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Jake Atlas and the Tomb of the Emerald Snake by Rob Lloyd Jones

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List Price: £6.99


Paperback: 336 Pages.

Published: 05 January 2017 by Walker Books

ISBN: 9781406361445

EAN: 9781406361445

Indiana Jones meets Mission Impossible in this riveting page-turning adventure by an award-winning author. The Atlas family is in trouble: Jake hides an addiction to stealing; his twin sister, Pan, has to conceal her genius, for fear of bullies. The siblings can't stop fighting - with each other and with their parents, stuffy professors of Ancient History. But Jake's and Pan's lives take a dramatic turn the day they discover the truth about their boring mum and dad. When the family go to Cairo on holiday, Jake and Pan's parents mysteriously vanish and it's up to the twins to find them. They must team up with shady tomb robbers, master high-tech gadgets and locate a lost tomb in this story of a family that finds itself in the deserts of Egypt.


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Action All the Way

This is an attention grabbing book right from the first page. Jake Atlas & his twin sister Pandora are off to Egypt for a holiday with their parents who are lecturers in Egyptology.  Jake starts the trip by stealing a tablet at the airport for no other reason than the adrenaline rush. Then he & Pandora realise that their parents have disappeared in Cario leaving them alone with a mystery on their hands. Instead of heading off to the police or the hotel staff for assistance they embark on a trail of discovery which leads into a rather Indiana Jones/James Bond style story.

This is a story which is going to appeal to those youngsters who like the Young James Bond books or the great books by Antony Horowitz. This is a book that is full of action and more gadgets than even Ian Fleming could consider. There aren't that many lulls in the action & those that there are don't last long. Intermingled with all of this is plenty of information about the ancient and modern Egyptians.

This book is generally well written. Yes, it is quite fantastical and you do need to suspend belief quite a lot but no more than in similar popular books of this kind. There were a few Americanisms dotted around the book which did irritate me. Children watch films not movies. They go in a taxi not a cab. It made me wonder if the author was deliberately aiming for the American market in a hope of getting a film (not movie!) made of this book. However, I can't imagine these irritations would be noticed by a vast majority of the readers.

The other main irritation is the use of twins. There is no need for Jake and Pandora to be twins. They could just as easily have been brother and sister - it happens, there are lots of brothers and sisters who aren't twins. The use of twins is a rather tired plot device and unneccesary for this story. Had they been identical & it included a clever twist around them being identical I could have understood it but the author has chosen twins as a bit of a gimmick. Unneccesary.

I did enjoy this book despite being several years outside the target age group. There are some humourous moments, plenty of facts and loads of action. This is the sort of book which would appeal to a child who prefers films, TV and online games to books which can only be a good thing.

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