Friday, September 16, 2011

Professor Atlas and the Summoning Dagger Review

From Goodreads:

In 1342, an old wizard stands atop a pile of rubble that was once a bustling village, complete with happy citizens, a vibrant marketplace, and a mighty castle. Cursing the conflict that brought this civilization to an untimely end, the old wizard bestows his last bit of magic on a spectacular dagger. He buries the dagger deep within the earth, praying that one day it will be found by somebody brave enough, and smart enough, to save the village from ruin.

Centuries later, Tyler Gerard and his best friend Brandon Giles enter a contest, the prize for which is the opportunity to join legendary explorer Professor Fielding Atlas on his quest to ind the Summoning Dagger of Mercastus. Although both boys have the full and active imaginations that are typical of seventh graders, nothing will prepare them for the incredible adventure that lies ahead...

PAUL MAGUIRE lives with his wife and two sons in New York City, a place he has called home since 1990. After working on the New York Stock Exchange for more than two decades, he decided to shift gears dramatically and pursue his lifelong dream of writing. Professor Atlas and the Summoning Dagger is Maguire's first effort in this new endeavor, and he hopes to continue telling the tales of Professor Atlas's adventures in many future installments.

Maguire wishes to give thanks to his family for the many ways they have helped him during this effort. To Coleen, who offered a great deal of support and encouragement, and to Andy and Finn, who provided the ideas and the inspiration which truly brought Professor Atlas to life. Maguire also thanks his father, Jim, who taught him how to tell a story, and his mother, Diane, who taught him almost everything else.(less)
Paperback, 220 pages
Published July 13th 2011 by Dog Ear Publishing, LLC
1457505096 (ISBN13: 9781457505096)
My Review:
Have you ever thought how an event that occurred hundreds of years in the past might affect your present and even your future? Have you ever had the opportunity to spend the summer with your hero whose life was one adventure after another as he traveled all over the world? What if winning a simple contest would grant you the chance to learn more about your hero? Sounds easy enough, huh?

In author Paul Maguire’s debut novel, PROFESSOR ATLAS AND THE SUMMONING DAGGER, almost eighth-grader Tyler Gerard and his best friend, Brandon Giles, are about to find out answers to the above questions. The contest should be a cinch, right? The boys know just about everything there is to know about Professor Fielding Atlas. The professor will select two winners to accompany him to England where he’ll be studying a site where a medieval castle once stood. Well, the test is not exactly what the boys were expecting, but they put their ingenuity to work to solve each question presented to them. I’m not going to spoil the fun for you, but they do win and soon find themselves in London. Villains, time travel, a dagger, a castle, threats of being beheaded, you name it. Mr. Maguire’s novel covers just about everything. The boys and Professor Atlas get out of one mess only to find themselves in another. If it’s possible to change history, Tyler, Brandon, and the professor are the guys that can do it.

The author has written a story with plenty of action and adventure to keep you reading on into the late hours of the night. I think you’ll find yourself rooting for the boys as they encounter a host of unusual characters and obstacles, but deal with them many times like typical teen boys would do. I believe we’ll be seeing more of Professor Atlas, Tyler, and Brandon in future stories. This is a fine debut novel. I’m looking forward to more from this author. I think you will be too once you’ve read PROFESSOR ATLAS AND THE SUMMONING DAGGER.

Paperback copy courtesy of the author and Dog Ear Publishing.

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