Monster Squad: The Iron Golem

Monster Squad: The Iron Golem

by Christian Page

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Overview

"Monsters. Mad Scientists. Danger.

Dark forces are converging on the sleepy town of Autumn’s Hallow. Monsters in the woods, mad scientists on the loose and sinister minions lurk. Four young friends must band together to uncover a secret plot that threatens them, the town they live in and the people they love. It’s up to Blaine Davis, Daschle Gaunt, Shelley Merry and Drake Harker, heirs to fantastic powers to stop an evil that threatens to consume the world. Can the Monster Squad thwart the evil Victor von Frankenstein in time? Find out in Book 1 of an exciting new series!

New Generation Publishing’s 2014 Children’s Book of the Year Award Winner

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781785071515
Publisher: Legend Press Ltd
Publication date: 11/25/2014
Pages: 296
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.67(d)
Age Range: 8 - 12 Years

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Monster Squad: The Iron Golem 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
KonaC More than 1 year ago
Wow! This was such a fun read. I got it only just the other day and breezed thru it in two nights. I remember the original Monster Squad movie from the 80's and at first thought this was some kind of reboot but pretty quickly found I was wrong... but that turned out to be a good thing! The story moves back and forth between a group of scientists in WWII and a group of kids in a modern day small town. The pacing was fast and the characters were likeable with a good mix of classic side kicks, heroes and villains (I particularly liked Kevin who had a lot of funny/nerdy one liners). While the back and forth from modern day and the 1930's was a little disorienting as first the author did a satisfying job of tying the two together and setting up a lot of possibilities for book 2. Overall, I really enjoyed it and would recommend it for anyone who wants a fun, popcorn sci-fi read. My 12 year old has already picked it up on our Nook and is enjoying it as much as I did.
Sapphire_Reader More than 1 year ago
(Book and Audio Review) Great for All Ages!!! What a great kids adventure and even for older listener will enjoy this as well. It is an enjoyable listen but, if looking for a stand-alone read this book leaves you off where the next adventure will begin. The story can stand on its own but, you will be wanting more as the ending indicates. So let me get started with this delightful Sci-fi Fantasy. For Christian’s book has it for those older generations that are into the mysteries of Roswell. For the young that love those boxy type of monsters that you see in the “B-rated movies of the 50’s”. Starting in 1938, a young girl sent to the barn to fetch her dad for dinner. She stops when she hears and then turns and sees what she thought was a meteorite way out in the distance. Until it decides to slow down and shift course. Crashing into the mountains near their home. Something she thought was only on the radio shows she listened to at night. Moving now over to the site is the scientists that are assigned to investigate the site with military escort. This sets you up for the first of 2 main characters. Peter and Nina. While investigating they come to examine what they thought would be a meteorite. Only to see a round metal object. Fearing that someone would possible be injured. Nina out of instinct approaches the craft. Being told by Peter to watch it was probably really hot. But, it wasn’t, it was cool and soft to the touch. Acknowledging that no one was inside. Then they heard a sound behind them and turned around and there was the creature. A huge metal man standing there. Slits for his eyes glowing. Motionless, yet Nina felt connected somehow to this being. As this robot is taken down by military along with the space ship to Area 51. Next comes in the head research doctor to take over is Von Frankenstein. You will learn about him and his assistant Igor in the Prologue of the book. Heading to present time. A group of young friends. Some of them not knowing of their special abilities. This gives us the next set of prime characters of the story. Friends Shelley, Blaine, Kevin, Dash and Drake. Minor character Blaine’s Sister Vicki. Drakes’ parents Peter and Nina (Miss Poe, teacher), Von Frankenstein (under the name of Giles, head master of Grimm Academy) comes to this town called Autumn Hallow. This where all the kids live with their families. Strange things start to happen to the kids. Some having special skills that they didn’t even know they have. Well, that is as much as I will give you. The brief overview of an adventure that none of the kids thought would change their lives when they woke up that faithful first day back to school. Christian took a lot of care into how he handles each chapter with a smooth transition from each time period. I like that it was not a harsh back in forth. Some books can make you dizzy when they do that. But, the way he handled it by giving an overview of the Von Frankenstein character and how he got the nickname in the Prologue was enough. So that this way he was able to concentrate on the other characters backgrounds. When he went back to Peter and Nina in 1938 with a continuation of how their powers developed. Any additional information leading up to the present and the re-energizing of the robot. The terror that wrecks the town. It is non-stop action that Natalie Hoyt did when she brought each character to life. I really enjoyed Natalie. This was my first time listen of her work and was really impre
