Books by Will Peterson

Released: May 1, 2009

The breathless pace begun by authors Mark Billingham and Peter Cocks (writing semi-pseudonymously) in Triskellion (2008) continues unabated in the sequel. Twins Rachel and Adam find themselves in the clutches of the Hope Project, a shady "scientific" organization intent on keeping them from their apparent destiny. While imprisoned, they meet a much younger set of twins, Morag and Duncan, who share the same extrasensory connection. With their nonhuman ancestry now more obvious, forces against them mount: A faceless, robed enemy contributes to their peril after they manage an escape from the Hope compound, aided by Gabriel, the mysterious teen who helped them in the first part of the planned trilogy. Readers unfamiliar with the opening volume will have difficulty picking up the tale in this effort; three brief paragraphs provide insufficient summary. Characterization remains remarkably flat, the plot driven solely by action. Violence is common, with several gory murders committed by both friend and foe as the children are chased across Europe and into Africa. Only for those fans of the first who are dying to read the sequel. (Fantasy. 11 & up) Read full book review >
TRISKELLION by Will Peterson
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: June 1, 2008

Author Mark Billingham and television scriptwriter Peter Cocks collaborate on their debut novel, the first of a planned fantasy trilogy. Fourteen-year-old New York City twins Rachel and Adam are uprooted to spend the summer in the home of a grandmother they barely know. A group of hostile characters inhabits her isolated English village, lending a mood of mystery and threat. Gabriel, a shadowy outcast teen who readily participates in the twins' shared extrasensory mental dialogue, befriends them but has a plan of his own, aided, inexplicably, by hordes of bees. Digging beneath an ancient chalk circle in the village, a television show archaeology crew recovers part of a three bladed talisman, the Triskellion; a group of evil Morris dancers makes every effort to steal it for their own purposes, as the twins quickly realize that even their grandmother may be plotting against them to protect some long-hidden secret. Told in brief but exciting episodes, the breathless pace helps to make up for the rather flat personalities that people this often suspenseful but somewhat predictable novel. (Fiction. 11 & up) Read full book review >