I think these two are excellent authors. I enjoyed the story and the characters. The humor was gentle and the dialogue was polite, just the way I like it. It was an exciting adventure, albeit a touch frightening with the life-threatening scenarios. I would have had nightmares for life if I went through those, and I'm considerably older than 13. The authors have great imagination. I gave it four stars because of the cliffhanger ending, forcing the reader to buy the next book to conclude it. I prefer a book that is complete in itself. That said, this is a great series for young people, and people like me who enjoy a quick and easy read once in awhile.
The dual narrative is a neat feature, but it causes really short chapters. The narrative itself isn't bad. The story isn't wrapped up neatly with this book, though, you need to keep reading in the series (I assume, I've only read this first book) for some details to be concluded. There is definitely a cliff hanger at the end of the book that will probably floor kids, but about which adults will likely be able to take some decent guesses. Overall, I recommend.
Thirteen-year-old twins Ashley and Bryce Timberline's mother remarries and the family relocates from the Midwest to Colorado. Attempting to integrate their blended family, stepfather, Sam, takes Ashley and Bryce to a remote mountain cabin get away where a mysterious intruder stalks the twins. After Sam scares the man off, they discover a priceless gold nugget was stolen from the museum they'd visited earlier in the day, and they surmise a connection. But what does the stalker want? The man returns and after a harrowing fight and flight scene, leaves the family for dead after ramming their vehicle into a frigid lake where it sinks with all onboard. How will they escape?
The authors artfully weave a strong spiritual thread with real life middle school applications into this high action page turning suspense.
This story was obviously written with the entire series already in mind. Sequels will build on this one. My 11 yo son enjoyed the book and couldn't wait for the next one. As an adult, I read the first few books and found the writing rather uneven, the stories a bit formulaic and far-fetched, but they are a harmless and engaging read with some faith-based lessons thrown in. I wouldn"t discourage my son from reading them, but will probably try to borrow them, not sure we want to spend money on the whole series.