Saturday, October 17, 2015

Becca and the Prisoner's Cross--These Books Just Keep Getting Better!

Wow. Some book series just get better and better with each new installment, even when you think they can't possibly get any better. That's the case with Becca and the Prisoner's Cross by the amazing Tony Abbott.This is the fourth book in this fantastic series and I'm just amazed at how good they are, how the thrills keep coming and the mysteries deepen.

By now the plot has gotten so complicated that it would take all day to summarize it. I'll just say that 500 years ago the great astronomer Nicholas Copernicus invented a time time but when the thoroughly evil Order of Teutonic Knights tried to get it, Copernicus took the machine apart and gave twelve pieces of it to Guardians for safekeeping. Galina Krause, the current head of the Order is obsessed with finding those Relics but Wade Kaplan, along with his family and friends, race around the world to stay one step ahead of the Order and retrieve those Relics. Galina is also obsessed with time travel in general. The Order had actually invented a machine of their own but it didn't work right.

That's important to know for this book. Becca Moore, one of Wade's friends got partially zapped by Kronos, the Order's time machine, so she goes back and forth in time. In the process, she learns some incredible things, especially about Crux, the fourth Relic. Of course, the Order and its bad guys are there at every turn, stopping at no bad deed to keep the Relic from Becca and company. And how does the Order know where they will be all the time? How could one family hope to outwit trained assassins? If Becca goes back in time, why does her body stay in the present? And she gets her most important information from---well, I don't want to spoil things by telling but your jaw will fall open when you find see!

There's plenty of danger, excitement, action and mystery for any reader here. Plus the kids have to solve arcane puzzles and codes to locate the Relic. Plus there's a lot about the mysteries and dangers and contradictions of time travel. Plus there's an emotional punch and depth to these characters that you don't always get in thrillers or scifi. And this is truly one the most unusual but successful marriages of scifi and thriller I've ever read.

I've got the next full-length book, The Golden Vendetta and can't wait to start it! If you're a fan, go find it. If you're not already a fan, don't waste any time but go check out the first book, The Forbidden Stone, and get all caught up in the world of The Copernicus Legacy!

This gets the Iron Guy Seal of Approval as One Really Terrific Book!

PS--this is actually the second book in the Copernicus Archives books, which are sort of "in between" books. They take place between the full-length books and each one is narrated by one of the characters.  (Yes, it's a little complicated but, since this is an"in-between" this "second" book in this series is actually the fourth book in the overall story) But don't think you could skip these! A lot of important information comes out here.

PPS--there's a good Copernicus Legacy website.


Kathy Martin said...

This reminds me a little of the 39 Clues series that I got sucked into a few years ago. I'll have to add it to my list. Here is what I read last week. Happy reading!

Cheriee Weichel said...

I read the first in this series this summer. I enjoyed it. I've been trying to convince readers that they should give it a go, but I'm not successful. Other books by Tony Abbott (his Underworld series) sold itself. I think the thickness of the book scares some of them away.

Ms. Yingling said...

I haven't read these, but I put the first book on reserve at the library. If it gets an Iron Guy seal of approval, it Must Be Read!

Iron Guy Carl said...

Thanks for the comments. Yes, it does have a superficial resemblance to The 39 Clues but this is WAY better. And the Legacy books are thick but it's the difference between a full-course meal and a quick burger. Either one is good, according to your taste or your schedule. The Legacy books may be for your older or more dedicated readers. They'll find that, like a full-course meal, it's very rewarding if you stay with it.

Myra Garces Bacsal said...

Very interesting look. Like the others, it did remind me a little bit of The 39 clues. Thanks for sharing such a detailed review.