AUTHOR = ANTHONY HOROWITZ
GENRE = FANTASY, ACTION, ADVENTURE, ANCIENT CIVILISATIONS
INTEREST LEVEL = YEARS 7-10
When Matt Freeman is caught breaking and entering, he knows that his life will change, but he has no idea of the horrifying direction that it is about to take. At 14 yo, the authorities decide that Matt should become part of the LEAF project, which is meant to support his rehab but instead he finds himself locked into a world of drudgery on a farm. But worse still, it appears he is trapped here; trapped by a village determined that he will not escape, trapped by forces that wish him harm. Is he up against some kind of weird magic?
Who can he turn to for help? Who can he trust? As Matt does his best to flee, it seems that anyone who tries to help him gets killed, which only ramps up his fear & suspicion. When he seeks outside help from a local journalist he is mocked. Is all hope lost?? And why are these strange people after him anyway? Is it linked to the weird power that occasionally rises to the surface in Matt, a power he is unable to control.
Thriller action and eerie mystery are brilliantly woven together in this exciting book, the first in “The Power of Five”. As the mystery of Matt’s powers are gradually revealed it is clear that there is plenty more adventure and horror in store for both Matt and the reader. Four more titles await – with the action ramping up in each one.
Highly Highly Recommended (dma) *****