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Jake Ransom and the Skull King's Shadow (Jake Ransom #1)

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When a mysterious envelope arrives for Jake Ransom, he and his older sister, Kady, are plunged into a gripping chain of events. An artifact found by their parents—on the expedition from which they never returned—leads Jake and Kady to a strange world inhabited by a peculiar mix of long-lost civilizations, a world that may hold the key to their parents' disappearance.

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Hardcover, 416 pages
Published April 28th 2009 by HarperCollins (first published 2009)
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Ann
The good thing about this book, is that even though I didn't feel totally immersed and invested while actually listening to it (as I had the audio cd) I ended up thinking about it between “readings,” and even now, a week after finishing, I find myself still harkening back to the story and wondering where it will go next.

First of all, I love the ideas Rollins has come up with here. I've always been interested in 'mixing and matching' - what would happen if various people, animals, eras, came toge
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Kathryn
Although this is my first Rollins book, it seems like he is an old friend. I don't know him personally or anything, but his was one of the first author talks my sister and I attended and he was just such a nice man who told great adventure stories about his life and seemed to have a great sense of family. We won a drawing for a copy of his latest book and got to go to the front of the autograph line so we even got to chat with him a bit--though we felt a tad bad since there were so many fans the ...more
Abby
Apr 02, 2009 rated it liked it
Shelves: first-reads
Jake Ransom and the Skull King’s Shadow is a delightful combination of fantasy, mystery, history, and suspense, along with memorable characters, mystifying riddles, and marvelous creatures. The premise of the book is especially captivating: a world where all cultures coexist in one country, speaking the same language. Rollins takes advantage of this strange culture hodgepodge, introducing the reader to a variety of characters from all backgrounds, and all sorts of customs and people. In addition ...more
Eva Mitnick
Oct 16, 2009 rated it liked it
Shelves: children, fantasy
The good: The plentiful action and thrills, as well as the exotic setting and people, should grab and hold the attention of readers who love adventure. Even reluctant readers may give this one a whirl if it's booktalked with maximum verve, and it might be a fun read-aloud for a 5th or 6th grade class.
The bad: The sentence structure is short and choppy - perhaps this is good for a reluctant reader but it certainly detracted from my own reading pleasure. There is very little character development
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Mary
Jul 04, 2009 rated it really liked it
On a break from Middleton Prep, Jacob Ransom and his older sister, Katherine (Kady) are accidentally transported to a mysterious place inhabited and governed by a mixture of cultural groups from different times and places: Mayan, Roman, Egyptian, Sumerian, Medieval, Norse, and even Neanderthal. The existence of this peaceful and cooperative civilization is threatened - as are Jake and Kady - by the dark evil of Kalverum Rex, the Skull King. This fast-paced adventure combines elements of Harry Po ...more
Kate
Jun 01, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
3,5⭐
Ένα συναρπαστικό βιβλίο φαντασίας που συνδυάζει τέλεια διαφορά ιστορικά στοιχεία όλων των εποχών (αν και απογοητεύτηκα λίγο που στην "Καλύψω" δεν υπήρχαν Έλληνες).
Οι χαρακτήρες ήταν έξυπνοι και ευφευρετικοί, αν και λυπόμουν που όλοι έδιναν συγχαρητήρια στον Τζέικ και «αγνοούσαν» τους υπόλοιπους που είχαν βοηθήσει εξίσου. Παρ'όλα αυτά, Ο Τζέικ ήταν συμπαθητικός και δεν γίνεται να μην το συμπαθήσεις.
Ravenous Biblioworm
Apr 16, 2012 rated it liked it
Rating: 3.5/5

I forgot how refreshing some tween/middle grade books are compared to Young Adult novels. They aren’t flooded with the angsty love triangles or romance. If there are any romance, it is limited or gets straight to the point without the ritual dancing of “Oh woe me, my heart is broken” (where I roll my eyes do wish literally that their hearts will break, and witnesss the blood gush out of their chest, eyes, ears, nose, and mouth… if you couldn’t tell I am really annoyed, and yes, I pr
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Mae
Nov 04, 2012 rated it really liked it
Summary: This historical fiction / fantasy novel is based on the Mayan civilization. When a mysterious invitation to an exibit of his missing parents' mayan discoveries appears, Jake and his sister Kady head off to London to visit the museum. Sponsored by a mysterious corporation, the exibit is held during a solar eclipse and when Jake puts his and Kady's coins in a golden pyramid, they are transported to an alternate time. In Atlantis, Jake, his new friends, and his sister fight mysterious mons ...more
John Beta
Feb 18, 2017 rated it it was ok
Meh. James Rollins is one of my favorite thriller/adventure (T & A) authors. So, I decided to give this some of my attention. Sorry, but it lacked the T & A I'm accustomed to from his Sygma Force and other novels.
Avardsin
May 06, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Arghhh.... I written a good review and lost it due to goodreads being over capacity..

