The Secret Prophecy

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Imagine your father has been found dead. Strange men armed with guns show up at his funeral. And those same men have begun to follow you. Now you're on the run.

When Edward Michael "Em" Goverton uncovers the key to a five-hundred-year-old deadly prediction by the prophet Nostradamus, personal tragedy morphs into international crisis. Soon Em finds himself enmeshed in a sinister web of shocking events where nothing is quite as it seems. Aided by Victor, a mysterious stranger, and...

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Overview

Imagine your father has been found dead. Strange men armed with guns show up at his funeral. And those same men have begun to follow you. Now you're on the run.

When Edward Michael "Em" Goverton uncovers the key to a five-hundred-year-old deadly prediction by the prophet Nostradamus, personal tragedy morphs into international crisis. Soon Em finds himself enmeshed in a sinister web of shocking events where nothing is quite as it seems. Aided by Victor, a mysterious stranger, and Charlotte, a family friend, Em follows a trail of cryptic clues that leads the trio into a conspiracy of world-shattering proportions.

But the ominous forces behind the plot are not about to sit back and let their plans be ruined. Soon their net begins to close in on Em, and it's a race against the clock for the trio to finish what Em's father started—and prevent a catastrophe that threatens the lives of an entire generation.Bestselling author Herbie Brennan has crafted an edge-of-your-seat thriller that grabs readers by the throat and won't let them go until they've reached the very last page.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Irish author Brennan (the Faerie Wars series) might be late to the post–Dan Brown conspiracy thriller craze, but he has no trouble using its tropes to create an enjoyable, exciting read. British teenager Em Goverton gets two major shocks in quick succession: the sudden death of his father and the overheard suggestion that it might have been murder. After a short vacation in France with a childhood friend and her family leads to additional suspicious events, Em returns home to find his mother institutionalized and their house ransacked. Em’s attempt to evade corrupt social services workers takes him to a homeless shelter and a helpful man named Victor; from there, the apparent conspiracy surrounding his father’s work on the history of Nostradamus leads to a familiar amalgam of prophecies, global travel, betrayal, and requisite over-the-top plot twists. Brennan capably juggles these threads and more by focusing on Em’s believably innocent and grounded narrative voice. Realism takes a backseat to action, but it’s unlikely that readers will be complaining. Ages 10–up. Agent: Sophie Hicks, Ed Victor Literary Agency. (Nov.)
Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books
Praise for THE DOOMSDAY BOX: “Readers who enjoy their action/adventure laced with weird science and real politics will enjoy this fast-paced, exciting second in the series.”
Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books
Praise for THE DOOMSDAY BOX: “Readers who enjoy their action/adventure laced with weird science and real politics will enjoy this fast-paced, exciting second in the series.”
Children's Literature - Mary Thompson
Edward Michael "Em" Goverton wakes up one morning to find his dad, a university professor, dead. Since his father was recovering from a bout with the flu, this came as total surprise. Things get even weirder when strange men in black suits carrying guns show up at the funeral and then start to follow Em. So he starts digging into his dad's research on a new biography of Nostradamus. It seems his dad discovered a secret prophecy, one which a mysterious group called the Knights of Themis want at any cost. Soon Em finds himself enmeshed in a dangerous web of predictions, mystery, and betrayal. He must race against the clock to prevent a catastrophic plot, but whom can he trust? This is sure to please readers hungry for fast paced thriller mysteries. There are codes to break, prophecies to interpret, and plenty of twists and turns. Think The Da Vinci Code for kids. Brennan, author of the popular "Faerie Wars" books, brings us the first installment in an exciting new conspiracy series. Reviewer: Mary Thompson
VOYA - Juli Henley
When Em's father dies suddenly and his mother is locked up in a psychiatric hospital, Em begins to suspect his father's death was actually murder. As Em investigates what his professor father was working on up until his death, he begins to uncover a trail of lies he never knew existed. Brennan has written a masterpiece thriller of intrigue, suspense, and mystery—a well written novel that readers will not want to put down. Any person who enjoys getting lost within the pages of a book will want to pick up this one. With sharp characters and appropriate language, Brennan's title is for people age ten to adult. It is a must-read that readers will want to share with others. Reviewer: Juli Henley
