THE ADVENTURES OF JOHN BLAKE by Philip Pullman

THE ADVENTURES OF JOHN BLAKE

Mystery of the Ghost Ship
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KIRKUS REVIEW

Purloined technology, time travelers, ghost ships, and deception converge in this graphic page-turner.

In a world not too unlike our own, most everyone is connected by Apparators, smartphonelike devices that can also project images, created by technology mogul Carlos Dahlberg. A member of the crew on the ghost ship Mary Alice, white time traveler John Blake is doomed to ride in and out of different time periods after an accident suffered during an experiment conducted by his scientist father. Young Blake knows Dahlberg’s darkest secret and has the evidence and desire to expose him. Serena Anderson, a white Australian teenager lost at sea, Danielle Quayle Reid, a black Harvard Law graduate, and Roger Blake, a white commander in the Royal Navy, all become caught up in Dahlberg and Blake’s tangled web. High-adrenaline chases, blazing explosions, and gunfights abound as they come to discover their shocking connections. Will they be able to stop Dahlberg before his nefarious plans come to fruition? Pullman has created an intricate blend of science fiction and adventure, skillfully weaving together many disparate elements into a cohesive and exciting tale. Fordham’s art, although realistic and spare, is cinematic in scope, imbuing this with all the momentum of a Hollywood blockbuster. Some of the finer plot details have a tendency to be quickly glossed over, but expect readers to be too caught up in this whirlwind ride to care.

A richly imagined high-octane thriller. (Science fiction/adventure. 13-adult)

Pub Date: May 30th, 2017
ISBN: 978-1-338-14912-8
Page count: 160pp
Publisher: Graphix/Scholastic
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: March 15th, 2017




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