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Jake Ransom and the Howling Sphinx (Jake Ransom #2)

4.13 of 5 stars 4.13  ·  rating details  ·  723 ratings  ·  93 reviews
Using his father's watch as a key, Jake intends to return to Calypsos. Instead he's thrust into a strange desert land where he's joined by his friends Marika, Pindor, and Bach'uuk and his sister, Kady. As they try to figure out what to do next, a surprise attack by the beautiful young Princess Nefertiti takes them all captive.

Soon even she is battling the Skull King's mini
Hardcover, 369 pages
Published May 3rd 2011 by HarperCollins (first published 2010)
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James Rollins is building an interesting world in this young adult series. Even an old "young adult" like myself loves this stuff.

Jake and Tandy Ransom are the children of two archaeologists who disappeared three years before, presumed murdered by bandits while on a dig. The two kids always hoped differently and learn they were probably right.

They get drawn back in time through a Mayan pyramid to the super continent of Pangea and a valley called Calypsos where they find lost tribes of humans. Ma
Whew, what a ride!

When I first stated reading this, I hadn't read the first book, Jake Ransom and the Skull King's Shadow. I found it confusing, and kind of didn't want to even read it after that. But I'd won it on GoodReads (thanks!), so I felt responsible for finishing and reviewing it.


I am so happy I stuck with this! (I bought the first book and read it, so this one made a LOT more sense after that!) This should seriously be made into a movie -- I'd watch it, for sure!

Jake Ransom and hi
Jonathan Tran
Jake Ransom is a suspenseful book that has twists and betrayal at every turn. This is a riproaring adventure, especially for those who have read the previous book, ''Jake Ransom and the Skull King's Shadow''. There is heartbreak, humor, and adventure in every page of this book. I couldn't put the book down and read it whenever I had the chance. James Rollins, the author,keeps you on your toes so you can't predict what will happen next in this amazing book. I would definitely recommend this book ...more
A.R. Voss
Just as the first book of the series, this was a great adventure to enjoy. Although it is intended for younger readers, it is still enjoyable for any reader. As I mentioned on my review on the preceding book, Jake Ransom, and the Skull King's shadow, I do enjoy reading a lighthearted PG rated books once in awhile, for both purposes of writing and also it is refreshing to read a book that is focused mostly on the entertainment aspects of the story telling, rather than just the shock value. I defi ...more
Anyone who considered me erudite has now been proven wrong. Action-adventure children's books - gotta love them. You've got all the stock characters - relatable everyboy main character Jake, annoying older sister Kady, comic relief Pindor, love interest Marika, et al. But they do manage to move outside of being mere placards, not enough so that they're very deep characters, but enough to lend the story some substance. Nefertiti was somewhat annoying, but she shaped up in the end. I'm looking for ...more
Apr 03, 2011 Cindy rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Jessi, and Shawn and his boys, and Jonathan.
Shelves: first-reads
I loved it. It was fast moving and got me hooked right from the beginning. I liked all the twists and turns that kept me wondering right up until the end. And I loved the vote is for Hissler. It was nice seeing charactors from the previous book, like meeting old friends. I'm looking forward to the next trip to Pangaea. As usual, I don't want to spoil it for others so I'm keeping this short. I will be recommending this to all of the people I know who love adventures.
Alexander Draganov
Excellent second novel in the "Jake Ransom" series. The young hero travels again to mysterious land, this time to find an Egyptian tribe lost in a prehistoric desert. Rollins uses his skills of a thriller author to create a complex and mysterious plot, which thrills the reader. Jake is a very likeable young hero and Kalverum becomes more and more terrifying as a villain. Highly recommended for fans of adventurous YA novels.
Apr 04, 2011 Bruce rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: absolutely everyone
Absolutely fabulous tale! I picked it up this morning and a few hours later, I had devoured it all. A nice quick-paced adventure that just keeps the action coming and the pages flying. I'll be going out to get the first book now, and after I consume that one, I'll end up agonizing until the next is released. This is a must-read for all ages.
Zac Charnesky
The book, Jake Ransom And The Howling Sphinx by James Rollins, is about a boy named Jake Ransom and his sister, Kady. They lost their parents while they were doing an archaeological dig in South America. They are trying to find them as they travel through time itself. I would recommend this book to anyone who likes to read mystery, fiction, or adventure novels. The ending was interesting because it gave clues as to what the next book was going to be about. For example, in the previous book, at ...more
Sam Larsen
I just finished "Jake Ransom and the Howling Sphinx" and it was a good book. It's about a boy named Jake and his sister who are accidentally go to Pangea. Once there they are meet by their friends Marika, Buck'ukk, and Pindor. They end up in the middle of a desert only to discover its ancient Egypt. Now they have to find a way out of Egypt while also being chased by Kalverum Rex who's determined to kill them. Will they make it out of Egypt? Will they live trough their journey? Read "Jake Ransom ...more
This was an amazing book!!! I love this series and i'm jumping off the walls excited for the next one!
Another quick paced book for the tween audience. Definitely left things open for a third book.
I can't wait to find out what happens next! It just can't end there!
Janice Wang
This was much better than the first one.
Charlyn  Trussell
Dec 26, 2011 Charlyn Trussell rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Grades 4 and up
Very disturbing events lead Jake to believe others are seeking his father's watch, the item found in book one as Jake and his sister Kady tried to locate their missing parents. The opening of an Egyptian exhibit seems to beckon the siblings and they attend, hoping to once again travel to Calypsos to continue their search for their parents. They travel, but not to Calypsos; they land in a hot desert where they meet others they had befriended in Calypsos. Shortly after their arrival and an attack ...more
WARNING: May include light spoilers, within my questions.

I enjoyed the first book, but i think i even enjoyed this book even more.

