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Friday, December 26, 2014

The Murder of Adam and Eve by William Dietrich



Release Date - October 2014

William Dietrich
Burrows Publishing

Book Review by Tracy Farnsworth

What starts as a trip to a forbidden island turns into an adventure of a lifetime, albeit a sometimes dangerous one. All Nick wants to do is explore Goat Island and the rumor that people who enter a historic fort on that island are never seen again. He feels it is his best chance to win a scholarship and see his dream of going to college come true. He never expects to find himself time traveling to another realm.

After entering the fort, Nick ends up in a deserted town, chased by a gargoyle, and then rescued by a a girl around his age. Eleanor explains why he's been chosen, and as fantastic as it may seem, he time travels to ancient Africa to possibly change the course of history by meeting Adam and Eve and deciding what will happen to them.

The Murder of Adam and Eve is a surprisingly gripping tale. I found myself rooting for Nick, especially as he matured over the length of this novel. By the ending, I admired the teen and was sad to seem my time with him come to an end.

I loved the setting, too. Start with Goat Island and the imagery of this secretive, forbidden island and move on to the wormhole and then the deserted town Nick finds himself in. Then there is ancient Africa that is also descriptive and creates the perfect setting for this young adult fantasy. It's a solid novel that teens and their parents will enjoy.

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