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The Joshua Files Invisible City (The Joshua Files #1)

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Joshua's life was pretty cool - until his father was reported dead in an air crash in Mexico.
Was it tragic accident? Why was the plane miles off course? Were there really UFOs in the sky at the time of the crash?
In the depths of the Mexican jungle, with a deadly international hit man on his trail, Josh must find the truth about an incredible, dangerous secret - and try to
Paperback, Booked Up Edition, 363 pages
Published 2010 by Scholastic (first published 2008)
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Mar 06, 2014 Flobot007 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: my-shelf
Invisible City was a great book with lots of action and adventure. Josh, the main character, is just a normal teen without a father, however the story of his father's disapearence is what catches the atention of many. His father was a victim of a plane crash, or was it. Josh is posative his father was murdered by a secret government agentcy, because of his father's death his mother is put into shock and cannot reallly take care of Josh. This sparks Josh to go on an epic journy with his friends ...more
May 01, 2015 Amelia rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Karena aku baru mengenal peradaban Maya dari buku ini, aku masih sedikit bingung pada konsepnya. Tetapi aku menikmati alur ceritanya, lancar dan fast paced, bikin berdebar-debar. Awal ceritanya aja udah tragis, i really feel sorry for Josh :( ada satu karakter yang sangat disayangkan harus tumbang dengan cepat padahal aku berharap dia punya peran penting dan beraksi lebih lama.

Teori-teori dan kota Maya yang dipaparkan disini sangat nyata dan masuk akal sehingga fakta dan fiksi benar-benar nyaru
Aug 08, 2011 Ericsoccerboy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The invisible city by M.G. Harris was a fantastic novel it was fast paced action packed and well thought out the plot of the story didn't go too quickly for the reader not to understand and not too slow for them to get bored.
The story starts off in Oxford England where the main character Joshua, and his parents live. One day Joshua comes home to find the terrible news that his father died on a archeological dig in Mexico. They say it was a plane crash that killed him but Joshua thinks otherwis
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Jul 12, 2011 Kimberlee rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Science Fiction and Adventure Fans
Shelves: youth-fiction
My son purchased this book at a school book fair intrigued by the mystery of the title, "Invisible City" . Although this book is written for grades 5 thorough 8th and he loves adventure stories and science fictions he was having a hard time getting into the story, so I picked up the book to try to see why he was having difficulty with the book.

At first I thought that the difficulties may have to do with the reading level of the text but as I read I discovered the real difficulties were with them
May 09, 2012 J.Elle rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I'm hiding the review because of spoilers, but the only real spoiler is the time that was wasted to read the book.

Why I keep torturing myself to finish pitiful books that aren’t worth my time, I have yet to figure out. This was no exception. Joshua’s dad is reported dead and his mom begins to unravel as a result. Joshua is skeptical about the reports of his death and starts to investigate. It doesn’t take him long to get caught up in some huge Mayan mystery and he sets off to Mexico with two fri
Thifa Lathifah
Dec 02, 2014 Thifa Lathifah rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
lumayan lah... Baru kali ini aku baca novel cuman 1 dalam sebulan. Haduh.. Mesti marathon nih bulan ini.
Hanifah Mahdiyanti
Meksiko! Aku harus masukin negara ini di ‘daftar negara yang ingin kukunjungi’, setelah Arab Saudi dan Inggris. Baru Jepang yang bisa dicoret dari daftar, dan daftarnya malah tambah panjang :P.

Ada tiga peradaban kuno di daratan Amerika Selatan, yaitu Inca, Aztec, dan Maya. Tapi ada satu peradaban yang terkenal karena kalender panjangnya yang berakhir pada tahun 2012, yaitu peradaban Maya. Itulah yang menjadi pertanyaan besar di sini, kenapa kalender Maya berakhir pada tahun 2012? Dan apa yang ak
Andrea Ika
Apr 06, 2014 Andrea Ika rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Josh's father is missing in Mexico, presumed dead, probably murdered. Obsessed with conspiracy theories, Josh suspects a cover-up and starts a secret blog ('The Joshua Files') to voice his fears. Revelations from Mexico throw Josh's mother into turmoil leaving him to pick up the pieces. He travels to Mexico with two teenage friends, Tyler and Ollie. They uncover the truth about a mysterious young woman seen recently with his father – Josh’s long-lost half-sister and learn the secret of Josh's fa ...more
Derek Betts
Oct 09, 2014 Derek Betts rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

The book Invisible City is the first book of the Joshua Files from M.G. Harris. I recommend this book to anyone who read the Alex Rider series because of how similar the book is. Also to anyone who is willing to flip pages as if you can’t stop reading, this book go is all about adventure and suspense.

