Wednesday, June 8, 2016

Treasures of the Forgotten City - a bookwrap


Created by Danny McAleese and David Kristoph

 Book 1 

About the book...

"Three priceless star jewels. A century-old, cryptic journal.

Using only the resources left by your grand-uncle, it's up to you to find Atraharsis — the legendary lost city beneath the sands.

But the way won't be easy. Raging sandstorms, sinister traps, and a whole host of mysteries stand between you and your Ultimate goal.

Can you solve the riddles, and recover the fabled star gems in time?

Or will you — like so many who've gone before — become the next permanent resident of the forgotten city?"

Unwrapping the other books in the series...

* The House on Hollow Hill

* The Ship at the Edge of Time

*Enigma at the Greensboro Zoo

*The Secret of the Aurora Hotel

*The Strange Physics of the Heidelberg Laboratory 

Here's how the books work...

UE (short for Ultimate Ending) books lets you be an author.  The books contain riveting plots, rich characters and stories, riddles, puzzles and fulfilling endings.  The best part by far is that in each book there is one ULTIMATE ENDING!  

The reader is invited to grab a coin, some dice, paper and a pen to record clues and you are off.  Interaction and fun are on tap big time in every book.  You get to participate in the narrative and problem solve to your heart's content, resulting in hours of enjoyment.

If you complete a book and actually luck out and reach the ULTIMATE ENDING you can enter a code you are given on the final page and unlock a trophy as your reward.  If you want your very own ULTIMATE ENDING bookmark you can review any of the books on and receive one.  All you do is send the authors a screenshot of your review after you've posted it to: and it will appear in your mailbox.  How cool is that?

My take on the books...

I am thrilled with the return of this style of book.  As a former teacher I would want the complete set in my classroom and a set in the school library too.  Techie kids who are more into video games than print would be enthralled with them.  It is like a live-action video game presented in print.  

Kid's love to drive stories and interact with the plot.  It would be a great challenge in a classroom setting to see who could get to the ULTIMATE ENDING first.  I also like the fact that some illustrations are included in the books.  Me, being a visual learner appreciates that fact and I know kids will too.  Who doesn't like to  madly flip pages, make personal choices and have control of where the story takes you.  Kids will have fun reading and participating in these wonderful stories (especially kids who might be reluctant readers).   I highly recommend the series.  

About the authors...

Danny McAleese started writing fantasy fiction during the golden age of Dungeons & Dragons, way back in the heady, adventure-filled days of the 1980's.  His short stories, The Exit, and Momentum, made him the Grand Prize winner of Blizzard Entertainment's 2011 Global Fiction writing contest.

He currently lives in NY, along with his wife, four children, three dogs, and a whole lot of chaos,

David Kristoph lives in Virginia with his wonderful wife and two not-quite German Shepherds. He's a fantastic reader, great video gamer, good cheese player, average cyclist, and mediocre runner. He's also a member of the Planetary Society, patron of StarTalk Radio, amateur astronomer and general space enthusiast.  He writes mostly Science Fiction and Fantasy.

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