BooksDirect More than 1 year ago
In 1938, a spaceship crash-lands in Roswell, New Mexico, and a giant metallic man emerges, exposing four scientists to something that gives them incredible powers. In the present, Blaine Davis is starting seventh grade at Autumn's Hallow Junior High, Oregon, where Drake Harker has just moved to town. Along with Shelley Merry and Daschle (Dash) Gaunt, they discover they have some strange new abilities. But why is the principal of the neighboring school, The Grimm Academy, so interested in these four friends? What's with the mysterious creature seen lurking in the woods? And how are these events related to what happened in 1938? This disparate group of friends will have to band together and use their own innate talents and newly-found powers to defeat an ancient evil. This story is an homage to Mary Shelley's "Frankenstein", with characters named after many other well-known literary figures, both real and fictional. There are a lot of characters, and it's a bit of a puzzle trying to work out who's related to who across the two timelines - but that's half the fun, so I won't tell you. With plenty of action and character interaction, this is an interesting read that doesn't talk down to the kids and has plenty of references to keep the adults on their toes. I look forward to sharing the further adventures of the Monster Squad. I received this book in return for an honest review.
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MargieS1 More than 1 year ago
Given To Me For An Honest Review Monster Squad: The Iron Golem by Christian Page is a must read. Once you open the book, it will grab you and hold you down as those  pages turn and turn and turn some more. Make sure that you have your comfortable jammies on, along with a snack and drink, because once you begin reading it you won't be able to put it down. This is a fast paced, action packed sci-fi that weaves historical mysteries into the plot. As the reader is reading it, the story goes from the past to current events. The fast pace, with a bit of humor in unexpected places  and the sci-fi monstor stuff provides a little something for everyone. By taking mystery, myths, horror stories and different characters, the  author has created a creat classic. Those who have always liked traditional stories with a bit of a twist will really enjoy this story. This  book would be a great read aloud or read alone. Those would most like it would be elementary school children 5th grade and up, middle  schoolers, teens and young adults. This would be a fun book for your child's bookshelf or would be a great addition to any library's  bookshelf. I would recommend it to anyone. Especially those who enjoy reading sci-fi, monsters and suspense.  ****WARNING****Questionable language, so might be more for older kids rather than middle schoolers. Now when you get to the end,  you'll say, " WHHAATTT!!!" But, never fear . I see a sequel, I hope? I loved reading this book and I look for more from Christian Page.
beckvalleybooks More than 1 year ago
An excellent story for any young reader.  Scooby Doo mixed with the Hardy Boys and the one and only Alfred Hitchcock's three investigators series. The author's really clever use of the characters is totally incredible. The story is full of mystery, monsters and 4 children who have powers they have yet to discover, who are being hunted by the strange professor who is running the nearby academy. The author keeps the reader enrapt by following each individuals life story and what links them to an incident in the New Mexico desert in 1938.  The really clever thing is the the characters are based on historic fictional horror characters from the past who are given a modern twist in order for them to be believable. The fact that these 4 young people are trying to find their way through their school years, facing the normal school age problems coupled with finding out who they really are makes for an excellent read. Taking a lot of mystery, myths, horror stories and characters from the past author Christian Page has blended them all together to produce a classic and anyone who likes tradition with a modern twist will love this novel and the ones to follow. Parents this book is a must read for teenagers, can you remember the Brother Grimm, Frankenstein and the mystery of Roswell, this book brings them to life in the modern day.  Praise to the author and his creative genius.
Editors_Note More than 1 year ago
MMonster Squad: The Iron Golem is well-paced and exciting. The characters are easy to like and relate to and the scenes are well-written and descriptive. The vocabulary is just challenging enough to be good. This is one of those books that you can read to your children and enjoy, rather than endure. Blaine is just trying to make it through her first day of seventh grade, first a new teacher, then a new student who takes notice of her and finally a strange happening over the art sink gets this story going quickly. If you have a child who is bored with what is out there to read, but you want to pick up something well-written, fun, engaging, and different? This is the book for you. I highly recommend this book for anyone who has a child that is bored with reading, I also highly recommend this for those who like reading, they will not be able to put it down.