This book starts off when Josh, hence the name of the series, gets word of his father who has just died from a plane crash. After wondering how this could of happened, Josh finds some evidence that
Mar 07, 2014 inactive rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Invisible City is an action packed novel, one of those books that once you pick up, you won't find yourself putting down for a long while. Although the other parts in the series aren't so great, this book is a definite must read for any action lovers.

I actually met M.G. Harris when this book had just been released, and I have a signed copy of it, along with a picture! I wrote her a letter which I gave to her, and to my surprise, she sent me a reply!! She's a really lovely person, very happy and
Jul 15, 2013 Linda rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is just the kind of story that I enjoy the most- one of travel and adventure. It turns out that it's the first book in a series called The Joshua Files and that there are 3 or 4 more books. It started out to be an incredible adventure story and then turned into a fantasy sort of story. Parts of it were unbelievable for either an adventure or a fantasy story but that is a minor pickiness on my part because overall the story was so good. The mother/grandmother in me thought "Huh? A mother wou ...more
Jan 08, 2012 Eva rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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Sebuah buku novel yang memang sesuai dengan label yang diberikan oleh editornya: "Novel Remaja". Menceritakan petualangan Josh Garcia, seorang anak remaja Inggris yang terlibat what-so-called "petualangan luar biasa" di Meksiko karena menyelidiki kematian misterius ayahnya, seorang arkeolog terkenal yang menyelidiki peradaban Maya Kuno.

Sebenarnya di bagian sinopsis, saya sudah tertarik dengan deskripsi yang disematkan si penulis pada karakter Josh yang biasa-biasa saja, seperti remaja normal lai
Dec 19, 2011 Kacii rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
In M.G. Harris's first installment of the Joshua Files series, 'Invisible City' sets off a good precedent. A thirteen year-old boy names Joshua, or Josh as his friends call him, investigates the disappearance of his father. The police report said that Josh's dad had been killed when his plane crashed, but Josh thinks otherwise.

Josh delves into the mystery of his father’s disappearance and experiences several pulse-pounding and heart-stopping adventures as he comes to terms with the truth and rea
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Pesawat Cesna yang disewa ayah Josh Garcia jatuh dan dia dikabarkan mati. Josh tidak langsung percaya begitu saja karena semuanya begitu janggal. Josh ragu dan curiga, dia mempunyai firasat kalau kematian ayahnya bukanlah sebuah kecelakaan, tapi pembunuhan bahkan dia yakin kalau ayahnya masih hidup. Begitu mengetahui kabar tersebut, Josh langsung menyelidiki jejak terakhir ayahnya, apakah ada pesan sebelum ia meninggal.

Josh mulai menyelidiki dar
Mar 28, 2012 Nalia rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: history, mystery
Awalnya iseng aja bacanya tapi karena mata gatel pingin baca buku dan kebetulan buku ini memang belum di sentuh, yaah, dibaca juga deh...
reaksi pertama :Waduh, sejarah...
reaksi kedua : tapi seru juga
reaksi ketiga : agak bosan di pertengahan
reaksi setelah baca buku : boleh laah. ceritanya cukup bagus dan nambah pengetahuan juga tentang suku Maya juga...

Ceritanya tentang Joshua Marcia, umur 13 tahun -Masih SMP kan!?- yang dapat kabar bahwa ayahnya tiba-tiba meninggal saat sedang berekspedisi di Me
Nithya Garg
Nov 25, 2012 Nithya Garg rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Well, this book was actually really entertaining and interesting. I been pretty interested in Mayan mythology and history lately, and I think this book was the reason why!!! It definetely trys to scare you about 2012 and all that shiz, but I dont really get scared by these type of theories, even if they are true!! It definitely was a huge play on imagination, and I'm impressed that the author of this book cold even pull off such a random plot formation, as it all kinda ties in with her dramatic ...more
Kebetulan banget pas lagi penasaran sama serial ini, pas lagi ada sale di gramedia. Ceritanya sendiri cukup seru, saya suka karena gak ada unsur ‘konten dewasa’nya dan petualangannya terasa sekali. Sebuah penyegaran membaca cerita anak yang penuh petualangan, seru, dan menegangkan. Mirip dengan serial Bartimaeus, tanpa ada unsur komedi di dalamnya.

Agak tercengang juga dengan tokoh Joshua yang (kalau tdk salah) baru berumur 12 tahun tapi telah terlibat sebuah petualangan yang sebegitu kompleks. A
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Jul 23, 2010 Sheila rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
M. G. Harris’ Invisible City in her The Joshua Files series tells of Joshua, a teen-ager, whose archeologist father was searching for an ancient Mayan codex that contained information about 2012 and the end of the world. Learning that his father died under mysterious circumstances, Joshua sets out to discover the truth about his father’s possible murder. Traveling to Mexico Joshua discovers information about dreams he has been having, as well as information about his grandfather, father, and him ...more
Jul 24, 2012 Gemzi rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
have just come back from the US a few days ago, so right now I am REALLY behind on my blogging. Now, for the JOSHUA FILES!

