Books by Joshua Mowll

Released: Nov. 1, 2006

The wild South Seas rumpus begun in Operation Red Jericho (2005) carries on as teen sibs Becca and Doug MacKenzie fetch up by chance on a remote island. There, a treacherous cabal within their vanished parents' secretive Honourable Guild of Specialists, supported by an army of brutal Russo-Chinese martial artists-cum-mining specialists, just happens to have constructed a giant power generator based on the science of an ancient lost civilization. Set in the early 1920s and well-matched by both a suitably colorful cast and over-the-top illustrations that feature, in a gleefully seamless mix of fact and fancy, an array of old photos, supposed artifacts and intricately detailed fold-out diagrams, the high speed action opens in a typhoon, closes with a massive volcanic eruption and hardly lets up in between. Great fun for fans of Alex Rider, or such outings as Carol Hughes's Jack Black and the Ship of Thieves (2001). (Fiction. 10-14)Read full book review >
Released: Sept. 1, 2005

When Mowll inherits his late great-aunt Rebecca MacKenzie's British estate, including her archives and 1920 diary, he is charged to prepare her memoirs. This first of a trilogy chronicles the fictional adventures of 15-year-old Rebecca and her 13-year-old brother Douglas who travel to Shanghai in 1920 to board a research ship with their uncle, Captain Fitzroy MacKenzie, after their parents mysteriously disappear. Excerpts from Rebecca's diary, four beautifully produced gatefolds detailing ships, weapons, and submersible crafts, wonderful pencil sketches, photographs (and more) add dimension and authenticity to the high-seas hijinks. Readers will revel in the exciting setting, the abundant science and history, a dangerous tiger, ruthless pirate warlords, the mystery of an ancient secret society and even a battle to keep the volatile substance zoridium out of the hands of evildoers. Unfortunately, the urgency of the siblings' search for their parents, the emotional core of the story, drowns in the wake of swashbuckling action. Budding scientists, inventors and fans of all things nautical, however, will still be enraptured by this lovingly created, highly visual offering. (reader's note, map, appendices, selected sources) (Fiction. 12+)Read full book review >