Serpent Tide (Wesley Mackey, #1)
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Wesley Vandergrift wonders why he isn't like the other boys in his coastal South Carolina town. It's not easy being the son of an eccentric billionaire mother. His life consists of big secrets in a big mansion and only one friend. Overprotected and insulated from the rest of the world, Wesley yearns for the kind of exciting outdoor adventures he sees on "The Snake Stalker"...more
Hardcover, 250 pages
Published January 2nd 2006 by Covenant Communications, Inc.
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Danae Harding
I'm surprised this book hasn't become as popular as it should have. Written by a Mormon author, it's an exciting story that you'll fall in love with immediately. The whole story is very well written with amazing totally believable characters. I recommend this to everyone, seriously.
Lauren
I have to admit that I was pretty shocked to see that the average rating for this book was so high. Maybe those were kids' ratings. I hate to be this harsh, but this book is actually on my list of the top worst 10 books I've ever read. I read it for a book club, so I had to finish it. While reading it, I found myself constantly rolling my eyes and saying "Oh please!", then turning to my husband to tell him just how dumb it was. It flat out struck me as written by a random person who read Harry P...more
D-lyn
I really liked this Book!!!!
I want to read another! I hope she makes this a series!
I liked the adventure and the characters and the suspense and the creativity and the unexpected ending!
I did foresee some spots of the plot but others were a huge surprise!!! The main character was fun and easy to get to know and really feel a kin to. In the middle of the story you sorta stop getting everything from him and his eyes and jump to the adults (ages 34-37) point of view and their story and a bit of Jam...more
Michelle
Sep 25, 2008 Michelle rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: all
Recommended to Michelle by: Marissa
Marissa LOVED this series and wants me to read it SO BAD. So, needless to say - I'm excited!

I really, really liked this. I only gave it four stars, because I didn't think it was QUITE up there with Fablehaven. I will definitely be finishing the series, though. The author must be LDS, because many of the characters in the book are Mormon - so prayer and values are very much so included in the characters' lives - and I really loved that. There are also some very funny parts. Lots of adventure, mys...more
Erin
I was torn between giving it one star or two. One and a half would have been perfect. I could see how older elementary school age and junior high kids might like this, but as an adult, no way. This was the most cliched book ever. Of course, the baby doesn't drown at the beginning. Of course, he is found by a rich woman that only wants him so she can keep her fortune. Of course, the babies dad fell in love with twins and conviently when one twin dies he can then marry the other. Of course, the ba...more
Rhonda
5 STARS

I love this series. It is an adventure that is full of interesting characters. Every time things
seem to be calm something else happens again.

Wesley is son of Imogene Vandergrift a billionaire. He is not allowed to anything that is dangerous, have any pets, do shores. His best friend is Amanda. Wesley is really smart. He is a teenager. His favorite show is Snake stalker.

Amanda is a few months older than Wesley. Her mother Maria has worked Imogene almost her full life. Amanda is a tomboy. S...more
Jade
Aug 08, 2008 Jade rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: pre-teens and up
Recommended to Jade by: my sis
Serpent Tide it one of the BEST BOOKS THAT I HAVE EVER READ!!! I finished it really, really fast, because it was sooooo good that I couldn't stop!!! I would spend hours reading this book because of how good it was!!! I strongly advise you to read it, you will love this book, unless you hate exciting books!!! THIS BOOK ROCKS!!!
Chelsea Mather
Jan 21, 2014 Chelsea Mather rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Everyone
Recommended to Chelsea by: Friend
Serpent Tide is one of my favorite books. I like it because it is different than most books I’ve read. It had a great story line and plot. It caught my attention from the very beginning. I like how it has cliffhangers after every chapter. When I read it I felt like I was apart of the story. I felt like I was helping Wesley solve the mystery of finding his real family. The book had a lot of adventure and action it in. There was a lot of rising action it the book, which helped me to stay intereste...more
Rosaliefullmer
Oct 15, 2008 Rosaliefullmer rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: anyone
Shelves: young-adult
This is very fun book with creative twists and suspenseful turns. It was written by an LDS author, and though it is not considered LDS fiction, a couple of the characters are Mormon, so there is some church talk in it. All in all I thought it was a great book.
Keira
I really enjoyed this book. I began reading it after several students recommended it to me and after receiving an advanced copy of the sequel in preparation for her to visit our school. I couldn't put it down. I thought that it was a well done realistic adventure.
Erika
This was a great book I liked it because it was a mystery, adventure, and romance all in one.
Cami Checketts
My sons and I loved this series. It was really cute.
Vanessa
Sep 05, 2010 Vanessa rated it 3 of 5 stars
Shelves: ya
Poor rich-kid Wesley suffers from an over-protective mother, a case of aqua-phobia, and bullies at school. When Wesley begins to suspect that his mother Imogene may not be his real mother, the evidence begins to point to the conclusion that Jack Mackey, TV’s famous Snake Stalker, is his real father.