Right main points.. I wont spoil this book beyond the synopsis, but i reckon all fans of James Rollins, especially read this book. Hell I recommend this book to anyone.

James Rollins is my favorite author. I love he style of writing and how he twists fact into fiction/reality into fiction, to create amazing story/book worlds and with interesting characters.

I admit a first I was hesitant to read this book. Previ
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Pat (Get Kids to Read) Tierney
Rollins, James. Jacke Ransom and the Skull King's Shadow. New York. Harper Collins. 2009.
This review is also on Get Kids to Read

Jake Ransom and the Skull King's Shadow is the first young adult book written by New York Times bestselling author James Rollins. Rollins, weaves an intricate plot filled with action, adventure and a sprinkling of history and science in this yarn for young readers.
Jake gets drawn into a mystery surrounding a strange artifact his parents found that lead them to a peculi
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Luther
Twelve-year-old Jake doesn't seem to have adjusted to his parents' disappearance three years prior as well as his older sister, Kady, has. She is part of the popular crowd at school, but all he can think of is how he will one day become an archaeologist like them and figure out what happened to them.

This first story in the series begins in what appears to be a normal American setting, but it quickly changes dramatically as Jake and Kady end up suddenly thrust into a very unexpected adventure. Re
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Fefi
Un legame tra il nostro mondo,la nascita dei continenti e dei popoli

Ebbene ci sono ricascata.Ho voluto dare un altra possibilità a questo scrittore,conosciuto con Artico,un po' forse troppo adrenalinico,ma scorrevole nella lettura.
Alla fine anche questa ho scoperto essere una serie,dedicata ai grandi popoli che hanno abitato la terra dall'inizio (guarda caso iniziamo con i Maya e pure con uno spizzico di Atlantide...).
Come inizio mi piace: è una storia fantasy,avventurosa,di viaggi nel tempo,di
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C.
Feb 22, 2012 rated it really liked it
Synopsis:
Jake Ransom isn't a typical middle school-aged boy. During his spring break, he won't be playing video games or hanging with friends. He plans on attending a book signing of the new release written by his favorite physicist, sitting in on a lecture about the cannibal tribes of Borneo, and excavating shellfish fossils he discovered in a rock quarry near his house. No, Jake Ransom is no normal middle-schooler, but most kids his age didn't have archaeologist parents who went missing three
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Darlene Van Horn
Right up my alley for reading. I liked it because it got my attention and I was a goner after that.!!
Aidan
Sep 14, 2017 rated it really liked it
A really good book, but a little too slow-paced at times. I enjoyed the setting. The characters were clearly depicted and easy to distinguish from one another.
Vanalottiel Olanthir
This was much better than I expected, and highly recommend it for anyone who enjoys a good adventure.
M.D. Khamil
Jul 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing
If you liked Percy Jackson, this is the book you should pick up next! Amazing! Stunning! Adventurous! Risky! Wonderful! Just WOW!!!
AlenGarou
Che dire, l’ho comprato molto tempo fa perché fa parte di una duologia e in quel momento mi sembrava conveniente, ma non avrei mai pensato che fosse per ragazzi XD Quindi questa volta è: mea culpa.
E fidatevi che la differenza si sente tutta.
Comunque, devo ammettere che non ho scelto esattamente un buon momento per leggerlo. Sono piena di raffreddore, la testa mi scoppia e James Rollins si diverte a rendermi le cose difficili, con questo libro pieno zeppo di cose diverse che in qualche modo è riu
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Bibliotropic
Jun 09, 2010 rated it it was ok
Shelves: young-adult
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Jordan Anderson
Dec 19, 2015 rated it really liked it
Funny story about this book:

