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Operation Red Jericho (The Guild of Specialists #1)

3.67  ·  Rating details ·  1,318 Ratings  ·  152 Reviews
For Joshua Mowll, it was the surprise of a lifetime. There, among the archives inherited from his great-aunt Rebecca MacKenzie, was a 1920's journal recounting the thrilling and dangerous adventures of fifteen-year old Rebecca and her younger brother, Doug, in the wake of their parents mysterious disappearance in the deserts of China. Now carefully re-created in a lavish v ...more
Paperback, 266 pages
Published September 13th 2007 by Candlewick Press (first published January 1st 2005)
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Emily No it is not, but some of the characters were based off of real people. The story is historical fiction.
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Feb 12, 2009 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a fun as well as amazingly researched book. The details on some of the fold out schematics (where's my spell check?) are incredible (if you're into that sort of thing, which I'm not, but still I was impressed). It was also a refreshing change from fantasy - the mainstay of current YA literature. And, frankly, I wish all authors would include some illustrations. How come only kids get pictures?
Sep 13, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Operation Red Jericho
by Joshua Mowll

Before I review the story I must say something about the incredible design of the book. The cover is like a old fashioned notebook or journal, rounded page edges and a elastic band to keep the book shut. Inside the book is richly illustrated. Every few pages there are beautiful illustrations, diagrams, maps, sketches, pictures and a number of larger foldout illustrations. The journal design and quality of the book makes it instantly visually very interesting.

Aug 19, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Miloš
When I was reading Joshua Mowll's Operation Red Jericho to my son, I kept hearing the foley effects, the radio crackle, and the commercials for the Army that accompanied the great radio tales of Lamont Cranston.

"Who knows what evil lurks in the hearts of men?"

"The Honourable Guild of Specialists knows. Mwaaaahhaaaahhhaaa!"

It may seem strange that a book published in 2005 would conjure such aural memories in a man born well after the Golden Age age of radio, particularly considering so many of th
As promising as the book cover looked, the plot didn't nearly convince me as much of the story. The characters felt archetypal, sometimes unrealistic and not very well-developed. The turning point was especially disappointing, as the author was unable to introduce the battle in any convincing way. The reason for the book to receive three stars by me was its layout, the fantastic cover and the way it was structured with all those additional information on the ship etc. Even though the book looked ...more
Miloš & Brontë
Brontë: I love it. I love it all.

Pa: What did you love the most?

Brontë: Everything. I loved the drawings and the maps. I liked how the maps were drawn. The one that I really loved was the submarine. I love how they were waiting there to attack the fort, to attack the other guys and stuff. I liked it. That's pretty much it.

Pa: That's a short review, Të. You don't have anything else?

Brontë: You should go down to the other level and say, "P.S."

Pa: Okay.

p.s. Love it!
thumbs up :))
Oct 04, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
When it comes to adventure novels, this one is near the top of my list, despite its occasional problems. Operation Red Jericho is noteworthy because of the inventive mythology that Mowll has created, as well as the action-packed story that he creates with this mythology. Although the story occasionally indulges in unflattering tropes and characters often struggle to rise above archetypes, he manages to create an awesome yet slightly flawed story nevertheless. This would be the type of story that ...more
Mar 19, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: tween
I really liked the concept of this book, but the story fell a little flat. The idea is that in cleaning out an inherited library/mansion of a dead relative, the inheritor finds a vast collection of notes and journals etc. relating a life of adventure.

Interspersed with the story, then, are photographs, maps, boat schematics, and "historical" side notes about the characters. I liked that part, but it bugged me that the story was written like a narrative rather than a journal. I think it was suppos
Apr 09, 2011 rated it really liked it
This is a good preteen, early teen book, full of chases, escapes, pirates, gunboats and mystical artifacts. The writing itself isn't terribly special, and it commits the sin of having a folksy talkin' character from (where else) Texas, but at least he doesn't have them utter horrible catchphrases like "Well burn mah' biscuits!" etc. All in all, if I had had this as a 13 year old, I would have stayed up all night reading it, and begged my mom for the next one. Plus it has charts and fold out maps ...more
Feb 22, 2009 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
It is not in the usual format and I think because of that it took some getting used to. It is a mystery book and I am extremely picky about that genre... but honestly, if I were to give my heartfelt description... It was pretty awful.
Oliver Eastwood
This was a good book. There was a great plot and good characters, and some awesome diagrams and maps, but I really didn't like the writing style. It was a style that made you just want to skim the entire book so you could finish it.
First of all, about three years ago, I checked this out from the library.... and didn't finish it.

About a year ago, I found this on the shelf at a Goodwill, and because I needed red-themed items for an exhibition at an art museum, I bought it.

I will always cherish the physical object of this book, I will always cherish the rounded corners, the endless charts and images, the fact that this book was used in an exhibition in the summer of 2016.