As a result, Wesley’s once-pedantic life turns into a wild adventure as he searches for the truth about his origins and learns that Imogene isn’t just eccentric, but dangerous and evil.

Written for mi...more
Candace
An amazing book! My husband gave me the audio book to Diamondback Cave for our anniversary this year and I'd never even heard about these books, so I wasn't really all that interested in it. He started to pester me about whether or not I'd started listening to some of the books he'd given me since I am allowed to listen to audio book at work. I told him no but after I finished the Harry Potter books I thought I'd best give these books a try. Having gotten the first two books of the series from t...more
04MelanieS
Serpent Tide

It’s obvious that the book Serpent Tide written by K.L. Fogg is exciting and suspenseful there are many examples of that throughout the book, but I have decided that the book is not as good at making all of the conversations in the book meaningful to the plot of the book. I will prove my point in the new few moments.

First of all on page 242 Jack is surprised by opening a box sent from an anonymous person with a snake inside. This is an example of a very exciting, suspenseful part in...more
Melissa
Synopsis: Serpent Tide takes place in coastal South Carolina. Wesley Vandergrift the son of billionaire Imogene Vandergrift, is unhappy living the life he’s living. His mother, spoils Wesley to the point where he not only has no real idea of what real life is all about, but he's also miserable. He wants nothing more than to be like other kids. Wesley's only real friend is young Amanda, whose mother, Maria, had been taking care of Wesley since infancy. And although they come from different sides...more
Sandra the Nook Worm
Not for me. I think this is a great book for religious people, but it got way too preachy for an atheist like me. This book is basically a made-up story about Steve Irwin, Crocodile Hunter, except they call him Jack Mackey, Snake Stalker... He is an Australian TV host for a Crocodile Hunter-type show and the similarities don't end there! It's a complete rip-off of a pre-existing person and then the religious stuff just got to be a bit too much in the end. Couldn't wait to finish it.
Kiirsi Hellewell
This book is not very well-written. It has multiple problems...major telling instead of showing, stilted writing, mistakes, etc. It's kind of like a "what not to do" textbook in writing.

The other big problem I have with it is that the writing and story are very MG-level...kids ages 9-11 level, really. But there are several references to things like passionate kissing, drugs,and other things that are, I'm sure, why it's in the YA section of our local library. The point of view also jumps from the...more
Amber
I was pretty surprised to see the rating for this book so high. I assume that its been primarily rated by children or people prone to extreme religious zealous. This book was just okay. It was a book. Nothing spectacular happened, most of the characters lack depth, and many of the story plots are unoriginal. Its not that the book was bad, its mostly that it didnt have any real defining quality that stuck out. Not to mention, it sort of strangely would build up suspense, only to climax with a spe...more
Angie
Fun, clean story. In my opinion, a couple phrases and a few situations make this book more of a teen/adult read. Can't wait to read the next book in the series.

Updated 7/2012
Just read this book out loud to my 10 and 7.5 year old daughters. They loved it and were totally caught up in the story. I found book was challenging to read aloud and trying to give characters their correct accents. Switching accents from Southern, Australian, and Bronx within seconds of each other is easier to do in your h...more
Lauren
Nov 22, 2013 Lauren rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: anyone under about fifteen
Still really like this book.

