The thrilling conclusion to Roland Smith's Cryptid Hunters quartet reveals the true face -- or faces -- of evil...
Marty O'Hara and his friends Luther Smyth and Dylan Hickock have managed to rescue Marty's cousin, Grace, from the clutches of her grandfather, the nefarious pseudo-naturalist Noah Blackwood. Now their most dangerous mission lies ahead of them. Marty's parents have been missing in Brazil for months, and their trail has all but run cold. With time running out, Marty, Grace, and the Cryptos Island crew race down to Brazil, to the jaguar preserve run by Dr. Robert Lansa and his son, Jake. But even the preserve isn't safe. When their friends begin disappearing one by one, Marty and Grace head into the rain forest in pursuit, where they discover that Noah Blackwood has twisted the natural order of things beyond their wildest, most terrifying dreams.
About the Author
Roland Smith first worked with animals at the Oregon Zoo, and he has been involved in animal rescues and conservation work around the world for more than 20 years. He is the author of numerous books for young readers, including Jack's Run, Zach's Lie, Peak, the Cryptid Hunters series, and the Storm Runners series. He is also the coauthor of numerous picture books with his wife, Marie. Roland lives with Marie on a farm south of Portland, Oregon. You can find him online at rolandsmith.com.
Read an Excerpt
Marty walked over to the closest hut. It was obvious that it was being used by Grace and Ana. Ana's laptop sat on a crude desk made from a split log. Her last journal entry was on the screen:
It feels as if we're getting picked off one by one. Now Luther is gone... We don't know if he wandered away from camp or was taken. Buck and I are going to go out looking for him. Grace is going to stay in camp and feed the hatchlings, which have just woken up.
That meant that Ana and Buck had been gone for several hours, and Luther a lot longer than that.
The thought hit Marty like a punch in the gut: Where's Grace?
Table of ContentsThe Cryptid Hunters Saga So Far… XII
One Way or the Other 11
The Rivlan 49
D. B. Cooper 80
The Preserve 86
Walking in the Rain136
Dead in the Water145
Model Prisoners 190
Bot Hop 211
Boots and Bare Feet267
So Far So Good307
Click Click Click Snap316
I Am You324
It’s Been Two Weeks…330
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Smith's best book yet! Full of adventure and excitement. Noah Blackwood FINALLY gets exposed!
I really like the Criptid Hunters series. It is my favorite series by Roland Smith. This is supposed to be the last book in the series, but that could change (probably not).
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I haven't read this book but the others are amzing. But what is picking them off one by one? What does Noah create? I hope it's an Onza. Please be an Onza. I love onzas.
I liked the book and the endding but would love like a post book sort to speak. All in all i loved the series!
In Mutation, Roland Smith impressively wraps up this complex and intense series. The action takes place deep in the Amazon as our heroes attempt to find and rescue their missing parents. Meanwhile, our central sociopath - Noah Blackwood - and his crew are hunting them down. The action is intense, as the various characters race through the jungle, cross raging rivers, track dinosaurs, and get captured by people with blow guns. I was most surprised and impressed with how Smith spiraled these 4 books into darker and darker territory and Mutation is certainly the darkest. Our villains think nothing of slitting throats or executing children. Ultimately, Mutation is a fast-paced, twisty story. It also includes some interesting ethical questions in science including genetic modification, cloning, and human subjects. It may also challenge some readers with it's constant switching around among 6 or more perspectives, but for me this multi-person view was wholly appropriate since the characters were spread out throughout the jungle. As always with this series, I enjoyed following the villain's perspectives so that you could compare how each side of the chase was going. Unfortunately, a few issues tempered my enjoyment of Mutation. A few mysteries were never explained such as who the native people are and how they became so genetically strange. I'm also still confused about how gender can be altered in a clone. But overall, Mutation was a terrific ending to an outstanding upper middle grades series. ** Disclosure: I was provided a copy of this book by the publisher in exchange for an honest review **
Marty, Grace, and Luther are back in the thrilling conclusion to the Cryptid Hunters series! Wolfe, who is Grace’s dad and Marty’s uncle, and scientist specializing in cryptids (animals rumored to exist but were never proven (Ex: giant squid, Bigfoot)), and his strange group of employees have pinpointed where Marty’s parents disappeared in the Brazilian jungle. The cryptid hunters team get to a member’s research base in Brazil, only to keep having team members go missing. It almost seems like they are getting picked off one by one… It seems like an isolated tribe is to blame, but how do they know basic English, and how to disable modern-day electronics? What will happen when the kids are the only ones left to protect the cryptids that Wolfe has rescued? This was an amazing ending to the Cryptid Hunters series! Mr. Smith has a great series here, and I was sad to see it end, but I was very satisfied with the ending. There is enough action, adventure, and excitement to go around – I couldn’t put it down! Marty and Grace (and you as the reader) learn a lot about Noah Blackwood (the millionaire zoo-chain owner who is diabolically evil) in this book (for example, his name isn’t even Noah Blackwood!). I love how Mr. Smith mixes science and sci-fi together in his story lines. The characters in the series are ones that the reader gets to know well. The good guys are ones you will like and cheer for and the bad guys will make your skin crawl. The ending is great, but I also kind of thought it had to end the way it did (Noah was too popular to just go to jail). I really like how Mr. Smith pulled everything together in the end… now maybe he’ll reconsider and write another Marty and Grace book… pretty please?
I havent read rthis but i have read the other books. I read the preview thing for itand it was good so far. Cant wait to read it