The book Joshua Files- Invisible City was one of my desired summer reads. It was actually the only book on the list that I took on holiday (OOOOOOOOPS) but it was amazing! As you should know from the post below that it is about on boy on mission. This boy is Joshua Garcia and he has a blog. Not like my blog of course. This blog is different. The purpose of his blog is to fin
Marshiee Kai
Feb 14, 2012 Marshiee Kai rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Joshua is a 13 year old boy when his father is reportedly dead after a freak accident. His father is a teacher and an archaeologist. His life is turn upside down when his father is dead. While his mother is mourning and can't seem to hold anything together, Joshua somehow know that there's a reason behind his father's accident.
He try to investigate his father's death and record all of it in his blog which he named, Joshua Files. He then set out to an adventure with his friends, Tyler and Ollie
There has been much speculation on the whole 2012 apocalyptic theories. Some think that a disease will wipe out humanity, others think that a meteor will hit earth, and others have a few other crazy ideas. Yet, in this book you find that the apocalypse theory is a very creative one with an antagonist who actually has a reason for being against the protagonist. Although this book is much influenced by the same old government conspiracy idea, it stands apart from it as well. For one instance, the ...more
Bunga Mawar
Nov 08, 2009 Bunga Mawar rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Bagi saya jenis angkutan darat yang paling nyaman untuk menghabiskan bacaan adalah KRL. Jalannya lurus di atas rel, tidak berbelok-belok. Tempat2 berhentinya tetap setiap saat kecuali ada tangan iseng yang menarik tuas rem darurat. Lajunya relatif stabil membuat penumpang tidak goyang2. Dalam KRL, bahkan sambil berdiri pun saya masih bisa membaca buku yang menarik. Asalkan cahaya cukup, tentunya.

Nah, jadi saya tak menyangka suatu hari di akhir Juli 2009 bisa membaca banyak halaman dari sebuah b
Ayu Yudha
Joshua, pemuda yg tadinya hidup biasa-biasa saja mendadak harus berpetualang demi mengetahui misteri atas kematian ayahnya, seorang arkeolog yang sedang meneliti sisa-sisa peradaban suku Maya.

Joshua tidak pernah percaya bahwa kemtian ayahnya hanya kecelakaan semata. Akhirnya Joshua memutuskan untuk menyelidiki kematian ayahnya yg di saat terakhirnya sempat berkomunikasi dengan arkeolog lainnya tentang suku Maya dan kota yang hilang.

Joshua yang tadinya ditemani oleh Ollie dan Tyler terpaksa harus
Jennifer Wardrip
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Last Joshua had heard from his father, he was in Mexico searching for an ancient codex believed to contain key information regarding the 2012 Mayan Prophecy foretelling the end of the world.

Now, his father has been reported dead in a mysterious plane crash. Believing his father's death was probably not an accident, Joshua flies across the Atlantic to investigate. There he runs into unknown relatives, shady American intelligence agents, a secret society, and
Gabriel Clarke
Jan 31, 2015 Gabriel Clarke rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: finished-in-2015
Much better than I expected. The first person narrative didn't take us very far into the head of 13 year old Josh (whose emotional disengagement with a relentless onslaught of personal tragedy went someway beyond the call of duty for even a teenage boy) but the villains were nasty, the X-files elements daft but fun and, after a sluggish start, the pacing was zippy. The brujo scene especially impressed.
Earvin Putra
Apr 09, 2014 Earvin Putra rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: super-fantasy
Akhirnya ada satu lagi buku yang nambah pengetahuan . Kali ini tentang suku maya .

ceritanya sih asik
sejak awal udah penuh misteri lalu berbalut aksi yang sedikit banyak mirip Indiana Jones .

tadinya mau ngasih rating 4.5-5 cuma agak bingung dengan " kutukan " dari codex ix yang ternyata disebabkan karena hal itu . tapi kenapa si josh kebal sama hal itu ckck
Rian Tuanakotta
Jul 25, 2013 Rian Tuanakotta rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The report of his father death begin this boy adventure through the secret of the family blood. First impression it's just like harry potter, but in this book the story blend with magical world of Mayan Tribe from Indie below the Mexico surface. He is part of secret order/clan and have unbelievable responsibility towards the existence of his clan. Just like Harry Potter, ordinary teenager in real world, and famous person in underground world.

But I disagree much of the technology which described
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M.G. Harris was born in Mexico City and raised in Manchester, England. She studied Biochemistry at St Catherine's College Oxford and stuck around for even more at St Cross College.

To this day she lives in Oxford. It's not an easy place to leave.

The first job M.G. Harris was ever aware of wanting to do, aged six, was to write children’s books. Then, aged eight and inspired by Doctor Who
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