.....March 12-13 2011.....
I love how this book is really complex. There is a very distinct villain and she is dangerous. There is no big betrayals, like a lot of authors use to make books exiting, and there is just a tad of romance thrown in for good measure. I like how Wesley starts out in an unhappy situation, and ends up in a happy, comfortable situation. That is actually the exact reason I don't like the other two books in the trilogy, because Wesley is in the exa...more
Sarah Cleveland
This book was completely different than I thought. I was expecting some sort of supernatural force. But no, it's more of a realistic fiction story. In fact there are NO supernatural forces in it. I more of supernatural fan, but I did enjoy this story, besides that it was incredibly PREDICTABLE! I'm all about foreshadow, but more in a discreet way. There was no discretion in here. I can't really say much more past that without giving the book away. I read this book because I left my list at home...more
Jenn Moore
Oct 28, 2008 Jenn Moore rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: families of elementary school children
We actually listened to this audio book as a family on the way to Vegas last weekend. I was so pleasantly surprised I'm recommending everyone check it out from the library for their next road trip. It kept mine and Ross' attention well. Each of us was excited to hear what would happen next. Yesterday Connor quoted from the story and we all laughed. If you're looking for a family friendly adventure story that everyone will love, get this!

I've not read it, so perhaps what I loved was the voices o...more
Tia
Sorry, but I did not like this book. Everyone I know loves it. There were too many coincidences, like a guy goes blind and the other character had conveniently trained her dog to be a seeing eye dog. A man's twin wife dies and he then marries the other twin--without ever going on any dates, I might add. The boy gets kidnapped and one of the characters conveniently already has a tracking device on her keys. The author continuously tells rather than shows a lot of scenes.

I just don't get why so ma...more
Rebecca
Characters: Likeable, but forgotten quickly after reading.

Setting: Not interesting, but doesn't get in the way either.

Plot: Mostly coherent, but requires some suspension of disbelief. A couple of surprises, but 80% predictable.

Emotion: Will evoke some grins, but nothing you'll dwell on.

Pacing: Too slow. Almost dropped the book after five chapters of nothing happening. Then it picks up, then it slows again.

Writing: Mediocre. Might irritate you if you're picky. I found it readable but not engaging...more
Wendy
This story started out with a shipwreck and then slowed down a bit before really getting rolling towards the end.

12 year old Wesley is forced to confront the possibility that his whole life is a lie. THe people he is closest to become his bitterest enemies and a hero he knows only from afar becomes an key player in his private world.

THe obvious casting of the crock Hunter with his same personality, but a change of name was a little odd to me, but the other characters were origional enough.

I th...more
Simon
This book is the beginning of K.L. Fogg's debut series, Serpent Tide. The story it presents is pleasant, but very unbelievable. The Suspension of Disbelief wears very thin throughout much of this book, but you become used to it as the book progresses, so it becomes less of a problem. The story is easily identified as a debut, it has rough edges and a semi-finished end. There is no real cliffhanger, but you feel as though something is missing. I enjoyed this, along with the rest of the series, bu...more
Emily Reynolds
This book is about Wesley, a 12 year old son of a millionair. His mother is a control freak, and has Wesley tight under her thumb. But through some newfound friends, a magicians key, and lots of questions, Wesley finds out something that will change his life forever, and secure the wrath of some not so good people.

I love this book. I have read it several times and it keeps me on the edge of my seat, still. A pretty quick read that is fun and entertaining. It is also written by an LDS author, so...more
Jojo
This is an AWESOME book!!!!!!!!!! I have all of them multiple times
Tianna
It was a fun YA book. Nothing spectacular, but fun. There is a small cliff hanger at the end that leads into the sequel, but if you can ignore that, it works as a stand alone.

Near the end there was a bomb I wasn't expecting, so I assumed that would be leading into the sequel, but then they swiftly wrap it up by doing the next chapter as "1 Year Later" and telling what happened. It seems pointless. Perhaps it's important for the next book, but it's just oddly done, if that's the case. Either way...more
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K.L. Fogg is a former television news anchor, reporter, and talk-show host. She received her bachelor's degree in communications from Brigham Young University, and studied for her master's in journalism at the University of Missouri, where she worked for NBC 8. She is married and has three children.
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