Though I love James Rollins, and though I knew the book existed, I really didn't have much desire to read it. While YA novels are great for younger readers and they tend to be more simplified and easy to read, the whole genre has just never really appealed to me. With a few exceptions aside (Harry Potter and The Hunger Games being the obvious ones here), young adult novels have failed to impress me. Yes, this idea could bring new fans to him, but the fear that Rollins
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Wayne Walker
Nov 20, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Jacob Bartholomew (Jake) Ransom, a 13-year-old eighth grader at Middleton Prep middle school, lives with his archaeologist parents Richard and Penelope, his older sister Katherine Edwina (Kady) who is a tenth grader at Middleton Prep senior high, and their basset hound Watson, at Ravensgate Manor in North Hampshire, CT. However, Mr. and Mrs. Ransom, along with Dr. Henry Bethel, have been missing and presumed dead after their archaeological dig to study the classic period of Mayan civilization at ...more
WhyNN ~
Aug 18, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Jacob dan Katherine Ransom adalah anak dari arkeolog yang dikabarkan hilang pada saat ekspedisi. dan demi menghormati penemu artefak yang dipamerkan (orang tua mereka), Jacob (Jake) dan Katherine (Kady) diundang ke pameran yang diadakan oleh salah satu perusahaan yang mensponsori perjalanan orang tua mereka. Saat itulah, tanpa disadari mereka terlempar ke masa dimana daratan masih berupa pangaea (tergabung menjadi satu) dan di Calypsoslah mereka 'terdampar'

Berlatar belakang ramalan suku Maya mer
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Wisteria Leigh
Jul 19, 2010 rated it really liked it
Jake Ransom and the Skull King s Shadow[return]by James Rollins[return]Harper Collins[return]9780061473791[return]April 28, 2009,416 pages[return][return]Jake Ransom and his older sister Kady receive a mysterious invitation to an opening exhibit of Mayan Treasures at The British Museum in London. Three years ago their parents disappeared on an archeology exhibition. Jake, having a penchant for studies and strong desire to follow in his parent s footsteps is thrilled. Kady, diva and social butter ...more
Lea
Mar 04, 2011 rated it liked it
I bought this because I won the next book, Jake Ransom and the Howling Sphinx, and was a bit confused when I tried to read it. I imagine the two stories work reasonably well on their own, but for me it's easier to get caught up on the story line before diving in.

Okay, so JR and the Skull King's Shadow -- I don't have boys, but I think this would be a great book for interesting boys in reading. The lead character -- Jake Ransom -- is like a miniature Indiana Jones.

Jake and his older sister, Kady,
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Alex Telander
Mar 31, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Jake and Kady Ransom are the children of brilliant archaeologists who tragically and mysteriously disappear while on a dig for ancient Mayan artifacts. Three years later the Ransoms are suspiciously invited to a new Mayan exhibition at the British Museum, commemorating the memory of the missing archaeologists. It turns out to be a PR stunt, but Jake and Kady get to enjoy the special Mayan artifacts before anyone else. It is the miniature pyramid that intrigues Jake, noticing that the doorway is ...more
Kailey (BooksforMKs)
Just as good as the first time I read it!

Jake and Kady's parents were archaeologists, lost and presumed dead in the jungles while they studied ancient Mayan pyramids. When Jake and Kady use an artifact their parents found, they are transported to a mysterious world of dinosaurs and lost tribes of people. They've barely had time to explore and make a few friends, when the lost civilization comes under attack from the evil Skull King. Jake and Kady must choose between searching for a way home, an
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Jana
Feb 24, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
So, I have a few things to say about this book.
When I started this, throughout the first chapter, I felt like this was going to be kind of the same book like The Jaguar Stones books. But it turned out to be completely, completely different.
At first it really bothered me that there were dinosaurs and humans at the same time, but obviously, the explanation followed quickly and it wasn't that bad anymore. It was more a kind of cool and clever thing to do, mixing dinosaurs and so many different huma
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Kleiner
May 13, 2009 rated it really liked it
Connecticut teenagers Jake and Kady Ransom come from a long line of archeologists and adventurers. Jake is preparing to be an adventurous archeologist. He studies history, science and taekwondo, and practices his expedition skills digging up fossils in his backyard. Kady, while also very intelligent, is not so studious. She is a popular cheerleader who is more concerned about her social schedule than following in her ancestors’ footsteps.

Three years ago, their parents disappeared without a trace
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Ellen
Jan 16, 2015 rated it liked it
Three years ago the archeologist parents of Jake and Kady Ransom disappeared while excavating Mayan ruins. Shortly thereafter a package arrived for the siblings containing 2 halves of a Mayan coin. Now Jake and Kady have been invited to the British Museum to view the exhibit of Mayan treasures dedicated to their parents. Noticing a coin-shaped hole in the side of an artifact Jake places both halves of the Mayan coin into the opening and amidst sudden thunder and lightening the two teens are tran ...more
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