brain activity into a language that inspires and entertains you, transports you to different worlds and grants you an audience with the characters you have dreamt about, but never dared to remember. All of this in an attempt to redeem himself with his childhood alien abductors and travel the stars once more.

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The Moon Stealers and the Quest for the Silver Bough 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
lanalucy More than 1 year ago
I received a digital copy of this book, to review for Addicted to Books. I think this is a YA book, and it’s a pretty good example of why I don’t read much in this genre: it’s by turns simplistic and overly expositional, written for younger teens and tweens, without much appeal to an older audience.  There is some attempt  to counteract that with a B story about an MI-6 agent and aliens, and those chapters are markedly different in writing style and tone than the ones that focus on the main plot.  I'm not sure how the disparate stories are intended to connect with each other. I had trouble making myself read this one - there are too many “main” characters and the story itself wasn’t very compelling to me .  I found myself skimming paragraphs, trying to find a more interesting piece of the puzzle. In addition, it ends at a very odd place, not right in the middle of a scene, but close to it.  Obviously, the author plans to release a sequel or sequels; I am not interested enough to read more.
MichaelBeas More than 1 year ago
An amazing story for all ages!  “The Moon stealers and The Quest for the Silver Bough” by Tim Flanagan is truly the start of a remarkable series that has captivated my imagination for three nights on end. I think that people of all ages will be able to enjoy this book many times over. A quest to save the world, ancient codes, a vivid castle with hidden sects and even a meteor investigation all paint the back drop for this epic tale. In short within only the first few pages you will be thrown into the world of Tim Flanagan. All of the characters, including my favorite, Peter, are developed lovely with depth and unique personalities that I felt had me walking along side of them the entire time.  In closing this is an astounding series with a unique plot and storyline that is well written and original. I can’t wait to pick up book two in the series and can only vote 5 Stars for Author Tim Flanagan. 
BookJunkie411 More than 1 year ago
I was drawn into this book literally from the very first paragraph! The characters in this book are some of the most well written and interesting characters I have ever read. I loved how he was able to bring what could have been thin personalities, and breathe life into them. The author made them more than just average characters in most books, but turned them into living, breathing people that the reader can picture in his/her own mind. The plot line is so unique, and interesting. It's a science fiction adventure that is aimed at teens and young adults, but I assure you that this book would entertain anyone from 12-112! Mr. Flanagan weaves the plot as someone would weave a beautiful intricate tapestry. As I was reading this book, I found myself in complete suspense, talking to it as my husband looked on, thinking it was funny. There are absolutely no dead spots in this story. I found myself absorbed in the details, the characters, and the plot line. This was a great read. Tim Flanagan has a natural gift. As you read this book it seems as if the story flows freely from his mind to the reader's.
JenZuna More than 1 year ago
This was a very fun book to read. It has everything,aliens, slime, knights, fairies and a race to save a friend and the world. I like scary stories and movies and I'm not easily grossed out, but the creatures in this book gave me a shiver down my spine and soured my appetite a little lol. The story moves very quickly and keeps you guessing from beginning to end. What if? is the big question here. What would you do if aliens invaded and started killing off the population. The Moon Stealers is a little fun, a little scary and a lot adventure. This is book one in the series and leaves off with a cliff hanger that literally made me want to stomp my feet! I can not wait to read the next installment and I hope it's coming soon! This story is good for adventure readers of almost any age including grown ups! Another big 5/5 from me =]
Crystal-Trent-Dotson More than 1 year ago
Peter Crisp disappears after spending the night in a graveyard, a couple of his friends set out to find him, but when they discover strange engravings,they are sent on a wild adventure that puts them in Edinburgh Castle. All the while, Steven Knight is sent to investigate a meteorite, but discovers it contains a deadly bacteria. Now the kids don't only need to find Peter, but they also have to save the world. This is a very entertaining book, I enjoyed it and so did my teenager. It's appropriate and the characters are tasteful, this is a book that anyone can enjoy! There's three more to this series, I can't wait for the next one.
addicted2booksJM More than 1 year ago
My Opinion of this book was that I found it very interesting. It was something I haven't read about like sci-fi aspect. Not my cup of tea but this was one of best books I read on that subject so far! A lot of adventures and some parts kept my guessing. Then there was points that was not gross but I dont know what the right word would be lol just gross we can stick to that for now. It seems to put some pressure on the main character sometimes to keep the story alive but that is the purpose of main characters in books. I found the descriptive words of each character very telling and the story itself "the plot" was great. I would think that this book is more aimed for teenagers/young adults. I think it will be a big hit with the boys due to the gross aspect parts of this book. All in all a very great read! I will read the next in this series and will look forward to reading the entire series! Great job to Tim Flanagan nice start to this series :)