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Cecile Hudson- Gray a Londoner takes to the mysterious tunnels below London underground on her 12th birthday. Here she meet some fascinating creatures, in particular Kuffi and his Wasp 79. The tunnels below is a magical place where music is tasted and not heard, like a combination of strawberry cupcake, salt and vinegar crisps along with pineapple juice. The home of creatures like Miss Lady- Bird whose voice has the power to touch your soul and taste of tears. Water is scares and light is limited, but life carries on regardless. Kuffi a foxed face man tall and handsome with spiky black whisker and amber eyes, is a kind heart, good Samaritan who takes Cecile under his wing in this strange world protecting her from the self-righteous Jacques D’or and the crows who appear to be the police of the underground but drunk on power. Cecile discovers that here they trade with buttons and eating earth worms as if they were spaghetti. When her friend Kuffi is imprisoned by Jacque D’or, Cecile adventure really begins as she is helped by the stag-faced teenage boy Luke who’s motives maybe questionable, as he shows an interest in the mysterious marble that Cecile got from her sister Hester on her birthday. Along with his friend Jasper who is a human but chose to settle in the tunnels, they set off to rescue Kuffi, meeting many interesting characters along the way, but never really sure who is friend and who is foe.
This wonderful imaginative story takes you on a great adventure in a world that is connected to London underground, which will delight many Londoners. Its clever and creative, allowing its readers to get lost in this make-believe world, and putting no limitations on the imagination. The ending is amazing and will not disappoint. This is a great read for 8-12yo, even for those that are young at heart, who love adventure and embrace the world of imagination with no boundaries.
The Tunnels Below by Nadine Wild-Palmer, London born children’s author, singer-songwriter an Channel 4 continuity announcer. Lets join Cecilia, in her magical adventure as she meets some weird and wonderful creatures in this fantasy world far below the streets of London.
On her twelfth birthday, the last thing Cecilia expected was to find herself lost in a labyrinth of tunnels beneath London. Afraid, alone, but determined, she sets to work on her escape, and soon realises that perhaps there is a reason she and the mysterious marble her sister gave her have ended up so far from home.
This beautiful haunting story takes us on a magnification adventure with three young children Eily, Micheal and Peggy, as they fight for survival, and beat the odds as they journey through their famine stricken homeland. You can not but admire their bravery and courage as they take on the mission to find their aunties, with the believe that both ladies are still alive. This is a beautiful and moving story bring history to life while still keeping the story-line a thrilling adventure. This is a must read, for anyone interested in the historical events surrounding the famine seen through the eyes of three young children, and a
great way to give children an insight into Irish history.
I was hooked from the very beginning, with this fast paced page turner by author Penn. Firstly this is not a christian faith based story, but the writer takes us through Christian history and other faith based facts or myths while taking us to various countries across the globe sharing her in-debt knowledge of church history, historical documents and geographical locations. But I’ve taken it as it is, a fictional thriller of 12 stones that are supposedly belong to the apostles, which they received after the resurrection of Christ. They are not just any stones, when together they posses a very strong power. Our main female character Morgan Sierra, ex-military is our Lara Croft and Indiana Jones rolled into one. Morgan’s life is quickly turned upside down when her twin sister and niece are kidnapped, and she is now working against the clock to find these mystery stones, all 12 before Pentecost to pay as ransom for her family to a one Joseph Evertte who has his on plans for the stones and a great belief in their power. But of course she is not the only one on the hunt for the stones, there is a group called the ARKANE and the Thanatos both rivals who for their own reasons want the powerful stones by Pentecost. Morgan is joined on her quest by Jake Timber who works with the ARKANE but comes with plenty of resources and a plane at his beck and call, as they team up with plans to rescue Morgans family, we are taken to Spain, Italy, Iran, North Africa and eventually to America, with loads of conflicts and suspense, numerous deaths including sacrificial ones. There is a race against the clock and a comet called the Resurgam which coincides with Pentecost this is a fast paced story with some kick ass moments, there are times when I found the history of the church which is share with us through Morgan, overwhelming and slowed the pace just a little for me. But there are plenty of twist and turns, to pick it back up and push on with the good fight.
By the end one will wonder if there is more to this world than materialistic, scientific explanations? Could this really happen? There may be a truth beyond what we see.
This is a good read for thriller lovers Lara Croft, Indian Jones and Dan Brown fans.
I love the authors description of Italy and Venice that i have added it to my list of places to visit.
My choice of reads for this month is from my favourite indie author J F Penn.
The, Stone of Fire this is an action packed thriller, entwined with historical artefacts, and a kick-ass heroine. If your a Da Vinci Code fan, then this is definitely for you. Hope you join me in this months action packed adventure as we trek across the globe with our heroine Morgan Sierra.
India. When a nun is burned alive on the sacred ghats of Varanasi, and the stone she carried is stolen, an international hunt is triggered for the relics of the early church.
Forged in the fire and blood of martyrs, the Pentecost stones have been handed down through generations of Keepers who kept their power and locations secret.
The Keepers are being murdered, the stones stolen by those who would use them for evil in a world transformed by religious fundamentalism.
Oxford University psychologist Morgan Sierra is forced into the search when her sister and niece are held hostage. She is helped by Jake Timber from the mysterious ARKANE, a British government agency specializing in paranormal and religious experience. Morgan must risk her own life to save her family, but will she ultimately be betrayed?
From ancient Christian sites in Spain, Italy, and Israel to the far reaches of Iran and Tunisia, Morgan and Jake must track down the stones through the myths of the early church in a race against time before a new Pentecost is summoned, this time powered by the fires of evil.
A beautiful romantic story set in Ireland and London.
When your heart is broken what do you do? focus on your career and change countries if you can, and Clodagh Kenny did just that, moving to London at 17 to live with her lovely aunt Lizzy, studying textiles, and eventually becoming a famous designer. But a new adventure and the opportunity to expand her business, brings her back to Ireland. But what happens when you meet that scumbag ex or his son, and the painful past comes rushing back emotional bruise and all. But there are two sides to every story and it’s only fair to hear both. Clodagh Kenny and James Murry take centre stage in this romantic drama, but they are surrounded by so many other different characters who each play their part in telling the story.
The story is written from many different points of views which is marked by the character’s name, the layout style is different to most other novels I’ve read but it makes the transition from character to character nice and smooth. When there are so many different characters in a book it can get confusing, or the reader can get lost as to who is who, but in this case the style of the book did the opposite, helping the reader along. However, sometimes I think the dramatic build up was prematurely released through the conversation of some of the sub-characters. For example, Beth’s adoption could possibly have been kept a secret a bit longer, but the reader knew about it long before James, thereby taking away from the suspense and drama.
Then there’s the like father like son scenario, I loved the devious build up to the whole pregnancy plot, and was on the edgy of my seat waiting to see how the drama unfolded, but I have to say I was expecting a lot more than just a slap, I felt the closing scene to that particular storyline ended too abruptly and a little to smoothly as Pamela was a great wild card, and having her walked away so easily brought a little anti-climax to that scene. Clodagh and James story conclude how I had expected, with a nice happy twist at the end, and restoring faith in romance and making one believe in love again.
It is a great read, with romance, deception, secrets and lies.
It has a great Mave Binchey vibe to it and makes a great holiday read.
If you’re looking for a light romantic easy read, this is for you.