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Once rescued, the danger is only beginning. The brother's and their friends have reclaimers behind them and vicious beasts before them. The Harrowing Escape is a wonderful adventure, though there is a bit of deus ex machina toward the end. Smith continues the story of Dan Clay as he seeks the rescue of his older brother enslaved in a dark and sinister existence. The devilish creatures again remind me of Tolkien's with a C.
The story unfolds and plot thickens. Just when you think you know what to expect, revelations expose a totally new direction that grabs your mind and takes your thoughts on a ride kin to the roller coaster. But all is well, Smith does not disappoint. My mind's eye was relieved But off again I go to book three, The Sinister Realm!! Adults buy - Teens buy.
One person found this helpful. The Dan Clay books are terrific.
I have a 16 year old grandson who is totally into these books. The great thing is they exercise the imagination while have the good guys turning out the winner. Recommend this for anyone who wants to stimulate the brain of a worshipper of God. This is a great book. My 12 year old son loves the series! Can't wait for the third book!
After confronting the merciless creatures and plant life of Eldritch Forest in the first installment of the trilogy, A World Away, Dan Clay and his battered friends. Within the hexed walls of the fortress, Dan and his companions are plagued with unsettling The Harrowing Escape - The Quest of Dan Clay, Book Two.
The book cover shows a full moon brightly shinning behind the branches of a leafless tree with its branches guarding the path leading to the gloomy castle in the background. The tree appears to be saying to uninvited visitors: In this God's forsaken world, Dan and his companions became friends with Ceremonia, the tree nymph. As they traveled through the wicked Eldritch Forest to the Reclaimers' evil castle, they had to stay focused and work together to endure the challenges and tribulation of their journey.
They only had 30 days to accomplish their mission and to return to their world on the next full moon.
On the second book, The Harrowing Escape, Dan and his companions are inside the castle. Out of desperation to stay undetected from the evil Reclaimers and other castle's residents, they find themselves in the castle's dungeon. There they meet Salvus, the musician satyr and residence of the dungeon.
The author utilizes Salvus and Marcus, the Pedwhips' head cook to share with them valuable information about the castle, the Reclaimers and their pets, Spiritus Malus, and the human residents of the 6th floor.
During their stay Dan, Jimmy, Cindy, and Sam share quarters with Salvus who every night entertains the castle's residents with the music of his lyre. However, their stay proves to be more challenging than Sam and Salvus expected. After all, these curious and brave teens have proven to be a hand-full to Sam during their journey. The first wanderer was Dan, who on their first day, restless and unable to sleep as the others, decides to do some further exploration of the acoustic tunnels located near the dungeon. This exploration leads him to discover a hidden stone staircase leading to the roof with secret entrances to the other floors.
On this solo excursion, he ends in the roof where he must fight for his life to avoid becoming the next meal of a giant wasp or a hungry stone gargoyle. The next morning, Jimmy wakes up earlier. He decides to explore one of the castle's corner staircases while the others sleep and Salvus is picking up their breakfast in the kitchen. Both young men enjoy fantasy video games as well as reading, but I had no idea how to go about finding the most entertaining and constructive fiction for this age group. When I first heard Mr. Smith discuss his book on Catholic radio, I had a feeling it would fill the bill for both boys.
I bought 3 copies as I too wanted to read the book. I was extremely impressed with the elements of suspense which caused me to read much later into the night than usual. It sparked my imagination by using vivid characters and an unusual story line. Not only did I greatly enjoy the book, but both teenagers, who received the book from me for Christmas, enjoyed it so much that they said they are now anxiously awaiting the publication of Mr.
It is my hope that Book Two is available before Christmas It would save me a lot of shopping time!! Kindle Edition Verified Purchase. In his search for his long lost elder brother, Dan Clay, with his three friends, enter a parallel universe of harrowing creatures and unexpected friends.
Smith has written a superb page turner. This is a great book that leads you to the next two in the series. Suspensful, but not too much so for early teens. If you're looking for a good book for your Catholic teen, this is it. One person found this helpful 2 people found this helpful. The writing is very colorful and paced quickly. This should be on you short-list for must-reads this summer. A World Away is author T. Smith's first book of the Dan Clay's leap of faith saga to save his missing older brother, William, from an evil parallel world.
