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A couple of background points to begin:  I am 33 years old.  I thoroughly enjoy, sometimes to my wife’s chagrin, children’s movies, Dr. Seuss books, Shel Silverstein books, teen adventure novels, and especially The Goonies anytime it is on television. 

After reading a review of Richard Paul Evans' Michael Vey:  The Prisoner of Cell 25 by Vince Flynn, I was intrigued.  Evans created a novel featuring an unlikely collection of misfits, including a know-it-all nerd with no social grace, the most popular and beautiful cheerleader in school, and a boy struggling with his identity and Tourette’s syndrome twitchiness.  This trio forms a club in order to figure out some unique “mutant” abilities among their club members.  Researching these abilities, though, alerts some unfriendly foes.  Follow this trio as they attempt to use the information they have gleaned from their past in order to track down some missing loved ones.  En route they determine their abilities might not be unique to just their own club mates.   

Upon finishing this book, I immediately searched online for the follow up novel.  Unfortunately it's not due out until August 14, 2012.  I placed this date on my calendar.  The good news is this book begins a seven book series, which is appealing to a reader hopelessly awaiting another Harry Potter title.  This book will appeal to the young as well as the young at heart.  The pages turn quickly.  It is a difficult novel to put down for the evening.  Evans infuses the narrative with good values, rewarding both courage and loyalty.  Find out what the hype is all about.  

If you find Michael Vey:  The Prisoner of Cell 25 entertaining, pick up the following series as well:  Percy Jackson and the Olympians by Rick Riordan, The Kane Chronicles also by Rick Riordan, and The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins.  All of these series are page turning adventures that go well with a pot of coffee (or cup of hot chocolate), a blanket, and a warm fireplace on a brisk winter day in central Pennsylvania.   

Review by Jeff