I wouldn't hesitate to pick it up and read Jake Ransom and The Cauldron of Doom (Book 3) when released. This book peaked my curiosity even more, especially the riddles surrounding there parents, not to mention the skull kings company..

As-well as other questions needing answers:
1) How is the skull king traveling time? He seems to be able to travel backwards and forth
Nayan Patel
Overall: 2.5*

Jake is doing his best to re-unite with his parents and wants to return to Calypsos, however, Jake along with his companions end up on a strange desert land. Kalverum Rex hasn't forgotten Jake and is bent on revenge. This book chronicles Jake's adventures in this strange land as he tries to solve the mystery regarding the whereabouts of his parents.

Ok. This book is not as bad as the rating that I have just given it.

I am a HUGE fan of James Rollins and I have just come to set high st
Cheryl Carpinello
As with "Jake Ransom and the Skull King," Rollins builds the excitement of “Jake Ransom and the Howling Sphinx” in tandem with the setting of the story. I love anything remotely Egyptian, and this was no exception.

Young readers easily identify with Jake and his sister Kady, and many have probably experienced the sibling rivalry of these two. But despite that, Rollins’ characters find common ground to work together to find their parents. In the middle of this quest, the two find themselves thrus
Joseph Perkins Jr.
Jake Ransom and the Howling Sphinx by James Rollins-4.5/5 is a very fitting sequel! Having enjoyed the first novel of this series I quickly read the second. The novel moves very well as do all of Rollins' novel in my opinion,and takes the reader on a thrilling adventure that has lots of action, while also incorporates science, history, technology, and beautiful locations. Being a fan of the Egyptian Culture I was also very drawn to the atmosphere of the novel. Jake and Kady Ransom are once again ...more
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Kate Harding
What to say, what to say. It's no secret I'm a huge fan of both James Rollins and YA literature and this book marries those two things, so it should be a winner. In some aspects it certainly is. I love the ways Rollins takes actual parts of history and science and weaves them into a story with his own theories and creations. This book is the second in a series and I love the basic plot of the tale - Jake and his sister Kady get sucked into an ancient lost part of Pangea, their parents are missin ...more
Book two of the Jake Ransom series did not disappoint. Jake and his friends end up stranded in a desert surrounded by a wind storm that cannot be crossed and held prisoner (again) by . . . Princess Nefertiti?

This book hits the ground running and doesn't let up. It was great romp through a distant land melding history and alchemy and quite a bit of adventure. Kalverum Rex is just as nasty in this book as he was in the first, and there is a reunion towards the end that had me near tears. The more
Michelle Grogan
Just as exciting and adventure filled as the first in this series with a promise of more to come! I like how James Rollins, author of the Sigma Force novels, writing about black ops operations, mixing science, religion and history, made the transition to young adult writing so successfully. The tone and voice are so very much different from his adult novels that sometimes I forget that I am reading a book by James Rollins.

Jake Ransom and his sister Kady are on yet another adventure through time
Un "Egitto" un po' diverso...

Secondo appuntamento con le avventure dei fratelli Jake e Kady in quello strano continente che è Pangea,sempre alla ricerca dei genitori,archeologi, scomparsi misteriosamente molti anni prima.
Come nel primo volume, i due si ritrovano a tornare indietro nel tempo e nello spazio,mentre stanno visitando un museo,questa volta non dei Maya,ma una mostra dedicata all'Egitto e,grazie ai braccialetti della precedente avventura,si uniscono a tutti gli altri amici incontrati i
Jason Golomb
My 7-year-old and I enjoyed the first Jake Ransom book and sowere looking forward to James Rollins' follow up. The books are very similar...the plot line continues in "Howling Sphinx" from where "Skull King's Shadow" left off more or less.

The book is full of fantasy, dinosaurs and magic...plenty to ignite the imagination of young boys. I did, however, find the story a bit meandering and hard to follow in places and felt that I had to summarize and recap certain events for my son so he understood
I have read many of James Rollins books and have loved them....I do find them a little hard to get into at first but once I have read about 10 pages I am hooked and can't put it down. Now this is the first book of Mr. Rollins that I have read that is for teens and I must say that the book had me hooked from page one. LOL. I have enjoyed the story line very much. This is the second book in this series and to let you know how much I enjoyed the story I have gone out and purchased the first book i ...more
Pam Steinke
I just won a copy of this thru First Reads!

I, like others, hadn't read the first book before diving into this one with my 12 year old son. Parts were a bit confusing in the beginning, but David and I decided we want to go back and read the first book in this series.

David and I love these kind of adventures where we are taking on a thrill ride through history, though the story takes place present day. Lots of chills and thrills, twists and turns which is what makes it exciting for both of us.

Alisa Hedden
This is book 2 of a series, but can work very well as a stand alone. This starts with a bang. Really, it does. A car running into a building bang. Fast paced and interesting. A fun ride of a book. The hero is very loyal and believable in his actions, while the villain is wonderfully mysterious and threatening. The groundwork is laid for future adventures with Jake and Kady Ransom as they try to save a world, escape from torture and slavery, defeat the bad guys and find their parents. Definitely ...more
Fantasy in novels is okay. But a book should not appear to be children's book because of all the childish fantasies that grown ups would find hard to digest.
Ancient Egypt had lots of secrets - Agreed. But to say that pyramids are as old as the Raptors is stretching it a bit too far. Then to add the magic of Atlantis to the equation makes it further far fetched.
But its okay. Jake Ransom, the hero, is in his early teens. At that age he could be excused to imagine anything he wants.
The book is bet
Khomenko Sandy
I accidentlly picked up the 2nd book, but I haven't read the 1st one, so now i need to fill the blanks.I really liked the book, it kind of magic and science combined. I liked the characters of Jake's friends. They are very smart.
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