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Zachary Thackary
     

Zachary Thackary

by David Michael Layne
 
Adventures beyond imagination are waiting right outside your door...

When a lonely boy living on a small tourist island off the coast of California befriends a sea lion, he embarks on a journey that will send him on extraordinary adventures and escapades, pit him against an evil pirate, and teach him the value of friendship as he and an unlikely band of heroes risk

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Adventures beyond imagination are waiting right outside your door...

When a lonely boy living on a small tourist island off the coast of California befriends a sea lion, he embarks on a journey that will send him on extraordinary adventures and escapades, pit him against an evil pirate, and teach him the value of friendship as he and an unlikely band of heroes risk everything to save each other's lives. A rip-roaring good time filled with action and intrigue, David Michael Layne's Zachary Thackary is as heartfelt as it is entertaining.

Zachary Thackary has recently lost his father. Feeling sad and rebellious, his lone confidant and best friend is a sea lion named Inky, and together they forge a rich and wonderful friendship exploring the world around the island. But the world around the island holds many surprises-and some of them are deadly.

When they set out on a forbidden journey to a distant snorkeling reef, Snake Arm, a villainous poacher turned pirate confronts Zachary, but Inky drives the blackguard off and saves his friend's life, returning him safe and sound to the docks just as a mega-yacht arrives in the harbor.

Penelope, the daughter of the boat's owners couldn't have a personality more different than Zachary's, yet they form an unlikely alliance after a series of humorous encounters brings them closer together. What they don't know, however, is that Snake Arm has not forgotten the skirmish at the reef and is determined to seek vengeance. When he does, it will be up to Zachary and a colorful cast of characters to save the day and bring everyone back alive. The question is, will they be successful?

Sharing his love of the sea, first-time author David Michael Layne transports you to a world of unbridled imagination and epic flight of fancy as good battles evil in this coming-of-age journey. Ebbing and flowing like the powerful pull of the sea itself, his warm and playful story carries with it an undertone of ominous intrigue that is as suspenseful as it is enthralling. Filled with vibrant characters, wondrous creatures, and thrilling adventure, Zachary Thackary is an honest, humorous nautical journey that transports you to a magical world that exists right under your nose.

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Kirkus Reviews
2013-10-23
A tender coming-of-age adventure that entangles a young boy in pirate shenanigans with his first love. In Two Harbors, on the tourist island of Santa Catalina, Calif., Zachary likes nothing better than fishing, sailing and playing with his sea lion friend Inky. But he's been restless since his father, a marine biologist, passed away. His mother and uncle, Harbor Bill, just want to keep Zachary out of trouble. One day, while he and Inky explore the island's coast, they get into a scrape with shellfish poachers. Later, Zachary is working at the ice cream stand when one of the poachers, a grizzled man with snake tattoos, threatens him. This low is tempered by the high of meeting Penelope, a cute, if snobby, redhead who's visiting the island with her wealthy father. Zachary rescues her on a secluded beach prone to flooding, and she repays him with a sketch of Inky; they also enjoy fishing together, as well as a kiss, before her father's yacht whisks her away until the summer's end. Zachary now focuses on the poaching pirates and their boat, the Wild Russian. In Cat Harbor, when Zachary takes a tumble that knocks him unconscious, Inky must save the day--but later, the vile Snake Arm comes much closer to finishing off the pair. Debut author Layne superbly conjures a coastal atmosphere, filled with squawking sea gulls and clanking buoys. He also brings indelible sweetness to his depiction of young romance; as Penelope boards Zachary's tiny craft, she almost slips into the water, but he catches her: "Their faces were just inches apart, and for a second, he felt her breath upon his cheek." Once the adventure's underway, readers get lively scenes impeccably visualized: "Waves as big as trailers plowed the hull, and the ocean tossed the dive boat like a cork in a Jacuzzi." Layne executes thrills well, too, but burdens his novel's second half with surrealism. A host of inanimate objects--such as Ace the bandage--speak with (and frequently rescue) Zachary. Still, there's enough balance to deliver a winning conclusion. Seaworthy beach reading for younger audiences.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781482699845
Publisher:
CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date:
08/15/2013
Pages:
180
Product dimensions:
5.25(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.38(d)

Meet the Author

David Michael Layne has a degree in music composition from the University of Southern California and composes sacred and secular choral music. An avid sailor, he owns a forty-one-foot sloop and has been sailing for over forty years. Married with two daughters and four grandchildren, Layne believes that angels speak to those who listen and that Melville was correct when he wrote, "Oh Ocean, when thou choosest to smile, more beautiful thou art than flowery mead or plain!"

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