The Adventure of a Lifetime . . .
Ethan Drake is a living legend. If only his late father had mentioned it.
Ethan and his friends decode a series of cryptic riddles from an ancient treasure map. Their discovery entangles them in a centuries-old struggle between warring secret societies.
It soon becomes clear that Ethan is not just an adventurous teen who accidentally stumbles upon a shadowy world. He is a catalyst… a spark which ignites the resurgence.
The Three Hares is a smart, twisty adventure mystery, one that will keep you reading until the remarkable end.
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Adventure, treasure maps, puzzles, secret societies and heroic moments make this a tale to thoroughly enjoy. At the start of this tale, Ethan his best friend Jacob, are 14 years old and enjoying the good life in the nature camping and seeking adventure. When they return to their homes, Ethan's father announces he's giving up his job to stop an evil politician from becoming mayor. The father dies. A year later, Ethan and Jacob discover a treasure map in the attic which leads to a cave. And that's where the adventure really begins. This novel starts with a scene to make especially boys' hearts beat faster—nature, camping on their own, fending for food and treasure hunting. The freedom, adventurous spirit, and simple fun grabs right before the author lets the first big tragedy hit. A little gets lost in the sudden one-year zoom forward, one being that the boys are then 15 and definite high school age. But this doesn't come across as a sheer Young Adult novel, rather one for upper middle graders/tweens. And it fits this age group perfectly. There's a huge twist from normal boys to an adventure, which is not only larger than life, but holds many layers, secrets and danger. The switch was well done and guarantees to keep readers glued to the pages. The problem solving slides right in and makes readers think, while following Ethan and his friends as he learns about who his father really was and who he is supposed to be. It's a larger than life tale, which grabs and holds on until the very end. The mystery is well done, and it's a treat to follow Ethan as he works his way through everything. Although the first chapters displayed Ethan as a little less mature, he and his friends grow during these pages. Their thoughts, feelings and actions come across fairly natural for their age group, and it's a treat to cheer them on. I'm giving this one a 4.5 and rounding up. I received a complimentary copy and found this story refreshing and exciting enough to want to leave my honest thoughts.
I obtained a digital copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review. Honestly? When I started reading this book I was also in the middle of reading 4 kids books for an event at our bookstore. I went back and forth between books for a couple days but then something happened. I put the other books down and just read this one. The book starts out with Ethan and his friend camping. They enjoy their little adventures and like playing their treasure hunting game. In those early moments, they had no idea they would become involved in a real life adventure that put them and their loved ones at risk. Geoffrey Simpson has written a book that makes you want to keep reading. His writing is detailed without weighing down the story. The twists and turns are well thought out. The characters are solid, interesting and easy to become invested in. Being a fast paced, page turner, it is great for reluctant readers as well as for those who enjoy reading. It is a young adult novel but I wouldn't hesitate to give it a 10 year old. For those adults who tell me "Oh, I'd never read a *teen* book", I would suggest that they try this one. I look forward to the next book in this series and reading more from this author.
I received a free copy of The Three Hares: Bloodline by Geoffrey Simpson through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Ethan Drake and his friend Jacob are living in a dying town. When someone runs for mayor on promises to revitalize the economy, that person wins. There’s no surprise that the new mayor is corrupt, but how deep does the corruption run? Is it just your typical shifty politician or is there a conspiracy? Ethan and Jacob embark on treasure hunts and other adventures that ultimately lead them to the answer. The book starts out “The Goonies” and ends up “The Skulls.” Though written from the viewpoint of very young men, the vocabulary used is geared toward adult readers. Some of the story points were a little strange. For instance, the amount of responsibility/control/leadership almost instantly ceded to a child from all of the adults in the organization. Though Ethan, through intense meditation "matures" twelve years in twelve days, the adults gave Ethan absolutely no training in anything other than how to wield a bokken. There were no classes in leadership, strategy, spycraft, or even the history of the conflict. Maturity does not equal knowledge or experience.