The book cover shows a gloomy castle standing on the top of a mountain surrounded by creepy trees and a bewitched full moon saying to uninvited visitors: Dan Clay is a high school senior who looks like a nerd. He is smart, shy, wears glasses, and his non-athletic body makes him the perfect target for the two known school bullies, Sur and Malice. When Dan finds his science project trashed all over the school's gym floor, all his dreams of obtaining a scholarship are crushed. He storms out of the gym and wanders around town trying to cool-off his rage.
Dan is so absorbed in his thoughts that he, unknowingly, enters the forbidden and mythical Eldritch Forest. It's dark and suddenly Dan realizes he is lost. All of the childhood stories he had heard about demons and mythical beasts among the trees and rocks of the forest start to become real to him. He trembles of fear. He then sits on a fallen tree, looks around and sees a large oak tree. It seems familiar to him, so he walks over to the tree and touches it.
Upon touching the tree, his hand penetrates the tree's surface. Curiosity takes the best of him and he places his hand deeper into the tree, when suddenly he hears a loud noise behind him.
He gets scared and his glasses fall on the floor. Dan bends down to pick them up when he is pushed into the tree by an invisible force. Dan is confused and after hearing more noises in the forest, he decides to rush back home. He is more amazed and puzzled after he sees his family celebrating William's 18th birthday.
Dan quickly analyzes all the events and concludes that the ''tree'' plays a key role in his ordeals. During the first three chapters of the book, Dan is gathering information about his brother, the town's history, and the history of the Eldritch Forest's legend. The author uses Sam White, an old lunatic homeless man, to share with Dan information about Eldritch Forest and the ''world beyond the oak tree''.
Dan secretly plans to go back to the forest to rescue William.
He decides to seize the opportunity while he prepares to attend an after graduation survival camp. The day of the departure, Dan walks to town with his friend and next door neighbor, Jimmy. At the meeting place, after he registers with the bus driver to go to camp, Dan takes advantage of everybody's distraction and walks to Eldritch Forest. Jimmy notices Dan walking away with his bag. He grabs his bag and follows Dan closely.
Cindy, a classmate and friend of them, also notices their odd behavior and not wanting to go to survival camp either, follows them from a saved distance. After sharing enough information about Eldritch Forest with Dan, Sam is suspicious and also has a hunch that Dan might venture to return to the other world to save his missing brother, William. On the day of departure to survival camp, Sam keep a close eye on Dan. Dan goes through the oak tree into the other world and as he is recovering from the experience, suddenly and unexpected falling from the tree come Jimmy, Cindy, and Sam.
Dan has no choice but to let his friends stay and join him in his quest. There in the ''other world'' Sam calls Dr. Mark O'Brien, an old friend of his. The remainder of the book takes the reader back and forth between both worlds. While Dan and his companions dare to go further and further into the forest, the parents in the other world are devastated about their children sudden and unexpected disappearance.
My hat goes off to this author, whose imagination and creativity will keep the reader engaged in this God forsaken world as Dan and his companions encounter tree nymphs, purple frogs with teeth and very long tongues, a carnivores grass, mean looking moles, a huge snail, a giant spider, a three headed Siberian Tiger, trolls, in addition to other prehistoric and mythological creatures.
This Young Adult YA fiction story is entertaining for middle schoolers, as they will be able to identify themselves with the dilemmas, predicaments, and personalities of the characters. The book, however, is not suitable for younger children as they might get scared by some of the situations. Will Dan and his companions ever reach the castle where he believes his brother William is trapped? Will they survive all the tribulations of their journey?
My Walk With Jesus. I really enjoyed this book. The author is my friend's uncle, so I got to read the books when they were still manuscripts which was cool. One recommendation I have for anyone thinking about buying this book: It has a really cliff-hanger ending, and after you finish it, you will want to start right in reading the second, and then the third.
My dad read the books aloud to our whole family, and I think we finished book three in less than a week, we were all so worried about how it was going to end! So, I really recommend this book.
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