The pictures, by the way, are lovely. So, so lovely. I
Ally Henley
Nov 08, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book was so fun to read once I got into it. At first, it was sort of boring and I almost didn't keep reading it. I'm so happy that I did keep reading. The book was a huge adventure with twists at every turn. I had to keep turning the pages until I finished it. Becca and Doug are really entertaining together, since they are really opposite from each other. I highly recommend this book to pretty much anyone.
Mar 04, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone who likes adventure and trying new and different things
Shelves: favorites
This was a neat, neat book in so many ways. But the story itself, though it was very good, wasn't what I liked most about it- the little "extras" were what did it for me. The thing that got me reading it in the first place was the unique style of the book. It was much like a journal, with fold-out notes, pictures, and even blueprints to the ship where a lot of the plot took place. I loved reading it, and was quite sorry when the story had ended.
Tiempo de Lectura
May 06, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Es un libro lleno de mucha aventura, mientras lo leia me imaginaba una pelicula de hollywood, lo disfrute mucho leyendo, ya me hacia falta leer algo asi, quizas no sea un libro con mucha fama, pero la verdad es que me pregunto por que? tengo ganas de leer el segundo sin duda lo hare.
Jan 28, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: 9 and up
just 2 things i have to say WHAT A GREAT BOOK! and you should read the second one operation typhoon shore
Feb 13, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
this book was pretty good for a historical fiction. Though they where always using morsee code in it.
Matthew Taddeo
Oct 05, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I never really liked reading, but this book had something about it that made me like it. I thought this would be another boring book that I was forced to read for school, but I was wrong. This book actually was interesting, and it was really nice that there were pictures and mini maps to make the story less confusing.

I think that the major turning point for the main characters, Becca and Doug, is when they meet their uncle after their parents go missing. “‘A most impressive fireworks display,’ b
Wes H
Nov 14, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Operation: Red Jericho is a very good novel. The story is very easy to understand and the characters are very well developed. The only problem with this book in my opinion is the slow pace to the story. Other than that this is a very well created book.
Hung Tran
Amy Dance
The layout of the book was very cool. pencil drawings & old photos, & fold out diagrams of the ship & other equipment.
Dec 17, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I like how Becca is independent and can fence and throw knives. Xi is really funny and loyal,I like how he can do acrobatics.
Allan Bush
Sep 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
An excellent YA targeted book with Victorian setting and Jules Vernes type feeling. Hardback is wonderful as it has maps and ship schematics to fold out and scrutinize. Great book design.
Dec 10, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I first encountered this book when I was working up in the kids' section at Chapters, and I thought it looked intriguing, so I added it to my list.

Back cover: Shanghai, 1920: Onboard the research ship Expedient, two teens, Becca and Doug MacKenzie, anxiously await news of their missing parents... and stumble across their uncle's secrets and a mysterious organization. This is the story of an ancient order created to protect the world from evil and two young people who get caught up in an astonish
Margaret Boling
Jul 06, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: level-elementary
7/6/11 ** If you're ready for some action/adventure mixed with pseudo-science and historical fiction, grab this series. If this sounds like an odd mix, well, author Mowll pulls it off well.

Teen siblings Becca and Doug only want to know where their parents are. The last they heard, their folks had started a journey into the heart of 1920s Sinkiang desert - they were never heard from again. Now, more than a year later, both kids have been kicked out of school and have lived with at least 2 differ
Madame Reads
Operation Red Jericho has an awesome premise. Joshua Mowll inherits a boat load of old documents about a secret society his Aunt Rebecca and her brother, Doug, were involved in back in the 20's. A mysterious ship captain with an equally mysterious ship, an evil pirate lord, missing parents, a secretive group of ancient warriors, and a genius framed for murder all play key roles in the story. Sounds awesome, right?


Well, not entirely wrong. It's a good, solid adventure story, but that's it
Apr 03, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
So lange habe ich gewartet, bis ich endlich "Operarion Red Jericho" lesen konnte, und habe wohl ein bisschen zu viel erwartet.

Dieses Buch ist der erste Band einer Trilogie um die Geschwister Rebecca und Douglas McKannzie (schreibt man das so...?), die, auf der Suche nach ihren Eltern, durch ein paar Abenteuer stolpern und Bekanntschaft mit der "Gilde" machen, ein Zusammenschluss von Wissenschaftlern und Abenteurern, die es sich zur Aufgabe gemacht hat, aktuell nach dem vierten Gyrolabium zu such
This is the story of two kids (Becca and Doug) who are in search of their parents, who are lost and presumed dead. They are taken on board of a ship captain by their uncle, Captain Fitzroy MacKenzie. As their voyage gets underway, they begin to learn many of the secrets of the ship, including the hidden submarine, airplane, an electric motor so it can sail soundlessly, hidden artillery guns, to name the biggest secrets. They also learn that their parents (along with their uncle) are--or were-- m ...more
Joshua Moehn
Oct 29, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Report by Joshua Moehn
Operation red Jericho is about two teen children are wondering about what happened to their parents that they didn’t know much of because their parents were spy’s and they diapered when they were young. So they do on a submarine with their uncle to try and get some answers and they discover some interesting parts of the sub like guns and battery powered engines and the uncle is the captain. The captain is looking for a sunken treasury and h
Mar 11, 2008 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: adventurers
Shelves: bm, read-2008
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“Hoe zien jullie jezelf? Als Amerikaanse of Britse staatsburgers?' - Kapitein Mackenzie
'Geen van beide,' zei Becca kortaf. 'We zijn geboren in India en hebben daar even lang gewoond als in alle andere landen. Engeland, Amerika, India, ik ben nergens echt thuis.”
“Wegens omstandigheden ben ik verworden tot een leugenaar, een slotenbreekster, een lezeres van geheime documenten. Mijn situatie bepaalt wie ik ben, alleen en op drift - samen met Doug - op een zee van ellende, geleid door invloeden van buitenaf. Ik probeerde alleen mijn veilige plekje te beschermen. - Becca” 0 likes
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