The Official Blurb
On the island of Maui, a sixteen-year-old international spy named Rio Kayenta discovers a two-thousand-year-old coral stone. Legend has it that the stone is meant for a girl named Amber and that with it, she can stop the evil S.H.R.O.U.D. organization. Amber Page lives in the Arizona desert and wants one thing more than anything else in the world: to see her mom and dad back together again. Amber's mom is a school bus driver who has split with her dad, but Amber believes the two still love one another. When a strange old man stops at nothing to tell Amber that the legendary stone is meant for her, it frightens her and her family deeply. It is a race against the clock to get the stone to Amber and to see if she will realize its legendary powers. For with the stone strengthening her, Amber may be able to save her family and the world.
I couldn't decide if this was a YA book or not. The book/MP3 cover makes it look like something for young girls, but inside... Well... Mystical powers, a little girl hero, a man dragging himself around a ship leaving a bloody trail behind, broken bones.
The reader has his own style. Its a stabbing staccato reading that I found rather exciting and it appealed to me. It also suited the story. This story is mysterious, scary and hard hitting all at once.
I started listening to this story on podiobooks before the recordings were finished, but the production stalled and it actually disapeared from the site for a while. When it came back I resubscribed immediately and downloaded an episode every day desperate to know how it ended. This entailed re-listening to the first half, but I didn't mind, the story was good enough to keep me interested second time through.
This is a great story.
Total Score 8/9
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