Kirkus Reviews
Conspiracies abound in this tension-filled series starter from a master of many genres, catching two teens up in the secretive Knights of Themis' plot to dominate the world and casting them into a maelstrom of danger. Em (short for Edward Michael) Goverton is being hunted by a man with a gun whom he spotted at the funeral of his father, a noted expert on Nostradamus, and again on a sightseeing jaunt in Paris. Back from France and still being hunted, he meets I Ching devotee Victor, who rescues him and teaches him about both the Knights and his employer, the supersecret agency Section 7, which has tracked the Knights for over 50 years. The ensuing mayhem--tightly narrated, with cliffhangers, red herrings and a deliciously complex wheels-within-wheels conspiracy--is spellbinding. The final chapters and outstanding ending must be read in one sitting. Thoroughly believable, Em is suitably fearful about the chaos but is decisive when tough choices are needed. His friend Charlotte is smart, funny and helpful. This well-constructed thriller will appeal to all fans of suspense. Middle schoolers--male and female--will enjoy this novel and hope en masse the next book comes soon. (Adventure. 11-14)
Voice of Youth Advocates (VOYA) (Starred Review)
“Brennan has written a masterpiece thriller of intrigue, suspense, and mystery-a well written novel that readers will not want to put down. Any person who enjoys getting lost within the pages of a book will want to pick up this one. ”
Voice of Youth Advocates (VOYA)
Praise for THE DOOMSDAY BOX: “This book has something for every reader: suspense, history, time travel, adventure, and a little romance and humor.”
School Library Journal
Gr 7–10—When Edward Michael (Em for short) loses his professor father unexpectedly and suspiciously, the teen is left reeling. After the funeral, his dad's home office is burglarized yet nothing appears to be missing. Em is whisked off to France by a family friend and his daughter, lovely and intimidating Charlotte, and the teens spot a stranger with a gun stalking them through the streets of Paris. Finally, when Em returns home, he is shocked to learn that his mother has been committed to a psychiatric facility and when he goes to visit her, she slurs a warning in her drugged state: run. Now Em cannot seem to find a safe place to hide from an omniscient group of pursuers. He connects with Victor, an oddly helpful vagrant who turns out to be a government secret service officer. Victor, Charlotte, and Em plot, scheme, and uncover clues left by the deceased professor, which leads them down a path of intrigue complete with international travel, deadly epidemics, and large-scale conspiracies. Brennan serves up a fun read with guy appeal, a Dan Brown-like thriller about Nostradamus, meandering into an international environmental statement, with betrayals and lies so pervasive that it's hard to decipher the actual truth. Recommended for those who love an adventurous tale and are willing to suspend disbelief.—Tara Kehoe, Plainsboro Public Library, NJ
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780062071804
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 10/30/2012
  • Pages: 368
  • Sales rank: 542,594
  • Age range: 8 - 12 Years
  • Lexile: 730L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 5.70 (w) x 8.30 (h) x 1.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Herbie Brennan is the New York Times bestselling author of the Faerie Wars Chronicles and the Shadow Project Adventure series. Worldwide, his books have sold in excess of 8.5 million copies. He lives in Ireland.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 21, 2013

    The Secret Prophecy

    This book was made to entertain and that is exactly what it does. Time travel is one of the best themes to write a book about and to make it action based was a genious idea. The romance in it is also made to make you laugh. There isn't much forshadowing for this book. The suspence will keep you reafing this book. Herbie Brennan has several book like this as well.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 19, 2013

    Going to read this book...

    Well this doesn't look like a bad book to read ... It better be good or it would be a waste to go to the library!!!!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 13, 2013

    An awesome book.

    An overall good action/thriller novel. I would recommend it to anyone who likes books that throw you into the action right away.

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