May 21, 08
young boys who like adventure stories
Read in May, 2008
Liparulo's adult books, "Comes a Horseman" and "Germ" are among the best thrillers I have ever read, so I had very high expectations for his young readers series. Book one disapointed me. I'll at least give book 2 a chance and see if it improves, since I know the man can write a great book.
The King family moves to a new and remote little town and moves into a spooky old house. That pretty much sums up the first half of the book. In the second half, things actually start to happen. The house has a hallway of doors that lead to different times and places. There is one great scene in which Xander, the 15 year old main character steps into the middle of a gladiatorial combat in the Roman Colliseum during its heyday. Liparulo can write action very well. He just didn't have nearly enough of it in this first book.