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The Copernicus Legacy, Book 2: The Serpent's Curse

By Carrie R. Wheadon, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 9+

Slapdash mystery misses potential.

Book Tony Abbott Mystery 2014
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As with any book where the clock is ticking, this one is in a frantic -- perhaps way too frantic -- rush to jet around the world and solve the mystery. The characters need to save Darrell's mom's life and keep relics away from the bad guys. A lot's at stake. That's all good. Exciting, even. But it's clear that author Tony Abbott is in quite a rush to write Book 2 of a really complex 12-book series (and probably the editors are in a rush to edit), and the result is rather sloppy and disappointing.

It seems as if the story wants to be in first person, but it's kind of in third person with lots of italics for various characters' thoughts that come off as confusing and somehow do less rather than more to inform readers about what the characters are thinking. Some minor characters show up on airplanes -- twice -- and are barely introduced or don't add to the story at all. Scenes aren't properly set up: It's hard to visualize where kids are in Red Square and how they're hiding from the soldiers. And the actual words are euqally rushed: The cliché "black as night" is used twice in about 10 pages. This series has so much for kids to learn, but sadly the novel isn't meeting it's potential.

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